Richard Gilliland

Richard Gilliland

71 (passed away Mar. 18th, 2021)
Jan. 23rd, 1950
Born in
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Richard Gilliland's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Designing Women TV Show
Designing Women
Under Suspicion TV Show
Under Suspicion
Just Our Luck TV Show
Just Our Luck
Little Women TV Show
Little Women
Christine Cromwell TV Show
Christine Cromwell
Heartland (1989) TV Show
Heartland (1989)
Winnetka Road TV Show
Winnetka Road

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Richard Morris Gilliland first appeared onscreen in the 1970s. Notable appearances include The Waltons, Thirtysomething, Party of Five, Little Women, Operation Petticoat and Just Our Luck.

Gilliland also had a recurring role on Designing Women (where he met his wife Jean Smart, who starred as Charlene in that series). The couple went on to work together in several stage productions, It Had to Be You and Love Letters, as well as the TV show 24 and the made-for-TV movies Just My Imagination and Audrey's Rain.

He played Ellis Kapp on The Unit. He also had a recurring role as serial killer Jeffrey Speidel in the NBC series Matlock.

Richard Gilliland died in Los Angeles on March 18 after battling a brief illness.

  • Was born on the same day as 'Richard Dean Anderson' (qv).

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