Who is Gerald McRaney?
American actor, producer and director Gerald Lee McRaney was born in Collins, Mississippi USA, on 19 August 1947, making Leo his zodiac sign; he’s had roles in close to 150 TV series and movies, but is perhaps known best for playing Owens in the popular 2015 crime comedy movie “Focus”, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and which starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro. It follows the life of skilled conman Nicky, and the film was nominated for three awards.
Education and early life
Gerald was raised in Collins alongside his brother Buddy and sister Ann McRaney Simpson, by their father Clyde McRaney and mother Edna; not many details have been disclosed regarding his family, because Gerald respects their privacy, ut Gerald’s of Choctaw and Scottish descent.
He was passionate about both sports and acting while attending a local high school in Collins; Gerald played football for his school’s team, and was also a member of its drama club.
He matriculated in 1965 and then enrolled at the University of Mississippi, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1969; Gerald worked at oil fields in Louisiana while making his way up in the film industry.
Roles in movies
Gerald’s debut film role was playing Wesley Stuart in the 1969 horror “Night of Bloody Horror”, and some of his following roles were in the 1970 crime horror “Women and Bloody Terror”, the 1972 science fiction thriller “The Brain Machine”, and the 1974 drama “The F. B. I. Story: The FBI Versus Public Enemy Number One Alvin Karpis”.
What marked the decade for Gerald for perhaps portraying David Sherman in the 1975 comedy “Keep Off My Grass!”, directed by Shelley Berman, and which starred Micky Dolenz, Marcus J. Grapes and Gary Wood. It follows a group of merchants as they’re trying to convince the hippies to start their own community in a nearby abandoned town.
Some of Gerald’s most notable performances in the ‘80s were perhaps in the 1982 drama “Memories Never Die”, the 1986 crime action “Jackals”, and the 1988 western “Where the Hell’s That Gold?!!?”.
The year 1993 saw him star as George Messenger in the drama “Scattered Dreams”, directed by Neema Barnette, and which also starred Tyne Daly and Sonny Shroyer. Set in 1951, the film follows a couple who’ve been arrested for something they didn’t do. Some of Gerald’s roles in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1995 drama “Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou”, the 1997 thriller “A Nightmare Come True”, and the 1999 drama “Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story”.
In 2002, he portrayed Father in the popular family fantasy comedy “Hansel & Gretel”, which Gary J. Tunnicliffe directed, and which starred Lynn Redgrave, Jacob Smith and Taylor Momsen. It follows two siblings as they’re trying to escape from a mysterious person they’ve met in the woods. What also marked the 2000s for Gerald was portraying Reverend Gus Horton in the critically acclaimed mystery movie “Get Low”, directed by Aaron Schneider, and which starred Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and Robert Duvall. It tells the story of a man who threw his own funeral party (while still alive) in 1930s Tennessee, and the film won four of its 32 award nominations.
Gerald was then seen appearing in several hit movies, such as the 2010 action adventure thriller “The A-Team”, the 2011 short sports drama “The Umpire”, and the 2012 historical action “Red Tails”.
The year 2016 saw him play Judge Blacker in the horror thriller “The Disappointments Room”, directed by D. J. Caruso, and which starred Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido and Duncan Joiner. It follows a mother and her son who’ve accidentally released supernatural entities from their home’s attic – the movie was nominated for a 2017 Golden Trailer Fleece Award.
Gerald’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2016 family drama “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”, and in 2019 the crime thriller “A Violent Separation” and the western “Deadwood: The Movie”.
Roles in TV series
Gerald made his debut TV series appearance in the 1972 episode “Deliveries in the Rear” of the horror fantasy “Night Gallery”, and the remainder of the ‘70s saw him play supporting characters in a couple of TV series, such as the western “Gunsmoke”, the crime mini-series “The Law”, and the crime mystery “Barnaby Jones”.
From 1981 through 1989, he starred as Rick Simon in all 156 episodes of the crime action “Simon & Simon”, created by Philip DeGuere Jr, and which also starred Jameson Parker and Mary Carver. It follows two brothers who are running a private detective agency, and the series was nominated for eight awards.
Gerald’s following notable performance was starring as Major John D. MacGillis in all the 96 episodes of the family comedy “Major Dad”, created by Richard C. Okie and Earl Pomerantz, and which also starred Shanna Reed and Nicole Dubuc. It follows a conservative Marine who’s asked the liberal reporter interviewing him to marry him, promising to help raise her three children; the series aired from 1989 through 1993, and won two of its 11 award nominations. Some of Gerald’s other TV series appearances in the ‘90s were in an episode of the crime mystery “Burke’s Law”, the crime comedy “The Commish”, and the crime mystery “Diagnosis Murder”.
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From 2006 through 2008, he played Johnston Green in the action mystery “Jericho”, created by Stephen Chbosky and Josh Schaer, and which starred Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James and Ashley Scott. It tells the story of a group of people whose small town’s been covered in a mysterious mushroom cloud, and the series won one of its eight award nominations.
From 2012 through 2015, Gerald played Barlow Connally in the critically acclaimed crime action “Longmire”, which John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin created, and which starred Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor. It follows Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming and the series won four of its nine award nominations.
Gerald’s three most recent TV series roles have been in three episodes of the 2022 animated comedy “Duncanville” (voice role), the 2023 episode “Old West” of the animated comedy “Family Guy” (voice role) and 50 episodes of the crime action “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2014.
Gerald has five producing and three directing credits; some of his most notable producing work includes in 1995 the drama movies “Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou” and “Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again”, and the 2013 romantic family movie “Heart of the Country”.
He received special thanks for the 2014 comedy series “The Greatest Event in Television History”.
Some of Gerald’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Entertainment Tonight”, “The Talk” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
Awards and nominations
Gerald’s won three of his 13 award nominations, including a 2017 Primetime Emmy win for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for his performance in “This Is Us”.
He also won a 2007 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for his performance in “Deadwood”, and a 2017 Gold Derby Award for Drama Guest Actor, for “This Is Us”.
Wife and children
Gerald’s married thrice. His first wife was non-celebrity American Beverly A. Root – they married in 1967 and divorced in 1971, and have two children together.
Gerald and his second wife, American actress and casting director Pat Moran exchanged vows in 1981; their divorce was finalized in 1989, and they have a daughter together.
He met his third wife, famous American actress and author Delta Burke while shooting for the series “Simon & Simon” in 1987, and they married on 28 May 1989; the two have since appeared alongside in several TV series, including “Designing Women”.
There are no other women whom Gerald’s dated that the public knows about; he’s married to his third wife Delta Burke as of April 2023, has two children with his first wife Beverly A. Root, and a daughter with second wife Pat Moran.
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Interesting facts and hobbies
Gerald took part as Bacchus in the 1992 Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He’s been a philanthropist since the launch of his career, and has mostly been into helping war veterans and soldiers; he supported the soldiers who fought in the Gulf War, especially those who took part in Operation Desert Storm, while he visited the US troops in Somalia in 1993.
Gerald underwent surgery for lung cancer in August 2004.
He supported George H. W. Bush in the 1992 presidential election, and John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.
His brother Buddy McRaney played Judge Temple in the 1995 movie “Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again”.
Gerald’s favorite actor is Jackie Chan, and some of his favorite movies include “Kung Fu Yoga”, “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Vanguard”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Gerald’s age is 75. He has blue eyes and is bald, his height’s 6ft 1in (1.85m) and he weighs around 185lbs (84kgs).
Gerald’s net worth’s been estimated at over $8 million, as of April 2023.