Gerald Lee McRaney


August 19, 1947


From Collins, Mississippi is Gerald Lee “Mac” McRaney, who was born on August 19, 1947. Of Scottish and Choctaw Indian ancestry, he used to work in the Louisiana oil fields prior to his dreams of becoming an actor. He is recognized as the last guest star to meet Marshal Matt Dillon in a gunfight on 1955’s Gunsmoke, in the episode titled “Hard Labor.”

McRaney’s early work included those in the 1969 low-budget slasher film Night of Bloody Horror, wherein he played the lead character, Wesley Stuart. He later went on to briefly appear on The Incredible Hulk and The Rockford Files. However, it was his work in Simon & Simon that gained him the most recognition. His other projects include Major Dad and Promised Land.

As for television, McRaney joined the cast of HBO’s Deadwood in its third and fourth seasons, where he played a famed gold prospector, George Hearst. He also became part of season 1 of CBS’ post apocalyptic series, Jericho, where he played the lead character’s father, Mayor Johnston Green. McRaney’s other television projects include the television films Not Our Son, Going for Broke and Ike: Countdown to D-Day. He also had a small stint on One Tree Hill. When his stint on Jericho ended in 2007, McRaney took on the role of Martin Boxer on episodes of Women’s Murder Club.

In talking about his career as an actor and how it affects the people around him, Gerald McRaney said, “It occurs to me that the only way you can have a positive effect on people’s lives through your work is by filling the loneliness, letting people know they’re not in this thing alone.”

In May of 1989, Gerald McRaney married actress Delta Brooke, his third wife. He is a supporter of veterans, and enjoys visiting the soldiers in Operation Desert Storm. He once personally delivered a message that blessed the troops on winning the war, and subsequently visited the marines in Toulon, France, on a trip sponsored by the United Service Organizations in 1993. While on the USS Ashland, he eagerly signed autographs for the marines and sailors. McRaney is a conservative Republican and a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). In 2010, he bagged a spot on the JJ Abrams series Undercovers on NBC.


Collins, Mississippi


Gerald Lee McRaney




– He was married to Beverly Root from 1967 to 1971. They got divorced but have two children together. He then wed Pat Moran on November 1981and they had one child, but the couple was also divorced. On May 28, 1989, he married Delta Burke.

– He is of Scottish and Choctaw Indian descent.

– He was educated at the University of Mississippi.


2011: Red Tails – General Luntz
2011: Fairly Legal (TV series) – Judge David Nicastro
2010-2011: Undercovers (TV series) – Carlton Shaw
2010: What If? (TV series) – Host
2010: Conceal & Carry School (TV series) – Host
2010: The A-Team – Gen. Russell Morrison
2009: Get Low – Rev. Gus Horton
2009: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) – Eli Schindler
2008: Women’s Murder Club (TV series) – Martin Boxer
2006-2007: Jericho (TV series) – Johnston Green
2005-2006: Deadwood (TV series) – George Hearst
2006: Saving Shiloh – Ray Preston
2004: Ike: Countdown to D-Day (TV movie) – Lt. Gen. George S. Patton
2001-2004: The West Wing (TV series) – USAF Gen. Alan Adamle
2004: One Tree Hill (TV series) – Royal Scott
2004: Commando Nanny (TV series) – Ben Winter
2003: Going for Broke (TV movie) – Jim Bancroft
2003: The Dead Zone (TV series) – Harrison Fisher
2003: Mister Sterling (TV series) – Burt Gammel
2003: The Dan Show (TV movie) – Ray Kennedy
2002: Hansel & Gretel – Father
2002: Presidio Med (TV series) – Coach Fontina
2002: Tornado Warning (TV movie) – Dr. Jake Arledge
2002: Third Watch (TV series) – Glen Hobart
2002: Becoming Glen (TV movie)
2001: Danger Beneath the Sea (TV movie) – Admiral Eugene Justice
2001: JAG (TV series) – Sergeant Major Charvis Krohn
2001: These Arms of Mine (TV series) – Mitchell Rankin
2000: Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (TV movie) – Dutch
2000: Comanche – Colonel Samuel Sturgis
1999: A Holiday Romance (TV movie) – Cal Peterson
1999: Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV movie) – Howard Danner
1996-1999: Promised Land (TV series) – Russell Greene
1995-1998: Touched by an Angel (TV series) – Russell Greene/Dr. Joe Patcherik
1997: A Thousand Men and a Baby (TV movie) – Capt. John ‘Chick’ Hayward
1997: A Nightmare Come True (TV movie) – Don Zarn
1997: The Protector (TV series)
1996: Central Park West (TV series) – Adam Brock
1995: Nothing Lasts Forever (TV movie) – Dr. Lawrence Barker
1995: Murder, She Wrote (TV series) – Terry Folger
1995: ABC Afterschool Specials (TV series) – Alex–As an Adult
1995: The Stranger Beside Me (TV movie) – Dave Morgan
1995: Women of the House (TV series) – Dash Goff
1995: Not Our Son (TV movie) – George Keller
1995: Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again (TV movie) – Rick Simon
1995: Coach (TV series) – Jim Collins
1995: Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou (TV movie) – Jake Lassiter
1994: Someone She Knows (TV movie) – Frank Mayfield
1994: Deadly Vows (TV movie) – Tom Weston
1994: Motorcycle Gang (TV movie) – Cal
1994: Diagnosis Murder (TV series) – Det. Andy Ruggio
1994: The Commish (TV series) – Father ‘Eddie’ Baxter
1994: Burke’s Law (TV series) – Ronnie Gelico
1994: Armed and Innocent (TV movie) – Bobby Lee Holland
1994: Blind Vengeance
1993: Scattered Dreams (TV movie) – George Messenger
1989-1993: Major Dad (TV series) – Maj. John D. ‘Mac’ McGillis
1991: Fatal Friendship (TV movie) – Hank Landrum
1991: Love and Curses… And All That Jazz (TV movie) – Ross
1990: Vestige of Honor (TV movie) – Major Falon
1990: Blind Vengeance (TV movie) – Garr Hagar
1989: Murder on the Moon (TV movie) – Dennis Huff
1981-1989: Simon & Simon (TV series) – Rick Simon
1988: Where the Hell’s That Gold?!!? (TV movie) – Jones
1988: The People Across the Lake (TV movie) – Chuck Yoman
1987-1988: Designing Women (TV series) – Dash Goff
1987: A Hobo’s Christmas (TV movie) – Charlie
1986: Easy Prey (TV movie) – Christopher Wilder
1986: Jackals – Jake Wheeler
1984: City Killer (TV movie) – Lieutenant ‘Eck’ Eckford
1984: The NeverEnding Story – Bastian’s Father
1983: The Haunting Passion (TV movie) – Dan Evans
1982: Memories Never Die (TV movie) – Howdy Tilford
1982; Magnum, P.I. (TV series) – Rick Simon
1981: The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV series) – Jake
1981: The Seal (TV movie)
1980: Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (TV movie) – Cliff Sulkes
1978-1980: The Incredible Hulk (TV series) – Chief Frank Rhodes/Colin Roark/Denny Kayle/…
1980: Where the Ladies Go (TV movie) – Merle Johnson
1980: The Aliens Are Coming (TV movie) – Patrolman Ashley
1979: The Dukes of Hazzard (TV series) – First Workman
1979: 240-Robert (TV series) – Nick
1979: How the West Was Won (TV mini-series) – Thorne
1979: Roots: The Next Generations (TV mini-series) – Town Local
1979: Women in White (TV movie) – Dr. Gus Henderson
1978: The Jordan Chance (TV movie) – Sid Burton
1978: Logan’s Run (TV series) – Gera
1978: Baretta (TV series) – Tommy
1977: CHiPs (TV series) – Derrick
1975-1977: The Rockford Files (TV series) – D.A. John Pleasance/Hotel Manager/Irv/…
1977: The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family (TV movie) – Denny Kayle
1977: Eight Is Enough (TV series)
1977: The Fantastic Journey (TV series) – The Co-Pilot
1977: Switch (TV series) – Hit Man
1977: The Brain Machine – Willie West
1976: Hawaii Five-O (TV series) – Tim Ryder
1975-1976: The Streets of San Francisco (TV series) – Buck/Jeff Dixon
1974-1976: Barnaby Jones (TV series) – Dave Boyette/Jim Cabe/Pete
1976: The Blue Knight (TV series) – Steinmetz
1976: Police Woman (TV series) – Comet
1975: Petrocelli (TV series) – Cliff
1975: The Law (TV mini-series) – Hiller
1973-1975: Gunsmoke (TV series) – Gentry/Lonnie Colby/Pete Murphy
1975: Mannix (TV series) – Professor Duncan
1974: The Waltons (TV series) – Tim Collins
1974: The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One (TV movie) – Smith
1974: Sons and Daughters (TV series) – Mr. Wilson
1974: The F.B.I. (TV series) – Sheriff’s Deputy
1974: Cannon (TV series) – Winston
1972: Alias Smith and Jones (TV series) – Telegrapher
1972: Night Gallery (TV series) – Tuttle
1969: Night of Bloody Horror – Wesley Stuart
1969: Women and Bloody Terror – Terrance Bradford




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“It occurs to me that the only way you can have a positive effect on people’s lives through your work is by filling the loneliness — letting people know they’re not in this thing alone.”