Gerald McRaney spent eight years as private investigator Rick Simon in the series “Simon & Simon” on the CBS Television Network, then returned to the Network for four years as a U.S. Marine in “Major Dad.” Since the latter series ended its run in 1993, McRaney has become a valuable and reliable character player in many highly rated television films and mini-series.
McRaney was born in Collins, Miss. and became interested in acting when a football knee injury in junior high school sidelined him. He joined his school’s drama club and went on to major in drama at the University of Mississippi. Although he briefly segued out of acting and onto the Louisiana oil fields, he landed a job as an assistant stage manager with a New Orleans repertory company and was eventually cast in some of its stage productions.
McRaney made his television debut in an episode of “Night Gallery.”