gerald mcraney in longmire

There are two. I’ve had a very good run here lately. Most people know Gerald McRaney from the long-running series “Simon & Simon” and “Major Dad” and, more recently, “House of Cards” and “ Longmire ,” in which he plays the wealthy and powerful real estate magnate Barlow Connally. We were all distinctly different.”Longmire" also co-starred Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips and Gerald McRaney, known for his TV roles on "Major Dad" and "Simon & Simon" that Chase said he grew up watching. Especially for an actor who started out on the stage, I think, but having delicious words like that to say, that’ll just make your day. GM: Oh, well, on that one… I think you might be able to appreciate this one: I’d get so fascinated watching [Robert] Duvall work, I forgot it was my turn to talk! GM: Well, it’s interesting: That actually sort of helped me. Absolutely it was. ... edge since you can never be sure where the deputy actually stands in this battle of wills and the random appearances of Gerald McRaney as the father of Branch Connelly. [Laughs.] They show up to their fashion shows dressed rather casually. But it gave me an opportunity to direct and it gave me an opportunity to write, and of course when Major Dad came around, I was one of the executive producers on that show. Thanks for sharing such an awesome interview. Get me on that set!”, But then the dates conflicted. It was a fluke, my getting to play leading-man roles for a while, but I’m really a character guy. [Laughs.] “Despite Longmire being A&E’s most-watched series attracting an average of 5.6M viewers in Season 3, the network axed it, claiming the show … (McRaney laughs.) My first day on that show, I got my little cubicle dressing room, and there’s a knock on the door. He and I had the same acting teacher. Longmire (TV Series 2012–2017) - Gerald McRaney as Barlow Connally - IMDb. And then they started second-guessing themselves. AVC: Fair enough. AVC: Was that a “turnabout is fair play” situation? And I just didn’t feel like being a part of it anymore. And when I got word through my agent that this director had asked for me to do this little role in a film that he was doing, I was, like, “When do I show up?” [Laughs.] AVM: That reminds me: you’re credited on The A-Team for “Stunt Double.” Is that an inaccurate credit, or were you your own stunt double? And it had no bearing in reality whatsoever and was… really not a very pleasant experience. So I was bouncing back and forth between oil field work and doing Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw and Ibsen and things like that. I’m doing a scene with him, and I’m just watching this guy do what he does, and it’s so simple and it’s so powerful and it’s just so damned good… I just got caught up watching him and totally forgot I was in a scene with him, which was a little embarrassing. Favorite book or book you’re reading right now? And to work with Kevin [Spacey] was so much fun. Is there any role you would like to play that you haven’t yet? Club: How did you find your way into the series in the first place? Was there any discernible difference from your perspective? Gerald Lee McRaney (born August 19, 1947) is an American television and movie actor. There are worse fates. That’s my one big thing to remember about that. I was a two-time loser when Delta and I met. AVC: Was there a particular point when you realized that it had grown into something beyond just that arc? AVC: And did he make good on that agreement? But the producer of it and the guy who had written it, Phil DeGuere, when he had a show called Pirate’s Key [the TV movie that served as the pilot Simon & Simon] he remembered me. We’re trying to work out dates right now so that I can go back and do “Longmire” and this new series at the same time. So we went into his trailer to listen to that album, and when I came out of the trailer, I wanted to eat every potato chip in that county just from breathing the air. I think the most important thing all of us learned from that was how not to make a movie. He also portrayed “Barlow Connelly” on contemporary Western drama “Longmire” and, over the last year, has simultaneously performed arcs on … Naturally enough, he won! The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. Rich people… It’s not a fashion show for them. [Laughs.] But I just thought they wrote me some fascinating and wonderful stuff to play, and I had a ball doing it. GM: Yeah, I had, and a lot of them were there at Universal. I’ve been so lucky in my career with the variety of roles that I’ve played, and I like doing all of it, but… there’s something so civilized about doing a sitcom. [Laughs.] The fourth season is now airing on Netflix after being cancelled by A&E Network after season 3. Bobby came to see it, because they’re old, old friends, and he wanted me to do a role in this movie he was doing. It was, like, “Who the hell do I have to pay for this?” [Laughs.] If he did, we wouldn’t have much of a movie. And then through her I got introduced to her nephew, and this guy, he was going to be making this little low-budget film, and we all sort of hit it off, and we wound up making a movie. It’s nice to meet you. I’m sort of the barrier between the two, but my boss won’t listen to me. Interview: Gerald McRaney Talks Longmire, Agent X and Simon & Simon. It’s what I like doing. There was this—I thought—mistaken notion of rich people. Also like Justified, the series featured some of the best dialogue on TV, and you'll likely even recognize a number of faces, as Jim Beaver, Garret Dillahunt, W. Earl Brown, Gerald McRaney… GM: Well, there was the time that Willie had a new album coming out, and he wanted me to listen to an early copy of it. The script is just the adhesive material that connects one explosion to the next. Viewing “Longmire” on Netflix: “High Noon,” Episode 403. Gerald was born and raised in Collins, Mississippi, and is an avid angler and lover of the outdoors. AVC: Is there anything in your back catalog that didn’t get the love you thought it deserved? I think Jake Lassiter was on NBC. He graduated from University of Mississippi. AVC: In the ’70s, you were basically on every show ever. AVC: There are probably a lot of answers to that question when it comes to Barlow Connally. I didn’t quite know what was going to be required of the role when I got it, but Barlow took some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. GM: Well, I am in awe of any kind of superb talent. And I don’t know why that was, other than I’ve always found it fascinating that good writing tends to go in my brain and bad writing refuses to go there. They stole that and put it in the episode. It’s a very civilized way of being an actor. AVC: What’s most fascinating, even more than Micky Dolenz playing the lead, is that it was directed by Shelley Berman. A shotgun blast goes off, but we weren’t in on whether father or son died. McRaney currently stars alongside Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the Warner Bros. film “Focus.”. In other developments, Netflix announced that it … GM: Yeah, that’s what it was. And it turned out that he got through the surgery fine, I got back, and I was on my way to the set when my agent stopped me and gave me the script, so I got there a little bit early and was able to read it. And to realize that, throughout the military, the dedication of these people and the realization that they’re just people like you and me who have a really, really demanding, strange, sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying job to do, and they do it, and they do it magnificently… That was a life-altering experience for me to do. “And you’ve got 10 minutes!” So that was sort of fascinating. Most people know Gerald McRaney from the long-running series “Simon & Simon” and “Major Dad” and, more recently, “House of Cards” and “Longmire,” in which he plays the wealthy and powerful real estate magnate Barlow Connally. The network didn’t even want to hear about me, but they had tested everybody else in creation for the role opposite Jameson, who already had his role. I was just about to start back to work on Simon & Simon, and I very nearly turned the role down because I just didn’t think it was a good idea, but I said, “Just out of curiosity, what’s the show?” My agent said, “Designing Women.” I said, “I’ll do it.” [Laughs.] But, you know, I don’t think that sort of movie is meant to be terribly literary or anything like that. And one of the teachers put me in a play. I had worked with [executive producer] Greer Shephard’s father back when he was with CBS, and I’ve been sort of in her orbit for some time, and I think that Greer more than anybody wanted me. Welcome aboard.” Well, shit! [Laughs.] She doesn’t like my greens, but she likes my black-eyed peas, and she likes what I do with mac and cheese. ], GM: What a great role that was. Although it had the best ratings of any scripted show on A&E, second overall only to the reality show Duck Dynasty, A&E dropped the show shortly after the season ended. GM: No, other than driving the humvee, I think that’s about as close to doing a stunt as I did on that movie, so I don’t know why I’ve got a credit as doing stunts on that. You’re starring in a new series on TNT with Sharon Stone. She discovers after she has gotten the  job that there has been, throughout history, a special agent that works totally at the command of the vice president, and no one else in the government knows about this agent. You are going back. Not even if you’re in the fashion business. GM: Oh, my. I like her, I really do. How was the experience of doing the crossover with Magnum, P.I.? Did you see that?Â, Yes, I did. But then someone once said to me that people think “Star Trek” is filmed on location! It really was. [Laughs.]. GM: Yeah, the last one of those that I did… Well, for one thing, I was doing it when I was doing the audition for what became Simon & Simon, when I did the reading for Pirate’s Key. Simon & Simon was a great, great launching pad for everything I’ve done since. And they had had a little bit of experience in the movie business, but not enough so it showed. McRaney portrayed wealthy businessman “Raymond Tusk” on Seasons One and Two of the streaming drama “House of Cards.”. I had trouble following the movie myself… and I was there when they made it! I think the fun that we had translated into fun for the audience. Now I can have my coffee in the morning again and it’s not a problem. When I got the last scene of last season—not this season, but the one before—it was, like, “Oh boy, this is bizarre…” But it was an interesting role, which I’d much rather play than something that’s bland and ordinary and easy to figure out. We used to get mail all the time from people asking us to find lost relatives of theirs. Yeah! I grew up in the south! He is best known for his role on the television show Simon & Simon, Major Dad and Promised Land. And then I think people started to pay too much attention to some of the stuff the critics were saying, like, “How is this show going to sustain? CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. I haven’t even heard a rumor yet. I love him. You can have the biggest star in the world; if the script isn’t there, neither is the movie. That no-nonsense, no-wasted-effort approach to acting. Yeah, that was my description of Delta. [Laughs.]. Once you got into a couple of those, you were pretty much going to do them all… and I think I pretty much did do them all at one point or another. I married Delta Burke! [Laughs.] Well, there’s not that much to tell – I’m sort of a hard-ass guy. AVM: That’s actually one of my favorite recent guilty-pleasure movies. An avid reader, Connie is a huge fan of monthly serial romance novels and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. I’m actually cooking my favorite –  collard greens and black-eyed peas. AVC: And it seems like it was a game-changer for you, not just from an acting standpoint, but because it gave you the opportunity at various points to both write and direct. We had just met, we were introduced, and we hugged each other instead of shaking hands. What draws you to a project? I bumped into Jon at the Emmys. Clyde McRaney is the father of Gerald McRaney and his mother is Edna McRaney. I tell people all the time, if you could make a good living at it, I’d still be doing rep, because that’s where all the fun is. I’ve known a few men like that, who wanted a 5-year-old to straighten out, which is ridiculous, of course. I just remember having to learn it. But normally he just loved everybody. We had to keep putting off all the scenes that were shot at the mansion because every time we would schedule that day, it would be raining on that side of the island, so… “Okay, I guess it’s time to go swimming in the ocean again. It was easy. McRaney holds the distinction of being the last guest star to meet "Matt Dillon" in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955) - in the episode, Gunsmoke: Hard Labor (1975), first broadcast on February 24, 1975 (he lost). AVC: Did you enjoy the opportunity to have a little Deadwood reunion on Justified? I just didn’t know if you’d gotten any sort of advance warning. And was. But I have had the most fascinating career, particularly this latter part of it. AVC: There are probably half a dozen posters for the movie that are floating around the internet…. And their line producer, Pat McKee, is a guy who started out as a trainee on Simon & Simon in the old days, so there’s an association with a couple of people on that show. GM: [Bursts out laughing.] I got the opportunity to chat with McRaney about his role in “Focus,” as well as his new series “Agent X” on TNT and his return to “Longmire,” heading to Netflix with season 4 later this year. Reel Life With Jane is your entertainment news and pop culture website. I’m playing all manner of different roles. But it was fairly predictable what he wanted from the guy: it was a father who was distracted and wanted his son to be a certain way, thought it was nonsense that the kid had such a fantasy life, and one thing and another. Has it changed from when you were acting in your 20s to now? AVC: This is an absolute on-the-fly question based on what you just said, but when you did your episode of Cannon, did you mention to William Conrad that you used to listen to him on Gunsmoke? GM: Yeah! And this sort of stuff just happened throughout the show. But he’s just that damned good! What do you think is the long-term appeal of “Simon & Simon”? AVC: It would appear that your first on-camera appearance, excluding any commercials that might’ve preceded it, was playing Wesley Stuart in Night Of Bloody Horror. Well, I’ve had three cups of coffee today and I had five cups of tea yesterday. AVC: Do you have any specific recollections of filming the wedding scene? Being stuck in Hawaii at a five-star hotel is not bad. GM: Oh, just that idiotic conceit of stomping on a glass with a bare foot. And nothing seemed to work, they were running out of time, and then finally they agreed with Phil that I could come and read for the thing, and they would just bring the network people to his office at Universal, because there was no time left to go through that normal process of getting me passed by the studio and then bringing me over to read for the network, and all that. There is one other thing: It was only going to be a montage, the wedding, but then that day, as I was getting into makeup, they brought me Hebrew dialogue! But there it was for me to learn. And that’s been my career all the way along, really. With Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase. Gerald McRaney, Actor: Die unendliche Geschichte. [Laughs.]. Follow Connie on Twitter at. It’s all about the quality of the show. GM: No, it didn’t. AVC: I can’t imagine you won’t remember this one: You played David Sherman in Keep Off My Grass! And I began to get the feeling that what we were doing wasn’t really right, because it sort of indicated that post-apocalyptic life was not only survivable but, you know, wasn’t really all that bad! You have entered an incorrect email address! I’m back to doing what I started out doing. Forget producer and writer and all that for a moment. Barlow aligns himself by bringing up examples of Nighthorse’s unscrupulous practices. The rodeo comes to Durant in this week’s Longmire, and plenty of folks are taking the “Ride ’Em Cowboy” directive to heart. Really love it. I’ve never had what you would call a breakout. AVC: This next one is the most obscure thing on my list—there’s not even so much as a clip from it on YouTube—but the credits alone are fascinating enough that it’s a must-ask. [Laughs.] AVC: That’s great that, at least to some extent, you can still find yourself in awe of other actors. It’s good as an actor to have something that scares you a little from time to time. Watch Longmire: Down by the River from Season 4 at TVGuide.com Join / Sign Up Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. AVC: You haven’t done a ton of comedy since Major Dad, but you got to return to the sitcom world a few years ago when you had a recurring guest role on Mike & Molly. So I wound up down in Georgia doing Get Low. On USO tours that I did, the time that I spent with Marines in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, Haiti, and all sorts of places… And I got to fly with the Blue Angels, for crying out loud, because of that show! But it was a challenge as well. That one stands out because it was the first role I had in Hollywood, and let’s see… All of those Quinn Martin roles, those were great fun, because it was that Quinn Martin repertory company. He has a one younger brother Buddy McRaney. He said, “I don’t know what the role is.” “Doesn’t matter.” “I don’t know what kind of money it is.” “I don’t care! But the way that role came about was that I had gotten as far as testing for the studio and it was down to me and a couple of other guys for a thing called Gypsy Warriors, which was going to be a series about two Americans during World War II who go behind enemy lines in France and work with the underground at making ready for the invasion of Europe. And I loved the sort of philosophy he had about war crimes: “All wars are crimes.” I’ve met several people who were at that level in the military, and they all have this sort of thing in common that nobody has ever stated in exactly these words, but their job ultimately is to try and piece things back together as best they can when everybody else has screwed things beyond all recognition. [Laughs.] When Longmire tells Barlow Connolly (Gerald McRaney) that he’s convinced Branch was murdered, he feels he’s found a kindred spirit. That’s the only other series besides Rockford that you did on four separate occasions. And they were very nice. That was terrific. Football, baseball… It doesn’t matter. He spent his childhood with his Englis… (If you’re a fan of the series and haven’t had the opportunity to dive into the new season yet, you may want to skip ahead to the next role, lest you learn more than you’d like about where things are headed with McRaney’s character.). GM: Well, that was a fascinating character to play, just being on West Wing. Gerald McRaney and Ally Walker are set as guest stars. The third season of Longmire wrapped up many ongoing storylines, finally unveiling the fate of David Ridges, Branch's shooting, Vic's past in Philadelphia, and most importantly, what happened to Walt's wife in Denver. AVM: This must be the most terrifying conversation you’ve had in a long time, then. The first inclination I had about acting was in junior high school and, you know, like any other kid who grew up with the cowboys and stuff like that, I was sort of interested in the movies on that level. McRaney is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon & Simon, Major Dad, Promised Land and House of Cards. What draws me is always the writing, a good script, or an interesting idea. How would any of us wind up being actors or artists if he had decided to just straighten up at the age of 5? Photography: Lewis Jacob/Netflix ... (Gerald McRaney), drunk at the wheel, drive his vehicle into a ditch. From what I’ve read, there’s apparently an LSD freak-out after someone spikes the ice cream. I’m a redneck kid from Mississippi, born and raised a Southern Baptist. We can do that.” [Laughs.] He’s just a fascinating human being. Jim loved actors. Gerald was born on August 19, 1947. Gerald McRaney: He’s scary. I would have loved to. And instead of me, they hired some guy named Selleck. And it’s fascinating, because I had met her—briefly—at the Publicist Guild Awards luncheon. The A.V. BY Joe Leydon . There would’ve been the eventual burning of the town, because the original Deadwood got basically burnt to the ground and then rebuilt. Very rarely did he go to his trailer, unless he was tired or there was an interview or something like that going on. GM: Yeah, I was in three episodes of that during its last three years, including the final episode of Gunsmoke. And Shelley Berman as a director is a damned good stand-up comic. Southern Border, Movie Review: Aretha Franklin Concert Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Lives Up to Its Title. But I had to earn my way all the way up to that level, and it’s been that way ever since. AVC: Was it weird working with Jameson in that capacity, as opposed to the brotherly love of Simon & Simon? But, again, it was a great idea. It’s called “Agent X,” and I play the Chief Steward of the Vice President and Sharon Stone plays the new Vice President. Oh, wait! So we had a wonderful time on that show because we very rarely did anything! GM: Yeah, I proposed the Simon & Simon reunion movie to CBS and they went for it, and that was fine. AVC: And yet it was obviously not the only movie that you made with Joy N. Houck Jr. How did you fall into his orbit in the first place? No, not appreciably. People identified with it – some a little bit too seriously. There’s one speech in particular, one scene in particular, where Hearst is waxing eloquent about how the agreement upon gold having value is going to be the savior of humankind, and it was just magnificent what he had written for me. How boring! Anyone who’s that good at something they do, I’m still in awe of that, and I hope I never get over it. By the second year, I was bored with college at that point and I dropped out, and I went to work in the oil fields and auditioned for a place in a reparatory company that was in New Orleans. Wolfgang Petersen is, as you well know, one of the finest film directors ever, and I had just—well, several months before being offered that role, I’d seen Das Boot, and I was just blown away. (We commiserate about the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy.). [Laughs.] But that was one of the things that irritated me about it, and I realized it my first day there, when they took me for fittings to a private shopper. He appeared in a recurring role as main antagonist Mason Wood in season eight of Castle. Branch Connally (Cassidy Freeman). [Laughs.] I don’t know why they did, but… [Laughs.] So I did. GM: None. People still talk about “Simon & Simon.” Adam Scott and Jon Hamm went so far as to recreate the opening credits shot for shot. And I keep looking over my shoulder for what might be gaining on me! 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