I’m back to doing what I started out doing. Gerald McRaney is an American television and movie actor. I think she’s a terrific lady. Longmire (TV Series 2012–2017) - Gerald McRaney as Barlow Connally - IMDb. And it’s what’s fun for me. GM: Yeah, as much as anything else. There were a couple of scenes in that film which were kind of overwritten, if you know what I mean. We were just sort of stumbling our way into doing what we do, and there’s a certain aspect of that sort of guerrilla filmmaking that appeals to me, because I think a lot of good creative stuff winds up being done. Barlow aligns himself by bringing up examples of Nighthorse’s unscrupulous practices. Did you see that?Â, Yes, I did. He graduated from University of Mississippi. Rich people… It’s not a fashion show for them. GM: Yeah! Longmire is one of those people you love to watch, he is tough as nails and when it comes to family he will break any rules to ensure safety as best he can. [Laughs.] Monday's Best Deals: Tenet Blu-ray, NFL Mugs, Cuisinart Slow Cooker, Outdoor Heaters, and More. I think he just said, “Do we have to go back that far?” [Laughs. But I opened it up, having the shoot-out with Matt Dillon. The fourth season is now airing on Netflix after being cancelled by A&E Network after season 3. GM: Yes, and he was one of our first ADs on the show. But she was terrific. The last episode of the 20th season. Thanks for sharing such an awesome interview. An avid reader, Connie is a huge fan of monthly serial romance novels and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. 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! And I was in Virginia, and my agent called me again and said, “When can you be back home?” I said, “Well, that all depends on how Butch does tomorrow.” He said, “Well, let me know as soon as you can, because they’re holding that role open for you.”. Well, there’s not that much to tell – I’m sort of a hard-ass guy. To have an acting partner of that kind of immense talent and to be able to go one-on-one with him, it’s like a tennis player playing a great opponent or a football player being a receiver to a great quarterback. Football, baseball… It doesn’t matter. Also, the Bosch series has some good actors- I'm glad to see the platforms offering more people opportunity to display and get paid for their talent. 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. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the entertainment industry. I read the script, and I was, like, “Whoa, what did I do to piss somebody off?”. They had to have somebody. [Laughs.] Our paths crossed, but we never got a chance to work together. And then, again, he wrote a three-story arc for this guy that he had been building up to for a season and then just kept asking me to come back. Directed by Michael Offer. GM: I didn’t care for the experience, quite frankly. I don’t know why they did, but… [Laughs.] I thought that would’ve been a great experience because we had a little house in the French Quarter at the time, and it would’ve been nice if that’d gone to series. It’s what I like doing. There would’ve been the eventual burning of the town, because the original Deadwood got basically burnt to the ground and then rebuilt. 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. He appeared in a recurring role as main antagonist Mason Wood in season eight of Castle. Secret affairs are the theme for this episode, for both major and minor players alike in a somewhat lighter, more comedic installment of the drama. GM: Well, it wasn’t explained in exactly those words, but, yeah, that sort of tone was explained to me up front. Anyone who’s that good at something they do, I’m still in awe of that, and I hope I never get over it. He and I went deer hunting last November together, and we’ve been friends this whole time. Both. I’m sure! It was like one of those Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland “my uncle has a barn we could use” scenarios. I mean, Simon & Simon is as close as it comes, and that obviously really kick-started things, because it was on the air for eight years. That was terrific. I’m a redneck kid from Mississippi, born and raised a Southern Baptist. I mean, let’s face it. You know, I’m just a day player, but that was the reception I got! 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. Gerald Lee McRaney (born August 19, 1947) is an American television and movie actor. We can do that.” [Laughs.] Gerald McRaney, one of the leading stars in the program, hit viewers as Richard Simon. You’ve been acting for several decades. And I’ve been having fun the last 10 to 15 years, where it’s been like that. Viewing “Longmire” on Netflix: “High Noon,” Episode 403. When Longmire tells Barlow Connolly (Gerald McRaney) that he’s convinced Branch was murdered, he feels he’s found a kindred spirit. AVC: Maybe they felt like you had to live up to Raquel Welch’s fashions. GM: No, there was a story arc in that first season. 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. Some people complained that the language was hard to learn, but to me it wasn’t. With Barlow, it’d be a lot easier to figure out the people he didn’t piss off. 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. About a month later, my agent called me to tell me that Fran Bascom, a casting director who had been helpful to me when I first came out here, wanted to know if I’d be interested in doing a guest role on a sitcom she was casting. Those are the things that always attracted me, and those are the things that make or break a good show. 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. But David’s stuff was just so fascinating to me and so almost poetic, that you just loved those words and wanted them to be in your brain. Wolfgang just sort of let me do whatever I wanted to do in the character. And he has wonderful instincts. I’ve had a very good run here lately. 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. You’re awesome on it! Yeah! It’s good as an actor to have something that scares you a little from time to time. McRaney is American television and movie actor and is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon and Simon, Major Dad, and Promised Land. But I have had the most fascinating career, particularly this latter part of it. When they came in, she would do local casting and stuff, and she actually lived in my neighborhood and I got to know her. Gerald was born and raised in Collins, Mississippi, and is an avid angler and lover of the outdoors. GM: Yeah, later that same year, I think, she came over and did an episode of Simon & Simon. So that was pretty great. And to work with Kevin [Spacey] was so much fun. And I think people got timid. If you’re like me, then you were waiting to see what happened between Branch Connolly (Bailey Chase), and his father Barlow (Gerald McRaney) who had appeared to get the drop on his son, because, despite Branch’s many flaws, he’s not as crooked as his pop. Gerald McRaney and Ally Walker are set as guest stars. AVM: That’s actually one of my favorite recent guilty-pleasure movies. 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. Again, sometimes in spite of yourself, but it gets done. GM: Oh, yes. My God, I’d hate to be a cynic. AVC: You and your wife have also worked together a few other times, but it seems like there’s a decent shot that you might have a story to tell about working with Willie Nelson on Where The Hell’s That Gold?!!? And you rehearse for four-and-a-half days, and then they bring an audience in, and you shoot it. There’s no nonsense with him. Oh, also on Simon & Simon, in 1984, when the Summer Olympics were going to be in L.A., Phil decided it would just be a logistical nightmare trying to shoot in competition with all the traffic that would be going on around the Olympics. What draws you to a project? GM: Oh, God. 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. I called my wife after the whole fitting was over, which took hours and hours and hours, and I told her, “I think they just spent more money on the wardrobe than they’re ever going to pay me on this thing.” I mean, they must’ve spent over $100K on my wardrobe… and do you really have to spend that kind of money on a skinny bald guy? AVC: So have you heard any rumblings about the continuation of the show, either a movie or another season? 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. Of course, Longmire wants to believe the worst of Nighthorse and is easily steered by Barlow. He is best known for his role on the television show Simon & Simon, Major Dad and Promised Land. And then they wound up not using most of it, if any of it. Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. ], GM: What a great role that was. It reminds you of the fact that you’re an actor and not a C.P.A. 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. BY Joe Leydon . After killing David Ridges, sheriff Longmire uncovers a clue that could prove that Ridges killed Miller Beck. And Shelley Berman as a director is a damned good stand-up comic. I love that show! There are two. 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.] It’s just in him. Season 4 is the fourth season of the Longmire television series. What’s your secret to a successful relationship? Now I can have my coffee in the morning again and it’s not a problem. Have you seen any scripts? You’re starring in a new series on TNT with Sharon Stone. That was something written by people who had no concept of what hippies really were, but it was their hippie movie. It was easy. Gerald McRaney is an official celebrity spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, and understands that now is the time for healing when it comes to US veterans. But it was an episode that was written by Nick Corea, who was a writer-producer on that show. So they started doing things like—we would talk incessantly about how we’re running out of food, and then by the end of the episode there’d be a block party to pick up people’s spirits. Gerald McRaney: He’s scary. 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. And that came as a direct result of doing a play that Horton Foote had written in New York, off-Broadway. Is there any role you would like to play that you haven’t yet? 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). Doing two things at the same time is enough for my feeble mind. When you’re actors, it’s just play. 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. Interview: Gerald McRaney Talks Longmire, Agent X and Simon & Simon. Jim loved actors. 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. What am I getting myself into?” And then he wound up just being this great guy who I still hang out with. But it was a challenge as well. You are going back. 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 like I said, it’s what I’m used to. This was built into the Constitution. This is terrific!” And it was done. Join / Sign Up ... Longmire Barlow Connally 2 Episodes (2013-2015) Focus Owens 2015 And they had had a little bit of experience in the movie business, but not enough so it showed. GM: Oh, just that idiotic conceit of stomping on a glass with a bare foot. Yes. AVC: Simon & Simon was your first time as a series regular, but you’d certainly done a ton of guest roles by that point. His father, Barlow Connally (Gerald McRaney), a … GM: I doubt that I would even be asked in, because the last thing we saw of Hearst was his leaving town, and I don’t know what David’s plans would be for anything beyond that, other than knowing that his original idea was to just follow the history of the place. The rodeo comes to Durant in this week’s Longmire, and plenty of folks are taking the “Ride ’Em Cowboy” directive to heart. I was a two-time loser when Delta and I met. McRaney is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon & Simon, Major Dad, Promised Land and House of Cards. Longmire (Robert Taylor) and Barlow Connally (Gerald McRaney) (Courtesy of Netflix) Coffee or tea? I haven’t even heard a rumor yet. So it was a strange existence for four or five years, but the oil field work actually allowed me to afford to be an actor. Jameson and I did – for eight years. Gerald Lee “Mac” McRaney was born on August 19, 1974, in Collins Mississippi, United States America. [Laughs.] And I asked to be let out of it. GM: Actually, it was through the aunt of one of the producers on the film, Al Salzer. In fact, in the early portion of Gerald McRaney's career he almost always played the villain; but, since his first series, Simon & Simon (1981), hit it big, he's played mostly good guys. Once they saw that I wasn’t going to screw up too badly, that I could in fact walk and chew gum at the same time, I got asked back to do more. His aunt Wilma was a sometimes casting agent in New Orleans for films. GM: Yes, but I think he was tempted from time to time. AVC: Growing up with cowboys began your interest in movies, and then you ended up appearing on the definitive cowboy series, and on three separate occasions, no less. You’ve been married for 25 years. “Longmire” will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. So I wound up down in Georgia doing Get Low. And then they started second-guessing themselves. I’ve known a few men like that, who wanted a 5-year-old to straighten out, which is ridiculous, of course. Back then, every day must’ve brought you another new experience. He’s incredibly intelligent and has his own sometimes-bizarre take on life, but there’s this essential truth to Milch. AVC: Did you know that going into it, or was it just something you picked up on? But it started out with those roles, and it just built up. I think Jake Lassiter was on NBC. That’s all that was: They started out with a wonderful idea, a wonderful premise, and then started to second-guess what it was they were doing. I don’t really even remember if it wound up in the movie at all. [Laughs.]. And it was another case where it was about the numbers. And Wilford, without even thinking about it, just changed everything and did the scene, and it was, like, “Oh! And I worked half the year in the oil fields and half the year in the rep company. AVC: Did you enjoy the opportunity to have a little Deadwood reunion on Justified? Not so much creatively on that one, although it was a wonderful creative experience, and Shanna Reed was just a joy. I agreed to do Justified just as long as he agreed not to grab my beard. What a great guy to work with. So it wasn’t weird… except occasionally in a particular scene, we’d laugh about something. AVC: In the ’70s, you were basically on every show ever. As I said, I am the Chief Steward, but in addition to that, I am a former Agent X myself and the handler of the guy who is the current Agent X. I have no idea. GM: Well, I’m glad. I’m still in touch all the time with Jim Beaver, and working with Timothy [Olyphant] is terrific. But normally he just loved everybody. He’d written it expressly for me, and it came at the end of a year where I hadn’t worked, but here this guy wrote a role for me and wasn’t going to hear of anybody else playing it. It was going to be post-apocalyptic. He was a series regular in the first season of Jericho and the final season of Deadwood. That’s basically the premise of the show – the adventures that are had by the vice president and her secret agent. [Laughs.] You don’t notice those sort of things so much as a guest actor. AVC: And did he make good on that agreement? [Laughs.] 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. But he’s just that damned good! 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. 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