Gerald McRaney
Gerald Lee McRaney
Collins, Mississippi
August 19, 1947

Gerald McRaney, plays the part of Carlton Shaw in NBC's "Undercovers." With his imposing frame and commanding presence, this mustachioed TV actor started out playing villains but shot to fame as a good guy on the lighthearted '80s action series Simon & Simon. Boasting a Southern amiability and a deadpan drawl, he charmed audiences and Designing Women star Delta Burke, who became his third wife after they guest-starred on their respective series. His next show, the family sitcom Major Dad, was a moderate success and firmly established him as a stern yet lovable patriarch, a role he continued to embody on his subsequent show, Promised Land. McRaney also popped up in a slew of TV-movies, often opposite his wife, and even tried his hand at directing, helming multiple episodes of his first two hit series. In the '90s and '00s, he suffered through a few failed shows but always found work as a guest star on long-running series, rarely straying from his effective stereotype, except for his deliciously malicious turn on Deadwood.