We had such wonderful directors on that show and some wonderful writers, and what I’d do was just get in their hip pocket and follow them around like a puppy dog, watching them do what they did. “And you’ve got 10 minutes!” So that was sort of fascinating. His aunt Wilma was a sometimes casting agent in New Orleans for films. But it got me started. 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. You know, we play adversaries, and normally I don’t think civilians would think of what we do sometimes as being necessarily fun, but that especially is fun. It’s just in him. He’s incredibly intelligent and has his own sometimes-bizarre take on life, but there’s this essential truth to Milch. And I think people got timid. Well, there’s not that much to tell – I’m sort of a hard-ass guy. Jameson and I did – for eight years. Favorite book or book you’re reading right now? GM: Well, the first one that I had out here was the direct result of my acting teacher being the director of an episode of Night Gallery. AVC: Out of curiosity, did you happen to see “The Greatest Event In Television History”? Our paths crossed, but we never got a chance to work together. You know, I have some of the old DVDs of Simon & Simon, and the most painful thing for me to do is see all the stunts that I used to be able to do and think to myself, “How the hell did I ever do that, and why can’t I do it anymore?”. What draws me is always the writing, a good script, or an interesting idea. AVC: If you heard that it was written in stone, would you be in? There are two. In those days, that was as beneficial as anything else I was doing, so I went ahead and did those things. 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. What a character. 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. You’ve been acting for several decades. If you give up the fantasy life, I’m out of business… and who the hell wants that? GM: A little bit, a little bit. GM: Uh, yeah. GM: Major Dad was an exceptional, exceptional experience. Longmire (TV Series 2012–2017) - Gerald McRaney as Barlow Connally - IMDb. I think she’s a terrific lady. So it wasn’t weird… except occasionally in a particular scene, we’d laugh about something. Instead of being, “Let’s make this the best show we can make about this subject,” it was, “Yeah, but are people going to tune in in big numbers to watch this?” As it turned out, they didn’t tune in in big numbers anyway. AVC: I can’t imagine you won’t remember this one: You played David Sherman in Keep Off My Grass! But I have had the most fascinating career, particularly this latter part of it. I think he just said, “Do we have to go back that far?” [Laughs. It’s called “Agent X,” and I play the Chief Steward of the Vice President and Sharon Stone plays the new Vice President. I started to do it, and then at Ole Miss, where I went to college, I was in a lot of the productions the first year. AVC: There are probably half a dozen posters for the movie that are floating around the internet…. GM: Yeah, that’s what it was. You go in, you go to work, you have a read-through like proper actors, and then the writers go back and they change things because it didn’t quite sound the way that they expected to coming out of real mouths. AVC: In the case of the other two films you did with him, was that a case where you felt like you owed it to Houck for getting you started? I never worked with him. AVC: You had the experience of doing an episode when Aaron Sorkin was at the helm of the show and then another one when he wasn’t. Did you see that?Â, Yes, I did. Has it changed from when you were acting in your 20s to now? 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. How boring! Pretty much what you see is what you get with Wilford. Interview: Gerald McRaney Talks Longmire, Agent X and Simon & Simon. 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. I tried to tell the producer at one point, “Even billionaires don’t dress in silk suits to watch the ballgame on Sunday.” You know, you throw on a pair of jeans! 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. I haven’t seen a script, an outline. 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. My God, I’d hate to be a cynic. 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. I like her, I really do. 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. There’s no nonsense with him. And then in ninth grade I messed up a knee about halfway through football season and was out the rest of the season, and somebody suggested that I go over to the drama club and help them build sets, because my father had built houses and I had worked as a carpenter. It was just one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. I sidled up next to him and whispered in his ear, “Some guys just can’t wear the hat.”. AVC: Was there a particular point when you realized that it had grown into something beyond just that arc? Back then, every day must’ve brought you another new experience. The fans that the show had were adamant, but it wasn’t enough to keep it on the air. But it didn’t happen. 1 Cast 1.1 Main Cast 1.2 Recurring cast 2 Season 4 Trivia 3 Broadcast Episode Robert Taylor as Sheriff Walt Longmire Katee Sackhoff as Deputy Victoria "Vic" Moretti Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear Cassidy … What the hell do I know about Hebrew? 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. From what I’ve read, there’s apparently an LSD freak-out after someone spikes the ice cream. 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. Some actors would complain that he would change dialogue on them at the last moment, but I loved it, because it was always being refined, always being perfected. At all. How was the experience of doing the crossover with Magnum, P.I.? 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