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GERALD McRANEY (Reverend Gus Horton) is a highly respected and talented character actor who easily transitions between the stage, television and movies. He most recently starred in the CBS drama Jericho, his fourth television series for the network, and on HBO's award-winning series Deadwood as ‘George Hearst', father of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. He also appeared this past season in the Broadway production of Horton Foote's Dividing The Estate. It is during his run in this play, that Robert Duvall asked him to join the cast of Get Low after watching his performance.

Recognized by fans around the world, McRaney spent eight years as the irrepressible, yet immensely likable private investigator ‘Rick Simon' on Simon and Simon. He went on to become the nation's favorite U.S. Marine in Major Dad. A further measure of his popularity is that both series continue to be aired in reruns and DVDs of entire seasons of Simon and Simon are currently in wide distribution.

McRaney was born in Collins, Mississippi. He became interested in acting when he injured a knee playing football in junior high school and found the only openings left were in the drama club. Encouraged by his performances in school productions, he went on to major in drama at the University of Mississippi.

McRaney's first acting job when he moved to Hollywood was in an episode of Night Gallery. He next followed it with four appearances on Gunsmoke which then led to steady work in television movies such as The Law, Roots II, and in many series, including The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, Police Woman, Designing Women and How the West Was Won, among many others.

McRaney, who is married to actress Delta Burke, is a founding member of the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., a non-profit organization that addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety; human trafficking; mental health and HIV/AIDS prevention. In that role, he has testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations to obtain Senate endorsement of the group's efforts.

FILMOGRAPHY 
2010 GET LOW 
2006 SAVING SHILOH 
2002 HANSEL & GRETEL 
2000 COMANCHE 
1994 BLIND VENGEANCE 
1993 MURDER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD 
1986 JACKELS 
1984 THE NEVERENDING STORY 
1977 THE BRAIN MACHINE 
1969 NIGHT OF BLOODY HORROR 
WOMEN AND BLOODY TERROR

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