Richard Gilliland

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Richard Gilliland
Operation Petticoat television cast.JPG
Richard Gilliland (bottom left) with the Operation Petticoat television cast.
Born (1950-01-23) January 23, 1950 (age 65)
Fort Worth, Texas
Spouse(s) Jean Smart (1987-present)
Children 2

Richard Gilliland (born January 23, 1950) is an American television and movie actor.

Early and personal life[edit]

Gilliland was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

He has been married to actress Jean Smart since 1987. They met while working on the set of Designing Women (he played J. D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of her Annie Potts' character, Mary Jo Shively). They have a son, Connor Douglas (born 1989)[1][2] and a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen (adopted as a baby from China in May 2009). Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while his wife Smart later played First Lady Martha Logan on the same series.


He appeared onscreen in the 1970s. Notable appearances include Thirtysomething, Party of Five, Little Women, and a recurring role on Designing Women (where he met his wife Jean Smart, who starred as Charlene in that series). The couple has one son, Connor. Richard recently played Ellis Kapp on The Unit and Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while his wife Jean Smart played the First Lady Martha Logan in season 5. (He was in episode 2:00am to 3:00am). Gilliland is best friends with actor Joe Mantegna. He was also known for playing Mary Ellen Walton's 2nd husband "Jonesy" in The Waltons and Jeffrey Spidell in Matlock.

Gilliland is also very active in the theatre. Recent credits include Balancing Act, with Yeardley Smith and I Remember You, with Tony Danza; both at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre. He studied at the University of Kansas, the Goodman School of Drama, Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble and spent four seasons at summer stock.



  1. ^ "Jean Smart- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-07-21. [dead link]

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