Gregory Neale Harrison
May 31, 1950
Gregory Neale Harrison (born May 31, 1950) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Chandler in the 1987 film North Shore, as Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates, the young surgeon assistant of Dr. Trapper John McIntyre (played by Pernell Roberts) on the CBS series Trapper John, M.D. (1979–86), and as ruthless business tycoon Michael Sharpe in the CBS series Falcon Crest (1989–1990). Since 2015, he has played Joe O'Toole, father of Oliver, in the Hallmark Channel expansion films of Signed, Sealed and Delivered.
Early life and career
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Harrison was born in Avalon, California, in 1950, the middle child of Ed Harrison, a ship's captain and poet, and Donna Lee Nagely, an aspiring dancer; they eventually divorced. He has an older sister, Kathleen (born 1948), and a younger brother, Christopher (born 1961). He served for two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era as a medic.
He appeared on an episode of M*A*S*H before garnering fame in 1979 with the role of surgeon Dr. George "Gonzo" Gates on Trapper John, M.D., starring opposite Pernell Roberts. The medical drama was spun off from M*A*S*H. Harrison remained as Gonzo on Trapper John until the middle of the show's seventh season, when he decided to leave for other ventures. The series continued for several more episodes without Harrison, but concluded its run at the end of the 1985–86 season.
Harrison's later role as stripper John Phillips in the 1981 TV movie For Ladies Only made him a favorite with women and gay men in the 1980s. He spoofed that role in the 1986 miniseries Fresno where his character appeared shirtless at every opportunity. Fresno was also a spoof of the prime-time series Falcon Crest, where Harrison became a regular three years later in the final season (1989–90). As Falcon Crest ended production in early 1990, the series' parent studio, Lorimar Television, cast Harrison in its upcoming CBS sitcom The Family Man, from producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. The series, which premiered that fall, featured Harrison as a single fireman father raising his four children with the help of his father-in-law, played by Al Molinaro. Despite a few attempts by CBS to help it build an audience, The Family Man was cancelled after one season.
He later joined the cast of NBC's Sisters for the 1994–95 season, playing Daniel Albright. In 1996, he starred opposite Eric Roberts in It's My Party, a film based on the true story of a man in the end stages of AIDS who planned a party to say goodbye to friends and family.
He starred in the WB Network's Safe Harbor and One Tree Hill and has made guest appearances on other shows such as Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Rizzoli & Isles, Reunion, Joey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland.
He played Billy Flynn in a touring production of Chicago and was the male lead in each film of the Au Pair trilogy. He also appeared as Benjamin Stone in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies and starred in the original Broadway production of Kander & Ebb's musical Steel Pier. In 2011, he had a guest-starring role as a doctor on ABC's Body of Proof. More recently, he appeared on General Hospital.
Harrison has been married since 1980 to actress Randi Oakes. The couple have four children, three girls and a boy. He lived in Gold Beach, Oregon, for 15 years; as of 2007, he lives in Eugene, Oregon.
|1973||The Harrad Experiment||Student||Film debut|
|1976||Jim the World's Greatest||Jim Nolan|
|1977||Fraternity Row||Zac Sterling|
|1992||Body Chemistry II: The Voice of a Stranger||Dan|
|1994||Tis a Gift to Be Simple||Daniel Hanover||Short film|
|1995||Hard Evidence||Trent Turner|
|1996||It's My Party||Brandon Theis|
|1998||Air Bud: Golden Receiver||Dr. Patrick Sullivan||Alternative title: Air Bud 2|
|2000||Canone Inverso - Making Love||Jeno Piccolo||Alternative title: The Inverse Canon|
|2009||Love N' Dancing||Uncle Carl|
|Give 'Em Hell, Malone||Whitmore|
|2014||The M Word||Mack Riley|
|2016||Fair Haven||Dr. Gallagher|
|2020||The Vanished||Dr. Bradley||Alternative title: Hour of Lead|
|1975||Trilogy of Terror||Arthur Moore||Segment: "Julie"|
|1977||The Gathering||Bud Jr.|
|1979||The Best Place to Be||Rick Jawlosky|
|1980||The Women's Room||Ben Volper|
|Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb||Captain Bob Lewis|
|1981||For Ladies Only||John Phillips|
|1983||The Fighter||Merle Banks|
|The Hasty Heart||Sgt. Lachlen McLachlen|
|1986||Oceans of Fire||Ben Laforche|
|Red River||Cherry Valance|
|1990||Dangerous Pursuit||Political Assassin|
|Angel of Death||Gary Nicholson|
|1991||Bare Essentials||William "Bill" Buzell|
|1992||Breaking the Silence||Paul Danner|
|Split Images||Robbie Daniels|
|1993||Caught in the Act||Scott McNally|
|A Family Torn Apart||Tom Kelley||Alternative title: Sudden Fury|
|1994||Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg||Bruce Kellogg|
|Mortal Fear||Philip Montgomery|
|A Christmas Romance||Brian Harding|
|1995||A Dangerous Affair||Robert Kenzer|
|Nothing Lasts Forever||Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Wallace|
|1996||Summer of Fear||Lucas Marshall|
|1997||When Secrets Kill||Greg Newhall|
|1998||Running Wild||Matt Robinson|
|Murder at 75 Birch||Rick Todson|
|1999||First Daughter||President Jonathan Hayes|
|Au Pair||Oliver Caldwell|
|2000||First Target||President Jonathan Hayes|
|2001||Au Pair II||Oliver Caldwell|
|2002||First Shot||President Jonathan Hayes|
|St. Sass||Adam Patrick|
|2009||Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise||Oliver Caldwell|
|2012||Undercover Bridesmaid||Mr. Thompson|
|2013||After All These Years||David Larabee|
|2014||The Nine Lives of Christmas||Chief Sam|
|2015||Cloudy with a Chance of Love||Grant|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told||Joe O'Toole|
|2016||Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million||Joe O'Toole|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You||Joe O'Toole|
|My Christmas Love||Tom Manning|
|2017||Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground||Joe O'Toole|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again||Joe O'Toole|
|2018||Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar||Joe O'Toole|
|2019||Love, Fall & Order||Hank Hart|
|2021||Sweet Carolina||Pete Wilder|
|The Nine Kittens of Christmas||Chief Sam||Sequel to Nine Lives of Christmas|
|1976||Barnaby Jones||Ritchie Ridder||Episode: "Blood Vengeance"|
|M*A*S*H||Lt. Tony Baker||Episode: "The Nurses"|
|1977–78||Logan's Run||Logan 5||Main cast (14 episodes)|
|1979–86||Trapper John, M.D.||Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates||Main cast (142 episodes)|
|1987||The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible||Joseph (voice)||Episode: "The Nativity"|
|1989–90||Falcon Crest||Michael Sharpe||Main cast (22 episodes)|
|1990–91||The Family Man||Jack Taylor||Main cast (22 episodes)|
|1995||500 Nations||Narrator (voice)||8 episodes|
|Sisters||Daniel Albright||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|Touched by an Angel||Pete Taylor||Episode: "There But for the Grace of God"|
|New York News||Jack Reilly||Main cast (13 episodes)|
|1996–97||Dark Skies||Old John Loengard (voice)||20 episodes (uncredited)|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Richard||Episode: "Flights of Angels"|
|The Outer Limits||Dr. Larry Chambers||Episode: "To Tell the Truth"|
|Dead Man's Gun||Boucher / Trapper||Episode: "The Trapper"|
|Maggie Winters||Mr. Wiehe||Episode: "And Those Who Can't"|
|1999||Safe Harbor||Sheriff John Loring||Main cast (10 episodes)|
|2000||Ed||Nick Stanton||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2000–01||Judging Amy||Tom Gillette||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Don||Episode: "Forever Young"|
|2002–03||Strong Medicine||Dr. Randolf Kilner||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2003||Miracles||Sheriff Ed Prescott||Episode: "The Bone Scatterer"|
|2005–06||Reunion||Russell Brewster||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|Joey||Dean||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nathan Speer||Episode: "Clock"|
|2008||Rodney||Duke Lewis||Episode: "Potty Mouth"|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Brandon Tharpe||Episode: "Crazy"|
|2009–11||One Tree Hill||Paul Norris||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2010||CSI: NY||Roland Carson||Episode: "Out of the Sky"|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Dave||Episode: "Elka's Snowbird"|
|Body of Proof||Dr. Cameron Fischer||Episode: "Gross Anatomy"|
|2012||Outside the Box||Thorn||Episode: "Soylent Green"|
|Ringer||Tim Arbogast||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2013||Psych||Ted Lomax||Episode: "Nip and Suck It"|
|2014||Reckless||Decatur "Dec" Fortnum||Main cast (13 episodes)|
|2015||Castle||Danny Valentine||Episode: "Dead from New York"|
|NCIS||Navy Capt. Roland Ebbakey||Episode: "Viral"|
|2015–16||Rizzoli & Isles||Ron Hanson||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2017–22||Chesapeake Shores||Thomas O'Brien||Recurring role (16 episodes)|
|2017||The Middle||Bennett Brooks||Episode: "Meet the Parents"|
|2018–19||American Housewife||Dan||2 episodes|
|2020–22||General Hospital||Gregory Chase||52 episodes|
|2021||9-1-1||Phillip Buckley||2 episodes|
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