Gregory Harrison

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Gregory Harrison
Heather Menzies Gregory Harrison Logan's Run 1977.JPG
Harrison and Heather Menzies in Logan's Run (1977-78).
Born Gregory Neale Harrison
(1950-05-31) May 31, 1950 (age 66)
Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, United States
Residence Portland, Oregon
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Randi Oakes (1980–present)
Children 4
Website gregoryharrison.com

Gregory Neale Harrison (born May 31, 1950)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his role as Chandler in the 1987 cult favorite North Shore and as Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates, the young surgeon of Dr. Trapper John MacIntyre (played by Pernell Roberts) on the CBS series Trapper John, M.D. (1979-86). He recently played Joe O'Toole, father of Oliver O'Toole on the Hallmark Channel movies Signed, Sealed and Delivered. (2016)

Early life and career[edit]

Harrison was born in Avalon, California, in 1950, the son of Ed, a ship's captain and poet.[1][2]

Harrison served for two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era as a medic.[3]

He was the title character on the 1977-78 science fiction series Logan's Run, after which he played the role of Levi Zendt on the 1978 NBC miniseries Centennial.

In 1979, after years of being a relatively unknown actor, Harrison finally won the role of surgeon, Dr. George "Gonzo" Gates on Trapper John, M.D., opposite Pernell Roberts, the popular medical drama spun off from M*A*S*H. Harrison had previously guest starred on an episode of M*A*S*H, the year after Wayne Rogers departed from the role of Trapper John on that series. 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, who'd been a fan of Roberts's, since he watched Bonanza, from childhood, as he envisioned his future TV chief of surgeon's character, as the eldest son of the Cartwright Family, who happily left his role on the show, after his sixth year. After he left the show, Harrison remained close friends with Roberts, until he lost him on January 24, 2010, to pancreatic cancer.

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. Harrison was a regular in the final season (1989–90) of Falcon Crest, opposite Jane Wyman, who was absent for nearly the remainder of the last season, due to her health problems, and with the direction her show was going.[4] 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 kids 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.

Harrison 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 events of a man diagnosed with AIDS who planned a two-day party to say goodbye to his friends and family, and who then took his own life with pills.

He also starred in the WB Network's Safe Harbor and One Tree Hill and has made guest appearances on numerous other shows such as Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Reunion, Joey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva and Hot In Cleveland.

For the last few years he has played the lead in a touring version of the musical 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 created a role in the original Broadway production of Kander & Ebb's Steel Pier. In 2011 he had a guest starring role as a doctor on ABC's Body of Proof.

Personal life[edit]

Harrison has been married since 1980 to actress Randi Oakes (of CHiPs fame). The couple has four children, three girls and a boy. He lived in Gold Beach, Oregon, for 15 years, and as of 2007, he has resided in Eugene.[5] He enjoys surfing and golf.

Harrison became addicted to cocaine during the 1980s, and was able to attain sobriety with the help of the Betty Ford Center.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Harrad Experiment Student Uncredited role
1976 Jim the World's Greatest Jim Nolan
1977 Fraternity Row Zac Sterling
1984 Razorback Carl Winters
1987 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible - The Nativity Joseph (voice) Direct-to-video film
North Shore Chandler
1992 Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger Dan
1993 Cadillac Girls Sam
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 aka Air Bud 2
2000 Canone inverso - Making Love Jeno Piccolo
2009 Love N' Dancing Uncle Carl
Give 'Em Hell, Malone Whitmore
2014 The M Word Mack Riley
2016 Fair Haven Dr. Gallagher

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Trilogy of Terror Arthur Moore TV film
The New Original Wonder Woman First Lieutenant-Army Medical Corps TV film (uncredited role)
1976 Barnaby Jones Ritchie Ridder Episode: "Blood Vengeance"
M*A*S*H Lieutenant Tony Baker Episode: "The Nurses"
1977 The Gathering Bud Jr. TV film
1977-1978 Logan's Run Logan Main role (14 episodes)
1978-1979 Centennial Levi Zendt TV miniseries
1979 The Best Place to Be Rick Jawlosky TV miniseries
1979-1986 Trapper John, M.D. Dr. George Alonzo 'Gonzo' Gates Main role (142 episodes)
1980 The Women's Room Ben Volper TV film
Enola Gray: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb Captain Bob Lewis TV film
1981 For Ladies Only John Phillips TV film
1983 The Fighter Merle Banks TV film
The Hasty Heart Sgt. Lachlen McLachlen TV film
1985 Seduced Mike Riordan TV film
1986 Oceans of Fire Ben Laforche TV film
Picnic Hal Carter TV film
Fresno Torch TV miniseries
1988 Hot Paint Willie TV film
Red River Cherry Valance TV film
1989-1990 Falcon Crest Michael Sharpe Main role (22 episodes)
1990 Dangerous Pursuit Political Assassin TV film
Angel of Death Gary Nicholson TV film
1990-1991 The Family Man Jack Taylor Main role (22 episodes)
1991 Bare Essentials William 'Bill' Buzell TV film
1992 Breaking the Silence Paul Danner TV film
Duplicates Bob Boxletter TV film
Split Images Robbie Daniels TV film
1993 Caught in the Act Scott McNally TV film
Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart Tom Kelley TV film
1994 Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg Bruce Kellogg TV film
Mortal Fear Philip Montgomery TV film
Galaxy Beat Dack Steelbrow TV pilot episode (unaired)
A Christmas Romance Brian Harding TV film
1995 500 Nations Narrator TV documentary (8 episodes)
A Dangerous Affair Robert Kenzer TV film
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 role (13 episodes)
Nothing Lasts Forever Dr. Benjamin 'Ben' Wallace TV film
1996 Summer of Fear Lucas Marshall TV film
1997 When Secrets Kill Greg Newhall TV film
1996-1997 Dark Skies Old John Loengard (voice) Narrator (20 episodes)
1998 Touched by an Angel Richard Episode: "Flights of Angels"
The Outer Limits Dr. Larry Chambers Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
Running Wild Matt Robinson TV film
Dead Man's Gun Boucher / Trapper Episode: "The Trapper"
Murder at 75 Birch Rick Todson TV film
Maggie Winters Mr. Wiehe Episode: "And Those Who Can't"
1999 First Daughter President Jonathan Hayes TV film
Au Pair Oliver Caldwell TV film
Safe Harbor Sheriff John Loring Main role (10 episodes)
2000 First Target President Jonathan Hayes TV film
Ed Nick Stanton Recurring role (5 episodes)
2000-2001 Judging Amy Tom Gillette Recurring role (4 episodes)
2001 Au Pair II Oliver Caldwell TV film
2002 Touched by an Angel Don Episode: "Forever Young"
First Shot President Jonathan Hayes TV film
St. Sass Adam Patrick TV film
2002-2003 Strong Medicine Dr. Randolf Kilner Recurring role (4 episodes)
2003 Miracles Sheriff Ed Prescott Episode: "The Bone Scatterer"
2004 Jessica Brett Harte TV pilot episode (unaired)
2005-2006 Reunion Russell Brewster Recurring role (7 episodes)
2005-2006 Joey Dean Recurring role (5 episodes)
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nathan Speer Episode: "Clock"
2007 Nurses Dr. Richard Morrow TV pilot episode (unaired)
2008 Rodney Duke Lewis Episode: "Potty Mouth"
2009 Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise Oliver Caldwell TV film
Maneater Teddy Alpert TV miniseries
Drop Dead Diva Brandon Tharpe Episode: "Crazy"
2009-2011 One Tree Hill Paul Norris Recurring role (11 episodes)
2010 CSI: NY Roland Carson Episode: "Out of the Sky"
The Fuzz Lieutenant Donovan TV pilot episode (unaired)
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"
Undercover Bridesmaid Mr. Thompson TV film
Ringer Tim Arbogast Recurring role (5 episodes)
2013 After All These Years David Larabee TV film
Psych Ted Lomax Episode: "Nip and Suck It"
2014 Reckless Decatur 'Dec' Fortnum Main role (13 episodes)
The Nine Lives of Christmas Chief Sam TV film
2015 Cloudy with a Chance of Love Grant TV film
Castle Danny Valentine Episode: "Dead from New York"
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told Joe O'Toole TV film
NCIS Navy Captain Roland Ebbakey Episode: "Viral"
2015-2016 Rizzoli & Isles Ron Hanson Recurring role (6 episodes)
2016 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million Joe O'Toole TV film
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You Joe O'Toole TV film
My Christmas Love Tom Manning TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James Brady (1990-02-25). "In Step With: Gregory Harrison". The Times-News. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Gregory Harrison Biography (1950-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ Harris, Harry (December 3, 1979). "Hospital Routine Familiar to Actor Gregory Harrison". Boca Raton News. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Deutscher FALCON CREST - Fanclub / German FALCON CREST Fan Club". www.falconcrest.org. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Hollywood actor speaks to area rotarians". KCBY CBS 11. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  6. ^ LYNN SIMROSS. "From Addict to Role Model Gregory Harrison Bares Soul to Help Drug-Abuse Victims :[Home Edition]. " Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) 5 Sep. 1989,Los Angeles Times, ProQuest. Web. 21 Oct. 2010.

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