Richard Gilliland

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

Richard Gilliland
Operation Petticoat television cast.JPG
Operation Petticoat (TV series)
Back, L-R: Dorrie Thomson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Melinda Naud, Bond Gideon.
Front: Richard Gilliland, John Astin.
Born (1950-01-23) January 23, 1950 (age 70)
Years active1974-present
Spouse(s)Jean Smart (1987-present)

Early and personal lifeEdit

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 Annie Potts' character, Mary Jo Shively). They have a son, Connor Douglas (born 1989)[1] and a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen (adopted May 2009).

Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 during season 5, while his wife Smart played First Lady Martha Logan in the same season.[2]


He first 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). He played Ellis Kapp on The Unit and Captain Stan Cotter on 24.[3] He also had a recurring role as serial killer Jeffrey Speidel in the NBC series Matlock.

Select TV and filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Jean Smart- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (2007-01-02). "Jean Smart and Richard Gilliland Will Read Love Letters Feb. 10-11". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  3. ^ "Richard Gilliland - Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Official Movie Site -". 20 April 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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