‘Gunsmoke’ and Classic TV Icon Gerald McRaney Visits ‘The Talk’ to Discuss Role on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

by Joe Rutland

Gerald McRaney, who got some early TV work on “Gunsmoke,” stopped by “The Talk” and chatted about his role on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Outsiders, as you may know, McRaney just was bumped up to full-time cast member on the long-running CBS crime drama. He plays Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride on the show. Kilbride often ruffles feathers with Hetty Lange, played by Linda Hunt.

Well, on Thursday morning, the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star spoke with hosts Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Donnell, Natalie Morales, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.

Check out these photos courtesy of the show’s Twitter account.

Some of you classic TV fans might not remember McRaney on the long-running Western starring James Arness.

He appeared three times on “Gunsmoke” between 1973-75, playing Gentry, Lonnie Colby, and Pete Murphy in three episodes.

These days, you can catch him on “NCIS: Los Angeles” on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. McRaney plays opposite Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruha, Erik Christian Olsen, Caleb Castille, and Hunt.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Executive Producer Quite Happy To Have Actor On Full-Time Basis

While he’s appeared as a recurring character in previous seasons, it wasn’t until Season 13 that McRaney was brought on as a cast member.

Getting him on “NCIS: Los Angeles” made executive producer R. Scott Gemmill very happy.

“When you have an actor of Gerald McRaney’s caliber, you do everything you can to make sure you get him as often as possible,” Gemmill said in an interview with Deadline. “Admiral Kilbride has been an esteemed part of our universe for seven years now and we look forward to viewers seeing him come in and shake up our NCIS: LA world.”

Gemmill, while talking with TVLine, remembered growing up and seeing him on TV. Might have been in one of his previous series, “Simon & Simon” with Jameson Parker. That, too, was a hit for CBS.

McRaney Said He Enjoys Getting Chance To Perform His Own Stunts On Show

He said that McRaney is “such a pro and so cool, he raises everybody’s game.” Gemmill also pointed out that the actor can do both comedy and drama. If a scene calls for him to use guns, then he’s comfortable with it. Why? McRaney is a hunter when not on camera.

Another thing about McRaney is that he likes doing his own stunts on the show.

In an interview, McRaney said it’s not as much as other cast members get to do. But that does happen from time to time in those scripts.

“I guess because I’m not completely old and decrepit,” McRaney said. “It’s a break from reams of dialogue, which are becoming harder and harder for me to learn anymore.”