‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Gerald McRaney Wants to ‘Correct the Record’ on How Vets Are Portrayed in Entertainment

by Leanne Stahulak
Pictured: Gerald McRaney (Retired Admiral Hollace Kilbride). Photo: Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” might be star Gerald McRaney’s most recent acting stint, but it’s far from his first or best performance. Many fans also recognize the 74-year-old actor from his time on classic 80s shows like “Simon & Simon” or “Major Dad.”

Something both of those shows have in common? McRaney portrayed a Marine as the titular character, bringing veterans and military members to life on screen.

The “NCIS” actor recently sat down with the hosts of “The Talk” to discuss his film and television career. At one point, host Sheryl Underwood brought up his role on “Major Dad” and what that meant to audiences.

“Major Dad, to me, was one of the best shows that showed tough and lovable. And it was a great representation of a military [service member],” Underwood said in a short clip posted to the official “The Talk” Instagram page.

“It’s interesting. On ‘Simon& Simon,’ I chose to make Rick a former Marine,” McRaney explained. “And then on ‘Major Dad,’ of course, I brought that full circle. Back in the 70s, a lot of the shows on TV, if they portrayed veterans, it was always the crazed Vietnam veteran who’s in trouble with the law.”

The “NCIS: Los Angeles” star continued, “And because I had family and friends who were military people, when I got my chance, I wanted to sort of correct the record there that these guys are not crazy and they’re not superheroes. They’re our neighbors. And they’re our families.”

McRaney’s response prompted a huge round of applause from the hosts and the audience. We’re not surprised, considering his incredible words and his dedication to doing veterans right in the entertainment industry.

How ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Gerald McRaney Got His Start on the Show

Today, “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Gerald McRaney portrays Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride. This season, the actor was promoted to full-time cast member, now that his character is appearing regularly in the show.

McRaney made his first “NCIS” appearance in 2014 as Kilbride. He starred in sporadic episodes throughout 2018 and 2019 before finally solidifying the role for this latest season.

In an interview with Deadline, “NCIS: Los Angeles” executive producer R. Scott Gemmil revealed how excited he was to secure McRaney on the show.

“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. “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.”

You can catch McRaney on the show Sundays at 9 p.m. EST.