Richard Gilliland: Jean Smart’s Husband

April 13, 2010

Richard Gilliland is Jean Smart’s husband and like his wife he is mourning the loss of his friend Dixie Carter. I have more on Richard and his life with Jean, which as always includes pictures and a video so keep reading my Right Celebrity friends.

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Jean Smart, Richard Gilliland’s wife, released a statement to People stating how much the couple would miss their dear friend and costar Dixie Carter. Richard and Jean met on the set of Desgining Women, Carter costarred with them on the show. Smart was one of the leading ladies, she played Charlene Olivia Frazier Stillfield while Gilliland had a recurring role as James Dean ‘J.D.’ Shackelford who was the sometimes boyfriend of Annie Potts character Mary Jo. However that is not the only show that the two have both appeared on. Both Richard and Jean had roles on the Fox hit show 24. The couple has one son Connor and a daughter Bonnie, who was adopted from China in 2009.

The 60 year old Gilliland was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and has appeared in numerous television shows and movies. His first television appearance was in 1974 in the television film Unwed Father. Since then he has appeared in over 100 TV shows and made for TV films including hits like Party of Five, The Waltons, thirtysomething, Heartland. and Operation Petticoat just to name a few. His big screen credits include Bug, The White Buffalo and Airplane II: The Sequel. I personally liked him the best in Designing Women and Party of Five. Richard has also had the chance to show off his acting chops on the stage, his most notable work was in Balancing Act in 2007.

Jean Smart’s husband Richard Gilliland is a talented actor with the resume to prove it. He has survived in Hollywood for over 40 years and it doesn’t look like he plans on saying goodbye to Tinseltown anytime soon.

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Photos: Nelson

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