Richard Gilliland, an actor recognized for his function on “Designing Girls,” has died. He was 71.
The actor died on March 18 in Los Angeles following a short sickness. He was slated to work alongside his spouse, Jean Good, this summer season in a film directed by Tate Taylor.
The couple first met whereas on the set of CBS sitcom “Designing Girls,” by which Good performed Charlene Frazier, the workplace supervisor of Atlanta inside design agency Sugarbaker & Associates, and Gilliland portrayed J.D. Shackelford, boyfriend of the agency’s head designer, Mary Jo Shively. Married for practically 34 years, they acted collectively in a variety of productions, together with “It Needed to Be You,” “Love Letters,” “24,” “Simply My Creativeness” and “Audrey’s Rain.”
Gilliland was born Jan. 23, 1950 in Fort Value, Texas. Earlier than shifting to Los Angeles, he attended the Goodman College of Drama at DePaul College and performed Jesus in a year-long run of the musical “Godspell” reverse Joe Mantegna’s Judas.
After arriving in Hollywood, Richard’s profession was nonstop till his last function final 12 months within the science fiction thriller “Case 347.” He was a collection common in “Operation Petticoat,” “McMillan,” and “Heartland” and visitor starred in “Prison Minds,” “Dexter,” “Becker,” “Scandal,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Apply” and “Crossing Jordan.” His movie credit embody “Airplane II: The Sequel,” “Residence Room,” “Canine Watch,” “Vampire Clan,” “The Empath,” “BUG” and “Star Child,” amongst others.
Richard is survived by his spouse, their youngsters Connor Gilliland and Bonnie Gilliland, sisters Ann Norberg and Wendy Knaack and his brother John Wells. Donations could also be made to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science.