Richard Gilliland (died March 18th, aged 71)
Character actor Richard Gilliland passed away following a short illness in Los Angeles, California. Gilliland was the husband of actress Jean Smart, whom he met on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Gilliland played the recurring role of J.D. Shackelford in the Golden Globe-nominated series, while Smart was part of the main cast, portraying Charlene Frazier-Stillfield.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Gilliland rose to prominence for his stint as Sgt. Steve DiMaggio on the NBC police procedural series McMillan & Wife from 1976 to 1977. He then went on to appear as Lt. Nick Holden on ABC’s adaptation of Operation Petticoat in 1977 to 1978, and became a series regular on ABC’s Just Our Luck in 1983 and CBC’s Heartland in 1989. His most recent TV credits were Bravo’s Imposters and CBS’ Criminal Minds.