AVC: There are probably a lot of answers to that question when it comes to Barlow Connally. And this sort of stuff just happened throughout the show. You know, I’m just a day player, but that was the reception I got! So I was bouncing back and forth between oil field work and doing Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw and Ibsen and things like that. Most of the time, he was sitting in his canvas chair with a cup of coffee and a cigarette, chewing the fat with whoever wanted to. Join / Sign Up ... Longmire Barlow Connally 2 Episodes (2013-2015) Focus Owens 2015 We start shooting it in about a week or ten days, thereabouts. So that was pretty great. “Longmire” will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. GM: No, not really. 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But, again, it was a great idea. They stole that and put it in the episode. We were just sort of stumbling our way into doing what we do, and there’s a certain aspect of that sort of guerrilla filmmaking that appeals to me, because I think a lot of good creative stuff winds up being done. You’ve been married for 25 years. GM: Well, I am in awe of any kind of superb talent. He also portrayed “Barlow Connelly” on contemporary Western drama “Longmire” and, over the last year, has simultaneously performed arcs on … GM: Oh, well, on that one… I think you might be able to appreciate this one: I’d get so fascinated watching [Robert] Duvall work, I forgot it was my turn to talk! I started to do it, and then at Ole Miss, where I went to college, I was in a lot of the productions the first year. What draws you to a project? I’m actually cooking my favorite –  collard greens and black-eyed peas. GM: No, they came looking for me specifically. But it was an episode that was written by Nick Corea, who was a writer-producer on that show. I play a chief of security for a very wealthy man who Will Smith is trying to con in a very big way. I don’t know why they did, but… [Laughs.] Is there any role you would like to play that you haven’t yet? Well, there’s not that much to tell – I’m sort of a hard-ass guy. GM: Yeah, later that same year, I think, she came over and did an episode of Simon & Simon. McRaney holds the distinction of being the last guest star to meet "Matt Dillon" in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955) - in the episode, Gunsmoke: Hard Labor (1975), first broadcast on February 24, 1975 (he lost). My God, I’d hate to be a cynic. GM: [Bursts out laughing.] I could go and hang out with them in the editing bays and things like that. He and I had the same acting teacher. After killing David Ridges, sheriff Longmire uncovers a clue that could prove that Ridges killed Miller Beck. Secret affairs are the theme for this episode, for both major and minor players alike in a somewhat lighter, more comedic installment of the drama. I tried to tell the producer at one point, “Even billionaires don’t dress in silk suits to watch the ballgame on Sunday.” You know, you throw on a pair of jeans! There is one other thing: It was only going to be a montage, the wedding, but then that day, as I was getting into makeup, they brought me Hebrew dialogue! Watch Longmire: Down by the River from Season 4 at TVGuide.com Join / Sign Up Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. [Laughs.] There were a couple of scenes in that film which were kind of overwritten, if you know what I mean. AVC: In the ’70s, you were basically on every show ever. And one of the teachers put me in a play. And you rehearse for four-and-a-half days, and then they bring an audience in, and you shoot it. Gerald has been lucky to have such caring parents. Those are the things that always attracted me, and those are the things that make or break a good show. I just remember having to learn it. I was a guest actor on the show, my participation in it was the blink of an eye, and to really notice things like that, you have to experience a few episodes and see how the editing has changed, how scripts overall have changed, what the tone has been that isn’t anymore, or has the philosophy of the show changed, or the theme? And I thought, “Hey, this is kind of fun! GM: No, it didn’t. Back in the glory days when they actually spent money on television shows! He has a one younger brother Buddy McRaney. I was very excited about Jericho in the beginning of it because it was going to be dealing with the after-effects of a nuclear war. None whatsoever. That’s what I’ve always been. Mini Bio (2) McRaney holds the distinction of being the last guest star to meet "Matt Dillon" in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955) - in the episode, Gunsmoke: Hard Labor (1975), first broadcast on February 24, 1975 (he lost). You can have the biggest star in the world; if the script isn’t there, neither is the movie. I read the script, and I was, like, “Whoa, what did I do to piss somebody off?”. So it was a strange existence for four or five years, but the oil field work actually allowed me to afford to be an actor. It’s all about the quality of the show. Longmire (Robert Taylor) and Barlow Connally (Gerald McRaney) (Courtesy of Netflix) Coffee or tea? And nothing seemed to work, they were running out of time, and then finally they agreed with Phil that I could come and read for the thing, and they would just bring the network people to his office at Universal, because there was no time left to go through that normal process of getting me passed by the studio and then bringing me over to read for the network, and all that. Reel Life With Jane is your entertainment news and pop culture website. And I worked half the year in the oil fields and half the year in the rep company. So, yeah, that was the most beneficial role I’ve ever played in my life! And that was a great joy for me, because my dad and I—and this is going way back—would listen to Gunsmoke on the radio, and then we were big fans of it when it came on TV, so to wind up with a role on that, strapping on the six-guns and going out on Dodge Street… That was great. GM: None. I haven’t seen a script, an outline. I never worked with him. 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