Gregory Neale Harrison (born May 31, 1950) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Chandler in the 1987 cult favorite North Shore and as Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates, the young surgeon assistant of Dr. Trapper John MacIntyre (played by Pernell Roberts) on the CBS series Trapper John, M.D. (1979–86). Since 2015, he has played Joe O'Toole, father of Oliver, in the Hallmark Channel expansion films of Signed, Sealed and Delivered.
Harrison and Heather Menzies in Logan's Run (1977–78).
Gregory Neale Harrison
May 31, 1950
|Spouse(s)||Randi Oakes (1980–present)|
Early life and career
Harrison was born in Avalon, California, in 1950, the son of Ed, a ship's captain and poet.
Harrison served for two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era as a medic.
In 1979, after years of being a relatively unknown actor, Harrison finally won the role of surgeon, Dr. George "Gonzo" Gates on Trapper John, M.D., starring opposite Pernell Roberts on the medical drama spun off from M*A*S*H. Harrison had guest starred on an episode of M*A*S*H the year after Wayne Rogers departed from his role as Trapper John on that series. Harrison remained as Gonzo on Trapper John until the middle of the show's seventh season, when he decided to leave for other ventures. The series continued for several more episodes without Harrison, but concluded its run at the end of the 1985–86 season. Harrison had been a fan of Roberts' role as the eldest son of the Cartwright family on the series Bonanza (1959–1973). The two remained friends until Roberts' death from pancreatic cancer on January 24, 2010.
Harrison's later role as stripper John Phillips in the 1981 TV movie For Ladies Only made him a favorite with women and gay men in the 1980s. He spoofed that role in the 1986 miniseries Fresno where his character appeared shirtless at every opportunity. Harrison was a regular in the final season (1989–90) of Falcon Crest, opposite Jane Wyman, who was absent for nearly the remainder of the last season, due to her health problems and unhappiness with the direction her show was going. As Falcon Crest ended production in early 1990, the series' parent studio, Lorimar Television, cast Harrison in its upcoming CBS sitcom The Family Man, from producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. The series, which premiered that fall, featured Harrison as a single fireman father raising his four kids with the help of his father-in-law, played by Al Molinaro. Despite a few attempts by CBS to help it build an audience, The Family Man was cancelled after one season.
Harrison later joined the cast of NBC's Sisters for the 1994–95 season, playing Daniel Albright. In 1996, he starred opposite Eric Roberts in It's My Party, a film based on the true events of a man diagnosed with AIDS who planned a two-day party to say goodbye to his friends and family, and who then took his own life with pills.
He also starred in the WB Network's Safe Harbor and One Tree Hill and has made guest appearances on numerous other shows such as Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Reunion, Joey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland.
He has played the lead in a touring version of the musical Chicago and was the male lead in each film of the Au Pair trilogy. He also appeared as Benjamin Stone in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies and created a role in the original Broadway production of Kander & Ebb's Steel Pier. In 2011 he had a guest starring role as a doctor on ABC's Body of Proof.
Harrison has been married since 1980 to actress Randi Oakes. The couple have four children, three girls and a boy. He lived in Gold Beach, Oregon, for 15 years; as of 2007, he lives in Eugene. He enjoys surfing and golf.
|1973||The Harrad Experiment||Student||Film debut|
|1976||Jim the World's Greatest||Jim Nolan|
|1977||Fraternity Row||Zac Sterling|
|The Gathering||Bud Jr.|
|1987||The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible||Joseph (voice)||Direct-to-video (segment: "The Nativity")|
|1992||Body Chemistry II: The Voice of a Stranger||Dan|
|1994||Tis a Gift to Be Simple||Daniel Hanover||Short film|
|1995||Hard Evidence||Trent Turner|
|1996||It's My Party||Brandon Theis|
|1998||Air Bud: Golden Receiver||Dr. Patrick Sullivan||Alternative title: Air Bud 2|
|2000||Canone Inverso - Making Love||Jeno Piccolo||Alternative title: The Inverse Canon|
|2009||Love N' Dancing||Uncle Carl|
|Give 'Em Hell, Malone||Whitmore|
|2014||The M Word||Mack Riley|
|2016||Fair Haven||Dr. Gallagher|
|1975||Trilogy of Terror||Arthur Moore||Segment: "Julie"|
|1977||The Gathering||Bud Jr.|
|1979||The Best Place to Be||Rick Jawlosky|
|1980||The Women's Room||Ben Volper|
|Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb||Captain Bob Lewis|
|1981||For Ladies Only||John Phillips|
|1983||The Fighter||Merle Banks|
|The Hasty Heart||Sgt. Lachlen McLachlen|
|1986||Oceans of Fire||Ben Laforche|
|Red River||Cherry Valance|
|1990||Dangerous Pursuit||Political Assassin|
|Angel of Death||Gary Nicholson|
|1991||Bare Essentials||William "Bill" Buzell|
|1992||Breaking the Silence||Paul Danner|
|Split Images||Robbie Daniels|
|1993||Caught in the Act||Scott McNally|
|A Family Torn Apart||Tom Kelley||Alternative title: Sudden Fury|
|1994||Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg||Bruce Kellogg|
|Mortal Fear||Philip Montgomery|
|A Christmas Romance||Brian Harding|
|1995||A Dangerous Affair||Robert Kenzer|
|Nothing Lasts Forever||Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Wallace|
|1996||Summer of Fear||Lucas Marshall|
|1997||When Secrets Kill||Greg Newhall|
|1998||Running Wild||Matt Robinson|
|Murder at 75 Birch||Rick Todson|
|1999||First Daughter||President Jonathan Hayes|
|Au Pair||Oliver Caldwell|
|2000||First Target||President Jonathan Hayes|
|2001||Au Pair II||Oliver Caldwell|
|2002||First Shot||President Jonathan Hayes|
|St. Sass||Adam Patrick|
|2009||Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise||Oliver Caldwell|
|2012||Undercover Bridesmaid||Mr. Thompson|
|2013||After All These Years||David Larabee|
|2014||The Nine Lives of Christmas||Chief Sam|
|2015||Cloudy with a Chance of Love||Grant|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told||Joe O'Toole|
|2016||Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million||Joe O'Toole|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You||Joe O'Toole|
|My Christmas Love||Tom Manning|
|2017||Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground||Joe O'Toole|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again||Joe O'Toole|
|2018||Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar||Joe O'Toole|
|2019||Love, Fall & Order||Hank Hart|
|1976||Barnaby Jones||Ritchie Ridder||Episode: "Blood Vengeance"|
|M*A*S*H||Lt. Tony Baker||Episode: "The Nurses"|
|1977–78||Logan's Run||Logan 5||14 episodes|
|1978–79||Centennial||Levi Zendt||10 episodes (miniseries)|
|1979–86||Trapper John, M.D.||Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates||142 episodes|
|1986||Fresno||Torch||5 episodes (miniseries)|
|1989–90||Falcon Crest||Michael Sharpe||22 episodes|
|1990–91||The Family Man||Jack Taylor||22 episodes|
|1995||500 Nations||Narrator (voice)||8 episodes|
|Sisters||Daniel Albright||5 episodes|
|Touched by an Angel||Pete Taylor||Episode: "There But for the Grace of God"|
|New York News||Jack Reilly||13 episodes|
|1996–97||Dark Skies||Old John Loengard (voice)||20 episodes (uncredited)|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Richard||Episode: "Flights of Angels"|
|The Outer Limits||Dr. Larry Chambers||Episode: "To Tell the Truth"|
|Dead Man's Gun||Boucher / Trapper||Episode: "The Trapper"|
|Maggie Winters||Mr. Wiehe||Episode: "And Those Who Can't"|
|1999||Safe Harbor||Sheriff John Loring||10 episodes|
|2000||Ed||Nick Stanton||5 episodes|
|2000–01||Judging Amy||Tom Gillette||4 episodes|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Don||Episode: "Forever Young"|
|2002–03||Strong Medicine||Dr. Randolf Kilner||4 episodes|
|2003||Miracles||Sheriff Ed Prescott||Episode: "The Bone Scatterer"|
|2005–06||Reunion||Russell Brewster||7 episodes|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nathan Speer||Episode: "Clock"|
|2008||Rodney||Duke Lewis||Episode: "Potty Mouth"|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Brandon Tharpe||Episode: "Crazy"|
|Maneater||Teddy Alpert||2 episodes (miniseries)|
|2009–11||One Tree Hill||Paul Norris||11 episodes|
|2010||CSI: NY||Roland Carson||Episode: "Out of the Sky"|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Dave||Episode: "Elka's Snowbird"|
|Body of Proof||Dr. Cameron Fischer||Episode: "Gross Anatomy"|
|2012||Outside the Box||Thorn||Episode: "Soylent Green"|
|Ringer||Tim Arbogast||5 episodes|
|2013||Psych||Ted Lomax||Episode: "Nip and Suck It"|
|2014||Reckless||Decatur "Dec" Fortnum||13 episodes|
|2015||Castle||Danny Valentine||Episode: "Dead from New York"|
|NCIS||Navy Capt. Roland Ebbakey||Episode: "Viral"|
|2015–16||Rizzoli & Isles||Ron Hanson||6 episodes|
|2017–18||Chesapeake Shores||Thomas O'Brien||9 episodes|
|2017||The Middle||Bennett Brooks||Episode: "Meet the Parents"|
|2018–19||American Housewife||Dan||2 episodes|
- Brady, James (1990-02-25). "In Step With: Gregory Harrison". Parade. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- "Gregory Harrison Biography (1950-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- Harris, Harry (December 3, 1979). "Hospital Routine Familiar to Actor Gregory Harrison". Boca Raton News. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- "Deutscher FALCON CREST - Fanclub / German FALCON CREST Fan Club". www.falconcrest.org. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- Wang, K.L. Connie (February 6, 2015). "Connie Chats with Gregory Harrison". Parade. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
- Simross, Lynn (September 5, 1989). "From Addict to Role Model Gregory Harrison Bares Soul to Help Drug-Abuse Victims". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 26, 2018.