Gregory Harrison

Gregory Neale Harrison (born May 31, 1950)[1] 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. (197986). Since 2015, he has played Joe O'Toole, father of Oliver, in the Hallmark Channel expansion films of Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

Gregory Harrison
Harrison and Heather Menzies in Logan's Run (197778).
Born
Gregory Neale Harrison

(1950-05-31) May 31, 1950
ResidenceEugene, Oregon
OccupationActor
Years active1973present
Spouse(s)Randi Oakes (1980present)
Children4
Websitegregoryharrison.com

Early life and career

Harrison was born in Avalon, California, in 1950, the son of Ed, a ship's captain and poet.[1][2]

Harrison served for two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era as a medic.[3]

He was the title character on the 197778 science fiction series Logan's Run, after which he played the role of Levi Zendt on the 1978 NBC miniseries Centennial.

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.[4] 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.

Personal life

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.[5] He enjoys surfing and golf.

Harrison became addicted to cocaine during the 1980s and was able to break the addiction with the help of the Betty Ford Center.[6]

Filmography

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1973The Harrad ExperimentStudentFilm debut
1976Jim the World's GreatestJim Nolan
1977Fraternity RowZac Sterling
The GatheringBud Jr.
1984RazorbackCarl Winters
1987The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the BibleJoseph (voice)Direct-to-video (segment: "The Nativity")
North ShoreChandler
1992Body Chemistry II: The Voice of a StrangerDan
1993Cadillac GirlsSam
1994Tis a Gift to Be SimpleDaniel HanoverShort film
1995Hard EvidenceTrent Turner
1996It's My PartyBrandon Theis
1998Air Bud: Golden ReceiverDr. Patrick SullivanAlternative title: Air Bud 2
2000Canone Inverso - Making LoveJeno PiccoloAlternative title: The Inverse Canon
2009Love N' DancingUncle Carl
Give 'Em Hell, MaloneWhitmore
2014The M WordMack Riley
2016Fair HavenDr. Gallagher
Television films
Year Title Role Notes
1975Trilogy of TerrorArthur MooreSegment: "Julie"
1977The GatheringBud Jr.
1979The Best Place to BeRick Jawlosky
1980The Women's RoomBen Volper
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic BombCaptain Bob Lewis
1981For Ladies OnlyJohn Phillips
1983The FighterMerle Banks
The Hasty HeartSgt. Lachlen McLachlen
1985SeducedMike Riordan
1986Oceans of FireBen Laforche
PicnicHal Carter
1988Hot PaintWillie
Red RiverCherry Valance
1990Dangerous PursuitPolitical Assassin
Angel of DeathGary Nicholson
1991Bare EssentialsWilliam "Bill" Buzell
1992Breaking the SilencePaul Danner
DuplicatesBob Boxletter
Split ImagesRobbie Daniels
1993Caught in the ActScott McNally
A Family Torn ApartTom KelleyAlternative title: Sudden Fury
1994Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie KelloggBruce Kellogg
Mortal FearPhilip Montgomery
A Christmas RomanceBrian Harding
1995A Dangerous AffairRobert Kenzer
Nothing Lasts ForeverDr. Benjamin "Ben" Wallace
1996Summer of FearLucas Marshall
1997When Secrets KillGreg Newhall
1998Running WildMatt Robinson
Murder at 75 BirchRick Todson
1999First DaughterPresident Jonathan Hayes
Au PairOliver Caldwell
2000First TargetPresident Jonathan Hayes
2001Au Pair IIOliver Caldwell
2002First ShotPresident Jonathan Hayes
St. SassAdam Patrick
2009Au Pair 3: Adventure in ParadiseOliver Caldwell
2012Undercover BridesmaidMr. Thompson
2013After All These YearsDavid Larabee
2014The Nine Lives of ChristmasChief Sam
2015Cloudy with a Chance of LoveGrant
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be ToldJoe O'Toole
2016Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a MillionJoe O'Toole
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without YouJoe O'Toole
My Christmas LoveTom Manning
2017Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher GroundJoe O'Toole
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home AgainJoe O'Toole
2018Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the AltarJoe O'Toole
2019Love, Fall & OrderHank Hart
Television series
Year Title Role Notes
1976Barnaby JonesRitchie RidderEpisode: "Blood Vengeance"
M*A*S*HLt. Tony BakerEpisode: "The Nurses"
1977–78Logan's RunLogan 514 episodes
1978–79CentennialLevi Zendt10 episodes (miniseries)
1979–86Trapper John, M.D.Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates142 episodes
1986FresnoTorch5 episodes (miniseries)
1989–90Falcon CrestMichael Sharpe22 episodes
1990–91The Family ManJack Taylor22 episodes
1995500 NationsNarrator (voice)8 episodes
SistersDaniel Albright5 episodes
Touched by an AngelPete TaylorEpisode: "There But for the Grace of God"
New York NewsJack Reilly13 episodes
1996–97Dark SkiesOld John Loengard (voice)20 episodes (uncredited)
1998Touched by an AngelRichardEpisode: "Flights of Angels"
The Outer LimitsDr. Larry ChambersEpisode: "To Tell the Truth"
Dead Man's GunBoucher / TrapperEpisode: "The Trapper"
Maggie WintersMr. WieheEpisode: "And Those Who Can't"
1999Safe HarborSheriff John Loring10 episodes
2000EdNick Stanton5 episodes
2000–01Judging AmyTom Gillette4 episodes
2002Touched by an AngelDonEpisode: "Forever Young"
2002–03Strong MedicineDr. Randolf Kilner4 episodes
2003MiraclesSheriff Ed PrescottEpisode: "The Bone Scatterer"
2005–06ReunionRussell Brewster7 episodes
JoeyDean5 episodes
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitNathan SpeerEpisode: "Clock"
2008RodneyDuke LewisEpisode: "Potty Mouth"
2009Drop Dead DivaBrandon TharpeEpisode: "Crazy"
ManeaterTeddy Alpert2 episodes (miniseries)
2009–11One Tree HillPaul Norris11 episodes
2010CSI: NYRoland CarsonEpisode: "Out of the Sky"
2011Hot in ClevelandDaveEpisode: "Elka's Snowbird"
Body of ProofDr. Cameron FischerEpisode: "Gross Anatomy"
2012Outside the BoxThornEpisode: "Soylent Green"
RingerTim Arbogast5 episodes
2013PsychTed LomaxEpisode: "Nip and Suck It"
2014RecklessDecatur "Dec" Fortnum13 episodes
2015CastleDanny ValentineEpisode: "Dead from New York"
NCISNavy Capt. Roland EbbakeyEpisode: "Viral"
2015–16Rizzoli & IslesRon Hanson6 episodes
2017–18Chesapeake ShoresThomas O'Brien9 episodes
2017The MiddleBennett BrooksEpisode: "Meet the Parents"
2018–19American HousewifeDan2 episodes

References

  1. Brady, James (1990-02-25). "In Step With: Gregory Harrison". Parade. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  2. "Gregory Harrison Biography (1950-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  3. Harris, Harry (December 3, 1979). "Hospital Routine Familiar to Actor Gregory Harrison". Boca Raton News. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  4. "Deutscher FALCON CREST - Fanclub / German FALCON CREST Fan Club". www.falconcrest.org. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  5. Wang, K.L. Connie (February 6, 2015). "Connie Chats with Gregory Harrison". Parade. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. 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.
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