Richard Gilliland, born January 23, 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas, is an American television and movie actor. He first appeared onscreen in the 1970s and has worked consistently ever since. A few notable appearances include “thirtysomething”, “Party of Five”, “Little Women”, and a recurring role on “Designing Women” (where he met his wife Jean Smart). The loving couple has been together for twenty-six years and they have one son, Connor. Richard also played Captain Stan Cotter on “24” while his wife, Jean Smart, played the First Lady Martha Logan in season 5. He has also appeared on numerous hit shows including “The Unit”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Dexter”, and “Desperate Housewives.” He is best friends with actor Joe Mantegna.
Gilliland is also very active in the theatre. Recent credits include “Balancing Act”, with Yeardley Smith and “I Remember You”, with Tony Danza; both at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre. He studied at the Goodman School of Drama, Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble and spent four seasons at summer stock.
Next up for Gilliland is a role in Lifetime’s “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” starring alongside his wife Jean Smart. The real-life couple brings their natural chemistry to the screen as Brittany Snow and Sofia Vassilieva’s parents in the film.
Richard Gilliland stars "Hugh", the father of Lucy and Sofia, in the short, "Allison" directed by Sharon Maguire.