Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney Before and After Each Other: Inspiring One-Of-A-Kind Marriage Of Three-Decades

CHAPTER 2 

LANDING ROLES IN TV AND FILMS

The first major project she worked on was the TV movie “The Seekers,” released in 1979. From that point on, Burke kept getting minor roles in TV movies and shows like “Rooster” and “Filthy Rich.” In 1980, She also portrayed the role of the second Bonnie Sue Chisholm in "The Chisholms," a CBS western miniseries. 

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Image Credits: Getty Images

But it wasn’t until 1986 that Burke became a relevant person in the entertainment industry. She brought Suzanne Sugarbaker to life in the late 80s show “Designing Women” and then worked in “Delta” wherein she was the main star. Apart from a career on the rise, destiny had something else for her. 

In 1987, Burke had a guest appearance in the detective series "Simon & Simon” where he met Gerald McRaney, and so their love story began. But before we get there, let us recap who Gerald is and what he had done before meeting the love of his life. 

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Image credits: YouTube/Emmy Smith

CHAPTER 3

GERALD’S LIFE AND CAREER BEFORE DELTA

Born in Mississippi on August 19, 1947, Gerald Lee McRaney has been actively working as an actor since 1969. Before finding success in the big screen portraying Wesley Stuart in “Night of Bloody Horror,” the actor worked in the Louisiana oil fields.

Gerald McRaney at Cicada on January 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Gerald McRaney at Cicada on January 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

After that, McRaney took minor roles in shows like “Gunsmoke,” “The Rockford Files,” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”. He also became Tim Ryder, a Vietnam War veteran addicted to heroin, in "Hawaii Five-O." Moreover, he starred in numerous episodes of "The Incredible Hulk."

But all that was before landing the role of Rick Simon in “Simon & Simon,” a show that ran from 1981 to 1989. Apart from the impact that series caused in his career, probably the most crucial thing McRaney got through “Simon & Simon” was meeting Burke, the love of his life.

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Image Credits: Getty Images

Click 'Continue reading the next chapter' to find out why nobody approved McRaney’s couldn't date Burke.

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