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Jean Smart’s Husband, Richard Gilliland’s Cause of Death Aired

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Unfortunately, the veteran actor Richard Gilliland’s cause of death is revealed after he died last week at the age of 71.

Veteran actor, Richard Gilliland passed away

Richard Gilliland suffered from a “brief illness” before he died in Los Angeles. He was actress Jean Smart’s husband for nearly 34 years. He passed away on March 18, 2021.

Born in 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas, Richard started his career at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. He took on the role of Jesus in Godspell opposite Joe Mantegna’s Judas while he was there.

After arriving in Los Angeles, the actor starred in roles in series of TV shows, including:

  • Operation Petticoat
  • McMillan
  • Just Our Luck
  • and Heartland, in addition to an array of guest-starring appearances and stage roles.

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Richard Gilliland’s Career Highlight

Richard became a series regular on the CBS sitcom Designing Women for 14 episodes, where he met Jean Smart in 1986.

Jean Smart, who starred as Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the series, talked about their first meeting during an interview in 2017. “I met him when he was kissing someone else,” Jean Smart said.

The two went on to work together in many stage products; ‘It Had to Be You’ and ‘Love Letters’ and the TV show 24, and the made-for-TV movies ‘Just My Imagination’ and ‘Audrey’s Rain.’

His more great projects include the TV series:

  • Operation Petticoat
  • McMillan & Wife
  • The Love Boat
  • Imposters
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Thirtysomething and many others.

Smart and Gilliland were slated to work together again this summer in a film directed by Tate Taylor before Richard Gilliland’s death.

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Reactions to Richard Gilliland’s Death

Following the tragic news, several fans and supporters reacted and paid tribute, and stated their condolences on social media websites.

Annie Potts, his co-star in Designing Women, wrote on her Instagram account: “Please give Dixie and Meshach a squeeze for me,” mentioning their co-stars Dixie Carter, who died in 2010, and Meshach Taylor, who died in 2014.

Then she captioned an image of her with Richard: “Rest peacefully dearest Richard.”

He leaves behind his wife Jean Smart, his two children Connor, 31, and Bonnie, 12, and his sisters Ann Norberg and Wendy Knaack, and his brother John Wells.

Donations in his name can be made to the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science.

For tributes and prayers, please kindly scroll down and use the comment box to share your feelings about the heartbreaking news.

His family needs privacy; please respect them during this difficult time. More information about his cause of death will be updated as we receive it.


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10 Comments

  1. Judy B March 28, 2021

    I watched Richard many times….he was a great actor. I’m so vey sorry. Prayers for all of his loved ones 🙏🙏🙏

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    1. US day News March 29, 2021

      He was great, undoubtedly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God bless him.

      Reply
  2. Mike Larsen May 28, 2021

    My prayers and sympathies to Jean and Richards families. I have the DW DVD series, my wife and I still enjoy them. Prayers to the DW cast and crew. I am so sorry and dad for your loss.

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    1. US day News May 28, 2021

      We are heartbroken about Richard Gilliland’s death. He will rest in paradise.

      Reply
  3. Sharon Halstead June 1, 2021

    I am so sad at finding out Richard has passed and my thoughts are for Jean and their two children. Rest in peace Richard.

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    1. US day News June 1, 2021

      Richard Gilliland’s death has broken our hearts. God bless him.

      Reply
  4. Evelyn Cagle June 10, 2021

    Dear Jean and family, I just fell in love with Richard as an actor when he was in Thirty Something. Then I saw him on Designing Women. There was just something about him. I could use the word special. Please know I mean it. He was someone I would have liked to have known. When I found out ,Jean, you and he were married I was even more pleased. It is pretty amazing that two people like you were married. Somethiig is right with the world after all. Jean, you are such a fine actor. Whenever you are in a series or movie I know it will be good, such as the two great shows. That are on cable .now. They are wonderful. And so are you. Such courage you have to “go on with the show.” I know how much this hurts. I also want to thank the both of you for what you have given us. You are in my prayers.

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    1. US day News June 10, 2021

      We are heartbroken about Richard Gilliland’s death. He will rest in paradise.

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    2. US day News June 10, 2021

      Thanks a million for your kind comment. We also offer our deepest sympathy to beloved Jean Smart, Richard Gilliands, and their loved ones.

      Reply
  5. Marlyn Polimeni August 23, 2021

    This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Kudos.

    Reply

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