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Did Richard Gilliland die of Covid? Bio, Net Worth, Wife, Height

Did Richard Gilliland die of Covid? Bio, Net Worth, Wife, Height

Facts of Richard Gilliland

Full Name:Richard Gilliland
Birth Date:January 23, 1950
Age:74 years
Death Date:March 18, 2021
Country:United States
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.78m)
WifeJean Smart
MarriedJean Smart
DivorceLindsay Harrison
Net Worth$4 million
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorGrey-black
Birth PlaceFort Worth, Texas
EthnicityMixed (African-American, Creole)
EducationGoodman School of Drama, Shawnee Mission South High School
FatherJack Ri'chard
MotherBeverly Ri'chard
Siblings Ann Norberg and Wendy Knaack
KidsConnor Douglas Gilliland and Forrest Gilliland
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An American television actor, Richard Gilliland rose to prominence for the roles he played in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Designing Women (1986), and CBS Summer Playhouse (1987).

What Nationality was Richard Gilliland?

Richard Gilliland opened his eyes to this beautiful world on January 23, 1950. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America. He was 71 years old at the time of his death. He used to celebrate his birthday on the 23rd of January before his death.

Richard’s father’s name was Jack Ri’chard and his mother’s name was Beverly Ri’chard. Similarly, he grew up with his two sisters. His sisters’ names are Ann Norberg and Wendy Knaack. He held American citizenship as a nationality and belonged to a mixed (African-American, Creole). Moreover, he followed Christianity as a religion.

Where did Richard Gilliland receive his degree?

Richard completed his schooling at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. Later, he received his high school education at Shawnee Mission South High School. After that, he completed his graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Who was Richard Gilliland married to?

Richard was married to Jean Smart. Richard and Jean met on the set of the comedy series Designing Women. They started dating in 1986 and tied their wedding knot on June 7, 1987. They were together from 1986 until his death.

Richard Gilliland with his wife Jean Smart
Caption: Richard Gilliland with his wife Jean Smart (Photo: People)

Before marrying Jean, Richard was married to Lindsay Harrison. They were married on 30 March 1975. After staying together for 9 years old, they divorced on 21 December 1984.

Who was Richard Gilliland’s wife?

Jean Smart was Richard’s wife. By profession, her wife is an American actress. She was born on September 13, 1951, in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Richard's wife Jean Smart
Caption: Richard’s wife Jean Smart (Photo: Vulture)

She began her acting career in theater productions throughout the Pacific Northwest. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress and also received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Lana Gardner on the NBC sitcom Frasier (2000-01). She received her third Emmy nomination for her role as Regina Newley on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? (2007-09).

Does Richard Gilliland have children?

Yes, Richard Gilliland was the father of two children. His sons’ names are Connor Douglas Gilliland and Forrest Gilliland or Bonnie Kathleen Gilliland. Connor was his biological son and Forrest was adopted. Connor was born on 25 October 1989 and Forrest was born in July 2008 and was adopted in May 2009. As of 2023, Connor and Forrest are 34 years and 15 years old respectively.

Jean Smart with her son
Caption: Jean Smart with her son (Photo: Instagram)

How much was Richard Gilliland’s Net Worth?

Richard Gilliland’s net worth was around $4 million at the time of his death. He earned this million amount from his primary source of income as an American actor. According to some online resources, the average salary of an American actor is $33,150 per year.

Jean Smart posing in front of her car
Caption: Jean Smart posing in front of her car (Photo: Vulture)

On the other hand, his wife earns $12 million as of 2023. She makes that million amount through her professional career as an American actress. According to some online resources, the average salary of an American actress is $105,533 annually.

What was the death cause of Richard Gilliland?

Richard passed away on March 18, 2021, in Los Angeles, California, United States. Richard died because of heart disease. He was 71 years old at the time of his demise.

What was Richard Gilliland’s Height?

Richard stood at the height of 5 feet 10 inches tall. Similarly, he had an alluring pair of blue eyes and his hair was grey-black in color.

Acting Career of Richard Gilliland

  • Richard Gilliland was an actor.
  • He made his film debut in the 1970s.
  • He portrayed Ellis Kapp on The Unit and Captain Stan Cotter on 24.
Richard's Jean Smart with her award
Caption; Richard’s Jean Smart with her award (Photo: CBS News0
  • Also, Richard appeared as serial killer Jeffrey Speidel in the NBC series Matlock.
  • Some of his other films and television series are The Streets of San Francisco, Bug, Stay Hungry, McMillan, The Night the Bridge Fell Down, and so on.

FAQs of Richard Gilliland

Were Richard Gilliland and John Gilliland related to each other?

No, Richard and John weren’t related to each other. Richard was an American television actor while John was an American radio broadcaster and documentarian. They weren’t related to each other they just had a similar surname.

Did Richard Gilliland die due to Covid?

No, Richard didn’t die due Covid. He passed away because of heart disease.

What was Jean Smart doing at the time of her husband’s death?

At the time of Jean’s husband’s death, she was in the middle of filming “Hacks” for HBO Max when tragedy struck, forcing her to continue filming despite her pain.

Why did Jean Smart leave Designing Women?

Jean Smart left Designing Women on her own because she had grown tired of playing Charlene. The season 6 two-part episode The Big Desk was her final episode.

Why did Jean Smart skip SAGS?

Jean Smart had heart surgery so she skipped SAGS to focus on her recovery.