Richard Gilliland dead – Designing Women actor and husband to Jean Smart dies at 71 after ‘brief illness’

“DESIGNING Women” star Richard Gilliland died last week, his wife and fellow sitcom co-star Jean Smart confirmed on Thursday.

The 71-year-old actor, whose numerous acting credits include the CBS show where he met Smart, his wife of 34 years, died on March 18 following a brief illness

Gilliland first appeared on the hit sitcom “Designing Women” in 1986, when he landed a recurring role as baseball talent scout J.D. Shackelford.

On the show is when he met and eventually married Smart, who played Charlene Frazier-Stillfield on the series.

“I met him when he was kissing someone else,” Smart told Northwest Prime Time in 2017.

Smart admitted to asking fellow cast member Delta Burke to find out if Gilliland was single.

“Naturally, Delta walked up to him and blurted, ‘Jean wants to know if you’re married.’”

Smart’s representative Ame Vanlden confirmed Gilliland’s death in a statement sent to USA Today.

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