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Gerald McRaney looks like a natural in ‘Undercovers’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: If Gerald McRaney looks like a natural as a CIA liaison in J.J. Abrams’ sexy new “Undercovers,” premiering tonight (9/22), it could be because he has pals who know the spy game inside out.

“As luck would have it, I’ve actually worked with people in the past who are retired from or associated with the CIA,” the well-liked star of shows including “Simon and Simon,” “Major Dad,” “The Promised Land,” “Deadwood” and “Jericho” lets us know. For instance, “The gentleman who helped us coordinate a movie I worked on in Thailand, ‘Vestige of Honor,’ and some other people.”

Other people indeed. McRaney happens to be friends with George H.W. Bush, who, you’ll recall, was Director of Central Intelligence — the head spook himself — before he became President.

“I suppose that if I needed technical advice, I could get it from him,” observes McRaney with a smile.

That would work.

In fact, McRaney’s relationship with the 41st President and Barbara Bush helped save his life. Years ago, as part of a celebration of George’s and Barbara’s respective birthdays, McRaney took part in a charitable fundraiser for M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. “I did the tour, met some of the doctors,” he recounts. Later, “When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I turned to the staff at M.D. Anderson and asked if I could come down there and get a second opinion.” He went on to have surgery and follow-up treatment at the esteemed facility.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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