By Alan Sepinwall
Gerald McRaney is suddenly cool. How did this happen?
If you don't believe the guy from Major Dad has developed a hipster cachet nearly 40 years into his acting career, you need to watch him scaring the pants off of everyone on Deadwood as gold-obsessed mining magnate George Hearst, or see him lending CBS' upcoming drama Jericho some badly needed gravity as the mayor of a small Kansas town that survives a nuclear attack on U.S. soil. Where did this transition from "Hey, it's the one with the mustache from Simon & Simon" to "Holy cow, that was so good I need to launder everything I'm wearing" come from?
"I've gotten old," McRaney, who turns 59 later this month, joked during a Jericho press conference at last month's Television Critics Association press tour in California. "It's just coincidence that I've found a couple of really well-written parts to play," he added. "That's the whole thing."
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