Veteran TV actor Gerald McRaney, who starred in “Simon & Simon” and “Major Dad,” has undergone cancer surgery in Texas but expects to fully recover and return to work on his latest show by the end of the month, his spokesman said Tuesday.
Surgeons at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston removed a small growth from McRaney’s lung during a successful operation on Monday, and the actor is ”recovering well,” publicist Henri Bollinger said.
“The doctor said he caught it at such an early stage, that he’s quite convinced he’s gotten it all out, and no follow-up treatments are going to be required,” Bollinger told Reuters.
The tumor was discovered by accident about two weeks ago when McRaney, 57, underwent a chest X-ray in preparation to undergo general anesthesia for knee surgery, the spokesman said. He said doctors in Los Angeles recommended McRaney have the tumor removed by specialists at the facility in Houston.
While McRaney recuperates, Warner Bros. TV has delayed his upcoming sitcom, “Commando Nanny,” and the WB network has postponed its premiere, which had been slated for Sept. 17, a network spokesman said.
McRaney co-stars as a father who hires a onetime military commando to take care of his children. The show is loosely based on the real life of executive producer Mark Burnett, a former British commando who landed a job as a nanny when he first came to Los Angeles before going on to create such reality TV hits as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.”
“Commando Nanny” is expected to join the WB prime-time lineup later in the fall. In the meantime, several other shows will run in its place.
Bollinger said the actor would probably be released from the hospital by Friday and return to Los Angeles next week.
McRaney has starred on several TV series including “Simon & Simon,” “Major Dad” and “Promised Land,” all on CBS.