I found an article on Jon’s show MAJOR DAD where stars Gerald McRaney (Major John D. McGillis), Matt Mulherne (Lieutenant Gene Halowachuck) and Beverly Archer (Gunnery SGT Alva Bricker) talk about the show. Interestingly there was a post on the now defunct IMDB message boards for the show where a lot of posters who said the show wasn’t following Marine protocols, particularly in the way the humor ran on the show. This article is from 1993 that marked the show’s fourth season. I’d pretty much say that if the Marines endorsed it, then it followed the Marine protocols faithfully. You can read the full text of the article in the press section at the link below. Click on the .
I have reuploaded some of the videos I had in the media section. They quality is now way better than they were the first time around. The ones that have been reuploaded are the ones of Jon as Eric Brandon in the four episode arc he did on the 1975 medical drama MARCUS WELBY M.D.. I have also started uplaoding some of Jon’s episodes of MAJOR DAD where Jon played the part of General Marcus C. Craig from 1990-1993. I’m just in the process of editing up more episodes but as with the others, will take some time to get into the site. So again I ask your understanding as I begin getting season one done. Thanks again for your patience.
This makes the completion of Jon’s work in MAJOR DAD. This was the last season for the show. The beginning saw Jon confined to a wheel chair for the first seven episodes due to an accident he had on stage in Pittsburgh where rehearsals were underway for a performance of OLIVER where Jon played the part of Fagin. Though it didn’t seem to get in the way. Jon worked that thing like a pro. He used crutches for one more episode before being back to his old fit self. This season was highlighted by Craig’s shenanigans in the episode Night School where he and Mac McGillis (Gerald McRaney) were taking courses in business. In yet another Craig feeling as if he was getting old decided to undergo a face lift. The finale of the season saw Craig and Holowachuck (Matt Mulherne) leaving Camp Hollister for Washington DC to take up a post at the White House. After a bit of finagling, Craig returns to scoop up both McGillis and Gunny (Beverly Archer) to take them to DC with him. I would love to have seen what would have happened after that, but alas the Primetime Gods hate me. MAJOR DAD was cancelled.
-  SCREENCAPS: MAJOR DAD – SEASON FOUR COMPLETE
I’ve completed Jon’s episodes from season three of MAJOR DAD where Jon played the part of Commanding General Marcus C. Craig. One highlight of this season was episode nine General Unrest, notable because Craig had been kicked out of the house by Mimzy. Craig took up residence with the McGillis family “generally” making an ass out of himself. I’ve created a gif for the sidebar of one scene where Craig makes breakfast for the family. I can’t help but think of Jon from MAN OF LA MANCHA where Jon played the lead of Don Quixote. All in all a very good season for Jon with loads of funny moments. I won’t be putting individual links to each episode, rather, a general link to the entire season.
-  SCREENCAPS: MAJOR DAD – SEASON THREE COMPLETE
No, that’s not a Jon Cypher film. That’s me. My apologies for not having done any updates for a while, but for the last little while my 91 year-old mother has been ill and I’ve had to focus all my attention on her. She’s doing much better now so I’m hoping to get back to work on getting more of Jon’s work from MAJOR DAD and HILL STREET BLUES. I still have some stills left to get into the gallery. These were rare stills from some of Jon’s film career and a couple from his television work. So please be patient while I get these things together.
I found this on Youtube and thought you’d love to see it. There is a video with a few of Jon’s MAJOR DAD bloopers. Jon played the part of Brigadier General Marcus C. Craig on the show for its final three seasons. I’ve been rewatching this show and found Jon’s humour so funny. How he delivered the lines so perfectly despite Matt Mulhern (Lt. Eugene Halowachuck) and Beverly Archer’s (Gunnery Sgt Alva Bricker) comedic timing…. I’d say these three were the stand outs for me during the show’s final seasons. I did watch it in the show’s first season but didn’t think it found its feet until the second and the additions of Archer and Jon. I have to say I adored Shanna Reed (Polly Cooper McGillis), Marisa Ryan (Elizabeth Cooper McGillis), Nicole Dubuc (Robin Cooper McGillis) and simply and totally loved Chelsea Hertford (Casey Cooper McGillis). I had begun watching the show due to having seen Gerald McRaney (Major John McGillis) on the show Simon and Simon. While I did like season one, having Jon added just made my watching of this show that much more perfect.
WALKING TO THE WATERLINE is an excellent small film about all the missed opportunities we’ve all had in our lives. The film was written, produced, directed by and starring Jon’s MAJOR DAD co-star Matt Mulhern who played Lt. Eugene “Gene” Halowachuck. Jon plays the part of Fred Blumquist the neighbour of Matt’s deceased father. And this is the thing I found very interesting, the part was written for Jon and his character is one half of a gay couple! I’m so proud of Jon for his bravery to play such a character. Yes, I know that’s what acting is, however, there’s a stigma that attaches itself to any actor who plays gay. But Jon did it and did it well. This film is a little gem. It hits at all the things we wish we’d done and didn’t. All those things that as so-called “responsible” adults, we either forget or fail to remember as we get older. There’s another MAJOR DAD connection in the part of the real estate agent hired by Matt’s character to sell his father’s house. And who played her? None other than Gunnery Sergent Alva Bricker’s alter ego Beverly Archer. The other funny thing about this film is that Matt’s character is an out-of-work actor who once starred in a show called Anchor’s Away a sitcom about the Navy. One can’t help but notice the similarities between that show and the premise of MAJOR DAD only without Gerald McRaney. The film also stars Alan Ruck, Matthew Broderick, Hallie Foote, Hal Holbrook, Jim Fyfe and Michael Boatman. Personally I loved this film. What a refreshing piece of original filmmaking. Thanks Matt for creating such a film and for thinking of Jon. My apologies at the condition of the screencaps, but I had to rip from the disc to my harddrive, then convert the file for capping.
-  SCREENCAPS: WALKING TO THE WATERLINE
You’ve likely noticed a significant update to the gallery. It comes in the form of all twenty four episodes of MAJOR DAD where Jon played the part of Brigadier General Marcus C. Craig. I loved this character. Not only was Jon able to show his comedic side, but he was so perfect as Craig. I loved his interaction with the entire cast. While I’m not a fan of the military life it did a good job in showing what those in the military go through in terms of deployment and the effect that has on the families. Though I doubt they get into the many comical shenanigans as this cast did. What got me about Jon’s performance is that while he was funny, when the need presented itself you could see he brought his seriousness to the issue. The highlight of season two was Jon’s outstanding performance of The Impossible Dream, a piece he performed as the lead character Don Quixote in THE MAN OF LAMANCHA, a role he performed understudy for in 1965 while playing the part of Dr. Carrasco. I’ve heard this piece performed by the likes of Colm Wilkinson, Robert Goulet, and others, but I think my favourite has to be Jon’s, though I’d kill to hear him do it with a full symphony orchestra. I’m including a rip of that part of the episode The Possible Dream where Camp Hollister performed a talent show for the civilians on the base. An interesting bit of trivia, if you look in the crowd at the lady with the long white hair, that is Jon’s wife, Dr. Carol Rosin. Enjoy.
-  SCREENCAPS: MAJOR DAD – SEASON TWO COMPLETE
I’m hoping to get more of Jon’s work up on the site. My apologies for not having had more time to spend here as I simply adore Jon. I’m trying to get a hold of Jon’s three seasons as Major General Marcus Craig in MAJOR DAD, however, getting those seasons has been hard. I’m also trying to get Jon’s work in HILL STREET BLUES completed. Please be patient. I also have Jon’s role as General Martin Goldman in one of my favourite series TOUR OF DUTY I’m trying to convert to a usable file size so I can do good screencaps for the gallery. I know there are some of you who are asking whether I have Jon’s role as The Prince in the 1957 television live broadcast of CINDERELLA. I do have it. Unfortunately the quality isn’t all that great. I’m currently trying to find a good version of it with a large enough screencap so it would be useable for the site. I do have some stills and the music from the show I will try to get up soon. Please again be patient. I’m going through some personal things right now that is sort of making it difficult to get to the things I want to. Please feel free to check out all the images I do have up in the Gallery. Thanks.
Another blast from the past in terms of Jon’s episodic television roles. This time it’s from BONANZA where Jon played the part of a Confederate soldier name Col. Cody Ransom. The episode was about the Cartwrights coming to the aid of Jon’s character whose men had been fugitives after the Civil War has ended. The plot involved Washington’s desire to allow Ransom and his men to surrender themselves in order to go back to the lives they lived before the war erupted. A good performance by Jon and he looks so good in unifrom…but I think we all know that from both MAJOR DAD and of course MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. This episode included a ten-year-old Jodie Foster as Jon’s daughter Bluebird. I couldn’t help but think of Jon’s real life daughter Rowan when I was watching this. Jon looked so natural with Foster and the hug was so sweet. This is one of Jon’s best performances from early in his career.
-  SCREENCAPS: BONANZA – E13X24 A PLACE TO HIDE