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Major Crimes Cast: A Guide to the Stars of the Crime Drama Series

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Major Crimes cast is a spinoff of TNT’s popular crime drama series The Closer, airing from 2005-2012. The show follows the cases of Major Crimes Division of Los Angeles Police Department under Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), an ex-internal affairs officer forced to cope with disgruntlement among her team as well as challenges related to striking plea deals with violent criminals.

Furthermore, Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin), Raydor’s foster son who becomes part of her family during serial killer trials appears as part of Major Crimes Division cases.

Major Crimes debuted on August 13, 2012 following the cancellation of The Closer, and ended six seasons and 105 episodes later on January 9, 2018; we will introduce you to its main cast members here.

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Major Crimes Cast
Major Crimes Cast

1. Mary McDonnell as Sharon Raydor

Major Crimes Cast

Mary McDonnell has earned two Academy Award nominations for her performances in Dances with Wolves (1990) and Passion Fish (1992), in addition to other credits like Independence Day (1996), Donnie Darko (2001), Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) and The Closer (2009-2012).

On Major Crimes, she plays Sharon Raydor – first as captain and then commander – of the Major Crimes Division. A strict yet professional leader, Sharon often clashes with her subordinates over policies and methods; yet remains compassionate mother figure to Rusty Beck whom she adopted during season four. Later she develops romantic feelings for former FBI agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) whom Brenda Leigh Johnson married, eventually marrying him in season six before succumbing to heart conditions that lead to her demise on set during episode 7.

2. G.W. Bailey as Louie Provenza | Major Crimes Cast

G.W. Bailey has become a familiar face on film and television screens over his long acting career, appearing in such series as MAS*H (1979-1983), Police Academy (1984-1994), St. Elsewhere (1986-1988) and The Closer (2005-2012).

On Major Crimes, he portrays Louie Provenza, the lieutenant and second-in-command of the Major Crimes Division at LAPD for over 30 years.

Although often complaining about both his job and personal life, he remains loyal, brave and humorous – sharing an enduring friendship with Andy Flynn (Tony Denison).

After marrying Patrice Perry (Dawnn Lewis), an LA public defender in season four; upon Raydor’s death in season six; eventually becoming head of Major Crimes Division!

3. Tony Denison as Andy Flynn | Major Crimes Cast

Tony Denison as Andy Flynn Tony Denison is an American actor best known for his roles on several popular television series such as Crime Story (1986-1988), Melrose Place (1997-1998), Prison Break (2005-209) and The Closer (2005-12).

On Major Crimes, he plays Andy Flynn, an LAPD lieutenant and detective in the Major Crimes Division. Andy is an ex-alcoholic who overcame his addictions to become an honorable officer; witty, charming, and flirtatious with close friendship with Louie Provenza (G.W. Bailey). Later he develops romantic feelings for Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) before suffering a heart attack that forces his retirement in season five.

4. Michael Paul Chan as Mike Tao | Major Crimes Cast

Michael Paul Chan (Mike Tao) is an American actor best known for his appearances inn films and TV shows such as Falling Dow (1993), Spy Game (2001), Arrested Development (2003-2006) and The Closer (2005-2012).

On Major Crimes, he portrays Mike Tao, an expert in forensic science and technology who frequently provides crucial evidence and analysis for cases. While his approachable demeanor makes for a positive working environment. Married to Laurie (Elizabeth Sung) with two sons.

5. Raymond Cruz as Julio Sanchez | Major Crimes Cast

Raymond Cruz (also known by his stage name Julio Sanchez) is an American actor known for appearing in various films and TV series such as Clear and Present Danger (1994), Training Day (2001), Breaking Bad (2008-2009) and The Closer (2005-2012).

On Major Crimes, he plays Detective Julio Sanchez of the Major Crimes Division.

While often using physical force and intimidation to achieve results, he also displays emotional stability, loyalty, compassion and has a special bond with children.

While grappling with his wife and brother’s deaths as well as anger management issues, Julio adopts teenage boy Mark Jarvis (Henry Kaufman).

6. Kearran Giovanni as Amy Sykes | Major Crimes Cast


Kearran Giovanni is a talented American actress known for appearing on several popular TV series such as One Life to Live (2009-2010), Royal Pains (2011) and Black Lightning (2018).

On Major Crimes, she portrays Amy Sykes, a detective with the Major Crimes Division of LAPD after serving in Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer. Amy is smart, ambitious and eager to prove herself as a cop.

At the same time she’s friendly, supportive and honest and has great relationships with both colleagues and superiors – ultimately marrying Wesley Nolan (Daniel Di Tomasso), an undercover cop in season six.

7. Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson | Major Crimes Cast

Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson

Phillip P. Keene is an American actor known for his roles on several TV series such as The D.A. (2004), The Closer (2005-2012) and NCIS: Los Angeles (2017)

On Major Crimes, he plays Buzz Watson as the civilian surveillance coordinator of the Major Crimes Division. As such, he is responsible for operating and maintaining video and audio equipment used by detectives, as well as being smart, curious, enthusiastic and having a passion for filmmaking.

Buzz is driven to become a detective himself by attending and passing an exam at police academy during season five; then in season six investigates the murder of both his father and uncle that occurred when he was still young, until eventually finding their murderer in season six.

8. Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty Beck

Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty Beck

Graham Patrick Martin (Rusty Beck) is an American actor best known for his roles on various television series such as Two and a Half Men (2008-209), The Bill Engvall Show (2007-209), and The Closer (2011-12).

On Major Crimes, he portrays Rusty Beck – Sharon Raydor’s foster and later adopted son who suffered sexual abuse by his mother’s boyfriends and then became an important witness in Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke) trial.

Rusty is smart, resilient and courageous with an aptitude for writing who attended Catholic school along with Raydor’s grown children before working as an intern at District Attorney office and blogging about life experiences; in season two he came out as gay while dating Gus Wallace (Rene Rosado).

9. Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Fernando Morales

Jonathan Del Arco has appeared in many films and TV shows over the years, such as The Mambo Kings (1992), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993), Nip/Tuck (2006-2010), and The Closer (2007-2012).

On Major Crimes, he plays Dr. Fernando Morales of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as its Chief Medical Examiner, providing expert forensic pathological information and insight for cases. Additionally, his character is humorous and often makes jokes about both his job and personal life.

10. Robert Gossett as Russell Taylor

Robert Gossett is an American actor best known for his roles in Arlington Road (1999), The Net (1995-1996), Dark Angel 2000-2002 and The Closer 2005-2012.

On Major Crimes, he plays Russell Taylor, Assistant Chief of Operations of the LAPD and boss to Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell).

Taylor oversees the Major Crimes Division as a strict yet ambitious leader who often clashes with Raydor over her decisions and methods; furthermore, he becomes involved with a cover up conspiracy following his son-in-law’s murder of a teenage girl; ultimately being shot dead by a sniper during season five.

11. Nadine Velazquez as Emma Rios

Nadine Velazquez, best known as Emma Rios on My Name Is Earl (2005-209) and Flight (2012) as well as Snitch (2013) is an American actress. From 2009-15 she also co-starred on The League.

Emma Rios plays Emma Rios on Major Crimes; a deputy district attorney assigned to work in the Major Crimes Division who often disagrees with other prosecutor. She can often be found being assertive and assertive when engaging in legal battles against clients who cross her.

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