Gerald McRaney of "This Is Us" Proposed to Wife Delta Burke on Their Second Date

The actor "wasn't going to let her get away."

Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke
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Gerald McRaney just took home his first Emmy for his supporting role in the hit show This Is Us. When People caught up with the actor and his wife, Delta Burke, to discuss the honor, the couple shared stories from the start of their relationship. As it turns out, one of their first dates was at the Emmys, and even then their relationship was serious.

"We had just gotten together," Burke told People. "1987 was the first time." "He asked me to marry him on the second date, so we were pretty committed," she revealed. "I wasn't going to let her get away," McRaney explained. "I already had competition. There were people asking her out on dates, and I was going to move in right away." Less than two years later, in 1989, the couple tied the knot. "We survived the Emmys, and we're still together all this time later," McRaney reflected.


During the interview, Burke also shared her excitement for her husband's recognition. "This has been huge for me," the actress shared. "I have wanted him to be nominated for so many years, I cannot tell you. I think that he's richly deserved it, and that they've noticed him and acknowledged him this year makes me want to cry," she gushed. McRaney mentioned his wife's support in the press room while showing off his trophy. "As a man, I've had the love of the finest woman I can possibly imagine," he said to People.

Overall, the couple's totally in sync. "At the end of a day's work, I get to come home to her-that's the fun," McRaney shared. "And we get each other," Burke noted. "As nutty as we both are, we get each other." The secret to their success? Embracing everything about their significant other. "We did a renewal of our vows once, and one of the things that Delta wrote into the vows was that we embrace each other's insanity," McRaney added. "Not just accept it-embrace it."

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