Melissa Gilbert to Face 'Adam-12' Vet
McCord, 60, currently the treasurer of SAG, said Tuesday that he plans to challenge Gilbert in November's election, reports the Los Angeles Times, which described the '60s and early '70s TV sex symbol as a an outspoken opponent of Gilbert's more moderate regime.
McCord -- who played Officer Jim Reed on the long-ago cop show -- also opposed Gilbert's desire to merge SAG with another actors' union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The proposal received 58 percent of the vote in a membership referendum, but 60 percent was required for it to take effect.
Actor Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue") intends to run for McCord's current seat on McCord's ticket, reports the Times, while James Cromwell, an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor (1995's "Babe"), is planning to run for that office on the Gilbert slate.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter last week after the collapse of the proposed SAG-AFTRA merger, Gilbert, 38, said: "I don't feel defeated, and I don't feel like we lost anything. When you have 58 percent of the vote, it is a landslide victory anywhere else but SAG. Obviously there are a number of members that want us to pursue this."