'ER' alum Paul McCrane helps stage 'Major Crimes'

Paul McCrane knows the value of working in front of a camera in calling the shots from behind one.Familiar from roles on "Harry's Law" and "24," and also from such movies as "Fame" and "The Shawshank Redemption," the actor arguably is most famous as tightly wound Dr. Robert Romano -- who had fateful encounters with helicopters twice -- on "ER." He got his first directing opportunity on that show, and he has built that into a steady second career, the latest evidence being Monday's (Aug. 27) episode of TNT's new "The Closer" spinoff "Major Crimes."RELATED: Our Favorite Female Crime Solvers"I know a lot of the folks over there," McCrane tells Zap2it, since he also directed one of the final "Closer" episodes. "I was very flattered that they asked me to do that, considering that obviously when a show is ending, they want it to go out strong. I guess I didn't screw it up too...



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