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Commander in Chief

General Allison

MacKenzie Allen becomes the first woman American president after she ascends to the job following the death of president Teddy Bridges.

At the end of its first season as a regular dramatic series on ABC, this intriguing program was pulled for re-tooling…, including re-casting of some recurring roles. It was at this point that I got interested and auditioned for several roles ranging from the Vice President to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several lesser parts. While it would seem to be a slam-dunk in type casting, I could never nail down a part in the early going. Something in my performance must have struck a chord, however, since I got called back and cast in several episodes as the Army four-star Chairman of the JCS. It was a genuine pleasure to work with Geena Davis, who brought an interesting take to her role as the first female Chief Executive of the United States. Most of my scenes in Commander In Chief have involved working with her, and she’’s a pro all the way down the line. My only regret in this fortunate stroke of showbiz luck is that the producers did not make my character a Marine four-star general reflecting General Peter Pace, the first Marine Corps Chairman of the JCS. No problem. I’’m playing so far above my paygrade that I’’m comfortable in the role no matter what color the uniform.

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