The cast of the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods” is full of great actors. The show can boast a wide array of extremely charismatic talent, from Tom Selleck to Bridget Moynahan, and it doesn’t exactly hurt that the show’s characters are equally captivating.
The Reagan family of well-known law enforcement officials is undoubtedly the focus of the play due to its very premise, but the cast’s talent goes well beyond them. Sidney Gormley (Robert Clohessy), a gruff but well-intentioned figure who initially serves as Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) direct employer but later rises to become a respected member of Commissioner Frank Reagan’s (Tom Selleck) staff, is one of the most enduring recurrent characters in the program.
An old-school meat-and-potatoes man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind but will always jump to defend his colleagues, Gormley is one of the show’s most entertaining characters, and has rightfully appeared in every single one of the show’s 12 seasons. It’s difficult to imagine the show without him, which is why it might surprise you to hear that Robert Clohessy was originally only supposed to be in one “Blue Bloods” episode.
Robert Clohessy’s chemistry with Donnie Wahlberg earned him a regular role
In an interview with Main Street Magazine, Robert Clohessy revealed that his role as then-Sergeant Gormley was supposed to be a one-off, but he can thank his great chemistry with one particular “Blue Bloods” star for his lengthy tenure with the show. “I was originally cast for one show to be Danny’s boss in the precinct,” Clohessy said. “We got along really well on set and, before long, I was part of the regular cast.”
To be entirely fair to Clohessy, though, getting along with Wahlberg might have helped him avoid the reputation as a one-episode wonder, but it’s very probable that his own talent contributed much as well. After all, he had prior experience portraying a variety of officials in high-profile shows prior to his protracted time with “Blue Bloods.” He may be best known for his roles as Officer Sean Murphy in the HBO prison drama “Oz” or as Officer Patrick Flaherty in “Hill Street Blues.” He’s a sought-after actor for portraying law enforcement officials to the point where, while still on “Blue Blood,” he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his part as a police sergeant in “The Avengers.”