Basaraba was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on March 16, 1959.
Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, he always knew he wanted to
become an actor. After graduating from high school, he worked in a
steel mill until he was accepted by Yale University School of Drama as
a special student, without the usual requisite undergraduate degree. He
was the only Yale Drama School student ever to play on the rugby team.
After graduating from Yale in 1982, Basaraba moved to New York City.
His first professional acting role was in Louis Malle's "Alamo Bay".
movie credits include "No Mercy", "The Last Temptation of Christ",
"Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Unfaithful". He, also, starred in Steven
Bochco's short-lived television series "Brooklyn South".
Gary portrays Los Angeles Police Officer Ray Hechler, a P-3, Field
Veteran police officer Ray Hechler's tendency to bend
the rules, combined with his former partner's criminal activities, have
curtailed his advancement in the police department. He harbors a deep
animosity towards DDA David McNorris, who headed the
investigation into the Vista Heights police corruption scandal.
to a fault, his resentment of the "brass" is partially hidden by a
yet jovial attitude. He dotes on his wife, Cherie, who is a former
Gary describes Ray:
"It's an evolving thing...He's
experienced officer, he's been around, he's had trouble with authority
the department. He certainly believes in being a cop and doing the
thing but he also believes in being practical about it and applying it