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Reba McEntire's Dating 'CSI: Miami' Actor Rex Linn

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On a the dating-themed episode of her Living & Learning With Reba McEntire podcast, McEntire shared her romantic ties to actor Rex Linn. She made her new love Instagram official on Monday (Oct. 19) by sharing a sweet photo with her "sugar tot."

Linn, age 63, was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma City. He's a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Notable acting roles for Linn include appearances on the TV shows Better Call Saul, Nashville and Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon. He also appears in such Hollywood films as Wyatt Earp, Cliffhanger and Kevin Costner's The Postman.

To many fans, he's Sgt. Frank Tripp from the long-running CBS television series  CSI: Miami.

McEntire told podcast co-host Melissa Peterman that she first went on a date with her fellow Oklahoman in January. "And then February on, it was the COVID pandemic, and we were talking, texting, FaceTime," McEntire adds. "And that's a really good way to get to know people."

Now they're "livin' the dream" (Linn's t-shirt says so) together, with Linn sharing the same photo with the best caption: "Angel on the ground (and on a cooler)."

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Fun in MT with my Sugar Tot!!! @rexlinn13

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From the sound of things, McEntire bond over country music and popular TV series in a way that makes their coronavirus experiences way less lonely.

"It's good to have a person to talk to, laugh with, get into subjects about what's going on. Discussions about our past, our family, funny stories, him being an actor, me being an actress. And he's very into my music. I'm very into his career," the Country Music Hall of Fame member continues. "It's just great getting to talk to somebody who I find very interesting, very funny, very smart, and is interested in me, too."

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The couple would've crossed paths at least a couple of times well before the pandemic. McEntire so-starred on Young Sheldon not too long ago, and Linn emceed the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's 59th annual Western Heritage Awards (held in OKC in April 2019). During the ceremony, McEntire's rodeo-riding father Clark was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners and singer Michael Martin Murphey earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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