William Forsythe Cast in THE MENTALIST

William Forsythe

Hey there, Mentalist fans. It looks like we’re finally going to get to meet Rigsby’s dad. TVGuide.com reports that notorious film villain William Forsythe has been tapped to play the role.

Forsythe will play Steve Rigsby, a career criminal and biker who also happens to be the father of the CBI’s own Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman).

Not exactly known as Father of the Year, Steve has been described by series creator Bruno Heller as “a clever and charismatic outlaw with an edge of violence, leavened by mercurial charm”

Heller says:

“[He’s] selfish, arrogant and ruthless. He made a very poor father to Rigsby, who remembers mostly drunken abuse and long absences and his mother’s tears.”

And as if that weren’t bad enough, Daddy Rigsby apparently isn’t too happy with his son’s line of profession.

Heller says:

“Steve is outraged that any child of his would join the police. He sees it as a personal betrayal, a rejection of Rigsby family tradition.”

Wow, talk about major tension. The episode (scheduled to air May 5) finds Rigsby and the rest of the team investigating the murder of a prison guard. Rigsby calls on his ex-con dad for his expertise when Jane (Simon Baker) needs help deciphering which inmates may have had a motive for murder. The question is whether or not Steve will help his son. Also, how can we forget that Rigsby put his job (as well as that of his partner, Cho) on the line earlier this season, when he lied to authorities in order provide an alibi for his father and keep him out of jail.

Chances of that secret coming out when the old man comes back into town? Um, I’m thinking pretty high.

Either way, it’s unsure right now whether the two will ever reconcile.

Heller says:

“Underneath all this tension, father and son love each other deeply. But they are morally and emotionally too far part to realize that fact.”

Forsythe, 55, has previously appeared in films like Once Upon a Time in America>, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Raising Arizona and The Rock. He also starred in the 1993 syndicated series The Untouchables and the short-lived 2002 Fox series John Doe. He’s also done guest spots on Hill Street Blues, Entourage, Las Vegas and, most recently, the Rob Zombie-directed episode of CSI: Miami.

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