Glee regular Rachel’s two gay adoptive fathers are to be played by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell. They will enter the show next month.
The two actors have joined the Glee cast as main character Rachel Berry’s gay adoptive fathers, Hiram and LeRoy Berry. Their first appearance on the hit TV show will be in Glee’s special Valentine’s Day episode entitled Heart.
Both actors will also sing in the roles. But don’t worry; they both have form in that department.
Goldblum is best known for his acting work in Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Jurassic Park, but he is also a jazz pianist and made his Broadway debut in 1971 in the Tony-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Mitchell has appeared in theatre shows such as Man of La Macha and Ragtime, and won a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Actor in Kiss Me Kate. He has also had guest roles in Frasier and Ugly Betty.
Glee’s executive producer Ryan Murphy confirmed earlier this month that he was casting two actors to play Rachel’s dads and said there was a lot of interest in the part. Even Elton John apparently considered being cast as Rachel’s Dad, but his touring commitments prevented that.
Lea Michele, who plays Rachel, previously revealed that she thought Nathan Lane would be a good choice to play one of the dads. But instead she has Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell as her two gay fathers. What do you think to that casting?