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Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell to Play Rachel's Gay Dads on 'Glee'

Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) dads on Glee will finally make an appearance, TVLine's Michael Ausiello reports:

Mitchell_goldblumA show insider confirms to TVLine exclusively that onetime Law & Order: Criminal Intent detective Jeff Goldblum and Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell have been tapped to play Hiram and LeRoy Berry, the adoptive parents of Lea Michele’s character.

The duo will first appear in the show’s Valentine’s Day episode — which as luck would have it will actually air on Feb. 14, and is titled “Heart.” And yes, they will sing.

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  1. Um, didn't they show Rachel's dads in the pilot in pictures, their being clearly not these two?

    Posted by: JFE | Jan 18, 2012 9:33:39 AM


  2. Not only were Rachel's dads not played by these two guys, but one of them was black. And now they cast these two??? :(

    Posted by: Kieran | Jan 18, 2012 9:45:25 AM


  3. Glee is RETCON-ing already? Couldn't they have cast Taye Diggs and at least be consistent?

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jan 18, 2012 10:02:35 AM


  4. Brian Stokes Mitchell IS black. And of course they re-cast the dads for stars. They were just a sight-gag in the pilot.

    Posted by: George | Jan 18, 2012 10:11:43 AM


  5. I like that they share the same last name, suggesting they went to Iowa to get married.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jan 18, 2012 10:33:42 AM


  6. I look forward to it. Certainly can't fault Glee for not being gay enough, but not having Rachel's dads be real characters has been a missed opportunity until now.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jan 18, 2012 10:53:54 AM


  7. Ican see where Rachel got her pipes if Brian Stokes Mitchell is her father.

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 18, 2012 11:23:17 AM


  8. Brian Stokes Mitchell *is* black, and he certainly does "black" productions such as the recent film "Jumping the Broom," so the cultural identification is there as well. He's a well known Broadway name. While he's lighter skinned than the original guy in the picture, his tone and features make the GLEE canon trivia that neither Rachel nor her parents know which is her biological father much more believable. With genetics as they are, either of these men could have fathered Rachel with Shelby, so there is that (which I say from my vantage point as a mixed race child myself).

    My only isssue is that both of these guys are way older than the typical 17 year old's parents, though its not unheard of.

    Re: Taye Diggs, that was always a longshot if not impossible. He is under contract and working full time on another show on another broadcast network. If they have been cool to lending Kristin Chenowith back, I doubt they would have released Diggs for an open ended potentially recurring character on FOX. Goldblum is on basic cable for a different parent company and only committed to his show 1/2 time, giving him far more flexibility.

    Posted by: AnonJack | Jan 18, 2012 11:28:03 AM


  9. @Jim: I had wondered if they would cast a Broadway vet for Rachel's dad. I'd thought perhaps Jesse L. Martin.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Jan 18, 2012 12:15:17 PM


  10. I don't know what's going on with Glee. They just now decide to introduce Rachel's dads? They've explored parental relationships of other characters and neglected her dads all this time. It would have been good for the show to have them on but better late than never. Hopefully they won't give these characters the same over-the-top treatment that Kurt is portrayed as. Also, what's with not using Glee Project winner Damian McGinty. A huge talent, better voice than almost anyone else on the show and yet they've only had him in small vignettes. I think the show producers are taking their fans for granted.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 18, 2012 2:27:56 PM


  11. @AnonJack: BSM and JG had just had their 28th and 33rd birthdays, respectively, when Lea Michelle was conceived. Even if they play characters their own age (which rarely happens on TV), add 8 years to be the fathers of Rachel Barry. That's not at all unusually young for dads with a surrogate mom.

    Compared to Mickey Rourke, who will not only play in a movie an athlete (Gareth Thomas) 22 years his junior, but will play that athlete when he was even younger than he snow, and the age of Rachel's dads is no stretch at all.

    Posted by: Gregv | Jan 18, 2012 3:59:51 PM


  12. Edit to my post: "unusually young" should read "old."
    "snow" should read "is now."

    Posted by: Gregv | Jan 18, 2012 4:26:36 PM


  13. @Brad: I think the unique factor about Glee is the size of the cast and the number of possible storylines, and the fact the creative crew actually do try to parse focus on the characters in a pretty fair manner from week to week. So we get attenuated plots wherein some characters recede for a seemingly long time. In a way, because Rachel's dads have remained uncast for so long, I kind of wish we'd've not had advance notice: I would've liked a surprise.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Jan 18, 2012 4:27:41 PM


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