Actor Kurtwood Smith, perhaps most famous for his appearance as Red Forman in That 70’s Show, has joined the growing cast of Agent Carter for the show’s second season. Per The Hollywood Reporter, who was the first to report the casting, Smith will play a character named Vernon Masters. He’s described as “a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system.”
Smith most recently appeared on ABC’s Resurrection, which was also ran by Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. That show came in an end earlier this year after two seasons. While Smith was a series regular on Resurrection, his role in Agent Carter will be that of a major recurring role.
The executive producers of Agent Carter, as well as the head of Marvel Television, released statements praising Smith as an actor and expressing their excitement over his casting in the series.
“We had the pleasure of working with Kurtwood on both ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Chaos,’ and were well aware of what a commanding presence he is,” said Executive Producers Tara Butters, Chris Dingess and Michele Fazekas. “So when we were developing the character of Vernon Masters, we wrote it with him in mind. We just never thought we could actually get him. Thankfully, we were wrong.”
“We’ve been fans of Kurtwood’s work for years, from his villainous turn in ‘RoboCop’ to his role as a father confronted with the return of his long-dead son in ‘Resurrection,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “That type of range makes him a perfect addition to our cast for Peggy’s second thrilling solo adventure.”
Agent Carter will return to ABC for it’s second season in January 2016.