Mario Van Peebles Cast on All My Children

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Beware, Mario Van Peebles: Susan Lucci is coming for you!

The 51-year-old actor will be taking on the role of Erica Kane's latest victim later this month. Van Peebles has signed a contract with All My Children that will take him back to daytime television for the near time in 25 years.

He'll portray politician and Senator-wannabe Samuel Woods. During the campaign, Erica (Lucci) invites Woods to be a guest on her talk show, New Beginnings. According to a show spokesperson, Woods will be Erica's "worst nightmare."

Naturally, the two rivals and will eventually see their resentment for one another turn into passion.

In 1982, Van Peebles appeared in a handful of episodes as Doc Gilmore on ABC's One Life to Live. From there he went on to star in films such as Jaws: The Revenge, New Jack City and Ali.

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