James Remar Cast as Giuseppe Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries

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There must be something about blood that attracts actor James Remar.

He's currently seen on Dexter (below), dispensing advice to his murderous son.

Now, Remar has been cast in a key role on The Vampire Diaries: he'll start filming scenes early next month as Giuseppe Salvatore, Damon and Stefan's father.

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Remar described the character as "an aristocrat in the 1860's of Italian decent." He'll be featured in a flashback episode set to air when the show returns in early 2010.

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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Couldn't care less about the book, love the show, the cast THE EVERYTHING!

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I thought the books were a yawn, so I haven't seen the show. But this? This I have to see!

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