Sundays 10:00 PM on CBS
The-mentalist

William Forsythe to Play Steve Rigsby on The Mentalist

by at . Comments

The Mentalist has tapped a veteran actor to come on board in a key role.

William Forsythe will portray Wayne's father, career criminal Steve Rigsby, on an episode later this season. Series creator Bruno Heller describes this character as "a clever and charismatic outlaw with an edge of violence, leavened by mercurial charm."

He also hasn't been the best father.

William Forsythe

"[He's] selfish, arrogant and ruthless," Heller told TV Guide. "Steve is outraged that any child of his would join the police. He sees it as a personal betrayal, a rejection of Rigsby family tradition."

So, what brings the elder Rigsby into the picture?

The CBI will investigate the death of a prison guard on the episode and Jane will require help discovering which inmates may have had a motive for murder. Rigsby will therefore call on his ex-con father for assistance. Will he cooperate? We can't say.

"Underneath all this tension, father and son love each other deeply," Heller says. "But they are morally and emotionally too far apart to realize that fact."

Tags: , ,
Like Us On Facebook

Want more The Mentalist?

Sign up for our daily newsletter and receive the latest tv news delivered to your inbox for free!

More From TV Fanatic

Rachel-on-opening-night

Lea Michele to Guest Star on Sons of Anarchy

Lea Michele is headed to Sons of Anarchy! The actress made the announcement herself.
Brown-on-fringe

Blair Brown Cast on Orange is the New Black Season 3

Blair Brown is headed to Orange is the New Black Season 3. Details on her role are unknown at this time.
Katey-sagal-comic-con-q-and-a

Sons of Anarchy Cast Talks Season 7, “Organic” Character Deaths and Naked Push-Ups

We're on the Comic-Con carpet with the cast of Sons of Anarchy. Ready for a Season 7 preview/
Jax-driving

Sons of Anarchy at Comic-Con: Feel the Incitement!

Chaos is coming to Sons of Anarchy. Consider these teases and spoilers revealed at the show's Comic-Con panel.