Nick Chinlund Cast as Patrick Jane's Father on The Mentalist

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The Mentalist viewers should prepare to meet the father of Patrick Jane, courtesy of a flashback.

On the November 12 episode of this hit drama, Nick Chinlund - who has guest-starred on Desperate Housewives and The Sopranos - will appear as Alex, the dad of Simon Baker's character, in an installment that takes fans back to the 1980s.

Nick Chinlund

During the hour, we'll learn that a young Patrick worked as a psychic at various carnivals, with his showman father keeping an eye on his unique offspring.

For now, Chinlund is only booked for this single episode.

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The Mentalist Quotes

Jane: That is a very lovely dress - great color.
Heather: Thank you I am Heather Evans.

Cho: You didn't steal jewelery from her?
Natalie: Please. She dresses like a Mormon call girl. I wouldn't wear her jewelery if you paid me.