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'The Mob Doctor' Admits 'Big C' Star for Fatherly Role (Exclusive)

John Benjamin Hickey will recur on the Fox drama and play a prosecutor and father to Zach Gilford's doc.

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John Benjamin Hickey and Zach Gilford

John Benjamin Hickey is heading to Fox's The Mob Doctor.

The Big C star has nabbed a hefty recurring role on the upcoming freshman drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Hickey will play Mark Easton, a brilliant U.S. Attorney of the Chicago district who is a presidentially appointed federal prosecutor in the drama starring Jordana Spiro and Zach Gilford.

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Spiro (My Boys) stars as a dedicated Chicago doctor whose family drama finds her on the mob's payroll. Gilford (Friday Night Lights) plays Dr. Brett Robinson, a colleague and love interest for Spiro.

Hickey's character is described as a wealthy and powerful legal pit bull who has the backing of the federal government and is feared by both corrupt politicians and the mob. Further complicating things, he's Robinson father.

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Hickey, who plays Cathy's (Laura Linney) flighty brother on the Showtime dramedy, will appear first early during the freshman season's run. Showtime recently renewed Big C or a fourth and final season of four hourlong episodes.

The Paradigm- and Schiff-repped actor's credits include multiple episodes of CBS' The Good Wife.

Mob Doctor premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, on Fox.

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