Cole joins 'Entourage' bunch

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Ari Gold has a friend. Who knew?

Gary Cole is set to join HBO's comedy "Entourage" as a regular next season, playing Hollywood agent Andrew Klein, Ari's (Jeremy Piven) oldest Hollywood friend from their early days in the business.

Cole is introducing the character this season in a three-episode arc slated to air in November.

"Entourage," which is halfway though its fifth season, recently was picked up for a sixth year to begin production in early 2009 for a summer launch.

Cole, repped by ICM and Envoy Entertainment, recently co-starred in the Judd Apatow-produced "Pineapple Express" and on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." He next appears in "The Joneses" and in November will join the cast of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of "August: Osage County" at London's National Theatre. (partialdiff)
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