'Agents of SHIELD': Blair Underwood Set as Melinda May's Ex (Exclusive)

Ming Na Wen Blair Underwood Split - H 2014
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Ming Na Wen Blair Underwood Split - H 2014

Prepare to meet someone from Agent Melinda May's past on ABC's Agents of SHIELD.

Two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood has boarded Marvel's second-year drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Underwood, whose TV credits include NBC's sci-fi drama The Event and its remake of Ironside, will have a recurring role and play May's (Ming-Na Wen) estranged ex-husband Dr. Andrew Garner. The actor will make his debut in a March episode and begins filming the role this week.

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The Agents of SHIELD arc will be the L.A. Law alum's first visit to the Marvel universe. His more recent credits include earning a Critics Choice nom for Lifetime's TV movie A Trip to Bountiful. He reprised that role opposite Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams for the past few months onstage in in Los Angeles and Boston after spending the summer starring in the Old Globe's production of Othello. On Broadway, his credits include the starring role as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2012.

The casting also brings Underwood back into the ABC fold where he starred on Dirty Sexy Money. His credits also include CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine and HBO's In Treatment. He's repped by ICM Partners and Thruline.

Underwood joins a roster of high-profile guest-stars on Agents of SHIELD this season, including Lucy Lawless and Adrianne Palicki, among others.

Agents of SHIELD airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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