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'The Flash' Scores 'Alias' Alum Victor Garber for Major DC Role
Jack Bristow is coming to Central City.
Alias alum Victor Garber, known for his Emmy-nominated turn as Jennifer Garner's father on the beloved spy drama, has booked a major recurring role on The CW's The Flash, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
First appearing in the 12th episode, Garber will play DC Comics character Dr. Martin Stein, who becomes one-half of Firestorm.
Dr. Stein is a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Tomorrow People's Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it's too late.
Firestorm has appeared in several animated properties, such as ABC's Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, but this will be the character's first appearance in live action.
Garber is the latest addition to a guest cast that includes original heroine Amanda Pays as Dr. Tina McGee, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave and Clancy Brown as General Wade Eiling. Executive producer Greg Berlanti hinted in July that there was a good chance Dr. Stein would be seen on The Flash, revealing that the character had been included in a version of the pilot.
Garber is repped by UTA and manager Bill Butler at Industry Entertainment. Garber currently recurs on Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy for Showtime and Power for Starz, and has appeared in The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Damages, Glee, Deception and Justice. His casting on The Flash marks a reunion with Berlanti, for whom he appeared on Eli Stone. Other credits include big-screen features Argo and the upcoming Selfless with Ryan Reynolds.
The Flash made a huge splash for The CW on Oct. 7, premiering to a massive 4.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic — the second-biggest debut for the network behind The Vampire Diaries.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.