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Looking like a cross between late-era Johnny Depp and William Fichtner, Springfield’s character holds the screen opposite Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Ray (Colin Farrell). Springfield hasn’t exactly given up acting — he guested on an episode of Drop Dead Diva in 2014 and popped up on GH as recently as 2013. Still, seeing him in this context is enough to throw a viewer off her game.
Here’s a guide to some of the other actors on True Detective this season, along with a handful of references from Sunday’s second episode.
W. Earl Brown: Best known as Al Swearengen’s (Ian McShane) muscle Dan Dority on Deadwood, Brown is playing Ray’s partner, Teague Dixon. He also co-starred on ABC’s American Crime in 2014-15.
“Church in Ruins”: The singer-songwriter Lera Lynn makes another appearance at the bar where Ray meets Frank (Vince Vaughn), singing this downbeat number.
Ritchie Coster: Vinci’s mayor is played by veteran character actor Coster, late of HBO’s Luck.
Lolita Davidovich: That was her as Paul’s (Taylor Kitsch) mom, who was, uh, not acting terribly maternal toward her son when he told her he was going to be away for a while.
James Frain: The prolific Brit (Agent Carter, Intruders, The White Queen) plays Ray’s superior officer, Lt. Kevin Burris.
“I Pity the Fool”: This blues chestnut by Bobby “Blue” Bland provides an on-the-nose music cue for the scene in which Ray is checking out the Hollywood bungalow Caspere owned — you know, just before he gets shot.
C.S. Lee: The former Dexter star is playing one of the people heading the state investigation in Vinci.
Yara Martinez: The Jane the Virgin actress is playing Felicia, a kindly bar waitress who has a soft spot for Ray.
Stonewood Center: The mall in Downey, Calif., an interior L.A. County city, is the backdrop for the tense meeting between Ray and his ex-wife (Abigail Spencer).
“What a Way to Go”: The closing credits tune is a song by John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars. Again, perhaps a bit on the nose.
Click here to read our deep dive into episode one and check back every Monday for a closer look at the people and references from True Detective.
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