Netflix’s “Ozark” is gunning for Emmys this year for its second season, which premiered last summer, and now the show has added an Emmy winner to its regular cast for its upcoming third season. Our sister site Deadline exclusively announced that “Guiding Light” alum Tom Pelphrey has signed on to the crime drama to play Ben Davis, the younger brother of Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) who arrives for an unannounced visit.
Pelphrey is known to daytime fans for his star-making role on “GL”
as Jonathan Randall, the long lost son of Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer). His performance as the volatile young man earned him four straight Daytime Emmy nominations for Best Younger Actor (2005-2008), of which he won twice (2006, 2008). After that series he joined the cast of “As the World Turns” as Mick Dante in 2009 and stayed until 2010, after which he has been working in primetime and streaming TV.
He had guest roles in “The Good Wife,” “Body of Proof,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Following,” “Chicago PD” and “Blindspot.” He also had a recurring role on Cinemax’s drama “Banshee.” And before “Ozark” he was a series regular for both seasons of another Netflix drama, the Marvel adaptation “Iron Fist,” in which he played Ward Meachum, who helped run Rand Enterprises while the title hero, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) was presumed dead.
“Ozark” earned five Emmy nominations in its first season, including Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Directing for its star Jason Bateman, who will be Pelphrey’s brother-in-law. But it could do even better this year following a winter awards season where it won at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated by the Writers Guild, Directors Guild and Producers Guild. So perhaps Pelphrey will add a Primetime Emmy to his two Daytime Emmys in 2020.
Also joining “Ozark” for its third season is “Jessica Jones” alum Jessica Frances Dukes as FBI agent Maya Miller, while recurring actors Lisa Emery and Janet McTeer are being promoted to series regulars.
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