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The Wire’s Lawrence Gilliard Joins The Walking Dead

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The Wire alum Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has joined the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead as a series regular.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed he’ll play Bob Stookey, who in the acclaimed comic series was an alcoholic Woodbury resident and former Army medic who saved the life of The Governor after he was tortured by Michonne (the news was first reported by iDigitalTimes). Given the changes to the storyline in the television adaptation, it’s unclear what role the charming, self-deprecating loner will play.

Gilliard, who’s appeared on Fright Night Lights, Army Wives and Southland, is best known for his portrayal of D’Angelo Barksdale on HBO’s The Wire. Fellow alum Chad Coleman joined The Walking Dead last year as Tyreese.

His casting follows news earlier this month that Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney have been promoted to series regulars for the fourth season, which premieres in October.

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