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Dennis Farina joins New Girl

Dennis Farina

Story by Jack Foley

DENNIS Farina is to play Nick’s father in New Girl.

The veteran character actor, who was recently seen alongside Dustin Hoffman in HBO horse-racing drama Luck, will play charming conman Walt Miller in an early 2013 episode of the Zooey Deschanel sitcom.

According to TV Line, Nick (Jake Johnson) will be suspicious of his estranged father’s motives when he suddenly comes back into his life.

In what looks set to be a busy series for Nick on the personal development front, he will also get a new girlfriend in the form of The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn.

The second series of New Girl is expected to return to E4 in the UK in early 2013.

Farina’s other credits include the feature films Midnight Run, Out Of Sight, Get Shorty and Saving Private Ryan.

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