While the A-list stars in Hollywood tend to get the most attention, the film and TV industry is home to thousands of respected actors that rarely get the lead role, but can always be counted on to do great work. These are what most call “character actors,” and there are few with better resumes than Terry O’Quinn.
A regular fixture on both the big and small screens since the early 80s, O’Quinn’s profile with the masses rose dramatically in 2004, when he was cast as the enigmatic fan favorite John Locke on ABC’s Lost.
One could argue he’s never hit those same heights of fame since, but he’s continued to work at a breakneck pace, always turning in consistently good performances.
Deadline reports that O’Quinn’s newest gig will be joining the cast of upcoming Hulu original series Castle Rock, which will reunite him with Lost producer JJ Abrams. Set within the established Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock takes place in the titular town, a locale familiar to any constant reader of King’s work.
O’Quinn’s character is named Dale Lacy, and he’s described as a pillar of the community. O’Quinn joins an already stacked cast, including Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland (American Horror Story), Scott Glenn (The Leftovers), Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), and Bill Skarsgard.
Interestingly, many of those names are no stranger to King material. Skarsgard of course plays Pennywise in the soon to release IT movie, Sissy Spacek played Carrie in Brian De Palma’s original classic adaptation, Lynskey played a major role in Rose Red, and O’Quinn played the sheriff in Silver Bullet.
O’Quinn actually brings a ton of horror cred to the series all by himself, via his starring turns in The Stepfather franchise, and supporting role as Peter Watts on dark 90’s drama Millennium. Hell, he’s even appeared in an Amityville sequel, which should almost be considered a right of passage for a horror actor.
Hulu has yet to confirm a release date for Castle Rock’s 10-episode debut season, but production is currently underway in Massachusetts. When and if new info is revealed, iHorror will bring it to you.