Walking Dead Exclusive: Mentalist's Pruitt Taylor Vince Cops First Season 2 Role

Walking Dead viewers, get ready to meet Otis.

In the first piece of casting news for the spooktacular AMC series’ sophomore run, TVLine has learned exclusively that Pruitt Taylor Vince has landed the recurring role of Otis, a foreman at Hershel’s Farm, where much of the Season 2 action is set to take place.

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For the uninitiated (aka those unfamiliar with the Walking Dead graphic novels), Vince’s character is described as good-natured and polite, this despite the rather harrowing (read: near-deadly) circumstances under which he first meets Rick, Lori et al.

This past TV season, Vince enjoyed an extended arc on The Mentalist, playing Internal Affairs agent J.J. LaRoche. Prior to that, his TV resume included Deadwood (as the murderous Mose Manuel) and Murder One (where he won a Guest Actor Emmy for his turn as serial killer Clifford Banks). His big-screen credits include Charlize Theron’s Monster and Beautiful Girls.

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While you’re here, Deadheads, check out this “video diary” from the first day of production on Season 2, which premieres this fall. I spy no spoilers, lest you consider the RV overheating to be one.

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  1. Sean Carter says:

    I’m ok with this casting decision. Pruitt Taylor Vince is a great actor and I think he’ll own the role.

  2. NickC says:

    His crazy eye is distracting.

  3. Mcat says:

    He was in The X-Files, correct? “Unruhe”…

  4. Sally says:

    He will always be that crazy guy from “Identity” for me. Haha.

  5. Will Freman says:

    CORRECTION: Vince wasn’t in the big-screen version of ‘LA Confidential’ – he was in a 2003 TV movie / pilot version!

  6. Jen says:

    I’m good with this casting even though the character is rail thin in the books. It’s not how i pictured the character, but I can work with it.

  7. Jay Brown says:

    I’ll be glad to see him another spooker. Vince has what it takes. One of my favorite actors

  8. pete says:

    Is he any relation to Tor Johnson? The resemblance is uncanny.