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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Comments (11)

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

    Comment by Sean Carter – June 21, 2011 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • His crazy eye is distracting.

    Comment by NickC – June 21, 2011 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He was in The X-Files, correct? “Unruhe”…

    Comment by Mcat – June 21, 2011 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He will always be that crazy guy from “Identity” for me. Haha.

    Comment by Sally – June 22, 2011 01:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CORRECTION: Vince wasn’t in the big-screen version of ‘LA Confidential’ – he was in a 2003 TV movie / pilot version!

    Comment by Will Freman – June 22, 2011 03:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Couldn’t have gone with Beautiful Girls or Heavy? At least pretend to give a crap.

      Comment by adam – June 22, 2011 03:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The screen name of Pruit Taylor Vince’s manager has been noted, LOL!

        Comment by Esta – June 22, 2011 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jen – June 22, 2011 09:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll be glad to see him another spooker. Vince has what it takes. One of my favorite actors

    Comment by Jay Brown – August 17, 2011 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is he any relation to Tor Johnson? The resemblance is uncanny.

    Comment by pete – December 28, 2011 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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