Glee Exclusive: Rachel's Gay Dads Revealed!

As far as parental cliffhangers go, it’s second only to the identity of the Mother on a certain CBS sitcom: Glee has finally cast Rachel’s gay dads, and TVLine can reveal which musically-inclined actors landed the plum parts.

A show insider confirms to TVLine exclusively that onetime Law & Order: Criminal Intent detective Jeff Goldblum and Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell have been tapped to play Hiram and LeRoy Berry, the adoptive parents of Lea Michele’s character.

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The duo will first appear in the show’s Valentine’s Day episode — which as luck would have it will actually air on Feb. 14, and is titled “Heart.” And yes, they will sing.

Although Goldblum is best known for his movie and TV work, he’s also an accomplished jazz pianist who made his Broadway debut back in 1971 in the Tony-winning musical Two Gentleman in Verona.

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Mitchell, meanwhile, is something of a Great White Way legend, having appeared in dozens of high-profile productions including Jelly’s Last Jam, Ragtime, Man of La Macha and Kiss Me Kate (for which he won a 2000 Tony Award for Best Actor.) His TV credits include playing Kelsey Grammer’s onscreen nemesis on Frasier and a love interest for Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina on Ugly Betty.


Comments (464)

  • First of all Jeff Goldblum is Jewish and second when did we look to glee to be a realistic depiction of anything. It’s just a tv show. Get over it! Black white Chinese does it really matter if he’s a good actor.

    Comment by Zach – January 18, 2012 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Goodness gracious the comments on her are ridiculous. Who cares what shade he is. It is a television show. I’ve never seen such a debate about a persons skintone or whether he’s black or not. To me it’s obvious he’s of mixed heritage. How he identifies himself is his own business.

    Comment by Tisha – January 18, 2012 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell – Thats the guy from Trapper John MD!! I still looks lovely!!

    Comment by Carolina Girl – January 18, 2012 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell – That’s the guy from Trapper John MD!! HE still looks lovely!!

    Comment by Carolina Girl – January 18, 2012 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s not as dark skinned as the man in the first episode. So what?! I love Glee but you just gotta accept these things in tv-shows. It happens all the time. Like hey, didn’t they change Rosalie in Twilight? And in the 2nd Harry Potter movie they had an actor for Tom Riddle, however in the 6th movie they cast another guy as Tom Riddle. This being because the actor from the second movie would be too old! Stuff happens. Real life interferes with who can or can’t play a part. Get over it. Honestly. Now, I’ve never heard of these actors before (I’m Swedish) but I’m sure they will be great.

    Comment by Emma – January 18, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Mitchell? Honestly? They’ve already shown Rachel’s dads in her locker. He was no light-skinned black man. Geeze, can we please have more lack of continuity?

    Comment by Candace – January 18, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t they were black and white? like I saw the picture in the pilot when rachel is open the first chapter of the season

    Comment by Dan – January 18, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Weren’t Rachel two gay dads shown in the pilot when she said she didn’t know which one was her biological dad since they had mixed their sperm no to know? (Which was funny since one of them was black)? Now they are adoptive parents ?

    Comment by Karin – January 18, 2012 09:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My goodness RIB… i just want continuity. Is that much to ask? I know is a freaking show but continuity…

    Comment by Agustina – January 18, 2012 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not going to start another “He’s not black” “Yes he is” argument. The only issue I hav with Brian Stokes Mitchell is that he isn’t Taye Diggs :( LOL
    Seriously though, we done with the casting :)

    Comment by Emmy – January 18, 2012 10:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I must be really old (47) cause he’ll always be Dr. Justin “JackPot” Jackson from Trapper John MD and also from his performance opposite Vanessa Williams in Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Broadway 1993.

    Comment by Patrick Gibson – January 18, 2012 10:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yer wasn’t he black with glasses? I liked him. He was awesum :))

    Comment by Lilzza – January 19, 2012 12:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So what about the photo Rachel has in her locker of her mum and her two dads? It’s in the first season. Are they in that photos?

    Comment by Julia – January 19, 2012 01:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You’re very brave suggesting that South Africans are characterised as white: it was white skinned Dutch immigrants who introduced apartheid into SA following the Boer War and further civil unrest. Apartheid still survives if we characterise SA people as white: white skinned people in SA are a minority group who held ultimate power until fairly recently. Remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu and think on Nelson and Winnie Mandela as truer examples of SA people.

    Comment by Rachel – January 19, 2012 03:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Author, the correct title is “Two Gentlemen OF Verona.” Brush up on your shakespeare.

    Comment by Eric McGill – January 19, 2012 03:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think its a gleetastic show but taye diggs would have been wonderful you can only pretend so much the guy is so far from black his almost green

    Comment by liesl – January 19, 2012 06:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Frakkin’ Awesome!!!

    Comment by Luis – January 19, 2012 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s about time that they cast Rachel’s dads. About time.

    Comment by bianca – January 19, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if they went through that much controversy when Darren was played by a whole different guy multiple seasons in. Casting changes. It’s just realistic, even if Glee is not.

    Comment by Bewitched – January 19, 2012 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “the adoptive parents of Lea Michele’s character”

    do your research…. Rachel was NOT ADOPTED….

    Comment by Carl – January 19, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey guys
    Look there are such good makeup artists at the TV productions so they can make someones skin darker or lighter for the show! If you don’t trust me search for it, but you don’t have to because I know what I’m taking about… So just relax its just television and not the real life, and the casted actors are in my opinion the Best for the gay characters of the gay dads! Best wishes <3 ;) :)

    Comment by lucky girl from a country of Europe – January 19, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • P.s.:
    And if not…
    Don’t be crazy JUST because me ONE DETAIL in the fist episode me the first Season Ok? Just relax and chill out!

    Comment by lucky girl from a country of Europe – January 19, 2012 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i just happy to know that the Valentine’s Day episode is ACTUALLY on Valentine’s Day!!! :D i hope for a lot of KLAINE SCENES!!!

    Comment by Em – January 19, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously who cares about the photo? Do we ven know who those guys are? Plus if you know anything about genetics (which Glee writers clearly don’t), a “dark-skinned” person can have a light-skinned child.

    Comment by KDD – January 19, 2012 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG people! Obviously none of you follows Brian’s work because he is very much black! And Jeff can pass for Jewish, right?

    Comment by liz – January 19, 2012 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow! You got a lot of learning to do. In no way does being dark mean a person is African. Likewise if a person is light they can very much be 100% percent African. Someone obviously slept during Biology

    Comment by liz – January 19, 2012 10:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • THIS IS CRAP. Why aren’t her dads the same two from the Pilot?

    Comment by Austin – January 23, 2012 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww…I was SO hoping for John Barrowman to be one of them…He’d have been PERFECT, including stage/singing experience, and he’s SO hyper and energetic, it’d be AMAZING for the show!

    Comment by Sami – January 23, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My main issue is that they called it a CBS sitcom… Glee is on Fox…

    Comment by starr – January 24, 2012 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok It might be really dumb question. But, what’s a pilot?

    Comment by Nicole – January 24, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The dads from the picture in the pilot were not actors. Get over it.

    Comment by Annoying – January 29, 2012 02:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The african American gene is dominant and if someone has it in them it will so in almost every generation. I’m African american, Indian, Spanish, and Italian and the African American shows more

    Comment by Toni – February 7, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow that statement is outlandish and very sad seeing it come from someone who is multiracial. I come from a long line of a multiracial family (African & French heritage). We had and have family members who could “pass” as white. There is no “African American gene” but there are genes for skin color, eye color, hair color and texture but no “African American gene”. If you get a curly haired gene from your dad and a straight hair gene from your mom then your hair will become a mixture in between the two depending on how curly or how straight the genes were from your your parents. The hair would be less curly then the father because of the straight hair gene. The same with skin color.

      Comment by Bobby – December 6, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okay, is this a “gun” fight battle of “whites wits” in which a large percentage of the “fight participants” have shown up with plastic butter knives and sforks against any large gauge assault weapon? I’m just asking because I have actually read each and every comment, and it certainly appears that is the very scenario I have LMAO while reading? I have far over estimated the IQ of a great many GLEE fans, I am now sadly aware of!?! I am white (with absolute certainty), but I have a number of blended and black family members who could not and would not be so ignorant and/or racist, not that I’m saying ALL the participants in this epic battle were either one! It just seems that FAR more than a few of the participants were both, in this war…QUITE AMAZING & alarming, all at the same time?

    Comment by Buddman – December 1, 2013 03:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Initially I thought both of the fathers were Jewish so I’m just happy one of them is kinda or a little bit black! Woo!

    Comment by Bobby – December 6, 2013 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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