Scandal Exclusive: Barry Bostwick Is Fitz's Father

Scandal Season 2 SpoilersScandal fans, prepare to meet POTUS’ pop.

TVLine has learned exclusively that onetime Spin City mayor Barry Bostwick will play President Fitzgerald Grant’s father.

“Big Jerry,” as he is known, is described as both funny and overbearing, and was a political player in his day as well.

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Bostwick will appear in Season 2, Episode 11, airing Thursday, Jan. 17.

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The actor’s more recent TV credits include The New Normal, Hot in Cleveland, Cougar Town and Glee (where his cameo served as a wink-wink nod to his role in the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show).

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  1. Ashley says:

    OMG! Fantastic!I love Barry Bostwick…I wonder if we see Big Jerry will we see Little Jerry and Karen? I mean, darn it, their father was shot! And does Big Jerry have a clue what the heck is going on with rigging the election and Olivia?

    Welcome back Scandal!

  2. nikki says:

    Good point. Why don’t we ever see Fitz’s kids?

    • me says:

      The creator focuses on the adults since it’s an adult show. The kids are in boarding school. As a fan, I have no interest in seeing the kids. The hour would be less entertaining for me if minor children were cast into a tv show that already depicts their parents as painfully mismatched, and no longer in love. I watch the show because the epic love between Fitz and Olivia is amazingly cast, and something no other prime time tv show offers.

      • Kresh says:

        I don’t really care that much about the “epic love”

        To be honest, it seems so stupid to have a girlfriend on the side while you have a WIFE and while you are running a country.. How does he even have time to think about anything else?

        Yea so I would say cut that s**d down with the so called epic love…

        • Erin says:

          I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what (presumably curse) word you were trying to convey with “s**d” and was unsuccessful.

        • Kresh…I guess if they cut the “epic love” down…we would lose the show all together..It is the majority of “epic lovers” like myself who are keeping this show above board…I sent more than 70 tweets about this “epic love” saga..and it is people like me just strive to keep it on the air. This show is really not for you…I suggest u go watch the rerun of “Brady Bunch” and “Father Knows Best”… check “Net Flix”…I will even pay for it…if you stop anoying me and the rest of the “Scandal” viewers who fight to keep this show on the air..

        • Some of this excitement that you see happens in every day life. Writers, producers and directors make money by using their imagination…they stir emotions of fans and audience…I can see that you don’t use your imagination very often. In the “Writing Arena” it is called “Nonfiction”..it is all made up stuff…evethough some of us are living this kind of life…but we like make-up dirt and scandal. To bring children in the picture..will surely bring down the ratings. This “love epic saga” excites me more than any private pornography movie. I watch “Scandal” back to back till the next one comes on. I am also a writer..it helps my creative mind.

      • Marina says:

        Same from me I have no interest in seeing the kids. I would be completely bored I am only interested in olitz and some of the scandals that Olivia fixes

      • Yes..this is so true..I love the epic love scene..having children running around will make it less epic…and that is not a good sign..it will bring out the ratings. Anyone who does not want to see epic love scene..and want children..whould watch “Father knows best..or t “Brady Bunch”…why don’t they put lights in the country…because it is country..that’s how it should be..

  3. tw says:

    Fitz has kids?

  4. Anon says:

    Since there names are Fitzgerald, aren’t they “Gerry”?

  5. Lorie says:

    Excellent choice!

  6. highnessjill says:

    Excellent Choice!!! Guys do we really NEED to see these kids?? I mean Really??!! Why? #Scandal ‘s back hooray!!!! *runs hands together with excitement*

    • I dislike people..who will secretly loves to see sex and scandal in the bedroom…but publicly they denounce it…they never play out their hidden sexual fantasies. This is why ladies and gentlemen there are so many preachers and other well-to-do who are sex offenders. They never find a way to deal with it..they are in denial all the time…

  7. tweeti says:

    WHAT THE HUCK!?!? I think I am more excited to see what Huck is gonna do. The crazy chick killed his perfect family.

  8. Amy says:

    There is a sad difference between season 1 and season 2. In season 1, Olivia and the other characters were “on it” and didn’t leave so many loose ends. They “dotted thier i’s” and “crossed their t’s” and didnt make silly mistakes or oversights. (they honestly want us to think that Huck didn’t realize that Becky had tapped his cell phone.)

    I still of course LOVE the show, but I hope the writers aren’t too busy trying to add sex and romance that they sacrifice the intellectually stimulating details that drew us to SCANDAL in the first place.