Sleepy Hollow James McDaniel Abbie's Father Cast

Sleepy Hollow Casts NYPD Blue Vet James McDaniel as Papa Mills

Sleepy Hollow‘s Abbie won’t need that long lens for much longer, because her dad is about to get a lot closer.

The Fox series has cast James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as Ezra Mills, Abbie and Jenny’s long-absent father, the network announced Friday.

Viewers of the supernatural drama know that Abbie has been keeping tabs on her dad — whom she tracked down earlier in the year — and even going as far as photographing him from afar. But she has yet to make contact.

Per the network, Ezra has a sudden, renewed interest in his daughters’ lives and will appear in at least one episode, which will air during the second half of the season.

In addition to playing NYPD Blue‘s Arthur Fancy, McDaniel’s many TV roles include Detroit 187, Limitless, Madam Secretary, Numb3rs and The Following. He recently recurred on Orange Is the New Black.

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