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.

Thoughts on Papa Mills’ arrival? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. GraceM says:

    It’s obviously supernatural related. He probably knows what Abby is and knows the sisters ancestry.

  2. sam says:

    About time! It should have happened already.

  3. Quinn says:


  4. Mr. Tran K says:

    James McDaniel was great during his amazing run on NYPD Blue. Wish they aired reruns on some other cable network.

  5. I think they’ll go w/ the ‘I left to keep you safe’ angle somehow. Unless, of course, they want us to hate him. We already know how his absence affected the Mills sisters, so they won’t be that cruel. Perhaps he’s deeply involved in supernatural stuff, like the Winchesters’ father.

  6. Angela says:

    Cool! Look forward to that storyline!

  7. Sabrin says:

    Lovely smile

  8. liame says:

    Brilliant! Love him, another great actor who I don’t see enough of.

  9. Is the a Season Four on the horizon? Anybody think so?

  10. Kathie says:

    OK. That explains his departure from Limitless after only a few episodes. I watched it yesterday on DVR and was surprised to see him resign. I always liked him.

  11. dr says:

    If I was a writer the father is there for advice and to help Abbie with her mission especially if she has to decide if Jenny must die since she now has gone to the dark side. The father will be there to help her make that moral decision if she needs to kill her sister. That would be a fairly dramatic episode. Also it would be great if he amended his deed of leaving the sisters and he sacrifaced his life for Jenny’s. Well it will be interesting to see how the writers use his character.

  12. Pat says:

    Thanks for moving “Sleepy Hollow” to Friday’s. I had to go back and forth between with “Scandal.”