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Community Exclusive: James Brolin Is Jeff's Dad

Community James BrolinThis Just In: James Brolin is a (fictional) deadbeat dad.

Multiple sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Community has cast the Emmy winning acting vet as Jeff Winger’s estranged father. He’ll make his debut in quirky NBC comedy’s Thanksgiving episode.

Joel McHale first hinted at the casting via Twitter Tuesday morning when he posted a pic of the two on set together. A spokesperson for the show, however, is unable to confirm Brolin’s casting at this time.

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Brolin — who won Emmy gold in 1970 for his role on Marcus Welby, M.D. — counts The Defenders, Psych and Law & Order: SVU as his most recent TV appearances.

Community’s senior year — and new time slot — begins Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:30/7:30c.