William Hurt: Sam Levi/WireImage.com
Lynette Rice
March 25, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Not all film stars think TV work is demeaning: Oscar winner William Hurt will make his sitcom debut on CBS’ ”King of Queens” as a psychiatrist who shrinks some Heffernan heads in the comedy’s 100th episode May 20. ”We inquired about his availability and it turns out William was a big fan of the show,” says executive producer Josh Goldsmith. ”It’s hard to approach an Oscar winner to be in your sitcom, but sometimes it’s a case of the pretty girl waiting to be asked.” Jerry Stiller’s son, Ben Stiller, will join the fun in the same episode; the Zoolander star will play Arthur’s father in a family flashback. Goldsmith says the sky’s the limit when it comes to luring future guest stars now: ”Hurt has set the bar pretty high. We’re calling all other Oscar winners and nominees to say we have Hurt on the show, just to see how it goes.”

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