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'Brothers & Sisters' Exclusive: Richard Chamberlain joins the cast as... Saul's ex?

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richard-chamberlainImage Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.com; Andrew Eccles/ABCAnother skeleton is about to come tumbling out of Saul’s closet on Brothers & Sisters, and this one is fairly iconic: It’s Dr. Kildare himself, Richard Chamberlain!

The 76-year-old acting vet is joining the ABC drama for a multi-episode arc as “someone who comes back from Saul’s past and complicates things for him in ways he can’t expect,” reveals B&S showrunner David Marshall Grant.

The news comes as Chamberlain is enjoying a bit of a career renaissance. In addition to guest-starring on Leverage earlier this year, Mr. Miniseries (The Thorn Birds, Shogun) recently booked an arc on NBC’s Chuck. The latter gig finds him playing a ruthless international spy who becomes one of Operation Bartowski’s most dangerous foes yet.

Assuming Chamberlain is in fact playing a love interest for Saul (it’s possible they’re just pals!), this would be the second high profile romance for Ron Rifkin’s character this fall. In this Sunday’s episode, former 7th Heaven reverend Stephen Collins guest stars as an old acquaintance who makes a love connection with Saul.

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