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December 13, 2011 at 11:02 PM EST

It’s time to meet Grandpa Grayson on ABC’s Revenge: EW has learned exclusively that soap vet William Devane has just been cast as Edward Grayson, the father of Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) and patriarch of the powerful Hamptons clan.

Our source says that Edward Grayson is summoned to Southampton by none other than Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), to help in her divorce battle against her estranged husband Conrad. The Grayson divorce storyline will only continue to heat up when the series returns on Jan. 4.

As of right now, Devane is set to appear as Edward Grayson in episodes 14 and 15, which are currently scheduled to air in February. Episode 15 is the doozy hour that fans have been waiting for, where much about the beach murder that launched the series will be revealed.

Devane is known for a variety of roles, from movies like Marathon Man to Payback, but he’s best known for his 10 years playing the villainous Gregory Sumner on Knots Landing, the spin-off of Dallas.

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