In Season 2 of The Sinner, we follow Detective Harry Ambrose as he visits his hometown in order to help out on a case, which dredges up a lot of ancient history for both himself and his childhood friends. To tell the story, it takes an amazing ensemble of actors from a variety of disciplines –- a lot of theater folks and a lot of familiar faces from various television shows. So many shows, in fact, it’s as if they took an actor from each of our favorite shows to assemble this super-cast. Take a look…
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Returning viewers from Season 1 know him as Detective Harry Ambrose -– a tenacious cop with a penchant for rough play. But you could also call him #MyPresident, since Pullman played POTUS in both the alien invasion film Independence Day (as President Whitmore) and in the NBC sitcom 1600 Penn (as President Gilchrist). When can we vote him in?
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We’ve loved Carrie Coon in so many shows – on Fargo, where she played the chief of police, on The Leftovers, where she played the gun-toting Nora Durst –- so our fan girl hearts burst when she got to join the Marvel Universe by voicing and motion-capturing Thanos crony Proxima Midnight. Proxima gets pretty upset when Black Widow hurts fellow villain Corvus Glaive -- in the comics, the two are married. Coon knows a thing or two about teaming up with your spouse -– she joins season two of The Sinner as Vera, along with her hubby Tracey Letts.
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Also known as Mr. Carrie Coon. Also known as the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of August: Osage County. Also known as a Tony Award-winner for his portrayal of George in a revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Also known as Senator Andrew Lockhart, who became the drone strike-happy head of the CIA on Homeland. Also known as the sweet but unemployed dad in Greta Gerwig’s brilliant Lady Bird. On The Sinner, you’ll get to know him as Jack, one of Harry’s childhood friends.
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If Jack’s daughter Heather looks familiar to you, you might be a major HBO binge-watcher. You’ve seen her as District Attorney aide Beatrice on Boardwalk Empire, community organizer Doreen on Show Me a Hero, and newspaper reporter Sandra on The Deuce.
You might think Henig, who plays Julian on season two of The Sinner, is too young to have racked up any TV credits yet, but you’d be wrong. He’s done quite the few guest spots on shows such as Transparent, Mr. Robot, and MacGyver, and just completed a run as a series regular on ABC's Alex, Inc. as Zach Braff’s son. But he’ll always have a special place in our hearts for ruining Halloween and séances on Adam Ruins Everything -- even if that means we can’t watch psychic TV shows anymore.
Jay O. Sanders
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Chief of Police Tom Lidell isn’t the first keeper of law and order Sanders has played. This character actor, a powerhouse at Shakespeare in the Park, has filled in as a mob lawyer on Crime Story, the captain of the Major Case Squad on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, a Special Counsel agent on Person of Interest, and a bemused judge on The Good Wife. You might also recognize him as the slippery Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle on True Detective –- who tried to interfere with the investigation to help out his family.
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Oh, David. We’ve watched you try to destroy (and then try to romance) Serena on Gossip Girl (as her former teacher-gone-to-prison Ben Donovan), trade magic for sex on The Magicians (as part of the hedge witch crew), and try humiliating pipe-sex with Lena Dunham in Tiny Furniture. More recently, Call popped up on The Good Fight, where, as a first responder, he protected Maia and Marissa from a ricin scare, and proceeded to date Marissa. (Bring him back next season!) On The Sinner, he’s playing Andy “Brick” Brickowski.
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Williams made an impression on us in The Affair, where, as the tenacious Detective Jeffries, he investigated the fatal hit-and-run death of Scotty Lockhart. He tried to get to the truth, but he didn’t have our viewer’s advantage. If you go back, you might also remember him as Doug’s best friend Deacon on The King of Queens!