Richard Jenkins Joins Ed Brubaker’s ‘Criminal’ Drama Series At Amazon

Two-time Oscar nominated and Emmy-winning actor Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of Criminal, Prime Video’s upcoming drama series based on Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips’ multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series.

Criminal is an interlocking universe of crime stories based on the graphic novels.

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Jenkins will play Ivan, Leo’s dad’s best friend, who has always been an uncle figure to him. He used to be a robber and criminal, but is now currently suffering from dementia. Leo is trying to care for him but realizes he’s more work than he can handle.

Brubaker, who penned the pilot script, will co-showrun the TV series with crime fiction author Jordan Harper (Hightown). Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden will direct the first four episodes.

Criminal is produced by Amazon MGM Studios. The series is executive produced by Brubaker and Harper, alongside Sean Phillips, Sarah Carbiener, and Phillip Barnett. Legendary Television will also serve as an executive producer.

One of the most in-demand character actors in Hollywood, Jenkins has been in more than 80 films over the course of his career. In addition to his Oscar-nominated performances in The Shape of Water and The Visitor, Jenkins’ credits include Nightmare Alley, Bone Tomahawk, Cabin in the Woods, Step Brothers, Eat Pray Love, Killing Me Softly, Jack Reacher, The Company You Keep, Flirting With Disaster, The Witches of Eastwick, North Country, Burn After Reading, There’s Something About Mary, Random Hearts, and The Man Who Wasn’t There.

Jenkins was mostly recently seen in Ryan Murphy’s Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, for which he received Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. His other television credits include Berlin Station, Olive Kitteridge – for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series, and HBO’s Six Feet Under. He is repped by Gersh.

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