James Badge Dale

Cheers to James Badge Dale for pulling a double shift on a pair of top-rank cable dramas.

Having recently wrapped his run as PFC Robert Leckie in HBO's stirring World War II miniseries The Pacific, Badge Dale has reported for duty as intelligence analyst Will Travers on AMC's intriguing new headscratcher Rubicon. As a widower still grieving over the loss of his wife and child in 9/11, he brings warmth to a series that could be a chilly homage to paranoid '70s thrillers like The Conversation and The Parallax View.

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It's an impressive rebound for an actor best known as Jack Bauer's unfortunately named would-be son-in-law Chase Edmunds in 24's third season (it didn't help that he had to share many of his scenes with the perennially inept Elisha Cuthbert). And Badge Dale will soon be seen on the big screen in the Lincoln assassination thriller The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, who starred in two other films that inspired Rubicon, All the President's Men and Three Days of the Condor. Hmmm, sounds like... a conspiracy?

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