Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt will guest-star in a Season 3 episode of TNT's Leverage as Nate Ford's father, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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During a recent visit to TVGuide.com's video studio, series star Timothy Hutton said that the new season of Leverage is all about family. Though he was speaking mostly about how Nate and his team have become like a family, he also hinted at something more.

"People from Nate's life show up," Hutton said. "We're filming an episode now that has to do with where Nate comes from. We learn a lot about who Nate is by meeting someone who had a tremendous influence over him over him."

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But don't look for Skerritt's character to simply pass along fatherly wisdom — Nate's dad will also play an active role in one of the team's cons.

The 76-year-old Skerritt, whose film work includes roles in M*A*S*H, Steel Magnolias, The Turning Point, Alien and Top Gun, won an Emmy for his starring role as Sheriff Jimmy Brock on Picket Fences. He also recurs as William Walker, the late husband of Sally Field's character on Brothers & Sisters.

An air date for Skerritt's episode has not been set. The third season of Leverage premieres Sunday, June 20 at 9/8c on TNT.