Leverage, Leon Rippy

Saving Grace's guardian angel is trading in his wings for something more villainous: Leon Rippy has been cast as a recurring nemesis on the upcoming fourth season of Leverage, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Rippy will pay a mysterious Warren Buffett-type named Mr. Latimer. As we previously reported, Latimer begins spying on Nate (Timothy Hutton) and the rest of his gang of thieves with selfish intentions. Once Latimer figures out the Leverage team's game, he begins lining his own pockets by taking advantage of the companies Nate's team brings down.

Rippy's character is expected to appear in at least five episodes throughout the season. His first episode has not yet been scheduled.

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Besides his work as Holly Hunter's tobacco-chewing guardian angel Earl on Saving Grace, Rippy has also appeared on Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Walker, Texas Ranger. His big-screen credits include Gridiron Gang, The Alamo, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Stargate.

Leverage's fourth season kicks off Sunday, June 26 at 9/8c on TNT.