Rick Schroder

Even superheroes need a hug every once in a while, so who better to give a big squeeze to No Ordinary Family super dad Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis) than the guy whose weepy hugs in the 1979 tearjerker The Champ won him a Golden Globe?

Rick Schroder, who of course went on to win over TV fans in Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove and NYPD Blue, will turn up in an upcoming January episode of ABC's hit new series as a man whose life is saved by big Jim.

That deserves a hug, doesn't it? The two will go on to become fast friends. So far it's just for one episode, but a well-placed source tells me it's possible he could return.

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