Bridges, 69, will play Agent Kramer, a well-decorated federal officer and art expert who instructed Peter (Tim DeKay) when he trained at Quantico. Kramer has been Peter's mentor ever since, and his paternal nature offsets his intimidating presence.
The three-time Emmy winner begins shooting Tuesday on the episode, titled "Countdown." It will air Aug. 9 and serve as White Collar's midseason finale. Bridges' casting comes weeks after Ghostbusters' Ernie Hudson was tapped to play Mozzie's childhood mentor.
White Collar airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on USA.