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James Cromwell Joining 'American Horror Story' for Season 2

Kimberly Potts
May 8, 2012
James Cromwell Joining 'American Horror Story' for Season 2
James Cromwell Joining 'American Horror Story' for Season 2

Oscar nominee James Cromwell has joined the already stellar cast for the second season of FX's Ryan Murphy drama "American Horror Story."

A network rep confirms the casting for TheWrap, in which Cromwell will join the show as Dr. Arden, yet another foe for Jessica Lange, who'll play a character who runs an East Coast institution for the criminally insane. 

In addition to Cromwell and Lange -- who already earned a Golden Globe award for her performance on the first season of "American Horror Story" -- "Big Love" Golden Globe winner Chloe Sevigny, Zachary Quinto, "The Voice" judge Adam Levine, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brocheré and Lily Rabe will also be among the cast for season two, which will unfold at the asylum for the criminally insane.

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Sevigny -- who will play a character called Shelly the Nymphomaniac -- is also expected to battle Lange's character, who is not the same character (Constance Langdon) Lange played during the show's inaugural season.

"AHS" will be Cromwell's first regular TV series role since he played Christian Slater's boss in the short-lived NBC drama "My Own Worst Enemy" and Jack Bauer's dastardly daddy during the sixth season of "24."  Cromwell has been nominated for three Emmys, including guest actor nods for his roles on "Six Feet Under" and "ER."

Deadline.com first reported the news.

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