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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Henry Winkler Will Play Jean-Ralphio's Dad on 'Parks and Rec'

It looks like we'll be meeting more of Jean-Ralphio's family next season on Parks and Recreation. THR reports that living TV legend Henry Winkler will be playing the dad of actor Ben Schwartz's popular club-hobbing douchebag character, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein. The news comes a year after Jenny Slate was cast as Jean-Ralphio's sister, Mona-Lisa, who appeared in three episodes so far. Winkler, who recently starred in the latest seasons of Arrested Development and Childrens Hospital, has signed on to appear in the first episode of Parks and Recreation's upcoming sixth season, an hour-long season premiere set in London that airs September 26th. He'll potentially recur on the show after that, just like Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate have. There's no word at this time on whether Winkler's character will be like his kids or totally different, or what his (probably silly) name will be.

  • GOD

    This just shows how AMAZING this show is when a side character in itself are getting side characters.

    • Stuie299

      Jean-Ralphio is a side character in screen time only. After Ben Schwartz did a couple of episodes Mike Schur wanted to add him as a full time cast member. Because Schwartz had just signed up to do House of Lies they couldn't really use Jean-Ralphio as much as they'd like to.

  • RappDapp

    So, why the heck did I not think of that? Makes no sense at all dude.

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