Michael Imperioli, co-star of HBO's 'The Sopranos,' has landed a recurring role on the upcoming seventh season of 'Californication.'
Imperioli had a breakout performance as Spider in the classic 1990 feature 'Goodfellas.' Since then, Imperioli has made a name for himself both on small and silver screen with roles in 'The Basketball Diaries,' 'Last Man Standing' and 'Hamlet' in cinemas, while appearing on 'NYPD Blue,' 'Law & Order' and 'Life on Mars' on television. His most recent television work is as Detective Louis Fitch on 'Detroit 1-8-7' as well as guest appearances on the hit series 'Girls' and 'Necessary Roughness.'
Imperioli's casting in 'Californication' comes at a watershed moment in the forty-seven year old actor's career, as he recently appeared in the feature film 'The Call' and will be appearing in a whopping four features slated to be released in the coming calendar year, including Spike Lee's Manga adaptation 'Oldboy.' On 'Californication' Imperioli will play Rick Rath, a successful old-school television producer who will play a key role in Hank’s (David Duchovny) latest venture. Given the tone of the series, expect Rath to be sleazy, underhanded and involved in more than a few illegal operations. Given the scope of Imperioli's acting background, Rath shouldn't prove too much of a stretch for the accomplished veteran.
'Californication's seventh season is slated for twelve episodes and will go into production this month, eyeing a 2014 premiere date. 'Californication' stars Duchovny as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody who is co-parenting his college-aged daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin) while still carrying a torch for her mother, his ex-girlfriend and muse Karen (Natascha McElhone). Best friend and agent Charlie (Evan Handler) and Charlie’s ex-wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon) are always there for moral (and immoral) support.