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Gary Cole to Join ‘Entourage’ As A Friend fo Ari’s — Who Knew He Had Any Friends

Gary Cole, the phenomenal Chicago-bred actor who has turned heads with roles in “The Brady Bunch — the Movie” and “Dodgeball,” will make his small screen transition with a recurring role on the hit HBO show “Entourage,” the Hollywood Reporter sayscole.jpg.

Cole will play a dear friend of sleazy agent Ari Gold, who is actually based on a real-life Endeavor agent/partner Ari Emanual. Whaddya know, they’re both named Ari.

Cole is set to join “Entourage” as a regular next season, playing Hollywood agent Andrew Klein, Ari’s (Jeremy Piven) oldest Hollywood friend from their early days in the business.

Cole is introducing the character this season in a three-episode arc slated to air in November.

“Entourage,” which is halfway though its fifth season, recently was picked up for a sixth season to begin production in early 2009 for a summer launch.

Cole, repped by ICM and Envoy Entertainment, recently co-starred in the Judd Apatow-produced “Pineapple Express” and on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” He next appears in “The Joneses” and in November will join the cast of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of “August: Osage County” at London’s National Theatre.

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