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Actress Glenn Close has starred in films such as “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Big Chill,” “The World According to Garp” and “Air Force One.”
updated 10/22/2004 10:25:03 AM ET 2004-10-22T14:25:03

Glenn Close has joined the cast of FX’s “The Shield.” The “Fatal Attraction” actress will star as Capt. Monica Rawling for the cop drama’s 13-episode fourth season, the cable channel announced Thursday. This is the first time Close will play a regular on a prime-time TV series.

“Glenn is flat-out, hands-down one of the very best actresses on the planet,” said “Shield” creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan in a statement. “We think this is an extremely unique, dynamic character that shakes our ‘Shield’ world upside-down over the course of the entire season.”

The Rawling character will empower Detective Vic Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis, to enforce her controversial community policies.

Production begins in January.

“As a great admirer of Glenn Close’s work, I’m thrilled she will be bringing her prodigious talents to FX and ‘The Shield’,” said FX President of Entertainment John Landgraf. “Shawn Ryan has created an original and complex character, and we have great excitement about what Glenn will bring to her.”

Close has starred in films such as “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Big Chill,” “The World According to Garp” and “Air Force One.” Her TV movies include “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.”

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