*AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has opened its arms to Larry Gilliard Jr.
The former star of HBO’s “The Wire” will play the series regular part of Bob Stookey, a former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past — both before and after the apocalypse. He’s a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating façade.
In the “Walking Dead” comics, Bob Stookey was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor’s life after he was tortured by Michonne.
Gilliard, 42 is best known for his role of D’Angelo Barksdale on “The Wire,” where he co-starred alongside “Walking Dead’s” Chad Coleman. His addition to season 4 comes just weeks after “Walking Dead” promoted Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) to series regulars and upped Melissa Ponzio (Karen) to recurring guest star for its fourth season.