By Dr. Zaius
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 9:25 pm
A breakout hit for the Starz network, Ash vs Evil Dead debuted on Halloween 2015. Over 10 30-minute episodes, we watched Ash (Bruce Campbell) cope with his aging body, beaten down automobile, neverending ego, and oh yeah… deadites, lots and lots of deadites. For over 30 years, Ash has been a groovy chainsaw armed Lothario ruthlessly killing deadites, and flirting with any girl within arm’s length. Well, if you ever wondered where he got it from, look no further. Debuting later this year in season 2 will be Ash’s Dad, Brock Williams, played by the Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors.
Majors has 120 acting credits on IMDB, and is known for playing tough guys with tough guys names, like Steve Austin in the above mentioned Six Million Dollar Man, and Colt Seavers on The Fall Guy. The 75-year old actor has been a staple in movies and television since the 60s, and shows no signs of slowing down, with multiple projects due out this year. Joining Majors in the cast is Ted Raimi, brother of Sam and longtime collaborator of Campbell. He will playing Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend. Ted Raimi has appeared in all the original Evil Dead films as well as the Spider-Man films and such television series as Xena: Warrior Princess and Supernatural.
Season 2 returns to Starz later this year, and brings back almost all of the cast led by Campbell and Xena herself, Lucy Lawless as Ruby, the lead villain, who now controls the Necronomicon. The rest of the cast includes Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo (as Ash’s sidekicks Pablo and Kelly). Also returning are Executive Producers and Evil Dead creators Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert as well as showrunner Craig DiGregorio.
Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 premieres later this year on Starz.
Starz press release:
KICK-ASH CAST OF STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES
“ASH VS EVIL DEAD” EXPANDS FOR SECOND SEASON
LEE MAJORS AND TED RAIMI TO PLAY ASH’S FATHER AND CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND
Original Filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell Serve as Executive Producers on the Series
Beverly Hills, Calif., February 10, 2016 – STARZ has announced today that Lee Majors (Do You Believe) will play the role of Brock Williams, Ash’s father, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man) will play the role of Ash’s childhood best friend, Chet Kaminski, in the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series was previously renewed for a second season and will return in 2016.
Majors started his television career in “The Big Valley,” going on to “The Men from Shiloh,” to “Owen Marshall Counselor at Law,” to “The Six Million Dollar Man,” to “The Fall Guy,” to “Tour of Duty,” to “Raven” and countless television appearances on many series, specials, award shows and movies. He began his film career with Will Penny and Charlton Heston. Majors recently completed filming two movies Almosting It and Do You Believe. Majors will start filming on two feature films this summer, plus he has a lineup of several other feature films and television shows to be filmed in 2015/2016.
Cult horror movie favorite, Ted Raimi has appeared in all three original Evil Dead movies. His additional feature film credits include Midnight Meat Train, Shocker, Born Yesterday, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Grudge, Oz the Great and Powerful as well as the Spider-Man series of films. Television credits include “Supernatural,” “Twin Peaks,” “CSI: NY,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” as well as “SeaQuest DSV” among many others.
The second season of the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead.
Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as producers.