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Mehcad Brooks ("Boston Public") has been cast as the son of new cast member Alfre Woodard


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Mehcad Brooks is set to join the cast of ABC's hit dramedy "Desperate Housewives" as a potential regular.

Brooks will play the son of Alfre Woodard's character. The two will move into a house on Wisteria Lane.

Brooks will make his debut on the show in the final two episodes of the season and will return next season as a recurring character with an option to become a regular.

Brooks recently wrapped the Walt Disney Co. sports feature "Glory Road," starring Josh Lucas, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The actor's credits include a four-episode arc on Fox's "Boston Public."

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Mehcad Brooks as Mathew Applewhite


With a coveted role on one of the most popular hit television shows and an upcoming film, Mehcad Brooks is a talented young actor who has been named one of Daily Variety's "Ten Young Actors to Watch." Brooks plays Matthew Applewhite, Alfre Woodard's son. The Applewhites are the newest family to move to Wisteria Lane.

Brooks stars in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer film for Disney, Glory Road. Directed by James Gartner and written by Chris Cleveland, the film tells the true story of the 1966 college basketball team that had the first all-black starting lineup and was led by Coach Don Haskins to the NCAA national championship. With Josh Lucas as Coach Haskins, Brooks portrays Harry Flournoy, one of the star players of the team. The film will be released in 2006.

An athlete himself, Brooks grew up in Austin, Texas, where he was an All-State basketball player in addition to playing football and baseball. He was accepted at Yale University, but instead attended the University of Southern California to study at their prestigious School of Cinema-Television. He also modeled during his high school and college years. His first breaks came with guest-starring roles on Malcolm in the Middle, Boston Public, One on One and Cold Case. He also starred in the Disney television movie, Tiger Cruise.

Brooks currently resides in Los Angeles.

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'Desperate Housewives' Hunk Likes New Role

By BRIDGET BYRNE For The Associated Press

The Associated Press


Actor Mehcad Brooks, a cast member in

the television series "Desperate Housewives."

LOS ANGELES Oct 10, 2005

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