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Nearly three years since suffering a massive stroke that nearly took his life, beloved TV vet Timothy Omundson (Psych, Judging Amy) returned to the small screen last week via a recurring role on NBC’s This Is Us. In a direct parallel to the actor’s own life, his character, a curmudgeon named Gregory who befriends new mom Kate (Chrissy Metz), is also recovering from a stroke.

And early next year, Omundson’s odds-defying comeback will continue when he reprises his role as Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. In another instance of art imitating life, Lassie will also be on the mend from a debilitating stroke.

Below, Omundson candidly divulges sobering details of the devastating April 2017 stroke that brought his career to a standstill, explains the critical role Galavant played in his triumphant second act and reveals why he agreed to share his “warts and all” recovery with the world.

TVLINE | How did the role of Gregory come about? Obviously you have a history with This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman from Galavant…
It was a big team effort. Two of the writers/producers from Galavant, John Hoberg and Kat Likkel, were keeping Dan apprised of my recovery. Dan had mentioned that when I was ready he would try and find something for me, and as I slowly got stronger, John and Kat let him know that I was ready. John, Kat and Chris Koch, one of our directors, came to my birthday party and I gave a speech thanking all of my friends. And Chris was like, “If you can give that speech after five Old Fashioned , you’re ready to go.” I think he literally called Dan and was like, “Tim’s ready to go.”

TVLINE | How did Dan describe Gregory to you initially?
Dan texted me and said, “I’m thinking the character is deep in recovery from a stroke, because it’s such an important story to tell.” And I was all for it. I was really excited to dig into this stroke recovery story, and just tell it warts and all. Because up until that time I had kept my current disabilities under wraps. I was in a wheelchair for months. The know if I was ever going to walk again, let alone walk onto a set. I had done the Pysch movie, and that really helped me get my confidence back up. And I’ve been so inspired by so many people out there who have been having difficult times. star Dule Hill actually suggested that I start putting myself out there.

TVLINE | What has the reaction been from viewers so far?
I’ve gotten so much lovely feedback on Twitter. People who are in there own recovery reached out to me and said how happy they are to see on TV. That was incredibly gratifying. And just being back with Dan has been…incredible. He’s one of my favorite writers and directors. And we had such an amazing time on Galavant. I knew I had a great safety net with him. Him throwing me jokes in between takes and me being able to pick them up and throw them back was incredibly gratifying. It’s like, “Oh, I can still do this.” It can’t be overstated what Dan has done for me, in writing this character and giving me a chance to get back in front of the camera with supportive, loving people. And spreading the word that people can hit horrible speed bumps in their health and recover. There is hope.

TVLINE | Are you and Gregory at the same stage, recovery-wise?
He very much mirrors where I’m at, in terms of physicality and speech. Luckily, I had a right-hemisphere stroke, so my speech. I’m getting stronger every day. I go to a therapy clinic every day. So as the show continues and Gregory continues, we’ll get to see my recovery in real time. It will be interesting to have this record where 14, 15 million people can watch my recovery. That’s a little intimidating… There’s a scene coming up where we talk more about specific issues of recovery from a stroke, which I’m really happy is bringing up. In many ways, this show has helped my recovery. Emotionally, it’s been incredible. And not just for me. For my wife and kids to see me go back to work and doing the thing I love has been so healing for them.

TVLINE | What can you tease about Gregory and Kate’s burgeoning friendship?
I don’t really know where it’s going to go. But right now they’re providing emotional support to each other.

TVLINE | You mentioned on Twitter that you almost died from this stroke. How critical did things get?
Early on I joked that it was “Just a wee touch of a stroke.” But it was a massive stroke; I came really close to . After a stroke, your brain tends to swell. And if unchecked, it will kill you. So they had to crack my skull open like a walnut to relieve . And, to get graphic, they took the two parts of my skull and they tucked it into my stomach. They attach a blood vessel to the bone so it stays viable and the body won’t reject it. So I had that with me for safe keeping for months. And then several months after healing they said it was time for me to put it back on. That surgery itself is incredibly dangerous. But I’m really lucky that I had the stroke in Florida, because the surgeon was one of the top stroke guys in the state. So I was lucky every step of the way.

TVLINE | Is there an understanding of what caused it?
They don’t quite know. But I had injured a carotid artery in my neck from what I think was a really rigorous workout. And eventually that wound the blood clot which hit my brain and took me out. But we’re still trying to figure it all out.

TVLINE | What’s your prognosis?
Everyone is so different. You just don’t know. But I’m feeling very optimistic about it. I’m slowly getting some movement back in my arm, so I’m optimistic that that will continue to get better. And they say you don’t really plateau; you just continue to get better. So all I can do is just continue with the physical therapy and walking and rewiring my brain. Sort of teach it how to work my body.

TVLINE | You mentioned that the Psych sequel was actually the first significant project you shot post-stroke. First off, how cool is it that the title of the movie bears your character’s name?
I love that. I credit with so much of my recovery. Right from the beginning with the first Psych movie, when they rewrote the character to give me that cameo… was just incredible. And James Roday and Steve Franks were visiting me in recovery all the time to see how I was coming along. And just knowing that they were going to take care of me on the set and in the script and to write the story around my disability was . That was a huge learning curve to go back to that show. It was the first time I had been back on a set and I quickly realized the challenges of trying to do something I had done for eight years. A character I knew so well. I had this superpower where I could just highlight my lines once and have them . That’s not the case anymore. They were very patient with me, and really gave me an opportunity to fall and pick myself up. In fact, Steve and James came to my hotel room one day and we reworked a scene the day before we shot it. Because on Psych we often make changes as we go, which, cognitively, is a little too difficult for me to do. So we worked out the changes the day before so I could have the lines down before we went to set.

TVLINE | Have you seen the Psych sequel?
I got a sneak peek at it. It’s really great. It’s pretty wonderful. I’d say this one is even better — and not just because I’m in it more!

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When Psych: The Movie hit the airwaves in December of 2017, fans were disappointed to learn that actor Tim Omundson, who had been a key part of the USA TV series on which the film was based, was largely sidelined on the project as he recovered from a then-recent stroke. Omundson, who is also known for his work on Supernatural and Lucifer, had a brief cameo in the film, but was unable to go to Vancouver to film what was originally going to be a major role in the film. With Psych: The Movie 2 currently in production, Omundson is back — and he has a message for the stroke.

That message: “Suck it.” Fans of Psych will recognize that as a common running gag, of course, but more than that, it carries some emotional weight to see the actor well on the way to recovery, spending some time with his family in what apparently used to be one of his kids’ favorite places — and, yes, filming for the sequel (although this photo was taken on a day off). The film will also likely play to any lingering symptoms Omundson might have, since his character will be attacked and left for dead at the beginning, presumably limiting the physical exertion he needs to do in most of the movie.

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gorgeous Vancouver weather for a day off from filming #PsychTheMovie2 so we zipped down to Kits. A place where our girls practically grew up when I filmed the series here #suck it Stroke!

A post shared by Timothy Omundson (@omundson) on Apr 9, 2019 at 6:31pm PDT

Starring James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Dulé Hill as Burton “Gus” Guster, Maggie Lawson as Juliet “Jules” O’Hara, Kirsten Nelson as Karen Vick, Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer, and Tim Omundson as Carlton Jebediah Lassiter, the OG crew reunites once again — this time in Santa Barbara — when Lassie is ambushed on the job and left for dead…

In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, Lassie begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn and Gus return to the Chief’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever.

Psych: The Movie 2, hailing from Universal Content Productions (UCP) in association with Thruline Entertainment, will be directed by series creator Steve Franks, and is co-written by Franks, Roday and Andy Berman. Franks, Chris Henze of Thruline, Roday, and Hill are set to executive produce. Production is set to begin this March in Vancouver, son!

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This Is Us Actor Timothy Omundson Walks First Red Carpet Since His Stroke: ‘I Had to Relearn How’
 

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Timothy Omundson is serving looks on the red carpet once again!

On Monday night, the 50-year-old actor joined his fellow This Is Us cast members at the NBC x Vanity Fair Celebration of the Season event, which he revealed to fans was a particularly special moment — his first red carpet appearance since his 2017 stroke.

“Last night, I walked my first read carpet since having my stroke,” he wrote on Twitter. “WALKED is the important word here. since I had to relearn how to do that.”

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last night, I walked my first read carpet since having my stroke. WALKED is the important word here. since I had to relearn how to do that thank you to my incredible team of Physical therapists for helping me get back here & to @paulfeig for my beautiful new walking stick!🥰 https://t.co/xYqL5IZmar

— Timothy Omundson (@Omundson) November 13, 2019

The Psych star went on to thank his physical therapists and Hollywood director Paul Feig, who gifted the actor a new cane.

“Thank you to my incredible team of Physical therapists for helping me get back here & to @paulfeig for my beautiful new walking stick!” he added.

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Omundson later shared a close-up photo of the walking stick on Instagram, which was decorated with an engraving of William Shakespeare.

“Thank You, @paulfeig for your incredible gift of this beautiful walking stick. Bearing the likeness of my favorite playwright from my favorite film director I will cherish it🥰‼️” he wrote on Instagram.

In April 2017, Omundson suffered a major stroke at the age of 47. His debut on This Is Us last month as Gregory — new neighbor of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) — also marked the actor’s first time returning to TV.

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kind of a big day for me Just over 2 years ago, a stroke almost killed me. Tonight, I’m returning to Prime Time Network Television Thanks to @Dan_Fogelman and the great people @NBCThisisUs hope you’ll turn in. #suckitstroke #Tim2.0

— Timothy Omundson (@Omundson) October 8, 2019

“Kind of a big day for me Just over 2 years ago, a stroke almost killed me. Tonight, I’m returning to Prime Time Network Television Thanks to @Dan_Fogelman and the great people @NBCThisisUs hope you’ll turn in. #suckitstroke #Tim2.0,” Omundson tweeted on Oct. 8.

According to Today, Fogelman, who is the show’s creator, wrote the role specifically for Omundson. His character is also recovering from a major stroke on the show.

Questions I Wish I Could Ask the Baby From Neighbors

In this poster for the new movie Neighbors, out May 9, the text makes it clear that Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are the stars. But as you may notice, that’s not a picture of either of them.

Instead, that’s a picture of Stella, the baby who makes Rogen’s character care that the frat-dudes next door won’t keep it down. She’s played by Elise and Zoey Vargas — as with most on-screen infants, two babies play the one role — and, despite the major comedy chops of her co-stars, she steals the show.

Though my colleague Richard Corliss was disappointed that she functions as a comedy prop rather than a character — and yes, she does go some kind of scary places where a non-prop baby ought not — she does have comedy bona fides when she’s allowed to shine. If she were old enough to talk, it could be a break-out performance — the kind an entertainment journalist would love to highlight. Unfortunately, however, the Mses. Vargas are not available for interviews. (I checked.) And, even if they were making a tour of the junket circuit, it’s tough to do a Q&A with an infant. (I assume.)

So, in lieu of such an Q&A, here are the Qs I would have asked them if they could talk:

What attracted you to this project?

What were your first impressions upon reading the script?

Who are your comedy influences?

Did you get any career advice from the veteran actors with whom you were working?

Did the director give you any room to improvise?

That scene where you roll over in the crib has some pretty impressive timing…

You’re welcome. Did you have to do a lot of takes on that one?

Stanislavski or Meisner?

Who has a smoother stroller-pushing technique, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne or your real-life folks?

How do you feel about the number of funny, female roles available in mainstream Hollywood right now? Is it a tough environment for a comedienne starting out?

It seems like this must have been a pretty fun set. Who was the resident prankster?

Oh, really? Whoa.

The world may never know the answers to these questions, as it’s unlikely Elise and Zoey Vargas will remember them by the time they’re old enough to tell (fortunately for the reputation of any on-set pranksters). But there is one question we can answer on their behalf:

What’s next?

Catch Elise and Zoey Vargas as baby Trevor in the upcoming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, in theaters this October.

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Actress Denise Van Outen has been talking about her debut on Australian soap Neighbours as enigmatic new character Prue Wallace, the mother of Ramsey Street regular Harlow Robinson.

[email protected]_vanouten tells Ray about joining the cast of Aussie soap @neighbours.#RayDarcyShow pic.twitter.com/dEcqV58mhL

— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) September 14, 2019

Speaking on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One on Saturday night, the actress and TV presenter said, “I’ve just spent the last few weeks in Australia. It came about because the producer wanted an English actress to play the mother of a character who was already in the show called Harlow, who is played by Jemma Donovan, who is Jason Donovan’s daughter.”

Van Outen’s character was travelling in the 1990s and had an affair with Neighbours character Robert Robinson and became pregnant. “She brings up her child in the UK and then the child, Harlow, goes to Australia to seek out her relatives and that’s how I end up going over to Australia,” Van Outen said.

45-year-old Van Outen has previously presented Channel 4 show The Big Breakfast, played Roxie Hart in the stage musical Chicago, and more recently featured as a judge on Ireland’s Got Talent on Virgin Media One.

She says she is relishing her latest challenge. “I am excited, I can’t wait to work on the show,” she told PA last July.

Van Outen: “I am excited, I can’t wait to work on the show.”

“Obviously I’m going over there and it’s their winter so when people say ‘You’re going to be hanging out at the beach!’ I’m like ‘No I’m there working, I’m in studio every day’ but it will be a really good experience.”

She added, “I’ve only met a couple of the cast and they are lovely and it’s just nice to go somewhere different and explore,” she added. “We filmed in St James’s Park already so that was good and having the chance to meet a couple of cast members was great so I am looking forward to it.

As for her role, she explained: “My character is a little bit Ab Fab, I’m going to have a lot of fun with her, she’s a little bit out there but it will be good to have a character that I can have a little bit of a play with.

Jemma Donovan, Jason Donovan and Zac Donovan pictured in London in 2015

“The background is in the 90s – she had a brief relationship with Robert Robinson and got pregnant and my daughter has gone over to Australia to see her rellys and then I’m going over there to meet up with her.”

19-year-old Jemma Donovan’s father Jason Donovan came to fame as Scott Robinson on Neighbours in the 1980s.

“Jason is a friend of mine so I was really pleased, because it’s nice that I will get to spend some time with her and also for Jason, because she’s only young and I can be out there and help look after her a little bit,” Van Outen said.

“Not that she needs mothering but she might be a little bit homesick, her dad’s doing Joseph (in London) at the moment so it will be nice to spend some time hanging out with her and we can do some nice things together I’m sure.”

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If you haven’t been keeping up with Timothy Omundson, we’ll forgive you because he’s a tough guy to keep pace with. This brilliant, prolific, and incredibly brave actor has been in the news a lot in the last couple of years, but he’s been on our screens and our radar for a lot longer. Like many actors we’re interested in, we decided to take a more in-depth look at this fascinating and diabolically handsome actor. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Timothy Omundson.

1. He Can Sing

Fans of Glavant probably knew this fact, but Timothy has a stellar singing voice. If you haven’t heard him, then it’s well worth the time to take a break and listen to some of the many songs he’s sung over the years. We love his rendition of Like a Prayer because it reminds us just a little of Elvis, who would have done a stellar version of this song.

2. A Stroke Nearly Ended His Career

In 2017 Timothy suffered a severe stroke. He ended up in a wheelchair, and his doctors weren’t even sure he’d walk again. However, like a phoenix, Omundson rose to the challenge, and he’s back on his feet, sharing that story with the world through the characters he plays on the screen. It must have been terrifying to wonder whether first his life and then his career were down for the count. We’re glad he’s recovering, and hope to see him perform many more roles before he reaches that final curtain call.

3. Voice Actor

Just like so many singers and actors before him, Omundson has loaned his voice to several animated characters. We adored him as the Robot Chicken version of Nigel Thornberry. He also did several of the ‘additional voices’ for Castlevania in 2017.

4. He’s In Video Games

If that voice sounds a little too familiar, then perhaps you’ve been playing some video games lately. Timothy has also loaned his vocal cords to a handful of video game characters. He voiced Nathan Zachary in Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Aric Jorgan in Star Wars: The Old Republic as well as doing several of the characters in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II- The Sith Lords.

5. Don’t Argue With Him

If you don’t like what Timothy Omundson has to say, maybe you should keep it to yourself. We’re not trying to be rude, but he has a history of winning debates. When he was younger, Omundson was the Washington State Debate Champion in Dramatic Interpretation two years in a row. That’s a pretty impressive achievement in arguing, so he knows how to make his point until it sticks. We can admire a man with a well thought out rebuttal.

6. Supernatural Wrote Him In As Cain

Lots of actors and actresses spent time on the Supernatural set. After all, the show has run for an impressive fifteen seasons. However, most of those actors had to audition for parts that were already in the script. In Timothy’s case, they wrote him in as Cain on purpose. He does make an outstanding fiend after all. We can’t imagine anyone playing the role better, and we certainly enjoyed the episodes he contributed to among our favorites.

7. Family Life

When he’s not on set, which seems rare, Omundson has a lovely family at home. He’s been married to his wife Allison, aka Allie, since 1997. Twenty-two years of marriage is nothing to sneeze at, especially in the fast-paced environment of Los Angeles, California. The couple has two daughters, Lily and Nora, together. His girls are roughly 17 and 15 now since Lily was born in 2002, and Nora joined the Omundson family two years later in 2004.

8. He’s Hilarious

If you read his Twitter, and you really should, the first thing you notice is that, in addition to supporting Mandy Moore, Timothy Omundson is absolutely hilarious. His self-description reads as follows: “A Jiminy Cricket Singin & dancin mutha f%#@” ~PagetBrewster Semi pro Astronaut, Actor OccasionalBounty Hunter.” There are plenty of other gems to be found within his feed, including some hysterical and poignant retweets and lots of his own thoughts. We always appreciate the ability to get the inside scoop, and social media has created an era of unprecedented access to whatever people happen to be thinking at any given time.

9. Started Theater at Age 12 and Never Looked Back

It should come as no surprise that someone like Timothy knew pretty early on that he liked being on stage. Actors have started younger than twelve, but most of them lived in Hollywood at the time. Though he was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, his family moved to Bellview Washington, which is just outside of Seattle. Young Tim got his start at the Seattle Children’s Theater and The Empty Space. From then on, the stage was his life. During his high school years, when other young men were playing sports and getting after school jobs, he was interning at various theaters. During the summer of his Junior year, he studied away from home at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. After graduation, he moved on to the University of Southern California where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater

10. Timothy Loves Monty Python

A comedy lover through and through, those who saw him play the bizarre King Richard on Galavant might have detected more than a smidge of Monty Python in that performance. Many areas of the USA didn’t get the BBC in the pre-internet era, but Seattle did. Richard grew up watching Monty Python and clearly the humor of that ingenious troop of comedians stuck with him. All we can say is… Well, that explains a lot.

Final Thoughts

We were sad to hear about Timothy’s stroke when it happened, but we couldn’t be happier that he’s such a fighter. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing him sing, joke and argue people into the ground for decades to come. Around here, we see a lot of talent every day, but Timothy Ormundson is genuinely one of our favorite people to see on screen. Whether he’s playing a dastardly villain, a curmudgeonly older man who is recovering from a stroke or a hysterical oddball, Omundson never fails to entertain us. Do you have a favorite film or show that he played a part in? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

  • Actor Timothy Omundson plays Gregory in season 4 of NBC’s This Is Us.
  • Gregory is Kate and Toby’s neighbor who is recovering from a stroke. He and Kate appear to be starting a friendship at the end of season 4’s third episode.
  • Timothy suffered from his stroke in April 2017.

In the third episode of This Is Us season 4, viewers are introduced to Gregory (Timothy Omundson), Kate and Toby’s neighbor who is initially very hostile toward the new parents. After Gregory complains a few times about Toby parking on the sidewalk, he tells Kate that he is recovering from a major stroke and is learning how to walk again (hence why Toby’s parking is problematic). At the end of the episode, Kate and Gregory go on a stroll together with baby Jack in tow and seem to be on good terms.

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Today marks my second anniversary of Stroke Survival. In spite of its best efforts, I can still wear this ⁦‪@frankturner‬⁩ t-shirt #SuckitStroke

A post shared by Timothy Omundson (@omundson) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:09pm PDT

On the night that Gregory’s introductory episode aired, Timothy tweeted that it was “kind of a big day for him.” Like his character, Timothy suffered a stroke himself in April 2017.

kind of a big day for me Just over 2 years ago, a stroke almost killed me. Tonight, I’m returning to Prime Time Network Television Thanks to @Dan_Fogelman and the great people @NBCThisisUs hope you’ll turn in. #suckitstroke #Tim2.0

— Timothy Omundson (@Omundson) October 8, 2019

“Just over 2 years ago, a stroke almost killed me. Tonight, I’m returning to Prime Time Network Television Thanks to @Dan_Fogelman and the great people @NBCThisisUs …” he tweeted.

In response, Timothy received an outpour of support from his fans and fellow co-stars. “Welcome back my friend. You are an inspiration and television is better when you’re on it,” show creator Dan Fogelman tweeted back at the actor. “We are so lucky to have you, @Omundson ! So very lucky!” Chrissy Metz also said.

Who is This Is Us actor Timothy Omundson?

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Before Timothy crossed paths with Kate on the NBC hit drama, he starred in several TV series and movies, including Galavant, Supernatural, Deadwood, and American Housewife. Perhaps his most famous role as of late though is police officer Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter in Psych. Lucky for fans of that series, Timothy is set to reprise his iconic role in 2020 for Psych: The Movie 2. In the upcoming film, Lassie will also be on the mend after having a stroke.

Timothy has also been a voice actor in several video games (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel, Shadow of Revan, Knights of the Eternal Throne), and Castlevania.

When it came to This Is Us, Timothy told TVLine that Dan said he would try to get him involved. After Dan texted Timothy his thoughts on Gregory’s character, the actor was all for it.

“I was really excited to dig into this stroke recovery story, and just tell it warts and all. Because up until that time I had kept my current disabilities under wraps. I was in a wheelchair for months,” he revealed. “The know if I was ever going to walk again, let alone walk onto a set.”

Timothy also talked about his current prognosis with the outlet.

“I’m feeling very optimistic about it. I’m slowly getting some movement back in my arm, so I’m optimistic that, that will continue to get better.”

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  • The third episode of This Is Us season 4 introduced another new character in Timothy Omundson’s Gregory.
  • Gregory is a new neighbor of Toby and Kate’s, who is revealed to be recovering from a stroke.
  • In real life, Omundson suffered a stroke in 2017 which “almost killed” him, and This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman wrote the role of Gregory specifically for him.

This Is Us fans are getting to know a lot of new faces this season, between Jennifer Morrison’s Cassidy, Blake Stadnik’s Jack Damon, and Asante Blackk’s Malik. This week’s episode, “Unhinged,” introduced yet another new character in Timothy Omundson’s Gregory, a seemingly very unfriendly new neighbor to Toby and Kate.

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Our first impression of Gregory is not great: he’s extremely hostile to Kate when he complains about Toby parking on the sidewalk, and is outright rude when she tries to smooth things over. But by the end of the episode, Gregory’s full backstory is revealed and it becomes clear why he was so blunt—he’s recovering from a major stroke, and has had to relearn how to walk, which makes Toby’s car blocking the sidewalk outside his house a very legitimate problem. Gregory and Kate end up bonding, in a touching moment that becomes all the more so when you know how personal it was for Omundson.

kind of a big day for me Just over 2 years ago, a stroke almost killed me. Tonight, I’m returning to Prime Time Network Television Thanks to @Dan_Fogelman and the great people @NBCThisisUs hope you’ll turn in. #suckitstroke #Tim2.0

— Timothy Omundson (@Omundson) October 8, 2019

Best known for his prominent role as police chief Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter in Psych, Omundson’s life took a turn in April of 2017 when he suffered a major stroke. “Just over 2 years ago, a stroke almost killed me,” Omundson wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, ahead of the episode airing. “Tonight, I’m returning to Prime Time Network Television Thanks to @Dan_Fogelman and the great people @NBCThisisUs hope you’ll turn in. #suckitstroke #Tim2.0.”

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Per Entertainment Weekly, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman wrote the role of Gregory specifically for Omundson. He’ll also be reprising his Psych role in the upcoming sequel Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, after his stroke recovery forced him to play only a minor role in the 2017 Psych movie.

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Today marks my second anniversary of Stroke Survival. In spite of its best efforts, I can still wear this ⁦‪@frankturner‬⁩ t-shirt #SuckitStroke

A post shared by Timothy Omundson (@omundson) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:09pm PDT

Back in April, Omundson marked the second anniversary of his stroke with a hilarious and inspiring Instagram post. “In spite of best efforts, I can still wear this t-shirt,” he wrote in the caption to a picture that showed him wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “NOT DEAD YET” and the hashtag “#SuckitStroke.”

Though we don’t yet know how big a presence Gregory is going to be in the season, it definitely seems like Kate could use a friend (who isn’t Madison—sorry, Madison). And given how powerful his few scenes were in this week’s episode, we can only hope he’ll be sticking around.

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Jussie Smollett’s neighbors cast doubt on his attack story

CHICAGO — Nearly two weeks after “Empire” star Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack, cops have yet to identify any suspects — and some people in his tony Chicago neighborhood are growing skeptical.

“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” said Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same swank high-rise near the Navy Pier as Smollett.

“I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here … Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”

A patron at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, about a block from the scene of the alleged Jan. 29 incident, said Smollett’s story “doesn’t really make sense.”

“It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around,” said the man, who wouldn’t give his name. “They have cameras everywhere … Why can’t they find the attack?”

Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident.

Meanwhile, Chicago police said Sunday that Smollett has yet to turn over data from his cellphone to verify that he was on the phone with his music manager, Brandon Moore, when he was allegedly attacked.

Moore has said he heard Smollett’s assailants shout a “racial slur” and the words “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

“We have no reason to doubt the statements, but for a criminal investigation, we need to independently confirm the phone records,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

“We offered to take the phone to download the data and he expressed he couldn’t be without his phone for several hours.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has said that Smollett, 36, was being treated as a crime victim, but would be held accountable if cops learn he filed a false report.

Smollett told cops he was confronted by two men, one wearing a black mask, who hurled gay and racist epithets at him, calling him “’Empire’ f—-t n—-r” while he was walking home shortly before 2 a.m.

The assailants allegedly punched Smollett in the face, doused him with a liquid — believed to be bleach — and tied a rope around his neck in an underpass between the Sheraton and Loews Chicago hotels.

Last week, The Post traced Smollett’s likely route to the underpass from a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop where he bought a tuna sandwich and a salad.

Near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews, The Post found an empty hot sauce bottle that was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.

The Post alerted police, who seized the bottle. Guglielmi said it was turned over to the FBI for analysis.

The FBI declined to comment.

Additional reporting by Bruce Golding