Who's Sean Patrick Flanery, the New Special Guest Star of Dexter Season 8

On January 24th, it was officially announced that actor Sean Patrick Flanery, will be joining the new season of Dexter for a major recurring role. He will play (SPOILER) Jacob Elroy, the ex-cop owner of a private investigation company in Miami. Read few things about Patrick's life and career, after the jump.

Flanery was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was raised in Houston, Texas .His mother, Genie, is a real estate broker, and his father, Paul Flanery, is a medical equipment salesman. His ancestry includes Irish, Cajun (French), and English. After attending Awty International School, Flanery graduated from Dulles High School in Sugar Land, and attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

He started acting in college after he joined an acting class to meet a girl on whom he had a crush. He later moved to Los Angeles, in order to pursue his acting career. Since 1988 he has appeared in over 53 films, including Powder, Simply Irresistible and D-Tox. He is best known, however, for playing Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints and in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

He appeared on the TV show The Dead Zone in the role of Vice-President, Greg Stillson, until its cancellation. Flanery also appeared in an installment of Showtime's Masters of Horror playing a town sheriff who later became one of the antagonistic entity's possessed hosts in the episode "The Damned Thing". In March 2010 he was cast in the lead role in the sci-fi horror film Mongolian Death Worm. He also had a supporting role in 2010's Saw 3D. Flanery appeared in The Black Keys' music video "Howlin' For You", which was released on February 10, 2011. In April 2011 Flanery headed to the CBS soap The Young and the Restless, playing the part of Sam, Sharon Newman's boyfriend from New Mexico.

He has a black belt (promoted May 4, 2008) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Shawn Williams and a black belt in Karate. He has a dog, Donut, named after the donuts she devoured shortly after being adopted by Flanery.

Flanery won the 1997 Toyota Pro-Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as the celebrity driver; and he won the 1998 race as a professional driver.
Source: wikipedia

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