In a transfer maybe anticipated by some, The Good Doctor star Hill Harper has introduced he is leaving the hit present to shift his focus to his political aspirations. Hill has performed Dr. Marcus Andrews by way of the collection’ first six seasons, however he will not be again for Season 7.
Harper introduced again in July that he supposed to make a run for the U.S. Senate seat at the moment held by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Hill will problem U.S. Consultant Elissa Slotkin (D) for Stabenow’s seat in subsequent yr’s election.
“Hill Harper feels strongly that there’s a disaster in American democracy — too usually, authorities solely works for the wealthy and highly effective whereas the remainder of us battle to discover a voice,” the actor’s spokesperson informed TVLine.
“Hill is dedicating his efforts full time to fixing that, and he’s working for the U.S. Senate as an lively union member to offer working individuals extra of a voice in Congress.”
With Harper’s departure, there’ll solely be two remaining unique forged members, collection star Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy and Richard Shiff’s Dr. Aaron Glassman, who has been Shaun’s mentor.
Harper’s departure will not be an entire shock to viewers, although, as his character resigned as president of the hospital within the Season 6 finale, setting the stage for a seamless exit from the present.
Earlier than he turned an actor, Harper was a lawyer who’d graduated from Brown College and Harvard Regulation. He befriended Barack Obama throughout his years at Harvard, the place he additionally honed his performing expertise as a member of Boston’s Black Of us Theater Firm.
As a part of his marketing campaign, he has proudly touted that if elected, he could be the one U.S. senator who’s a member of a union, SAG-AFTRA. The actors union lately ended their strike, setting the return of scripted tv fare, and marking Harper’s exit from the sphere.
Previous to his originating function on The Good Physician, Harper’s most well-known collection function was as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY for 9 years. He has appeared in a number of movie and tv roles since 1993.
The Good Physician is about to return for a strike-shortened seventh season, anticipating roughly 10 episodes, on its new evening, Tuesday, February 10 at 10pm ET on ABC.