Today’s Guest: Gregg Binkley, actor, “Raising Hope”
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Gregg Binkley has waited and waited for his breakthrough opportunity and this may well be the year.
Binkley was a recurring character in the first season of the Fox sitcom, “Raising Hope.” He played Barney, the supermarket boss of Jimmy, the baby daddy of Hope, the show’s title character.
He apparently struck a nerve in season one, because Binkley has been elevated to series regular going into season two.
GREGG BINKLEY podcast excerpt: “When they were casting the store manager for ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ Bryan Cranston said, ‘Why don’t you bring in Dan, the Del Taco guy?’ He gave me a chance to show another side of myself.”
In Gregg Binkley we find a character actor who has paid his dues for many years. He was “Randy” in an episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” And “Street Person #3” in an episode of CSI. He was even “Dale” in an episode of “The Michael Richards Show.” (And yes, there really was a “Michael Richards Show.”)
But his best run to date was as “Kenny James” in 18 or so episodes of “My Name Is Earl” on NBC. In fact, it was thanks to “Earl” showrunner Greg Garcia – now occupying the same role on “Raising Hope” — that Binkley attracted the new gig in the first place.
Guys like Binkley show up for one unglamorous, somewhat anonymous acting job after another hoping for the moment he finally earned on “Raising Hope.” On the eve of his first season as a series regular, it’s no doubt a good time to be him.