One actor up in consideration for the role of Moe in the The Three Stooges doesn’t have a household name, but it sure stands out on a marquee: Chris Diamantopoulos.
The 35-year-old actor, who played the president’s chief of staff on Season 8 of 24, has also appeared on The Starter Wife, Nip/Tuck and The Sopranos. He is no stranger to playing iconic figures, though the bowl-cutted Moe would be a change of pace for any actor. Diamantopoulous appeared as Frank Sinatra in the mini-series The Kennedys, and he played Robin Williams in a 2005 behind-the-scenes TV movie about Mork & Mindy.
He’s married to Ugly Betty actress Becki Newton, and the couple had a baby last fall.
The Three Stooges, written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, is not a biopic by any stretch of the imagination, but rather a fictional spin-off of the three knuckleheaded characters. $#*! My Dad Says star Will Sasso has already been cast as Curly, and Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes is Larry.
Fox says no actor has a lock on the role of Moe yet, but acknowledged to EW that Diamantopoulis was among those who have been discussed for the part. (Variety reported the story.)