In the New Girl episode “D-Day,” while Cece (Hannah Simone) takes advantage of an exciting job offer, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) volunteers to help Schmidt (Max Greenfield) with their wedding plans. But just like the time when Cece’s mother showed up, things takes a turn for the worse when Schmidt’s father Gavin shows up.
Gavin is portrayed by Peter Gallagher. He’s known for roles in the movies American Beauty, While You Were Sleeping, and Adam Sandler’s Mr. Deeds, among others. Gallagher is also recognized for his recurring roles on The Good Wife (conservative lawyer Ethan Carver), Law & Order: SVU (Deputy Chief William Dodds, Sgt. Mike Dodds’ dad), Covert Affairs (Arthur Campbell), Rescue Me (Father Phil), Californication (Dean Stacy Koons), and The O.C. (Sandy Cohen). Fun fact: New Girl’s Greenfield played a younger version of Gallagher’s character on The O.C. in 2007. New Girl airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.