In the Bull episode “Forfeiture”, the TAC team juggles two tandem legal cases. Chunk Palmer (Christopher Jackson) represents his first legal client as a public defender, Darius Lambert (Brian Bradley), a young man facing federal counterfeiting charges. Darius is accused of selling counterfeit products at his grandfather’s barbershop. Meanwhile, Bull (Michael Weatherly) agrees to represent Darius’ grandfather, Willie Lambert, who may lose his business to the FBI for owning the barbershop where the fake goods were sold. In civil court, the old man defends his grandson whom he says was “led into trouble” and says, “He did it for me.” Willie has been struggling to pay his bills.
Willie Lambert is portrayed by 72-year-old entertainer Ben Vereen. The actor has recently appeared on Magnum, P.I. (as a tycoon with dementia) and on FOX’s Star (as Queen Latifah‘s father). Vereen launched his career on stage (he won a Tony Award in 1973 for Pippin). He’s known for his roles on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, How I Met Your Mother (Sam Gibbs), Silk Stalkings (Captain Ben Hutchinson), Webster (Uncle Phillip), Roots (“Chicken” George Moore), and in the musical films All That Jazz (O’Connor Flood) and Funny Lady with Barbara Streisand (Bert Robbins), among many others. Bull airs Mondays at 10 pm on CBS, right after Magnum, P.I.