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Ex-Laker Rick Fox goes geek on 'The Big Bang Theory'

January 19, 2011 |  7:07 pm

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"The Big Bang Theory" gets off its rerun treadmill with a new episiode Thursday featuring former Laker Rick Fox. In it, he plays an ex-boyfriend of the rather mousy Bernadette, Howard's girlfriend. Don't know if that's going against type for him or for her, but it's bound to mess with Howard's rather fragile psyche. He still lives with his mother, after all. Until now, his biggest rival for Bernadette's affections has been himself.

Fox has kept a steady acting career going since his screen debut in 1994 in William Friedkin’s "Blue Chips." His breakout role came on the hit HBO series “Oz,” where he played Jackson Vahue.

Since then, Rick has appeared in over a dozen network shows. He recently played club owner Mason Davies in CW’s “Melrose Place.”

Look for more on his "Big Bang Theory" appearance Thursday.

-- Chris Erskine

Photo: Former Laker Rick Fox with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Howard (Simon Helberg) on "The Big Bang Theory. Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS