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Councilman turned actor is L.A.'s primetime mayor

July 18, 2011 |  7:08 pm

L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti won't say whether he's running for L.A. mayor in 2013. 

But in the meantime, he’s playing one.

On Monday night, Garcetti will reprise his role as fictional Los Angeles Mayor Ramon Quintero on TNT’s police drama, “The Closer.” The episode airs at 9 p.m. PST.

The councilman made his first appearance on "The Closer" last fall. His father, former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, is a consultant for the show, which follows several detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Eric Garcetti has acted before. He played himself on an episode of "All My Children” last year, along with  Antonio Villaraigosa, the real mayor of Los Angeles.

Garcetti, who represents parts of Echo Park, Silver Lake and Hollywood, says he's seriously mulling a mayoral run in 2013. Asked whether he had plans to announce his candidacy, Garcetti spokeswoman Julie Wong said only: "Stay tuned."


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Photo: L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, left; Kyra Sedgwick, who plays the lead role on TNT's "The Closer" at right. Credits: Courtesy of Eric Garcetti; TNT / Associated Press