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Good Doctor Actor Hill Harper Announces Run for Senate in Michigan – The Hollywood Reporter



The physician is in… the Michigan Senate race. Actor Hill Harper is setting his sights on politics.

The Good Physician star on Monday introduced he’s working for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat, difficult U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin for the Democratic nomination.

In an interview with the Related Press forward of the announcement, the actor, who owns a house and a espresso store in Detroit, described himself as a small-business proprietor, union member and activist, and defined how not being a “career politician” would give him a bonus in Congress. “It’s not about party. It’s about people feeling represented,” Harper stated. “And being an independent voice in the U.S. Senate is something I believe Michiganders want right now.”

Harper has had a 30-year profession in tv, co-starring in collection akin to Metropolis of Angels, CSI: NY, Covert Affairs, Limitless and Homeland. He has performed Dr. Marcus Andrews on ABC’s presently airing medical drama The Good Physician since 2017.

A Senate run means Harper is prone to exit The Good Physician. (The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to ABC and Hill’s reps for remark.)

Harper is the most recent public determine to pivot to politics, persevering with a decades-long development stretching again to Ronald Reagan’s election as Governor of California in 1967. 

Most of the campaigns have been quixotic (assume singer Clay Aiken’s ill-fated Congressional campaigns in 2014 and 2022, or Cynthia Nixon’s 2018 run for New York Governor), however different actors, singers, comedians and public figures have been way more profitable. 

Quite a few U.S. Senators have been family names nicely earlier than their elections: Al Franken, the previous Saturday Night time Stay author and actor, represented Minnesota within the Senate 2009-2018; Fred Thompson,  who had roles in The Hunt For Pink October and Die Exhausting 2, represented Tennessee from 1994-2003, and performed district lawyer Arthur Department within the Regulation & Order franchise after he left the Senate; George Murphy, a number one man from Hollywood’s Golden Age and former Display Actors Guild president represented California from 1965-1971; and J.D. Vance, the best-selling creator, was elected as a Senator from Ohio in 2022. 

Different high-profile politicians embody Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was Governor of California from 2003-2011, former wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who was Governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003; and singer Sonny Bono, who was a Congressman from 1994 till his demise in 1998. 

And naturally there was Donald Trump, the previous host of NBC’s The Apprentice, who served one time period as president from 2016-2020, and is presently working for one more time period within the GOP major. 

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