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Lakers’ Rick Fox Gets ‘Lifetime’ Role

July 11, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lakers forward Rick Fox is playing a new role this summer _ as the romantic interest of Gloria Reuben on the new Lifetime series ``1-800-Missing.″

He’ll appear in five episodes of the series, starring Reuben as an FBI agent, which debuts Aug. 2.

Fox had a recurring role in the HBO prison drama ``Oz,″ and appeared in the films ``Holes,″ ``He Got Game,″ ``Eddie″ and ``Blue Chips.″

``I saw him on `Oz’ and said, `Can we get him, please?‴ said William Laurin, executive producer and writer of the Lifetime series. ``He’s a very intelligent guy and takes his craft very seriously.″

It’s possible Fox could appear on additional episodes, Laurin said Thursday.

Fox, 33, has said he’d like to pursue an acting career when his pro basketball days are over. He’s married to actress-singer Vanessa L. Williams.

Fox tore a tendon in his left foot in the first round of the NBA playoffs, had surgery in May and is rehabilitating. He is off crutches and able to tape the series, Laurin said.

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