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"Dirty Dancing" ABC remake casts its Jake Houseman

Bruce Greenwood has been cast to play Houseman patriarch, Jake Houseman, alongside Debra Messing.

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"America Crime Story: People vs OJ Simpson" actor, Bruce Greenwood, has joined the ABC remake of the 1987 drama "Dirty Dancing."

The actor will play the character Jake Houseman, which was played by the late Jerry Orbach in the 1987 classic.

The actor joins  Abigail Breslin (Baby), Cole Prattes (Johnny), Debra Messing (Baby’s mom), Sarah Hyland (Lisa Houseman) and  Nicole Scherzinger (Penny.)

ABC recently confirmed a new three-hour musical version of the 1987 romantic drama "Dirty Dancing," which starred Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey.

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To be executive produced by Allison Shearmur and Eleanor Bergstein, the adaptation will be written by Jessica Sharzer, while Wayne Blair will direct.

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Since the debut of the original "Dirty Dancing,"  there has been the 2004 sequel "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", and a 1988 TV series which starred Patrick Cassidy and Melora Hardin.

The original "Dirty Dancing" told the story of Frances "Baby" Houseman, who while spending summer with her family in a holiday camp,  falls in love with her camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

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