WILTON, Conn. – Wilton actor R.J. Kelly makes the his television debut Sunday when "Political Animals" premieres at 10 p.m. on the USA Network.
"Political Animals" is a six-part miniseries from acclaimed television writer, producer, director Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Dawson's Creek). The show follows Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) as she attempts — for the second time — to run for president. She is juggling the demands of Washington with her dysfunctional family, which includes her ex-husband, the former president (Ciarán Hinds), and an alcoholic mother (Ellen Burstyn). Kelly plays Agent Sam, who serves as the former president's personal Secret Service detail.
"I am so proud to be part of 'Political Animals,'" Kelly said. "It's the ultimate experience for any actor – a riveting storyline, a star-studded, killer cast of actors and a director, who's not only one of the most high-profile in Hollywood today, but hands down, one of the nicest."
Kelly has been featured in a number of commercials, including spots for Ally Bank, Lowe's, Trident Layers Gum, Hershey Chocolate and Sony PlayStation.
Kelly, married and the father of two, is a Darien native and a former high school and college hockey player. He continues to play recreationally in a men's league.