As first revealed in March, Sturgill Simpson will make his acting debut as a recurring character in a new CBS television drama series called “One Dollar.” The on-demand series is a mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a multiple murder. The series began taping in March in Pittsburgh, and is set to debut via CBS All Access on Thursday, August 30th.
Sturgill Simpson portrays Ken Fry, who is a resident of the town of Braden where the series is set. The character used to work at the steel mill where the murders occur until he was let go. He now makes his living as a small-time fence, holding a never-ending yard sale with items stolen from front yards and porches. Simpson can be seen multiple times in the 2-minute trailer for the series that has just been released (see below). If the trailer is any indication, this isn’t just a small cameo role for Sturgill.
Other cast members in the series include John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Philip Ettinger, Chris Denham, Kirrilee Berger, and Gracie Lawrence, with Leslie Odom Jr., and Jeff Perry. The primary character is Bud “Pop” Carl (John Carl Lynch) who is the owner of the steel mill and family business called Carl Steel. Nathaniel Martello-White plays a private investigator looking into the murders. The path of the dollar bill and point of view in each episode paint a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.
Though Sturgill Simpson has never worked in any major acting roles before, he has made numerous appearances on television, including in sketches with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, which is also a CBS production. Simpson has also appeared twice on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest. He also played a small role in the independent movie Orca Park from 2011, and has made other cameos.