When live racing begins at Lone Star Park on Thursday, it will mark the 10th anniversary of the track that returned thoroughbred racing to North Texas. A locally based TV fixture who really wanted to help celebrate the track's milestone is Prison Break star Robert Knepper. He plays Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in the hit Fox series and was also in the Mark Cuban-, Todd Wagner-produced film Good Night, and Good Luck.
Rob and his wife, Tory, have a home in Dallas and are friends with Lone Star Park VP and assistant general manager G.W. Hail.
But the actor is using his hiatus from Prison Break to shoot a movie in Europe and won't be able to attend the Lone Star Park anniversary party on Tuesday. He has donated a package for the live auction, however. The winning bidder will have a nine-course dinner with the Kneppers at G.W.'s home. All proceeds go to the Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation benefiting local Grand Prairie charities.
"I experienced T-Bag's cult-like following when Rob and I attended the NHL All-Star Game in January," says G.W. "He came straight from the set in his character hairstyle and makeup. We sat seven rows behind the net and people were yelling, 'Hey, T-Bag!' all game long."