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When A Million Little Things Season 4 returns with episode 6, “Six Months Later,” viewers meet Regina Howard’s (Christina Moses) father, Ronald. Although viewers met Regina’s mother, Shelly (Romy Rosemont), several times, fans have hardly heard about her father. Who plays Regina’s father, and why is he suddenly a guest star in the A Million Little Things Season 4 cast?

Who plays Regina’s father, Ronald, in ‘A Million Little Things’ Season 4?

'A Million Little Things' Mario Van Peebles plays Regina's father, Ronald
‘A Million Little Things’: Mario Van Peebles | ABC/Darko Sikman

Mario Van Peebles portrays Regina’s father, Ronald, in A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 6. Before guest-starring in the ABC drama, viewers might recognize the 64-year-old actor from various film and TV roles. However, in recent years, Van Peebles spent more of his Hollywood career directing. 

According to IMDb, Van Peebles portrayed Agent Randall Harrison in Damages from 2007 to 2009. He also played Samuel Woods in All My Children in 2008 and Marcus Adams in Rude Awakening in 2000 and 2001. Viewers might remember Van Peebles from his roles in SuperstitionHellcatsNashvilleBloodline, and Deception

Are Regina’s father and mother divorced?

A Million Little Things viewers probably don’t remember meeting Regina’s father because he and Regina’s mother Shelly divorced. Regina doesn’t speak about her father often. One of the only times she mentioned her father, Ronald, was in the pilot episode. During the reception after Jon Dixon’s (Ron Livingston) funeral, Eddie Saville (David Giuntoli) wondered why Jon never asked them for help. Regina explained that discussing depression is still taboo for many people.

“We Black,” she recalls hearing from her father’s side of the family. They said, “We don’t talk about that. We got Jesus.”

Viewers also might recall that in A Million Little Things Season 1, Regina fights with her mother about her uncle. Regina reminds Shelly that her uncle molested her when she was 12-years-old. However, her mother did not believe her. She loved working at an Italian restaurant in Somerville, Massachusetts, throughout her teenage years because they often had family meals together. It helped her feel like she was a part of a real family. Going into A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 6, viewers think Regina is not close to her father.

‘A Million Little Things’ Season 4 Episode 6: Drama with Regina

'A Million Little Things' Season 4 Episode 6 Christina Moses plays Regina Howard
‘A Million Little Things’: Christina Moses | ABC/Darko Sikman

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In episode 5, Regina went to Miami with Shanice Williamson (Nikiva Dionne) to cater the actor’s latest film. When Regina appears in A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 6, she’s at a restaurant with her father. 

“Rome experiences a curveball with his film, and Regina deals with the drama of her own,” the ABC press release about the episode reads.

Viewers will recall that Regina offered to bring her new co-worker, Valerie (Andrea Navedo), from Crocodilz along to Miami. However, the woman lied on her Crocodilz application about where her cooking experience came from. She worked as a cook while she was in prison. Will the drama Regina faces have something to do with her friend, or is it the fact that her father mysteriously makes an appearance back in her life?

Find out when A Million Little Things Season 4 airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.