In his first series role in 40 years, Jon Voight has signed on as a recurring character on the upcoming seventh season of 24.

On the Emmy-winning Fox drama, Voight will play the uber-nemesis of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who is pulling the strings behind next season’s terrorist threat.

The character will be introduced during 24’s two-hour Season 7 prequel and will be featured heavily in the latter half of the season.

The prequel, now shooting on location in South Africa, is slated to air Nov. 23, with Season 7 of the series kicking off in January.

Voight did several TV guest spots early in his career — including a three-episode stint on Gunsmoke in the late ’60s.