Noah Wyle is following in fellow "ER" alum George Clooney's footsteps by getting himself arrested for a political cause.
Wyle, 40, was pictured at a protest by members of the disability rights organization ADAPT at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The group is urging Congress not to cut Medicaid. Wyle was seen photos posted by the walking alongside participants, some in wheelchairs, while holding an American flag and then being led away in handcuffs.
He told the Associated Press that he has never been arrested before and called it "slightly surreal," adding: "As soon as everybody saw me being led away, they let up a big whooping cheer, which made me feel really good."
"Police have just arrested Noah Wyle to huge cheers from ADAPT," read a message posted on the group's Twitter page on Monday, April 23, "Thank you Noah! #medicaid."
About 100 members of the group were also detained, the Associated Press said. Wyle had warned his ex-wife and children - 9-year-old son Owen and 6-year-old daughter Auden, that he might be arrested. He told the news wire: "I think they're really proud of the old man right now."
Wyle currently stars as the main character on the TNT sci-fi series "Falling Skies," which returns for a second season on June 17. He rose to fame playing Dr. John Carter on "ER," which ran from 1994 to 2009. Clooney played his colleague, Dr. Doug Ross. He was arrested on March 16 outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington at a demonstration to protest against the violence and humanitarian crisis in the African country. Clooney was freed within hours and was not charged.
Wyle was introduced to ADAPT by a friend who is a member. The actor had also participated at ADAPT's Fun Run for Disability Rights on Sunday. He told a cheering crowd that he was "committed to the cause."