A trainer in my gym is also an actor. (I know – knock you over with a feather). He recently appeared on the Showtime series CALIFORNICATION playing the fan favorite, “Hollywood Asshole”. And knowing him, I bet he was good in it. Some of his previous roles included “Jerk at the Bar”, “Thug #2”, and to prove he has range – “Jogger”.
An actress I know has
these impressive credits: “Vegas Showgirl” on CSI. Also “Bikini Girl”,
“Sheik Girl”, “Cute Girl”, and “Homewrecker”.
friend boasts these credits on imdb: “Waitress”, “Saleswoman”,
“Assistant Candidate #1”, and the part she’s best known for --
one of the most talented comic actors I know lists these on his resume:
“Caterer”, “Waiter”, “Delivery Boy”, “Great Great Grandfather” (he was
in his 30’s at the time), “Husband”, “Exterminator”, and my personal
favorite – “Squid”.
Forget being a star, most actors in Hollywood would be thrilled for a role that actually had a name.
these parts are one or two lines, usually day player roles. But not
always. Remember the old guy who used to sit at the bar at CHEERS. His
name was Al Rosen. He became a semi-regular. He had lines in probably
thirty episodes. His name on the show was “Man Who Said Sinatra”.
was the first line he was assigned, he got a good laugh, and a few
weeks later the writers were looking to give a line to a bar patron and
someone suggested, “What about the man who said Sinatra?” And thus a
legend was born.
It’s not easy being an actor. And for every one
who gets a part as “Punk #2” and “Guy in the Sewer” just remember –
there are five others who auditioned for those parts and didn’t get
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This was a re-post from 5 1/2 years ago.