My early career

My Television Debut: If you Blinked you Missed it

As you watch CSI and Hawaii Five-O and other shows, notice all the people in the backgrounds of some of the scenes. These extras are portraying waiters, pedestrians, police officers, and the list goes on and on. I was once one of them, on a show called  “Spenser for Hire,” a crime drama about a classic Mustang-driving private investigator played by Robert Urich, and his sidekick, played by Avery Brooks.  

The show was filmed in and around Boston, and because I was living with my folks in Norwood at the time, I took a friend’s recommendation and worked as an extra on the show for a couple of days while I was looking for a job in broadcast journalism.     

In the episode I worked on, my Rick Springfield mullet and I can be seen in the background about five times.  The crew had me in a suit, walking around a courthouse and sitting in as a spectator during a trial.  In one scene, they had me hanging around the newsstand flipping through a magazine. 

It was an interesting experience while it lasted and gave me a new appreciation for folks who do that for a living.   I remember sitting in a bus with other extras, and then being called in when it was time for “action.”    They fed us really well as I recall, and the pay wasn’t too bad.  Here are some shots of my big television debut.

8 replies »

  1. I remember Spenser for Hire – watched it all the time… To think I saw you when you first started out! 🙂 You have come a long way!


  2. My mom and I used to watch that show! She thought she was a detective and used to try to solve the problem in the show. She probably saw you lurking in the background and thought you did the crime!! Lol


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