The Life of a Background Artist (Extra)by hokutobill | created - 05 May 2012 | updated - 08 Sep 2012 | Public
In the late 80's and Early 90's I was an extra: Back Ground Artist for many films, TV Shows and commercials. It is a world many would like to get in to and as I was going down memory lane, I wanted to remember all of work I did. It is very exciting but also can be very boring at the same time since you are on set may be for only a very short time and until they need you, you may be waiting all day. It is a great job for students, models, out of work actors, and housewives. Now this is not a complete list. It is hard to remember all of them since I did so many. Also some were just pilots that never made it to TV and some names of shows changed names.
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1. The Running Man (1987)
R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Votes: 133,515 | Gross: $38.12M
It was a trill to be on my first film set with Arnold Schwarzenegger!!
2. Blind Date (1987)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
A workaholic needs a date for a dinner with new important clientele, but who his brother sets him up with could lead to disaster.
Votes: 19,563 | Gross: $39.32M
Bruce Willis was on the rise after doing Moonlighting and this was a fun film to work on. Kim was very sweet too.
3. No Man's Land (1987)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring.
Votes: 3,895 | Gross: $2.88M
This was one of the best films I ever worked on. I can actually be seen in this one and Charlie Sheen is a class act! The whole cast and crew were just wonderful.
4. Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
5. One Man Force (1989)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In this action packed film, an L.A. cop speeds off to get revenge upon the dirty drug-dealing dogs who killed his partner
I was treated like royalty in this one. Got my first and only trailer!! I was a thug who was running after "Tooz" in the apartment complex. So much fun and what a great person Mr.John Matuszak was. He unfortunately passed away the same year the film was released.
6. The Gathering (1993 TV Movie)
Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The opening of a crucial space station is put in jeopardy when the commanding officer is accused of the attempted murder of a diplomat.
This actually was the pilot episode for the TV Show. I remember somebody recognizing me asked, it was so far in the future, why would you be wearing glasses(since I do wear glasses). It was a good point!
7. Fathers' Day (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.
Votes: 13,970 | Gross: $28.66M
Now meeting Robin Williams was a highlight! He is so cool and treats everyone like you have know each other for years. Also he was so funny and always "on"! Great Person.
8. Sprung (1997)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
Two pairs of best friends - Montel & Clyde and Brandy & Adina meet at the party, where Clyde makes Adina think he is very rich and gets her into bed the same evening. When Adina finds out ... See full summary »
Votes: 941 | Gross: $7.55M
9. Queens Logic (1991)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of lifelong friends meet again in Queens for Ray's bachelor party and wedding.
Votes: 1,417 | Gross: $0.61M
Yes I can even be in Six Degrees of Bacon!
10. Hunter (I) (1984–1991)
TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.
Oh this was a great set and fun show. I was on as an extra and then my classic car was also featured and I got to be a stunt driver!! So cool.
11. Moonlighting (1985–1989)
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.
Yes I got on this show many times! Cybil nice and Bruce is a... well lets just say he is nice "on screen".
12. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.
I guess I was on in the last season of this show. They put me in a jail cell!! Ha,ha.
13. Divorce Court (1993– )
Before reality TV. It was fake reality!! Ha,ha.
14. Murder One (1995–1997)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Theodore Hoffman is a prominent defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. After successfully defending the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross in a lurid murder trial, he is ... See full summary »
16. ER (1994–2009)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance
The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.
Okay, now this was a great day. I was just a regular patient but then they needed to retake a scene and the principle actor was already wrapped(finished) for the day so they asked me to stand in!! So I got to work with George Clooney!! I know you ladies are envious! Also, I got to work with Kristen Dunst(after Interview with a Vampire and before Spiderman fame). This was Season 3 ending episode!
17. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 22,786 | Gross: $46.62M
Gang Wars between Bloods and Crips. I was a Crip in the film. The scene was at the Pier in Santa Monica.
20. The Sandlot (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Votes: 73,188 | Gross: $32.42M
Yeah seeing and playing in Dodger Stadium with no crowd and cool.
21. In the Line of Fire (1993)
R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.
Votes: 86,792 | Gross: $102.31M
The first movie to use a "360 degree" angle camera shot. It has been copied many times since.
22. Party of Five (1994–2000)
TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family
5 siblings raise each other following their parents' untimely deaths.
I loved JLH!!
23. Thirtysomething (1987–1991)
60 min | Drama, Romance
Seven thirtysomethings living in Philadelphia struggle with everyday adult angst.
I was on this show a couple of times. They even used my car once.
24. Werewolf (1987–1988)
30 min | Horror, Thriller
Young Eric has been bitten by a werewolf. However, he's not particularly thrilled by this turn of affairs and wishes to escape his curse. To do so, he must find and kill the founder of his ... See full summary »
This was a fun shoot. Way out in Cal State Northridge.
25. Split Decisions (1988)
R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Sport
When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically.
Votes: 789 | Gross: $0.70M