The Life of a Background Artist (Extra)

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)
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A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. (101 mins.)
“ It was a trill to be on my first film set with Arnold Schwarzenegger!! ” - hokutobill
 
2.
Blind Date (1987)
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Walter Davis is a workaholic. His attention is all to his work and very little to his personal life or appearance... (95 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Bruce Willis was on the rise after doing Moonlighting and this was a fun film to work on. Kim was very sweet too. ” - hokutobill
 
3.
No Man's Land (1987)
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A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Werner
“ 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. ” - hokutobill
 
4.
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
5.
One Man Force (1989)
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In this action packed film, an L.A. cop speeds off to get revenge upon the dirty drug-dealing dogs who killed his partner (92 mins.)
Director: Dale Trevillion
“ 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. ” - hokutobill
 
6.
Babylon 5: The Gathering (1993 TV Movie)
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The opening of a crucial space station is put in jeopardy when the commanding officer is accused of the attempted murder of a diplomat. (89 mins.)
Director: Richard Compton
“ 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! ” - hokutobill
 
7.
Fathers' Day (1997)
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A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father. (98 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ 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. ” - hokutobill
 
8.
Sprung (1997)
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Two pairs of best friends - Montel & Clyde and Brandy & Adina meet at the party, where Clyde makes Adina... (105 mins.)
Director: Rusty Cundieff
 
9.
Queens Logic (1991)
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In Queens, a group of friends prepares a bachelor party for their childhood friends Ray and Patricia;... (100 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ Yes I can even be in Six Degrees of Bacon! ” - hokutobill
 
10.
Hunter (1984 TV Series)
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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. (48 mins.)
“ 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. ” - hokutobill
 
11.
Moonlighting (1985 TV Series)
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency. (60 mins.)
“ Yes I got on this show many times! Cybil nice and Bruce is a... well lets just say he is nice "on screen". ” - hokutobill
 
12.
Cagney & Lacey (1981 TV Series)
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Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives. (60 mins.)
“ I guess I was on in the last season of this show. They put me in a jail cell!! Ha,ha. ” - hokutobill
 
13.
Divorce Court (1993 TV Series)
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Director: Cheryl Simard
“ Before reality TV. It was fake reality!! Ha,ha. ” - hokutobill
 
14.
Murder One (1995 TV Series)
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Theodore Hoffman is a prominent defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. After successfully... (60 mins.)
 
15.
Sonny Spoon (1988 TV Series)
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A slick, street-smart private eye and top disguise artist solves various crimes with a little help from his friends and also takes care of his dad, a bar owner. (60 mins.)
 
16.
ER (1994 TV Series)
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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital. (44 mins.)
“ 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! ” - hokutobill
 
17.
Colors (1988)
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An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control. (120 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ Gang Wars between Bloods and Crips. I was a Crip in the film. The scene was at the Pier in Santa Monica. ” - hokutobill
 
18.
Melrose Place (1992 TV Series)
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The lives and loves of a group of young adults living in "Melrose Place" in California. Each with their own dreams and drives... (60 mins.)
Director: Paul Wales
 
19.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
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The NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
20.
The Sandlot (1993)
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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. (101 mins.)
“ Yeah seeing and playing in Dodger Stadium with no crowd and cool. ” - hokutobill
 
21.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
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Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president. (128 mins.)
“ The first movie to use a "360 degree" angle camera shot. It has been copied many times since. ” - hokutobill
 
22.
Party of Five (1994 TV Series)
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Five siblings are left to find their own way in the world when their parents are killed by a drunk driver... (60 mins.)
“ I loved JLH!! ” - hokutobill
 
23.
Thirtysomething (1987 TV Series)
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Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst... (60 mins.)
“ I was on this show a couple of times. They even used my car once. ” - hokutobill
 
24.
Werewolf (1987 TV Series)
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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... (30 mins.)
“ This was a fun shoot. Way out in Cal State Northridge. ” - hokutobill
 
25.
Split Decisions (1988)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: David Drury