My Film Career

by jshoelzel | created - 12 Aug 2011 | updated - 01 Feb 2017 | Public

The films and television shows that I have worked on.

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1. Boss (2011–2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama

Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner

Votes: 16,106

I worked as a stand-in for the governor and as a spectator in the Millenium Park rally scene.

2. The Dilemma (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 46,723 | Gross: $48.48M

I was a pedestrian outside of the Lincoln Park botanical garden and spent two days in the crowd scene for the Blackhawks game at United Center.

3. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 249,848 | Gross: $97.10M

I can be seen to the right of Johnny in the theater audience during the newsreel scene.

4. Couples Retreat (2009)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

23 Metascore

A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

Director: Peter Billingsley | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman

Votes: 90,217 | Gross: $109.21M

I worked in the alternative ending scene at O'Hare field in Chicago as the stand-in for Vince's father. I fed Vince his father's lines during the shoot.

5. The Lucky Ones (2008)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

53 Metascore

The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagan

Votes: 12,491 | Gross: $0.18M

I can be seen numerous times as a guest at the garden party.

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,912,278 | Gross: $534.86M

I was a doctor during the hospital explosion scene. Although the majority of my shots evacuating the patients were cut, I can be seen walking into the command post tent after the explosion.

As the bank manager, I am seen at the beginning and then delivering my lines when the fraud is discovered.

8. Fred Claus (2007)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 35,229 | Gross: $72.01M

As one of the pedestrians being conned by Vince on Michigan Avenue, most of my dialog has been cut, but you see a close-up of my hands and hear me say "Hey, whoa" when he takes my money.

9. Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America (2006 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

This is the true story of Egyptian spy Ali Mohamed. He infiltrated U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and FBI, and joined the U.S. Army. At the same time, he took orders from the... See full summary »

Stars: Nebil Ben Aissa, Ric Walker, John Abiskaron, Kai Alexander

Votes: 39

I play the CIA agent interviewing Ali in Egypt.

10. Storm Stories (2003–2010)
Episode: Hurricane Ivan Spawned Tornadoes (2005)


Tornadoes threaten Panama City, Fla., in September 2004.

Star: James Hoelzel

I play the father, Gus, and can be seen rushing into the trailer's bathroom when the tornado approaches and breathing my last under the aftermath wreckage.

11. Get a Life (2006 Video)

72 min | Comedy

"I want a straight lover who is gay just for me" declares Jaime in front of his abusive shrink. This is also the statement that propels the plot of a disenfranchised homosexual looking for himself.

Director: Toby Ross | Stars: Brian Cambell, Peter Marinelli, Matt Edwards, Holly Barrett

Votes: 92

As Dr. Marcus Head (the abusive shrink), I give the story's hero, Jamie, the motivational advice that serves as the impetus of the story.

12. Flags of our Fathers (2006)

R | 135 min | Drama, History, War

79 Metascore

The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 108,241 | Gross: $33.60M

I can be seen multiple times in this film. Most notably as a reporter shouting questions from behind the row of ball players, and as a passenger disembarking the train. There are also crowd scenes at the bond rally.

13. The Break-Up (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams

Votes: 111,178 | Gross: $118.70M

During an alternative ending (which was not included on the DVD), I was a guest at the cocktail party where Vince and Jennifer apparently agree to start over again.

14. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 405,787

I played a prisoner in numerous shots in the prison yard of the old Joliet Prison. I can be clearly seen in a prison chapel scene.

15. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 200,634 | Gross: $40.14M

There are multiple shots of me working in the IRS office in the cubicle next to Will's.

16. Derailed (I) (2005)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Addison Timlin

Votes: 66,194 | Gross: $36.02M

I worked in the crowd of the Union Station scene.

17. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,117,169 | Gross: $206.85M

I was a television reporter on the street when the Walbash Avenue bridge was raised to close off the insane asylum. Also, I worked as the stand-in for the police officer who ordered Batman out of the car in the parking garage chase scene.

18. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 84,997 | Gross: $58.20M

I was an army doctor for the induction scene.

19. What About Joan (2000–2002)

30 min | Comedy

Joan Gallagher is a high school teacher who depends on the daily support, counsel, and friendship of her two best friends Ruby, a psychiatrist, and Betsy, a music teacher at the school. ... See full summary »

Stars: Joan Cusack, Kyle Chandler, Donna Murphy, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Votes: 114

I worked as a bar patron in the episode concerning the closing of a beloved amusement park.

20. Driven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

29 Metascore

A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 36,359 | Gross: $32.62M

I worked as a track safety official at the Chicago Motor Speedway.

21. New Port South (2001)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

A group of teenagers wish to rebel against the administrators and teachers (the system) in their suburban Chicago high school called New Port South.

Director: Kyle Cooper | Stars: Kevin Christy, Blake Shields, Will Estes, Melissa George

Votes: 470

I worked as the stand-in for the school principal.

22. Novocaine (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.

Director: David Atkins | Stars: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Chelcie Ross, Laura Dern

Votes: 10,016 | Gross: $2.04M

I played the coroner who removed the body from Steve Martin's home.

23. What Women Want (2000)

PG-13 | 127 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

47 Metascore

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda

Votes: 173,134 | Gross: $182.81M

I worked as pedestrian outside of Mel's apartment.

24. Unconditional Love (2002)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox, a singer she adored. There, she meets the ... See full summary »

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Ashley Anne Ayer

Votes: 3,265

I worked as the awards show presenter.

25. Return to Me (2000)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Director: Bonnie Hunt | Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor, Robert Loggia

Votes: 17,573 | Gross: $32.66M

I worked the crowd scene at Buckingham Fountain.

26. Just Visiting (2001)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage, they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the twelfth ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Matt Ross

Votes: 16,481 | Gross: $4.78M

Here I was a dinner customer is a shot that was intended to be a homage to the painting "Nighthawks." I can be seen at the counter with a lady in red being served by the sodajerk.

I work as a reporter at the police station.

28. Early Edition (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 41 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens, Billie Worley

Votes: 10,035

I worked as a pedestrian outside of the law school.

29. Mercury Rising (1998)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Bruce Willis, Miko Hughes, Alec Baldwin, Chi McBride

Votes: 59,295 | Gross: $32.94M

I played a University of Chicago professor walking on campus. Also, I did a crowd scene on an train platform.

30. Three to Tango (1999)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

36 Metascore

A rich businessman's assumption that his new colleague is gay leads him to ask the man to keep an eye on his mistress. However, the man is not gay, and begins to fall for the woman himself.

Director: Damon Santostefano | Stars: Neve Campbell, Matthew Perry, Dylan McDermott, Oliver Platt

Votes: 17,124 | Gross: $10.54M

I can be seen as a businessman walking to the Michigan Avenue bridge.

31. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett

Votes: 109,622 | Gross: $127.12M

During the opening sequence at a fancy New York restaurant, I can be seen dining at the table behind Julia. Also, I worked as a stand-in for Rupert during the lobster house scene.

32. Home Alone 3 (1997)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen

Votes: 87,604 | Gross: $30.88M

I worked as an FBI agent racing up the stairs of the school.

33. U.S. Marshals (1998)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

47 Metascore

U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 84,689 | Gross: $57.17M

Here I worked a crowd scene observing the marshal being placed into an ambulance.

34. The Chamber (1996)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky

Votes: 11,288 | Gross: $14.55M

I worked as a pedestrian in two scenes.

35. The Relic (1997)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore

Votes: 21,092 | Gross: $33.96M

I can be seen as the museum worker unrolling the red carpet.

36. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 150,191 | Gross: $56.12M

Here I played a lawyer outside of the Cook County Courthouse.

37. The Untouchables (1993–1994)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1930s Chicago, the seemingly invincible crime boss Al Capone is opposed by a team of incorruptible U.S. Treasury Agents, led by the indefatigable Eliot Ness.

Stars: Tom Amandes, Paul Regina, John Newton, David James Elliott

Votes: 326

I worked a number of episodes playing a paasenger at Union Station, a golfer, and a worker at the FDR rally.

38. Missing Persons (1993–1995)

120 min | Drama, Crime

Follows a special police department which deals with cases where people have disappeared.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Erik King, Juan Ramírez, Frederick Weller

Votes: 51

I played a patron at a crowded bar and at a bowling alley.

39. Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family

A rich young boy finds his family targeted in an inside job and must use his cunning to save them.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Edward Herrmann, John Larroquette, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 55,325 | Gross: $38.09M

I can be seen as a reporter during the opening title sequence.

40. I Love Trouble (1994)

PG | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson are two competing Chicago newspaper reporters who join forces to unravel the mystery behind a train derailment.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Nick Nolte, Julia Roberts, Saul Rubinek, James Rebhorn

Votes: 10,359 | Gross: $30.81M

I worked as James Rebhorn's stand-in.

41. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 26,185 | Gross: $17.19M

I worked as a pedestrian as Sir Richard Attenborough exits an apartment.

42. Baby's Day Out (1994)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Baby Bink couldn't ask for more; he has adoring (if somewhat sickly-sweet) parents, he lives in a huge mansion, and he's just about to appear in the social pages of the paper. Unfortunately... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Haley

Votes: 38,110 | Gross: $16.67M

I was sitting on a park bench as the baby entered the zoo, and I worked the crowd scene on the street during the ending.

43. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

53 Metascore

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning

Votes: 69,886 | Gross: $2.87M

I was one the backup singers during Peter Gallagher's song.

44. The Fugitive (1993)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore

Votes: 233,220 | Gross: $183.88M

I was a Chicago police officer in the crowd during the ending shots.

45. Chicago Overcoat (2009)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.

Director: Brian Caunter | Stars: Frank Vincent, Kathrine Narducci, Mike Starr, Stacy Keach

Votes: 777

I can be seen as the police lineup suspect next to Vincent.

46. Payback (I) (1999)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer

Votes: 120,286 | Gross: $81.53M

I worked as a pedestrian during a deleted scene where Mel in beaten up on the street.

47. The Chicago Code (2011)

44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Detective Jarek Wysocki, one of Chicago's toughest cops, struggles to clean up the town's violence and corruption.

Stars: Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Matt Lauria, Devin Kelley

Votes: 7,526

I am a Chicago police commander standing behind Jennifer watching the video of a bomber being disarmed.

48. Chain Reaction (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward

Votes: 43,494 | Gross: $20.55M

I played a FBI agent in a deleted office scene.

49. Hardball (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne

Votes: 24,612 | Gross: $40.22M

I worked as a pedestrian as Keanu enters a barber shop.

50. Chicago P.D. (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama