How to be a Hollywood Background Actor (Extra) in TV & Movies

Extra! The unheralded “stars” of movies. CBS News Sunday Morning took a behind the scenes look at Central Casting.

“Central Casting has been the recognized leader in casting for background actors since its inception in 1925. Over the years there have been many changes in the entertainment industry, but Central Casting has always remained at the forefront of background casting.

Today, Central Casting is a division of Entertainment Partners, the largest provider of entertainment industry services and solutions in the U.S. This means complete background casting and payroll services are under one roof. From the moment an actor walks in the door through receipt of the paycheck, Central Casting delivers excellence every step of the way.” ~

Central Casting Los Angeles:
220 S. Flower St. Burbank, CA 91502

Central Casting New York:
101 West 31st Street, Suite 1605 (16th Floor) New York, New York 10001

Central Casting Louisiana:
1450 Poydras Street, Suite 1420 New Orleans, LA 70112

Lee Cowan – CBS News
Leonard Maltin – Film Critic and Historian
Jennifer Bender – Executive Vice President, Central Casting
Cecil B. DeMille – Film Director
Chris Bustard – Director, Business Affairs Central Casting
Brad Pitt – Actor
John Wayne – Actor
Ronald Reagan – Actor / President
Eva Longoria – Actor
Summer Wesson – Casting Supervisor, Central Casting
Jesse Heiman – Actor
Glee – TV Show
The Social Network – Motion Picture
Spiderman – Motion Picture
Mark Horowitz, Producer NCIS
Suzanne Saltz, Second Assistant Director NCIS LA
Shirell Ferguson-Coleman – Actor

Original air date: February 26, 2012

CBS News Sunday Morning:
Producer: Reid Orvedahl
Editor: Joseph L. Frandino

©2012 CBS News

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How to be an Extra

Reference to the YouTube video of “World’s Greatest Extra” (Jesse Heiman) produced by Wilhelm Hempel:

Nicolas Cage with his Family

Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and German, English, and Polish (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation, succeeding brilliantly with a host of classic, quirky roles by the late 1980s.In 1988, Cage began dating actress Christina Fulton, who later bore their son, Weston Coppola Cage (born December 26, 1990). Weston was the lead singer of the black metal band Eyes of Noctum, which was broke up in 2012; Arsh Anubis, his new band of the same genre, was formed in 2011
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