My life on the silver screen

When I came to live near the town of Mt Shasta for a year in the mid-1970s, I had no idea that I would end up on the silver screen.

Our household responded to a local casting call, launching short-lived but glorious stints as extras. The star-studded cast of Baby Blue Marine included Jan Michael Vincent, Glynnis O’Connor, Richard Gere, and Katherine Helmond. I was cast for several roles: a moviegoer sitting in a dark theater; a pedestrian in the street after the movie; a guy sitting in the stands at a football game; a uniformed football player sitting on the bench; a guy milling around in the crowd at the same football game; one of several people riding in the back of a truck. No speaking parts, but oh, the memories!

Because I’m tall and easy to spot in a crowd, I’m actually recognizable several times in the movie.

Things I remember most clearly:

  • The catered meals were good.
  • We got paid $25 a day.
  • A guy showed me how to use a cup of warm water with some little bits of cooked pasta in it to simulate a sneeze onto the back of someone’s neck. We did it several times – to good effect – while standing in line for lunch.
  • One of the men in our household played a minister greeting his flock following a Sunday service. As the principal actors walked away after shaking his hand, one remarked, “That was the worst sermon I’ve ever heard.”
  • The movie actually ran in theaters, and I saw it several times, including once with my parents and once with a good friend.

For some reason Baby Blue Marine has yet to be released on video or DVD – probably waiting for assurances that production will be able to keep up with demand. If you hear about it coming out before I do, please be sure to let me know.


One response to “My life on the silver screen

  1. I was an extra in Baby Blue Marine too. I have been searching for it over the years but no luck. It’s probably sitting on a shelf somewhere in Hollywood. My guess would be when Jan Michael Vincent dies it will surface.

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