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Old 07-14-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default More Recognizable Actors on UM (not named Matthew McConaughey)

Hi folks

I just came across this forum about a month ago and reading through these threads has become a new addiction for me , so I thought I'd finally contribute something. I've been rewatching my "Unsolved Mysteries" DVD sets and have recognized some fairly prominent actors in some of the re-creations. I know there have been quite a few threads on this subject, but I don't believe any of these have ever been mentioned before:

In "Lucky School", the mad bomber, David Young, who tries to blow up the school in Wyoming is played by noted horror movie actor Bill Moseley, best known for playing Otis Driftwood in Rob Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects":
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0608405/

In the Agatha Christie segment, the passerby who tries to help Agatha after her car has crashed is played by noted British actor Jack Wild, best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the Artful Dodger in the 1968 version of "Oliver". Interestingly, on the DVD commentary, the director of this segment talks about the British having a very different mindset about acting, which is why an established British actor wouldn't consider appearing on "Unsolved Mysteries" to be "beneath" them.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0928349/

In the "Frontera Women's Prison Killing" segment, I also recognized prominent character actor Ned Bellamy as the official from the coroner's office who investigates the inmate's death. He has numerous film and TV credits to his name and may be best known for playing the crazy Peterman mailroom guy on "Seinfeld".
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0068709/

And for the rare chance to see two "Unsolved Mysteries" actors sharing a scene together on another show, watch "24": Season 7, Episode 16. There's a White House briefing scene where you can see both Ned Bellamy and Scott Lawrence (who played Adam Hecht's homeless friend, Tony) playing members of the President's cabinet.
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And for the rare chance to see two "Unsolved Mysteries" actors sharing a scene together on another show, watch "24": Season 7, Episode 16. There's a White House briefing scene where you can see both Ned Bellamy and Scott Lawrence (who played Adam Hecht's homeless friend, Tony) playing members of the President's cabinet.
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That one's really cool and something I was completely unaware of until now. What're the chances?

I wouldn't doubt if you knew already, but Stephanie Weir of Mad TV fame was also on UM. She played one of the hotel residents in the Neil Jennings segment, which happened in her hometown of Odessa, TX.

Is your avatar from The Informant, by the way? Decatur, IL used to be a second home to me.
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Yes, I consider Matt Damon from "The Informant!" to be my celebrity doppelganger. I've always been told I looked a bit like Matt Damon, but when he put on glasses and grew a moustahce for that role, the resemblance to me became pretty striking.

BTW, I think that if Mark Whitacre had gone on the run for his crimes, his story would have for hell of a segment on "Unsolved Mysteries"!
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Yes, I consider Matt Damon from "The Informant!" to be my celebrity doppelganger. I've always been told I looked a bit like Matt Damon, but when he put on glasses and grew a moustahce for that role, the resemblance to me became pretty striking.

BTW, I think that if Mark Whitacre had gone on the run for his crimes, his story would have for hell of a segment on "Unsolved Mysteries"!
Ahh I see.

And absolutely. Have you read Rats in the Grain by chance? It's all about the ADM scandal. My father used to work in the corn refining industry (he worked for a month at the A.E. Staley plant in Decatur during the '92 strike, actually). I had no idea so much was going on literally right across the street at ADM at the time, though.
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As you guys watch these DVD sets, keep an eye out for Marc Macaulay (he's one of those all-time "hey, it's that guy" character actors). I remember him most as playing one of the assistant-bad-guys in Passenger 57.

I would swear on my life that he made an appearance in one of the UM episodes I saw on Spike, within the last 6 months. I'll never remember the name of the episode, but I seem to remember him playing one of those "detectives who doesn't say a whole lot" in the re-enactment.

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Ahh I see.

And absolutely. Have you read Rats in the Grain by chance? It's all about the ADM scandal. My father used to work in the corn refining industry (he worked for a month at the A.E. Staley plant in Decatur during the '92 strike, actually). I had no idea so much was going on literally right across the street at ADM at the time, though.
No, I knew pretty much nothing at all about the case before the movie came out and went into it thinking it was about some hero who exposed corporate corruption. How little did I know, LOL.
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As you guys watch these DVD sets, keep an eye out for Marc Macaulay (he's one of those all-time "hey, it's that guy" character actors). I remember him most as playing one of the assistant-bad-guys in Passenger 57.

I would swear on my life that he made an appearance in one of the UM episodes I saw on Spike, within the last 6 months. I'll never remember the name of the episode, but I seem to remember him playing one of those "detectives who doesn't say a whole lot" in the re-enactment.
If Marc Macaulay was on UM, it would have probably been for a case set in Florida since I think it's practicallly a state law for anything filmed down there to feature him.
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Cheryl Hines appeared in a segment. I remember seeing her but I can't remember exactly which segment it was.
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A guy from Lost appeared as Mitchell Shigemoto (spelling?) in the 200th solved case of the Vietname vet finding the friend who had saved his life. I don't watch Lost but have seen an episode or so and recognized him.
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In the Joe Cole murder segment Henry Rollins was on.

Reggie White appeared in a church burning segment in the 90s. Those are the best I can think of
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Hey, awesome message board here guys! This is my first post. Well, other actors that I've recognized from UM include:

Mark Joy, who played Danny Casolaro. He's a D.C./Baltimore based actor who played the father in Pecker, amongst many other roles.

Gilmer McCormick, who played Sister Margaret in Silent Night, Deadly Night, played someone's best friend in a segment, although I'm blanking on the case.

Tierre Turner played one of the 4 guys who were run off the road by a white trash maniac. He's mainly a stunt coordinator in Hollywood now, but he acted as a kid in several blaxploitation movies (Friday Foster, Bucktown, Cornbread, Earl & Me, and others).

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Tierre Turner played one of the 4 guys who were run off the road by a white trash maniac. He's mainly a stunt coordinator in Hollywood now, but he acted as a kid in several blaxploitation movies (Friday Foster, Bucktown, Cornbread, Earl & Me, and others).
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In the Joe Cole murder segment Henry Rollins was on.

Reggie White appeared in a church burning segment in the 90s. Those are the best I can think of
Casey Kasem was interviewed in the 1996 segment about the death of singer Bobby Fuller. He also has something in common with the late Robert Stack: they both did voice work in the Tranformers franchise! Kasem was the voice of several characters including Cliffjumper and Bluestreak; Robert Stack, of course, was the voice of Ultra Magnus in the 1986 movie.
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Who played Don Decker in the Rainboy segment? I swear I saw that actor in other shows!
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