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October 14, 2012

TV, movie cameras no stranger to Peru Central alum

LOS ANGELES — David Hazel never thought he would be able to act for a living.

Growing up in Peru, he thought about what it would be like to be an actor from time to time but never mentioned it to anyone.

Now, at 38, he has a long resume of TV show appearances including “House” and “Bones,” as well as parts in two movies.

Currently, he is filming a pilot for a show called “Herb and Norb,” in which he would have the co-lead role.

BREAK ON ‘CSI’

Hazel’s first TV show was a small part in “CSI Miami,” in early 2010.

”I had a scene with David Caruso, and it was just the two of us and one other actor. It was nerve-racking to say the least,” he said.

”It was a bit embarrassing because I had told some friends about having a scene with David Caruso in the Miami hotel room set, but when the episode aired, the scene was actually quick, and a lot of my on-screen time found its way onto the editing-room floor.”

Hazel graduated from Peru High School 20 years ago and then from Plattsburgh State in 2003 with a degree in mass communication.

Before acting, he was involved in the music business, playing the drums and then guitar for the LA-based band Sklatch and for Ross Mafia in Plattsburgh.

HORROR MOVIE

Hazel made the transition from music to acting when a friend told him that the director of the horror film “The Devil Inside” was looking for actors.

He got lucky and landed a part as a member of a team who responded to a triple murder in the movie.

”Once I got that part, I wanted to pursue it more,” he said.

The interesting locations where filming takes place makes for a lot of fun, Hazel said. As many would imagine, being on the set of a horror movie is a bit unsettling, though, he said.

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