I'm Not Dead, But I Play Dead on TV

The WSJ has an in-depth look at the life of working stiffs:

The Screen Actors Guild doesn't keep figures on corpse roles, but currently, seven of the top 10 most-watched TV dramas use corpse actors, including CBS's "CSI," "NCIS" and spinoff "NCIS: Los Angeles." The new ABC series "Body of Proof" revolve1s around a brilliant neurosurgeon turned medical examiner who solves murders by analyzing cadavers.

It all means more work for extras, casting agents and makeup artists who supply corpses in various stages of decomposition. Matthew W. Mungle, who won an Oscar for his work on the 1992 film "Bram Stoker's Dracula," does special-effects makeup on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "NCIS."

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