My Film Careerby jshoelzel | created - 12 Aug 2011 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
The films and television shows that I have worked on.
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1. Boss (2011–2012)
TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama
Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago.
I worked as a stand-in for the governor and as a spectator in the Millenium Park rally scene.
2. The Dilemma (2011)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.
Votes: 46,369 | Gross: $48.48M
I was a pedestrian outside of the Lincoln Park botanical garden and spent two days in the crowd scene for the Blackhawks game at United Center.
3. Public Enemies (2009)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
Votes: 247,393 | Gross: $97.10M
I can be seen to the right of Johnny in the theater audience during the newsreel scene.
4. Couples Retreat (2009)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy
A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.
Votes: 89,153 | Gross: $109.21M
I worked in the alternative ending scene at O'Hare field in Chicago as the stand-in for Vince's father. I fed Vince his father's lines during the shoot.
5. The Lucky Ones (2008)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,420 | Gross: $0.18M
I can be seen numerous times as a guest at the garden party.
6. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,877,774 | Gross: $534.86M
I was a doctor during the hospital explosion scene. Although the majority of my shots evacuating the patients were cut, I can be seen walking into the command post tent after the explosion.
7. Diacritical (2008)
As the bank manager, I am seen at the beginning and then delivering my lines when the fraud is discovered.
8. Fred Claus (2007)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.
Votes: 35,008 | Gross: $72.01M
As one of the pedestrians being conned by Vince on Michigan Avenue, most of my dialog has been cut, but you see a close-up of my hands and hear me say "Hey, whoa" when he takes my money.
9. Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America (2006 TV Movie)
120 min | Documentary
This is the true story of Egyptian spy Ali Mohamed. He infiltrated U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and FBI, and joined the U.S. Army. At the same time, he took orders from the... See full summary »
I play the CIA agent interviewing Ali in Egypt.
Storm Stories (2003– )
Hurricane Ivan Spawned Tornadoes
Tornadoes threaten Panama City, Fla., in September 2004.
Star: James Hoelzel
I play the father, Gus, and can be seen rushing into the trailer's bathroom when the tornado approaches and breathing my last under the aftermath wreckage.
11. Get a Life (2006 Video)
72 min | Comedy
"I want a straight lover who is gay just for me" declares Jaime in front of his abusive shrink. This is also the statement that propels the plot of a disenfranchised homosexual looking for himself.
As Dr. Marcus Head (the abusive shrink), I give the story's hero, Jamie, the motivational advice that serves as the impetus of the story.
12. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Drama, History, War
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 107,376 | Gross: $33.60M
I can be seen multiple times in this film. Most notably as a reporter shouting questions from behind the row of ball players, and as a passenger disembarking the train. There are also crowd scenes at the bond rally.
13. The Break-Up (2006)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.
Votes: 109,981 | Gross: $118.70M
During an alternative ending (which was not included on the DVD), I was a guest at the cocktail party where Vince and Jennifer apparently agree to start over again.
14. Prison Break (2005–2017)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
I played a prisoner in numerous shots in the prison yard of the old Joliet Prison. I can be clearly seen in a prison chapel scene.
15. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
Votes: 199,036 | Gross: $40.14M
There are multiple shots of me working in the IRS office in the cubicle next to Will's.
16. Derailed (I) (2005)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.
Votes: 65,683 | Gross: $36.02M
I worked in the crowd of the Union Station scene.
17. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,097,435 | Gross: $206.85M
I was a television reporter on the street when the Walbash Avenue bridge was raised to close off the insane asylum. Also, I worked as the stand-in for the police officer who ordered Batman out of the car in the parking garage chase scene.
18. Ali (2001)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Votes: 84,206 | Gross: $58.20M
I was an army doctor for the induction scene.
19. What About Joan (2000–2002)
30 min | Comedy
Joan Gallagher is a high school teacher who depends on the daily support, counsel, and friendship of her two best friends Ruby, a psychiatrist, and Betsy, a music teacher at the school. ... See full summary »
I worked as a bar patron in the episode concerning the closing of a beloved amusement park.
20. Driven (2001)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport
A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.
Votes: 36,109 | Gross: $32.62M
I worked as a track safety official at the Chicago Motor Speedway.
21. New Port South (2001)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama
A group of teenagers wish to rebel against the administrators and teachers (the system) in their suburban Chicago high school called New Port South.
I worked as the stand-in for the school principal.
22. Novocaine (2001)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.
Votes: 9,950 | Gross: $2.04M
I played the coroner who removed the body from Steve Martin's home.
23. What Women Want (2000)
PG-13 | 127 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.
Votes: 171,511 | Gross: $182.81M
I worked as pedestrian outside of Mel's apartment.
24. Unconditional Love (2002)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox, a singer she adored. There, she meets the ... See full summary »
I worked as the awards show presenter.
25. Return to Me (2000)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.
Votes: 17,374 | Gross: $32.66M
I worked the crowd scene at Buckingham Fountain.
26. Just Visiting (2001)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage, they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the twelfth ... See full summary »
Votes: 16,332 | Gross: $4.78M
Here I was a dinner customer is a shot that was intended to be a homage to the painting "Nighthawks." I can be seen at the counter with a lady in red being served by the sodajerk.
27. Turks (1999– )
60 min | Crime, Drama
I work as a reporter at the police station.
28. Early Edition (1996–2000)
TV-PG | 41 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.
I worked as a pedestrian outside of the law school.
29. Mercury Rising (1998)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.
Votes: 58,437 | Gross: $32.94M
I played a University of Chicago professor walking on campus. Also, I did a crowd scene on an train platform.
30. Three to Tango (1999)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
A rich businessman's assumption that his new colleague is gay leads him to ask the man to keep an eye on his mistress. However, the man is not gay, and begins to fall for the woman himself.
Votes: 17,031 | Gross: $10.54M
I can be seen as a businessman walking to the Michigan Avenue bridge.
31. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.
Votes: 108,254 | Gross: $127.12M
During the opening sequence at a fancy New York restaurant, I can be seen dining at the table behind Julia. Also, I worked as a stand-in for Rupert during the lobster house scene.
32. Home Alone 3 (1997)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.
Votes: 86,301 | Gross: $30.88M
I worked as an FBI agent racing up the stairs of the school.
33. U.S. Marshals (1998)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder.
Votes: 83,742 | Gross: $57.17M
Here I worked a crowd scene observing the marshal being placed into an ambulance.
34. The Chamber (1996)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.
Votes: 11,170 | Gross: $14.55M
I worked as a pedestrian in two scenes.
35. The Relic (1997)
R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.
Votes: 20,876 | Gross: $33.96M
I can be seen as the museum worker unrolling the red carpet.
36. Primal Fear (1996)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
Votes: 147,866 | Gross: $56.12M
Here I played a lawyer outside of the Cook County Courthouse.
37. The Untouchables (1993–1994)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In 1930s Chicago, the seemingly invincible crime boss Al Capone is opposed by a team of incorruptible U.S. Treasury Agents, led by the indefatigable Eliot Ness.
I worked a number of episodes playing a paasenger at Union Station, a golfer, and a worker at the FDR rally.
38. Missing Persons (1993–1995)
120 min | Drama, Crime
Follows a special police department which deals with cases where people have disappeared.
I played a patron at a crowded bar and at a bowling alley.
39. Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family
A rich young boy finds his family targeted in an inside job and must use his cunning to save them.
Votes: 54,634 | Gross: $38.09M
I can be seen as a reporter during the opening title sequence.
40. I Love Trouble (1994)
PG | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson are two competing Chicago newspaper reporters who join forces to unravel the mystery behind a train derailment.
Votes: 10,259 | Gross: $30.81M
I worked as James Rebhorn's stand-in.
41. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy
A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.
Votes: 25,945 | Gross: $17.19M
I worked as a pedestrian as Sir Richard Attenborough exits an apartment.
42. Baby's Day Out (1994)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Baby Bink couldn't ask for more; he has adoring (if somewhat sickly-sweet) parents, he lives in a huge mansion, and he's just about to appear in the social pages of the paper. Unfortunately... See full summary »
Votes: 37,508 | Gross: $16.67M
I was sitting on a park bench as the baby entered the zoo, and I worked the crowd scene on the street during the ending.
43. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
Votes: 69,319 | Gross: $2.87M
I was one the backup singers during Peter Gallagher's song.
44. The Fugitive (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall.
Votes: 230,614 | Gross: $183.88M
I was a Chicago police officer in the crowd during the ending shots.
45. Chicago Overcoat (2009)
R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.
I can be seen as the police lineup suspect next to Vincent.
46. Payback (I) (1999)
R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.
Votes: 119,261 | Gross: $81.53M
I worked as a pedestrian during a deleted scene where Mel in beaten up on the street.
47. The Chicago Code (2011)
44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Detective Jarek Wysocki, one of Chicago's toughest cops, struggles to clean up the town's violence and corruption.
I am a Chicago police commander standing behind Jennifer watching the video of a bomber being disarmed.
48. Chain Reaction (1996)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.
Votes: 43,096 | Gross: $20.55M
I played a FBI agent in a deleted office scene.
49. Hardball (2001)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sport
An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
Votes: 24,190 | Gross: $40.22M
I worked as a pedestrian as Keanu enters a barber shop.
50. Chicago P.D. (2014– )
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Follows District 21 of the Chicago Police Department, which is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops and the Intelligence Unit.
In addition to my recurring role as Deputy Superintendent Lekkas, worked a number of background roles.
51. Chicago Fire (2012– )
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama
The story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level.
Working the Cinespace firehouse set as Battalion Chief Chamerski has become an almost full time job for me.
52. Empire (2015– )
TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Music
A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
A reporter, a riot policeman, and in a never-aired plot sequence, the elderly businessman involved in a bomb plot are some of my roles on this show.
53. Beast of Burden (2018)
R | Action, Crime, Drama | Completed
Sean Haggerty only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.