UMD grad just plays dead guy on Law & Order: SVU

UMD grad just plays dead guy on Law & Order: SVU

Here's something hopeful for all University of Minnesota, Duluth students: Graduate from the school and you might get to pretend to be a dead guy on a TV show. Life isn't so bad, right?

We'd like to pretend that's all you get with a UMD degree (Why? Because it's funny and UMD-escapees find it hilarious) but it's not really true.

Bill Conner, a 1968 UMD grad, is a retired lawyer. He decided to retire early and start living the amazing life of an extra. Now he gets to pretend he is dead... on TV!

Conner will be on next week's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as a man murdered in his New York City apartment. He was killed by a shot to the head, his wife was hacked to death.

More from the Duluth News Tribune:

"It was not a hard gig," Conner said. "All we had to do was hold our breath and not move."

Conner describes his position in the acting hierarchy as "bottom rung," just ahead of people who aren't part of SAG or AFTRA. Conner spent two days in November shooting the scene from the NBC police drama that features plots taken from newspaper headlines. The episode from Season 11 is scheduled to air Wednesday at 8 p.m.

At least he gets to be in the presence of famous people, right? His list includes Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Brendon Frasier, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, and Cameron Diaz.

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