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June 10th, 2009
11:03 AM ET

Actor is 'dying' to make a living

Mike Doyle is dying to make a living. Literally. He has made a name for himself as the actor who “dies” all the time onscreen. But what is it like to get killed so often? We met the very “alive” actor and he told us how he actually gained his trademark status. “The first time out, I thought, oh interesting, it would be fun to die,” he said. “And now when I turn the page, I’m like, ‘Oh, man. Again? Again?'”

And what is his technique to making the scenes so believable? "It’s not as easy as you think," he says. In one of his death scenes he kept his eyes closed and they started to flicker, so he figured next time – play a dead man with his eyes open.

Fortunately for moviegoers who want to see him staying alive, his next role is with Nicole Kidman in the upcoming movie, "The Rabbit Hole." He won’t have to rehearse playing dead for that one, but who knows now that casting agents get to see him play out his last goodbyes so well in our CNN "American Morning" piece.

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  1. Bryn-Carol

    Law and Order SVU producers have messed up bad this time! They let go of one of their best secondary characters (isn't Mike Doyle a Julliard trained actor?). Mike's character, Ryan O'Halloran, had such a fan base. Think Spin Off, people! Who ARE these daft producers anyway? Good Luck, Mike. Your true fans will follow you in all your future work.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm |