Zionsville native Greg Haines may play small acting roles but he has made a big impact on the Hollywood scene.
Haines, a 1967 Zionsville High School graduate, is a background actor for the stars.
He does approximately 80 to 100 different shows per year as well as stand ins, photo doubles and print model work. He has also worked on TV, film, commercials and magazines.
Haines has worked with many popular actors over the past six years, including Richard Gere, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorcesi, Tom Hanks, Charlie Sheen and Steven Spielberg. He has also had an opportunity to play many different roles such as a news anchor, lawyer, doctor, priest, sheriff, butler, drug lord and even an alien.
Just in January, Haines played small roles on popular television shows such as The Finder, Two Broke Girls, Spiderman, The Middle and Up All Night.
“I enjoy every day of work and never get bored since it’s always something new and different,” he said. “There is a crazy list of things you get to do, which makes the job so much fun.”
Although acting is what consumes most of Haines’ time these days, doing it for a living was something he never considered until six years ago.
“I did plays in the house for the neighborhood kids and just had fun with it,” he said.
After high school graduation, Haines went to the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich.,, now named Kettering University, where she studied engineering because he was fascinated with science and gadgets. He earned a degree in electrical engineering and a masters degree at Stanford University in computer engineering - hardware and software design.
After college, Haines decided to stay in California and landed a job for Computer Election Systems. After eight years after Haines started working at the company, the business went under and Haines was laid off. He then took another job with Friden Alcatel, which made office equipment. He was with the company for more than 12 years.