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Do's and Don'ts From the ''King of the Guest Stars''

Nowadays he plays Jerry (or is it Larry?) on ”Parks and Recreation”, but Jim O’Heir has been popping up on TV for the past 20 years; the actor, 52, offers his rules for keeping cool during cameos

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Don’t Screw Up the Table Read
“I had done George Lopez, and I got a call from the casting director saying one of the actors booked for the next episode was not available for the table read, so I did it, and the next morning they fired him and hired me. It made me feel bad for the actor, but let me give this little piece of advice: If there’s ever a chance you’re going to lose a job, it’s at the table read. If you don’t bring it, you’re gone.”

Do Be Nice to the Extras
“I had conversations with the extras on Friends — the regular extras who were there every day in the coffee shop — and they are the people with all the dirt. I’m not going to name names of actors who they might have mentioned, but there were comments thrown around. Just be nice to everybody!”

Don’t Be the Bearer of Bad News
“On Step by Step, I announced to Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers that Chris Farley had died. The week I was there, there was a weird thing going on with one of the cast members getting into trouble, so the cast was already unhappy. I didn’t mean to be that guy. Afterwards I kept my ears open and my mouth shut.”