''Survivor'' castaway has a soft-porn resume. Used car dealer Brian Heidik, a.k.a. Dave Roth, is a familiar, um, face on Playboy Channel and Cinemax skin flicks

By Gary Susman
August 19, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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If you think you’ve seen ”Survivor: Thailand” contestant Brian Heidik before, you may be recognizing the California actor-turned-used car salesman from his recurring role as Tim Rollins on ”Days of Our Lives,” or from his guest spots on ”Baywatch Nights” and ”Doogie Howser, M.D.” Or maybe you just watch a lot of late-night softcore porn on Cinemax or the Playboy Channel. Turns out Heidik has racked up a number of credits (some under his own name, some under ”Dave Roth” and other pseudonyms) in movies with titles like ”Sinful Obsession,” ”Passion’s Obsession,” and ”Virgins of Sherwood Forest.”

Unlike some of the other reality show participants (including several ”Big Brother” housemates this year and last year) who have made it past CBS’ contestant screening process, Heidik’s secret past wasn’t illegal, just embarrassing. Embarrassing enough to be left out of his official bio, at least, on the ”Survivor” website. There, the 34-year-old’s TV work is noted, along with the fact that he has a wife named C.C. and a son named Logan. What’s not mentioned is that his wife is C.C. Costigan, also a soft-core performer and late-night Cinemax regular. Screen shots of some of Heidik’s thespian accomplishments, with the performers’ naughty bits discreetly blocked out, are available at The Smoking Gun.

Did CBS know of Heidik’s more risque show-business credits? ”Absolutely,” CBS spokeswoman Colleen Sullivan told EW.com. She said that the network had no intention to deceive viewers about the nature of Heidik’s film oeuvre, saying that the choice not to mention it was Heidik’s. ”The Survivors ultimately have the say in what we include in their bio and what we don’t,” she said. However, she added, the network warned each contestant that, just because they choose not to list certain information in their official bios doesn’t mean the public won’t ultimately find it out. After all, she noted, ”you can just type his name in to IMDB [an online film database], and there it is.

Sullivan insisted that Heidik really is a successful, full-time used car salesman now, and that soft-porn is ”in his past.” Too bad, as it would make ”Survivor: Thailand,” which debuts on Sept. 19, a lot more interesting.

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