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William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts.....". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
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Miguel Sandoval has appeared in almost one hundred film and television roles, including the popular boxoffice hits "Jurassic Park", "Clear and Present Danger", "Do the Right Thing", "Get Shorty", and "Up Close and Personal".
He has guest starred on such television series as "Seinfeld", "Frasier", "Murder One", "Law and Order", and "E.R.". Mr. Sandoval will next be seen in the films "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her" (Spring 2000) and "The Crew" (Summer 2000).
Miguel began working as a professional actor in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when after studying pantomime (on a lark) with a local mime school, he was asked by that company to join the cast of "The Dumb Wife", a Commedia del'Arte to be performed in the parks. Later that year, Miguel joined the troupe full time and continued more sophisticated study of mime, working with Tom Leabhardt, a disciple of the famed Etienne Decroux, founder of L'Ecole de Mime de Paris.
Along with his wife (and original mime teacher) Linda, he transformed the company into New Mexico's first full time professional theater company performing original works, as well as classical and contemporary pieces. Examples are "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid" by Michael Ondaatje, "The Ride Across Lake Constance" by Peter Handke, "The Real Inspector Hound" by Tom Stoppard, and "An Anthology of Works by Gertrude Stein".
Besides presenting its work in a formal theater, the company, called The Performing Arts Collective continued to perform in parks and schools throughout the state until its members disbanded in 1979.
Miguel then founded an acting company comprised of inmates at the New Mexico State Penitentiary. They trained two times a week for one year, eventually presenting a production of "Waiting for Godot" and "Endgame" for the inmate population, as well as the general public.
From there Miguel went on to act in a season at The Nina Vance Alley Theater in Houston, Texas, playing Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet", among other roles. Next he returned to his hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico for the inagural season of the Santa Fe Festival Theater, performing in "Cyrano De Bergerac" and "The Front Page". It was during that summer (1981) that Miguel got his first taste of movie making when he was cast in the film "Timerider", executive-produced by ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, who recommended him to the director of his next film (Repo Man), Alex Cox. So it was off to La-La Land.
While beginning to work in television and movies, Miguel kept his hand in the theater playing the title role in Peter Handke's "Kaspar" and an adaptation of "The Circus of Dr. Lao", among others.
After "Repo Man", Miguel worked with Alex on five other projects. "Sid and Nancy", "Straight to Hell", "Walker" (also Casting and Second Unit Director), "Highway Patrolman" (Casting only), "Death and the Compass", and most recently, "Three Businessmen".
Miguel Sandoval's advice to the aspiring actor:
Miguel Sandoval's Credits (partial)
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