Thursday, March 27, 2014
Georgetown native Bill Oberst Jr. will play a key role in Wednesday's episode of Criminal Minds.
Oberst, who has lived in Hollywood pursuing acting jobs since 2008, will guest-star with Adrienne Barbeau and Tobin Bell in the episode titled “Blood Relations.”
Oberst said he cannot reveal much about the episode, but the official synopsis states “two murder victims are found in a backwoods community in West Virginia.” During the episode, investigators must determine which one of them could be responsible for the deaths.
“To say more would spoil the watch,” Oberst told the Georgetown Times this week.
He said he landed the role in part because of previous film work he has done.
“The director of this episode, Matthew Gray Gubler is also a filmmaker. I'd done a small role in a film for a director friend of his, who suggested me to Gubler for this character. You never know what will lead to what in this business - a good argument for always doing your best,” Oberst said.
When asked if there is a chance he will have a recurring role on the series, Oberst simply responded “I'm happy enough just to have been there once.”
Oberst should be happy. Criminal Minds is a hit series for CBS. Last week, it was the most watched show in the country in its time slot, according to TV by the Numbers. It was also the 12th most popular show nationwide for the week ending March 23.
Through the years, Oberst has starred in and appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, but, he said, Criminal Minds is his biggest small-screen role to date.
“Prior to this the biggest television exposure I've had was the docudrama Sherman's March on The History Channel and the Michael Landon Jr. TV-movies The Shunning and The Confession on Hallmark Channel,” he said.
Oberst has portrayed a wide variety of characters during his career but in Hollywood he has become known as the “King Of Indie Horror” because of his numerous thriller movies in which he has appeared.
He was asked what he hoped the Criminal Minds appearance will lead to in the future.
“I'll leave that up to the Lord. He's the best agent a guy could ask for. The doors He opens are the only ones I want to walk through (it took me some time to get that through my thick skull.) As I say, you never know what will lead to what. He's in charge.” Oberst responded.
He said he is hoping one of the movies he has already filmed gets a nationwide release soon in theaters or on maybe as a TV movie.
“It's called The Retrieval. It's set in the South during the waning days of the Civil War. I play a bounty hunter who wants a freeman and former slave for the price on his head,” Oberst said. “It treats our history with respect and is a powerful family-friendly story. I'm proud of it.”
The movie - which Oberst filmed last year - will open at a New York City independent film theater Wednesday - the same night as the Criminal Minds episode.
“Maybe that is a good omen,” Oberst said.
He said he wants to thank everyone who has offered an encouraging word since he began acting on stage two decades ago.
“Acting is a crazy way to try and make a living, but I have never wanted to do anything else with my life. I do believe that God gives us all a vocation. The trick is to try and make your vocation your occupation,” Oberst said. “I've been properly humbled and am very grateful for the lessons learned and the kind words received.”