South Whidbey student a 'Fugitive' from school
June 25, 2008 · Updated 1:08 PM
"On board a scooter given to him by the production crew of The Fugitive television series, Orson Ossman takes a ride in downtown Langley after his television acting debut on the Everett-based show.Matt Johnson / staff photoIn the middle of a school day last month, 12-year-old Orson Ossman walked into an Everett bar, looked around for a while, bought a bag of Cheetos, then left to ride his scooter down the street to talk with a man he'd met only minutes before.It's a good thing Ossman was working the whole time, or he would have been in trouble at home.The Langley Middle School seventh grader spent two days in early January acting his part in an upcoming episode of the television series The Fugitive. Playing a young informant for the show's main character, Dr. Richard Kimble, played by Tim Daly, Ossman earned a speaking role in the episode after auditioning late last year. Having been on stage almost since he could talk, Ossman said acting in the television show was something for which he was well prepared. Even with 55 cast and crew members watching his scenes being filmed, the young actor did his takes professionally, earning both respect and a few dollars for his work. Ossman said acting is an especially good way to earn spending money.It's definitely fun, he said.The show's casting agent called Ossman back for a try-out after his father, David Ossman, suggested the boy might work well in the role. The agent also remembered the younger Ossman from his tryout for The Kid.The senior Ossman auditioned for the show as well, along with dozens of other Puget Sound area actors. Based in Mukilteo, the Fugitive production company uses primarily local actors in the show, which is filmed almost entirely in Washington state. The show has revitalized the local professional acting community.This has really been a boon, David Ossman said.Orson Ossman appears in three scenes in his episode. Two of the scenes were completed in two takes, while a third took three. While he delivered his lines smoothly, Ossman said, he needed an extra try to coordinate speaking with snack foods in his mouth.Because I didn't bite my Cheetos in the correct place, he said.In the past, Ossman has appeared in a number of South Whidbey stage productions, including several with his father at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. He has also earned a few professional acting dollars by doing voiceovers for two video games, Backyard Baseball and Backyard Soccer, both by Humonguous Entertainment, and in his first profesional radio gig, Memos to the Millennium, with Norman Corwin.He used some of the money from those jobs and from his regular pet-sitting job to sponsor one of the seats at WICA. His name will eventually be placed on the chair on a small brass plaque.Ossman could not say much about the episode in which he is appearing, other than the fact that it is supposed to take place in Aurora, Ill. The CBS show airs on Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. on KIRO-TV Channel 7. "