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The Man, The Myth, The Hardest Working Extra in Showbiz

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He's ubiquitous. His talents include looking innocuous, fake waiter-ing, sitting in a meeting, sitting in a lecture hall, and walking past others. He excels at leaning against lockers. Meet....uh...wait a minute--we don't ever learn the names of the thousands and thousands of extras ("background artists") who fill the hospital wards, high school hallways, restaurant tables, civic demonstrations, and company shareholder meetings in movies and television shows.

However, last week, the internet got to know Jesse Heiman, a 33-year-old formerly unsung hero who has been spotted in "Glee," "The Social Network," "Monk," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and a couple dozen more. His IMDB profile was updated to include all the 33-year-old's uncredited appearances, and this video of his 15 milliseconds of fame was put together and seen by nearly 2 million YouTube viewers, explains Crushable.

That video is your video lunch today, as we salute you, Jesse Heiman, otherwise known as "Waiter #1," "Chemistry Class Student," "3rd UFO Enthusiast," and, one of our favorites, "Winking Comic Book Nerd."