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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Dennis Hayden a part of ABC show "Mistresses"

  • Hometown folks will have a chance to see Girard’s gift to Hollywood when actor Dennis Hayden appears on the premiere episode of the new ABC TV series “Mistresses” at 9 p.m. Monday on KODE TV.

    Hayden described the show as “sexy and sex-filled.”

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  • Hometown folks will have a chance to see Girard’s gift to Hollywood when actor Dennis Hayden appears on the premiere episode of the new ABC TV series “Mistresses” at 9 p.m. Monday on KODE TV.
    Hayden described the show as “sexy and sex-filled.”
    “It stars Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan as four friends as they negotiate forbidden romances and life,” Hayden said. “It’s based on a British series and they’re going to give it a shot over here.”
    He will play Dale Wilson, a car salesman.
    “I just happened to go in and read for the part,” Hayden said. “I gave him a northern Florida accident and had a little fun with it. Everybody at the table laughed, then they called me back and asked me to take off the accent. I think they took my funny lines out, too.”
    Still, he had a great time doing the episode and would be happy to pop back up on the show if called.
    “Now all I have to do is get everyone to go on the ‘Mistesses’ Facebook page and ask to see more of Dale Wilson,” he joked.
    He noted things are getting a little slow for actors in television these days.
    “There’s so much reality TV,” Hayden said. “Reality TV is easy money.”
    That’s because, among other reasons, there are no star salaries to pay because the players are mostly “real” people.
    On the other hand, he was in three movies released in 2009, “Race to Witch Mountain,” “A Way with Murder” and “Dead in Love,” a heartfelt low-budget comedy done by Pittsburg State University graduate Chris Watson.
    Hayden grew up on a swine/soybean farm near Girard. In 1970 he graduated from Girard High School, where he had been an outstanding football player, becoming the number one tackle in Kansas. He decided to pursue a career in acting at the age of 19, after briefly attending Fort Scott Community College.
    His career has included numerous films, including “Action Jackson” starring Carl Weathers and “Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis.
    Hayden’s “Die Hard” role of Eddie, a terrorist, is one of his best known, along with his appearances in several TV commercials for picante sauce.
    He also earned critical acclaim for the 1998 independent film “The Man in the Iron Mask and the Three Musketeers,” playing the role of D’Artagnan. That film also starred Edward Albert and  Timothy Bottoms.
    Right now Hayden is deeply involved in a different kind of action, the kind that plays out in a court of law.
    Along with Ed Asner and several others, he is a plaintiff in a suit against the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a labor organization commonly known as SAG-AFTRA and its Guild Intellectual Property Realization, LCC.
    Page 2 of 2 - At stake is the money from residuals and “performers share” of foreign royalties collected abroad because of any video levy and/or video rental levy.
    “The reason I’m involved in this is for our children, so they can go into the arts and make a living,” Hayden said. “They can, if we can stop a few greedy people.”

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