Dave Blamy is a south Charlotte, almost-40, stay-at-home father of three girls.His wife, Jennifer, works at Bank of America. But this dad has an unusual resume. Blamy has a doctorate in playwriting from Texas Tech, and he’s scored some pretty decent roles in television, film, theater and commercials. Blamy and his family live in the Allyson Park subdivision. “There’s a surprisingly large amount of work filmed in and around Charlotte,” he said.For starters, Blamy has acted in about 30 commercials in the past eight years. “Charlotte is the hub in the Southeast for filming commercials,” Blamy said. His most recent commercial was for the North Carolina Lottery and shows Blamy catching a fly ball in his popcorn. He was also recently in a Char-Broil Grill commercial; in it, he got his eyebrow singed off from a grill.But Blamy’s most recent dramatic role is in the new summer series, “Under the Dome.” Stephen King is the executive producer, and it’s based on one of his books. The 13-episode CBS series is filmed in Wilmington and premiered June 24. According to variety.com, the pilot was a hit: “It was the most-watched new summer drama overall in 20 years.”The plot involves a small Maine town that wakes up one day and discovers a large, translucent dome encompassing the town. No one can get in or out. Throughout the show, characters uncover clues as to what the dome is and why it’s there. “It is a common theme right now – putting people in extreme situations to see how they will react,” Blamy said.In the show, Blamy played Big Jim’s employee at the car lot during the pilot show. His character hasn’t been written into any other episodes, but they are still filming. “One thing I have going for me is that I am under the dome, and I am still alive,” he said. In 2012, Blamy appeared on one episode of “Army Wives,” where he played Dr. Hayes, an abrasive Army doctor who had a knack for messing up in the hospital and blaming it on the nurses. “The Army wives banded together and brought me down,” he said. That series is filmed in Charleston, S.C.This fall, he stars in a movie called, “A Long Way off.” It’s a modern telling of a Bible story, “The Prodigal Son.” Blamy plays the loyal, eldest son.Blamy works in several theaters around the Charlotte area, and he has directed plays at Theatre Charlotte. “A winding and convoluted past led me to acting,” he said. He was formerly a high school English teacher in Raleigh. He went to UNC Wilmington for his Master’s in English, then received his PH.D. at Texas Tech University. As a teaching assistant for the theater department, he was required to audition for theater shows. Blamy originally didn’t know much about acting, but each semester they cast him in bigger and bigger roles. Then, his wife got a job in Charlotte; they moved here in 2005. Blamy was in a play at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre when an agent in the audience approached him and offered to represent him.He said there are also plenty of opportunities here for “industrial, non-broadcast” work, such as training videos and web marketing campaigns. Blamy’s daughters are Austyn, 9; Elle, 6; and Juliet, 18 months. “There is absolutely no way that I could do this without a network of people helping me, scheduling around my family commitments and helping with the kids,” said Blamy. “I lean on a lot of people in order to do this.”
Friday, Aug. 02, 2013
Charlotte stay-at-home dad moonlights as an actor
Emily Mathias is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Emily? Email her at email@example.com.
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