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August 1, 2013

A different kind of action

Firefighting past sparks career in TV, film industry

PEABODY — Some prepare for an acting career with classes in college. Some find a mentor to teach them the method. Kevin Pasdon’s preparation consisted of working as a Peabody firefighter. That might not seem the best way to go at it, but so far it’s gotten results.

At the moment, he’s getting emails from astonished friends asking, “Did I just see you in a commercial?”

The son of fire Chief Steve Pasdon, Kevin Pasdon is, indeed, starring in a new commercial from Duracell, the battery maker, portraying — what else? — a firefighter. His rugged face is prominently displayed in a campaign meant to advertise Duracell’s donation of $1 million in batteries to first responders.

And it’s not the first time his stint as a Peabody firefighter has led to work in the film and entertainment industry. Earlier, Pasdon, 28, won jobs portraying “a firefighter named Jim” on TV’s “90210” and, in the soap opera “As the World Turns,” an EMT. He noted that he’s called for parts that require him “to do and say and act the way you act as a real firefighter.”

When he’s not in front of the cameras, his firefighting experience has seen him landing jobs on film sets as a production medic.

“You’re the safety liaison,” he said.

A production medic provides first aid in case of illness or injury and ensures that everyone obeys safety regulations. Recently, he filled that job on the set of “The Equalizer,” a film version of the long-ago TV series. The film was produced on the North Shore and features Denzel Washington.

Pasdon laughed when someone suggested that he can order the star to be more careful.

“I wish I could talk to Denzel Washington like that, he said.

Acting in front of the cameras is what he loves, and it’s why in February 2012, he formally resigned from the Peabody Fire Department to pursue it.

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