TISKILWA — Television fans of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” will want to tune in to this Friday’s episode to see Tiskilwa native Todd Joiner co-star in the crime show.
Joiner, a 1986 graduate of Tiskilwa High School, is no stranger to film and television sets. For the last year and a half, he’s been landing extra roles in crime shows such as “Hawaii Five-O” and “Magnum P.I.” He was also an extra in the recent Godzilla movie.
After high school in the 1980s, Joiner served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 2015, when he retired. He now lives on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, which is where he’s gotten into doing television work.
About a year and a half ago, he and his wife came across a calling looking for people to fill extra roles. His wife encouraged him to audition, and he landed a part.
After being on set, Joiner got to talking with other extras about their work and found out some had an agent, which is something he started looking into.
He found out there was a lot of local work with commercials and television shows being filmed near Honolulu.
Joiner said other than having roles in high school plays, he’d never had any experience with acting.
Signing on with an agency is how Joiner landed his co-star role on “Hawaii Five-O,” which is a step up from playing an extra.
He said being on set is “a lot of hurry up and wait.”
“My military experience kind of conditioned me for that,” he said.
Most days on set start early at 5 a.m. Once check-in is complete, Joiner is sent to the costume department and then there’s a lot of waiting until being taken to the set for filming.
“It’s a pretty good experience. They treat everyone pretty good on set,” he said.
Joiner has played a lot of police and FBI extras due to his military background.
“I keep my military haircut and so that fits in with what they’re looking for a lot of times,” he said.
Joiner will be featured in an upcoming Netflix original, “The Wrong Missy,” featuring David Spade. Look out for him in the airport scene.
As far as the future, Joiner said he would like to continue this work.
“It’s not consistent work at this time, but I would love to see where it takes me in the future,” he said.
It’s been a few years since Joiner has been back to Tiskilwa, but he still remembers the hometown feeling and quiet neighborhoods. People may remember him as the village’s paperboy.
“I spent a lot of time on my bicycle and playing in the creek and in the woods,” he said.
When he visits, he always makes a stop at Kelly’s Place for fried chicken and Indian Valley Inn for breakfast.
Joiner is the son of Ted and Norma Joiner.
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