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John Lamb, Published February 17 2014

Fargo actor appears in ‘The Monuments Men’

FARGO – A Fargo man stood among screen giants on the set of “The Monuments Men.”

Connor Linnerooth, a 2012 graduate from Davies High School, has a small role in the film as a messenger.

“It was unbelievable,” he says of his experience. “You see all of these huge films and the big productions and maybe some of behind-the-scenes. It’s just another world, really.

The 19-year-old lives in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles where he is studying acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

He was in Berlin in early 2013 and saw a casting call for 1,000 male extras in the movie. He was called back for “telegraph boy,” a featured, non-speaking extra role, which means face time on the screen.

The young actor is on screen for about eight seconds, seen delivering John Goodman’s character a note recruiting him on a mission.

Goodman plays a sculpture expert, one of the “Monuments Men” enlisted to help save art the Nazis looted during World War II.

George Clooney directs and stars in the movie. Clooney told Linnerooth to walk, “with purpose … this is an urgent letter and we need to see that on the screen.”

Linnerooth’s father, Richard, attended the first showing when the movie arrived in Fargo.

“It was pretty quick,” he said of his son’s screen time.

The proud papa stayed through the credits, but was discontented that his son’s name wasn’t listed.

“That was a little bit disappointing, but what the heck,” Richard said.

The most memorable experience Connor had on the set was while he was getting lunch. He ran into Bill Murray, who also stars in the film. The comic actor looked the extra up and down, then looked him in the eye and jokingly said, “Disgusting.”

When Linnerooth asked what particularly was so upsetting, Murray deadpanned, “All of it.”

Linnerooth sat with Murray and Goodman at lunch and when Linnerooth said he was from Fargo, Murray started talking about the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Murray, a part owner of the St. Paul Saints, praised the rivals as a good baseball team and called Fargo “a nice city,” explaining that he’d visited a few times.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533