He helped Telly Savalas knock down a door on Kojac, played a cop alongside Jack Klugman on Quincy and will soon fly off to tinseltown to begin filming an episode of the Hardy Boys.
"I play a security guard in that one," Tommy Reamon said over the telephone from his home in Newport News, Va.
"It's a 'Towering Inferno' kind of thing. I discover a fire, just like O. J. Simpson did. I even get to say some lines, quite a few as a matter of fact. Now I'm no star, but give me some time. Hollywood appeals to me."
This summer, however, there will be nothing particularly glamorous about Reamon's life when he goes on location for a different gig in Carlisle, Pa. At first he will be no star among the running backs in the Washington Redskins' training camp, he admits. "But give me time there, too," he said.
Reamon's script for success in the National Footbal League already has been written, but still not produced. "I'll be coming to camp ready to play football," he said. "I've always had the body to play this game. This year, I've got the mind."
So far, however, Reamon's professional football career has been a Grade B horror story. There was that fine season of 1974, when he led the World Football League in rushing, was named rookie of the year and one of the WFL's three most valuable players.
But he has been traded or cut by three NFL teams since the WFL folded in 1974, jad a knee operation in 1976 and now must be considered a longshot at best to make the Redskin roster.
But do not tell that to Reamon, a young man with stars still in his eyes despite all the setbacks. "It took O. J. four years to make it in his league," Reamon said. "I know I can play."
After he was cut by the Chicago Bears last summer - "Jack Pardee had to do it," he said, "my knee just wasn't right" - Reamon played in Saskatchewan in the Canadian League.
"I played four or five games," gained a few hundred yards and people kept calling me," he said. "I had a lot of offers to play in the NFL last year, but I decided to wait.I left Canada, I wasn't really happy there. I just went west."
One day he went to Universal Studios. He had met Savalas once at a dinner, "so I just decided to pay him a visit. Now I know you're not going to believe this, but I walked on the Kojac set and the man really remembered me."
"I told him I was interested in getting into the business, and he told me to hang around and observe and he'd see what he could do for me."
Faster than you can say, 'Who loves ya' Tommy baby,' Reamon had his first part, as a hospital orderly with one limit - "The light is on." Of such humble beginnings are matinee idols born.
In the months since, Reamon has acquired bit parts in "The Incredible Hulk" (it's not him); and a Fred Williamson movie, "Mr Mean." He also grimaced over greasy french fries in a Crisco commercial, and is represented by three agents, "one for PR, one theatrical and one for commercials."
He attends acting classes at Universal and at the Lee Strasburg Institute and says, "I feel like I'm getting better all the time. I'm not looking to exploit the fact that I'm an athlete. All I know is there are 20,000 actors out here, and I'm still working."
He would like to say the same thing next fall about his football career. "I'm a small back with speed and quickness," he said. "The big thing is that my head's together now.
"After I left Jack Pardee (his coach in the WFL) it was never the same. I loved that man, and I played for him. But after that, my mind was never really comfortable.
"Him coming to Washington after I signed (by George Allen) is the most unbelievable thing of all."
Just like in the movies, you might say.