Last October, longtime Washington Post columnist and PTI co-host Tony Kornheiser revealed on his radio show that he had been invited by one of the producer’s of FX’s hit TV series “The Americans” to appear as an extra in a scene in the third season.

Kornheiser appeared in Wednesday’s episode (no spoilers ahead), as a patron in a sports bar watching an undercard bout before the tragic Ray Mancini-Duk Koo Kim fight in November 1982. Kornheiser said the show’s producers couldn’t get clearance to use footage from the main event.

“We must have filmed it 50 times,” Kornheiser said in October of the scene, which was shot in New York City. “It probably took like five hours. … It’s 50-50 that I’ll even be in the scene, that I have a line.”

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Kornheiser made the cut, and he has a couple of lines. I can’t make out what he says on camera, but that’s him yelling “What a shot!” in the background before the bar erupts in cheers.

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“I had trolled for this for two years,” Kornheiser said in October. “I had done everything I could, including become e-mail pals with the producers of the show, just to be on the show, because I really like the show.”

Kornheiser said the show’s stars, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, had no idea who he was. Later, Russell found out that Kornheiser is on ESPN.

“She comes over to me and says, ‘Would you do me a big favor? Would you take a picture for me, because I’ve got a friend who watches ESPN all the time and he probably knows you,'” Kornheiser said.

Kornheiser’s appearance is the greatest cameo by a D.C. sports columnist on an acclaimed TV series since Thom Loverro appeared in Episode 58 of HBO’s “The Wire.”

Thanks to @BoyGeniusLA for the Vine.

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