YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Former editor and publisher Bruce Apar has found a second career in front of the camera.
Apar, who previously edited and published North County News in Yorktown, will be appearing on "Mansions and Murders" on Investigation Discovery Wednesday at 9 p.m.
The Yorktown resident plays a detective on the crime re-enactment series, in an episode called "Love Thy Neighbor." The story is about a rich widower who hires a caretaker that comes between him and his adopted son. When the widower is found bludgeoned to death, they are nowhere to be found.
Apar filmed the episode at a New Jersey mansion in July 2014. While a freshmen at the University of Miami, Apar took acting classes, counting Sylvester Stallone among his classmates. But he didn't find the acting bug again until he performed in Fiddler on the Roof in 2010.
"I had so much fun doing it," Apar said. "I realized I wouldn't mind doing this on a part-time basis."
Apar took acting lessons and started going into Manhattan for auditions. He set up his profile on backstage.com and the production company found his profile and thought he'd be good for the part.
He sent in a video audition and later found out he got the part.
"Just being part of the TV experience was a lot of fun," Apar said. "I got to meet other actors and learn from them."
As a detective, Apar found himself doing an interrogation scene and was even allowed to do some improvising by the director.
"I did what I thought would be a typical interrogation," Apar said. "Being a detective was fun."
Apar recently played a psychiatrist in a film and also played a character who lives in Brighton Beach in another film.
"Both characters are a little bit eccentric," Apar said. "I like playing almost anything."
Being an actor in a production is like being on a sports team, Apar.
"I enjoyed being part of the culture of the show, the whole dynamic and camaraderie," Apar said. "I'm sorry I didn't stick to it a long time ago. I plan to pursue it and see if I can do more."
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