As a young man, Lars Hensen ventured into the motion picture industry during a time when there was a need for extras to play pilots and airmen in war films. He found steady work as just another face in the crowd. It wasn't until the late 40s when Hensen found his true calling. He regularly gained work as a stand-in for films and television shows. This opened up a new avenue for him because as long as the actor that Hensen was standing in for worked, so did Hensen. Usually the actor would allow the stand-in to appear as an extras and sometimes the principle actor would give his stand-in dialog or a silent bit where he would interact with the character and get paid as more than the day rate fate for an extra. By the 1960s, Hensen caught his big break. He developed a friendship with Lee J. Cobb and he regularly worked as his stand-in on The Virginian. During this time, Hensen received steady work as various cowhands, court clerks, or whatever Cobb could do to take care of Hensen. He als

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