A&M graduate pursues acting career, now on TV show

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Brandon Makovy has done a little bit of everything since his childhood in College Station, Texas, but recently got his big break by landing a spot on the Fox TV series “Pitch.”

Makovy, 41, is a graduate of A&M Consolidated High School and Texas A&M University, where he studied public relations and journalism. Although his Internet Movie Database entry describes him as a former mechanic, youth minister and breakdancer – among other things – he says his first love is baseball.

Which makes it all the more exciting that the young actor got to perform in a show about the sport.

“Pitch” is the fictional story of Ginny Baker, a rookie pitcher and the first female to play in the major leagues. Other cast members include Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Conseulos, Dan Lauria and Ali Larter.

Makovy, who was a standout pitcher in high school, got the script for “Pitch” from his acting coach and submitted a tape.

“I had great raw ability,” he said of his early baseball career. “But my whole role on ‘Pitch’ was to stir stuff up.”

Makovy, a former math teacher and baseball coach, said the role came naturally to him because of the years he spent on the field.

In “Pitch,” he portrayed Ginny Baker’s minor league teammate D.C .in a flashback scene. He’s also appeared on “Days of Our Lives,” “Criminal Minds” and “Dr. Ken,” alongside Ken Jeong of “The Hangover” fame.

Jeong, in fact, was the kindest, most humble star Makovy has encountered on set thus far.

“It’s so unexpected in this business for anyone to be a gentleman,” Makovy said.

Makovy himself may know a thing or two about being a gentleman. He credits his close-knit family and Christian upbringing for helping him keep his head on his shoulders, even through cutthroat ventures such as peddling music in Nashville and trying to make a living as a working actor in L.A.

“I’ve been in L.A. for three years,” Makovy said. “The first year it was a vacation.”

But the bug took hold and now the sky is the limit. As his IMDB biography states, “Brandon wants to sing his song and tell his story to others in hopes it will inspire them to ‘do it big,’ just as his baseball players told him to do on the emotional day he told them he was heading to California.”

Although he still writes music and dabbles in numerous hobbies, the actor plans to stick around in L.A. for a while.

“I’m 41, but in actor years, I’m late 20s,” he said.

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