This Wall Street Wealth Manager Has Been On Some Of Your Favorite TV Shows
Photo courtesy of Mark Axelowitz
Mark Axelowitz wearing a 1920s-style suit on the set of "Boardwalk Empire."
You may have seen Mark Axelowitz—a managing director at UBS Private Wealth Management—on television before.
We don't mean on CNBC or Bloomberg TV either, even though he's appeared on both financial networks.
The 53-year-old Wall Street financial advisor has played roles on hit television shows "Law & Order," "Blue Bloods," and "Boardwalk Empire." He was also in "The Three Stooges" movie (2012).
It's a hobby that he accidentally fell into while in his 40s.
In 2004, at an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Harbor, an education and performing arts non-profit supported by many in the finance industry, "Law & Order" executive producer Dick Wolf donated a speaking role on the popular television show as an auction item.
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Mark Axelowtiz's headshot.
That evening, Axelowitz engaged in a bidding war against actor Chevy Chase for the coveted auction item. In the end, the Wall Street financial advisor won the role for $10,000.
For the part, Axelowitz got to play a jury foreman in an episode called "Fixed" (Season 15, episode 11). He went to Chelsea Piers in Lower Manhattan for a weekend of filming.
It was his first time being exposed to the world of television and he was pumped. He got to get his makeup done for the first time, and excitedly told the other actors how he had 19 words to recite.
People on set thought that was funny because "real" actors don't memorize how many words they have.
The financial advisor, who is used to giving presentations and speaking publicly because of his job, thought he would cruise through his part.
"Because I only had 19 words I did not rehearse my lines much at all before I got onto the set. Because I did public speaking over the years, I did not think I would get nervous," he told Business Insider.
He admitted that he was "dead wrong" on that one. When it was time for him to deliver his lines, he stuttered.
"It was a whole different ball game. When you are on set and all the lights, and all the cameras and all of the celebrities are looking at you, in my case, I got nervous, which is why we had to do a number of takes because I stumbled on one particular word."