You might call him "King of the Cop Props."
By day, Sgt. Gary Gross is the public information officer for the Lakeland Police Department. By night, he rubs elbows with some of Hollywood's finest.
Gross rents uniforms and cop accessories to the producers of movies and TV series. He has hundreds of guns, badges and gadgets carefully categorized in boxes, on racks and shelves in his garage. He also has warehouse space.
Gross has been renting law enforcement paraphernalia for almost seven years. It hasn't worn thin yet.
"I am still excited everytime I get a call," he says.
He has worked on the movie "Endure," with Judd Nelson, known for his classic role in the teen flick, "The Breakfast Club." He has also worked with Tom Arnold, husband of the infamous Roseanne, and Devon Sawa from the TV series "Lost."
Occasionally, Gross will even make a cameo. Despite that, he says he is not ready to turn in his badge and take a shot at stardom as an actor.
"They put in long hours. It is a tough job," he said. "Frankly, I can't remember half of what they're remembering, but I would never turn down the chance to be a featured extra on a movie, because it's like the old Alfred Hitchcock. 'You got your mug in the picture.'"
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