Central Casting

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Central Casting is a casting company located in Burbank, California, United States. They currently specialize in casting extras, body doubles, and stand-ins.


Central Casting was established in 1925 initially as a wing of the major Hollywood movie studios. By the 1970s they came to dominate the field of extras casting.[citation needed]

The name of this company has developed into a jargon term denoting a generic or a stereotypical location where someone could travel to and cast a specific character type for a specific type of film or television production.[citation needed]

The term Central Casting is also in widespread use outside of the film industry. For example, a person who happens to strongly match a particular stereotype is said to be: "Straight out of Central Casting."[citation needed]

In April 2006, Central Casting opened its New York division.


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