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Troy Fromin Focuses on Fulfilling His Dreams

Troy takes a break from behind the Fromin’s deli counter where he often works.

Character actor Troy Fromin, self-described “no-filtered jokester, working man, and loyal husband,” sat down with me to talk about the inner workings of the entertainment industry, and the chronology  of his extensive career, while sharing a bit of noteworthy advice.  

Originating from modest beginnings in the San Fernando Valley,  Troy grew up working in the heart of Santa Monica at his dad’s deli, a very popular neighborhood staple, Fromin’s.


Each day, he never fails to authenticate himself as a man who follows his dreams and aspirations. “My love for horror, sci-fi, and fantasy contributed to my initial interest in acting. I couldn’t get enough of it as a kid.”


Like many actors, he began acting where he could, “I started by submitting myself for jobs in Drama-Logue, student films, extra work, and so on,” he states.    

Eventually, he started becoming familiar in certain circles of the industry, which meant he booked more roles. This would eventually land him within his favorite genre, horror, starring in such roles as Podowski in Shrunken Heads or Tony in Brush with Death.    


His agents and managers came next through networking connections, which allowed him to continue performing more roles. You may remember him from ‘90s shows like Saved by the Bell, Doctor, Doctor, and The Wonder Years.

We can expect to see Troy in an upcoming sequel, Joker: Folie a Deux, later this Fall. He leaves us with these parting words, advice if you will, for young actors eager to get their feet wet. “Don’t give anyone money unless you’re making money.” Troy states.


“At the end of the day, the actors who get less credit end up doing more. They are around us every day, blending in, thus they’re successful in their craft. It’s a combination of luck and skill,” says Troy, “that lead to acting jobs and success in the entertainment industry. Jobs don’t necessarily lead to recognition.”


We, as audience members, should start to pay closer attention to everything and everyone in a film or show, not just our favorite celebrity in the lead role, and to understand the general significance of smaller, independent projects, as well as larger ones.

By Cree Buckner

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