Who knows? But according to a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser report, the directors at the show’s casting call seemed pretty happy to see him.
Who is “Ace Cool”? Perhaps you better know him as Punahou74 classmate Alec Cooke.
And what are his chances against the 2,000+ who showed up for the casting call? Perhaps good. You see, among other accomplishments, the article describes him as a veteran local extra who has appeared in roles as diverse as playing a “hippie drug dude” in the television miniseries The Sea Will Tell and various speaking roles in Jake and the Fatman in which he played a dockworker. I guess the blond hair and surfing attire makes him stand out in the crowd of Hawaii locals.
I discovered more interesting information about Alex online. Tales of his water exploits abound: from falling into a swimming pool at age three to a 21 second time in the 50 Freestyle Sprint swimming for Punahou; from surfing in the first Eddie Aikau contest in 1986 to saving dozens and dozens of wayward swimmers as both a lifeguard and a good citizen.
Alec is currently the owner of Tow In Surfers where he takes surfers out to meet towering 20 – 30 foot waves aboard Yamaha, Polaris, and Seadoo craft in every major swell. He counts among his accomplishments working Puaena Point on “Big Wednesday” (1/28/1998) one of surfing’s all-time biggest days and winning eighth place in the first ever Tow-In Surf Contest at Maui’s Jaws (12/26/2000). Says Alex about these experiences, “You need a life jacket out there!”
I don’t doubt that. His biographical web page also shows some great surfing and other shots. One of them is the ubiquitous big wave postcard that I have mailed out to my college aged children! You will recognize it too.
Good luck, Alex, with all that you do. Let us know if you do get a spot on Five-O so we can all see you on t.v.!