June 20, 2013Residents of the Grosse Pointes watching the upcoming television premiere of CBS’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” may recognize a familiar face among the show’s main cast.
Playing the role of Junior Rennie, son of villainous and ruthless local politician and car dealer James “Big Jim” Rennie, is Alex Koch, a graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School’s Class of 2006.
Koch’s Rennie suffers from a brain tumor disguising itself as migraines, which partially accounts for his propensity for violence and worsening delusional state.
In the show, a strange occurrence locks Rennie and others in the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, inside an invisible dome.
According to his resume on IMDB, Koch previously appeared in one episode of “Underemployed” and in two shorts, “The Ghosts” (2011) and “Winter” (2011).
In 2005, while still a student at South, he started training under voice and acting coach Wayman Ezell.
“He was my very first voice student,” Ezell said. “He sang six bars of music and I knew he had the x-factor.”
After South, Koch attended DePaul University’s Theater School for Acting, where he graduated last June, before moving to Los Angeles in the fall.
“Under the Dome,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, June 24, on CBS, was Koch’s first television pilot audition.
“He moved there in September and by January he had this job,” Ezell said. “That just never, ever happens.”