C-SD graduate Wade in NBC’s ‘Timeless’

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/NBC Josh Wade, right, appeared in Episode 9 of the NBC series “Timeless” on Sunday. Mr. Wade is a member of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Class of 2009. Christine Horn, center, portrayed Harriet Tubman in the episode.

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/NBC
Josh Wade, right, appeared in Episode 9 of the NBC series “Timeless” on Sunday. Mr. Wade is a member of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Class of 2009. Christine Horn, center, portrayed Harriet Tubman in the episode.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — It’s always good to see a local man do well, but wow!

Josh Wade, a member of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Class of 2009, appeared Sunday evening in the two-hour, season finale of NBC’s series “Timeless.” In a nod to luck, or maybe fate, the episode featured Harriet Tubman, who was from Mr. Wade’s own county.

“It was a blessing,” Mr. Wade said in a phone conversation, speaking from his home in Los Angeles, Calif.

In the series, a group travels time to foil the attempts of evil conspirators to alter the past, and thereby re-create the present. Along the way, they meet historical figures, such as Josephine Baker, Harry Houdini, Ernest Hemingway and Harriet Tubman.

Now that his career is taking hold in the competitive environment of Hollywood, Mr. Wade can pause to look back on the effort that has carried him this far.

In his time at C-SD, Mr. Wade was known in part for his athletic achievements in football and basketball – experiences that would end up serving him well in show business.

After graduation, he went to a prep school in New Jersey, then joined the Job Corps. Afterwards, he headed to California and Hartnell College, where he played football.

“I ended up taking a few acting classes,” he said. “I had always wanted to be an actor, since I was 5 years old.”

After college, he determined to chase his dream, and went to Los Angeles to seek a career as an actor. He brought with him only a luggage bag and $500 to his name.

He spoke to talent agencies, and said they liked what they saw – his image, and his athletic build, which would allow him to do his own stunts, making him that much more attractive to hire.

Still, his first jobs had him working behind the scenes, not in front of a camera. “I pretty much worked my way up,” he said.

Then one day – a rainy Friday when he was relaxing at home, he recalled – the phone rang and he was asked if he could be at wardrobe in an hour. Well, if being a Viking running back taught him anything, it was to get off to a fast start.

“So I jumped on it,” he said.

Next thing he knew, he was learning that he was being put into Episode 9 of “Timeless,” which happened to feature Harriet Tubman, though his director didn’t even know Mr. Wade and Ms. Tubman come from the same county.

“A year ago, I wasn’t who I am today. A year from now, I aspire to be even better,” he wrote in a post on social media. “Personal growth takes time, but all great things do, so I’ve learned to stay patient … With that being said, it’s a blessing to a part of history.”

His success has earned him congratulations from friends.

“So proud of you and all that you’re becoming,” Tyanna Mauri wrote. “Continue working hard and do what others may say you can’t. You’re destined for greatness.”

To learn more about the show, visit www.nbc.com/timeless.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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