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No FBI Agent, But Plays One On TV

Bonny Doon residents watch as smoke billows over a field in Santa Cruz County, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. Despite mandatory evacuation orders, many residents stayed in the area through the afternoon. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Millions of viewers are hooked on the CBS drama, "Without a Trace."

Actor Enrique Murciano visited The Saturday Early Show to talk about the fictional life inside the FBI's Missing Person Squad, with its arsenal of tricks for finding people who have vanished.

Murciano, 29, plays Danny Taylor on "Without a Trace." He describes the character as an everyday person that does things for the right reasons.

The actor says the show tries to be as authentic as possible. "Without a Trace" employs FBI consultants on the set at all times to offer advice. He says the stories are not real, but they do borrow a lot from the headlines. Now that the show is a success, Murciano often gets stopped on the street, and some poeple even mistake him for a real FBI agent.

Born in Cuba, Murciano attended Tulane University before deciding on acting. He says he went to law school for a year, but he didn't like it. He explains that, as in most families, his parents didn't want him to be an actor. His father is a doctor and wanted him to have a professional career.

After leaving law school, Murciano trained at Larry Moss Studios and he now divides his time between Los Angeles and Miami to pursue his acting career.

Murciano made his feature film debut as DEA agent Ricky in the Academy Award winning film "Traffic," acting in several scenes with Luis Guzman and Don Cheadle. Murciano's other feature film credits include "Black Hawk Down," "How to Go Out on a Date in Queens" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control."