What can you tell me about the actor who played Jake on Becker? Is he really blind?
¬óRollin C. Smith, Chamberlain, S.D.
No, Alex D√©sert (pronounced Dez-air) is not blind. ¬ìI did a lot of research before getting the part,¬î he says. ¬ìI went to the Braille Institute and shadowed some blind people to get some lessons.¬î Since Becker left the air in 2004, D√©sert, 39, executive-produced a film called Fronterz, ¬ìabout some classically trained black actors who can¬ít get any acting jobs because the rappers have taken them all.¬î In addition to his TV and movie work, he¬ís also the lead singer with a Los Angeles ska band, Hepcat.