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New face of 'Call of Duty' has Charlotte connection

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McDermott while he was a member of the Phoenix Police Deparment (Source: Phoenix PD) McDermott while he was a member of the Phoenix Police Deparment (Source: Phoenix PD)
(Source: CallOfDuty.com) (Source: CallOfDuty.com)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The new "Call of Duty" video game has been on the shelves for just a couple of days, but the video game has meant instant fame for a man who used to live in Charlotte.

The face on the cover of "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" is a former Charlotte soccer player who has moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career on screen.

Andy McDermott says he found out about the game cover when the company contacted one of his agents in Los Angeles.

"They knew about my tactical background with the Phoenix Police before becoming an actor. I think they believed I'd be a good bet to not make a total fool out of myself or shoot myself in the foot," McDermott joked.

McDermott worked full time for the Phoenix Police Department with the departments Tactical Response Unit for eight years. He says his police career started more than ten years ago when he went through the police academy in Charlotte with CMPD.

While in Charlotte, McDermott was a professional soccer player with the Charlotte Eagles from 2000-2003. He was also an Assistant Master at the King Tiger Tae Kwon Do school in Charlotte.

"We still have a lot of dear friends from soccer and martial arts in the Charlotte area," he told WBTV.

But his journey took him to Phoenix after the birth of his first child, so they could be closer to family.

After eight years, the family moved again, this time to LA, so that he could "chase the acting dream."

"I moved out here to become an 'Action Hero,' and playing the role of the face of 'Call of Duty' is one of those dream gigs," McDermott said.

McDermott has landed some guest roles on about a dozen television series, including CBS' Hawaii Five-0 and Scorpion.

So what is the ultimate dream gig?

"Ethan Hunt or Jason Bourne. Actually, one of my favorite fictional characters is named Mitch Rapp, in a series of novels written by Vince Flynn," McDermott said. "They've been trying to develop those for films for years. I would do anything for a shot at playing Mitch!"

McDermott admits that as an actor, landing the chance to be the face of one of the most anticipated video games "certainly can't hurt the cause."

He's also a father of four - two boys and two girls.

"They think the images [of me on the cover] are really cool, but I'm still just their dorky dad," he joked.

But the kids that don't live with him - that's another story.

"I coach their soccer and baseball teams, and the other kids think it's pretty cool," he said. "They're bringing their games and I'm signing them and signing pictures. So my kids see that."

McDermott joked that he was a fan of the Call of Duty games "back 400 years ago when I had time to play video games!"

"I actually played the Call of Duty franchise when it was a World War 2 game," he said. "I loved it!"

McDermott has been a certified personal trainer for 15 years.

He won the Gold Medal in the Toughest Competitor Alive event at the U.S. Police and Fire Championships and has written fitness articles and made video series for Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Men's Fitness Magazine and GNC.

So what's the craziest thing about the game fame?

"The social media aspect has been fun," McDermott said. "I love connecting with COD fans from around the world."

McDermott is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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