He has gone from hero to bombing suspect to victim of the news media. Now Richard Jewell can add television actor to his resume.
Jewell, erroneously accused of being a suspect in the Olympic bombing last summer and later cleared, spoke his brief lines quietly as a guest on the season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" last weekend. But he was clearly pleased by the sympathetic reception he received.
Jewell delivered a punch to the stomach of an actor playing Attorney General Janet Reno and smirked as he defended himself against a comedy news anchor's joking suggestion that he was involved in the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa.
Jewell was first hailed as a hero for clearing people from Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta before a bomb exploded July 27, 1996. But days later, several news organizations reported that the security guard was the focus of the FBI's investigation.
After he was exonerated, Jewell sued several news organizations, including NBC, over their coverage.