Former Las Vegas Mayor Appears on "CSI" - 8 News NOW

Former Las Vegas Mayor Appears on "CSI"

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LAS VEGAS -- He starred as Las Vegas mayor for 12-years, but Wednesday night, Oscar Goodman takes on a new role on the CBS show CSI. His character is gunned down inside Downtown's Mob Museum -- a scene that's already proving to be a shot in the arm for tourism.

Word has been spreading fast about Goodman's guest appearance. The long-time champion for Las Vegas says he did it for the experience, but more importantly the exposure.

"Some 12 million people, I understand, will be looking at this particular episode and that will show time and time again. So the exposure that Las Vegas is getting, that the Mob Museum is getting is extraordinary. I mean as far as advertising dollars is just monumental," said Goodman.

Goodman will appear in four scenes -- the biggest role he's played since the 1995 movie "Casino." He's eventually shot in front of the Mob Museum, not the real one but a replica built in Los Angeles. The actual museum doesn't open until February.

Promos about the role have generated buzz across the country. In just the last 48-hours, the Mob Museum has received hundreds of calls and website traffic is also way up.

"We think its going to be a real boost to Las Vegas. We think its going to help with people coming in and having alternatives to gaming, and thirdly we think its going to be a tremendous boost to all of downtown," said marketing spokesman Jerry Epstein.

The Mob Museum will be re-named the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Inside the museum's courtroom, renovations, restoration and a new multi-media experience make it a million dollar attraction.

A planned watch party for CSI will be held at the Plaza Casino at 8:30 p.m. Goodman and others from the show will be on hand, giving a free Bombay Sapphire Gin martinis to the first 200 people.

If you can't make it down, the episode airs tonight on Channel 8 at 10 p.m.

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