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Old 01-16-2019, 07:51 PM
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Favorite cameos from famous people as "themselves"

What are your favorite examples from movies/tv where a famous person shows up as themself?

I think there are two broad categories of such cameos:
(1) The famous person is playing it straight, more or less literally who they are, with the entertainment value coming from the reaction of the other characters, or the incongruity of their presence

(2) The famous person is playing a heightened, fictionalized or exaggerated version of themself, sometimes making fun of one of their known characteristics, sometimes just having weird quirks added.


For the first kind, I can't think of anything I've enjoyed more than Leslie Knope meeting her hero on Parks and Rec.


For the second kind, my favorite two are probably:
(1) Patrick Stewart pitching a script in which he would use mental powers to be a perv on Extras
(2) Bojack Horseman's recurring appearances from gun-toting lawbreaking "Character Actress Margo Martindale"
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Mark Hamill on "Just Shoot Me". Not really a cameo, but he followed Star Wars fan Finch around until Finch became tired of him, just to show him how annoying it was.

Mel Torme on "Night Court". Judge Stone has to send his idol to jail.
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Brett Favre in There's Something About Mary.

"Brett Favre? What the hell are you doing in Miami?"

"We're in town to play the Dolphins, you idiot."
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I like Bill Murray in Space Jam
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I like Bill Murray in Space Jam
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Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels in the classic Jeno's Pizza Rolls commercial.

Ian McKellen explaining acting in Extras
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(2) The famous person is playing a heightened, fictionalized or exaggerated version of themself, sometimes making fun of one of their known characteristics, sometimes just having weird quirks added.
More examples of this include Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle and Tim Stack in My Name Is Earl.
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Bill Buckner's appearance (and redemption) on Curb Your Enthusiasm was both funny and heartwarming.
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James Earl Jones driving Sheldon crazy with his wild night out on the Big Bang Theory was a riot.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:38 PM
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Chuck Mangione in King of the Hill.

Started off as a minor joke about has-been celebrity spokesmen, but after repeated appearances became a running joke of how much of a has-been he was. Only time I can recall where a celebrity cameo basically became a fully fleshed out character with a complete arc.
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I liked when Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell showed up to give Secretary McCord advice on an episode of Madam Secretary.

Blake: I asked them to wait in your office. It was their office, too, after all...
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Not really a cameo, since the episode was built around it, but since larger appearances have already been introduced...

Robin Williams as himself on Mork & Mindy. Him and Mork looking alike was a running gag - everybody except Mork saw it...he was insulted by the comparison, considering Robin pretty ugly, as well as finding his name obscene - and he showed up near the end of the episode, where he was on for a bit, then had a serious conversation about the nature of celebrity with Mork & Mindy. (Mork's report to Orson was a bit depressing, on that one.)
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Condoleeza Rice on 30 Rock. Conan on 30 Rock.

Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:19 PM
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There's always Dick Van Dyke's appearance on Mary Tyler Moore's Mary. Mary played the lead of a variety show, and they realized she looked a lot like the actress who played Laura Petrie, so they wrote a couple of sketch about it. The real Van Dyke was stuck and traffic and didn't show up until the end of the show (Rob Petrie was in the sketches, played by Van Dyke). Finally, he showed up, with the great exchange.

Mary: You know, I was up for a role in the Dick Van Dyke Show
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Randy Travis and Wynonna Judd on KING OF THE HILL.
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:53 PM
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Kurt Vonnegut in, "Back to School."


Least favorite: el Prez in, "Home Alone 2."
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Carl Weathers as a cheapskate on Arrested Development.

Bruce Campbell as a sleazy version in my name is Bruce.

Tom Petty as nameless but it's totally Tom Petty in the Postman.

Jean-Claude van Damme as semi-unflattering in JCVD.

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Mel Torme on "Night Court". Judge Stone has to send his idol to jail.
Mel Torme on Seinfeld, singing to a mentally challenged (he thinks) Kramer at a charity banquet.

This morning, I saw the episode of MTM where Ted finally wins a TEDDY Award and fawns over Walter Cronkite when he shows up to pay a visit to Lou Grant.

Elvis Costello, Sean Penn, and Harry Dean Stanton as Charlie Harper's "support group" on Two and a Half Men.
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President Richard Nixon on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Sock it to MEEE.

No one really thought of him as a good-natured guy at the time.
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Bruce Springsteen in High Fidelity appears as Bruce Springsteen but more a spiritual than corporeal Bruce Springsteen.

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Jon Voight just bit Kramer's arm on Seinfeld.
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There were a whole load of political cameos in Dave.
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William Shatner in Showtime. He references his TJ Hooker days in one memorable scene.

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Jack Benny makes a surprise, punchline cameo in an episode of "The Joey Bishop Show".
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:11 AM
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Chuck Mangione in King of the Hill.

Started off as a minor joke about has-been celebrity spokesmen, but after repeated appearances became a running joke of how much of a has-been he was. Only time I can recall where a celebrity cameo basically became a fully fleshed out character with a complete arc.
Also: Adam West and Family Guy.

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Condoleeza Rice on 30 Rock.
Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, all together in one scene on Madam Secretary.
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Sammy Davis, Jr. and others on Batman:

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Jack Benny makes a surprise, punchline cameo in an episode of "The Joey Bishop Show".
I came in to mention It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Some great cameos in that film, including Jack Benny stopping his car to help. Also, the 3 Stooges as (potential) firemen gets a good laugh.
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On a Jack Benny TV comedy special, he was standing on a pedestal dressed up as Julius Caesar (IIRC) when George Burns wandered onstage, in street clothes, looked up and said "Hi, Jack! Working?"

It cracked Jack up and they went to commercial.
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:52 AM
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Stephen Hawking as a holodeck recreation of himself in ST:TNG.
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James Earl Jones driving Sheldon crazy with his wild night out on the Big Bang Theory was a riot.
This has to be my all-time favorite! And JEJ looked like he was having a ball doing it!
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Keith Hernandez in "Seinfeld".

ETA: I guess it wasn't a cameo. The whole JFK parody episode was written around him.

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Here's a great one, though it was very subtle and from a TV show I doubt anyone here has ever seen: The Duck Factory, a sitcom about an animation studio starring Jim Carrey.

In one episode, they staff were at an animation awards show. The entertainment consisted of someone singing themes to cartoon shows. I noticed that they were all themes from Jay Ward shows (e.g., George of the Jungle, Tom Slick).

The credits revealed that the singer was Bill Scott -- the voice of Bullwinkle.
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This has to be my all-time favorite! And JEJ looked like he was having a ball doing it!
Of all the many guest stars appearing as themselves on TBBT this has to be the best. Who knew JEJ could do comedy. And anyone appearing with Jim Parsons comes off looking great. Carrie Fisher's appearance at the end was good too.

Wil Wheaton was supposed to be a singular appearance on the show, but the next day the Internet was buzzing with talk of "evil Wil Wheaton," and Chuck Lorre knew he had a great reoccurring character.

And there's Stephen Hawking, Mark Hamill, Adam West, etc. etc. etc.
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George Reeves appeared as himself on "I Love Lucy" - maybe. The way the episode was written and filmed, you could take it as him appearing as "Superman."
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A Guide For the Married Man. Robert Morse gives Walter Matthau pointers on how to cheat on his wife, each tip lovingly illustrated with short vignettes starring half of Hollywood. Each of whom is listed in the credits as "Technical Advisor".
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Kevin Bacon on Will & Grace. Especially at the end when he and Will do the Footloose dance.

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George Reeves appeared as himself on "I Love Lucy" - maybe. The way the episode was written and filmed, you could take it as him appearing as "Superman."
Heck yeah. The cameos on Lucy's shows is a category unto itself. Bill Holden and Lucy's putty nose; John Wayne's stolen footprint;Charles Boyer ("grrrrrrrrr")

When Pres. Bush Sr. passed recently, the clip of his famous bit with impersonator Dana Carvey on SNL was a nice memory.
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Tom Petty as nameless but it's totally Tom Petty in the Postman.
This is a great scene!
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Frank Sinatra in Cannonball Run II

In the original Cannonball Run, Roger Moore played a lunatic who thought he was Roger Moore. Would that count?

Another vote for Kurt Vonnegut in Back to School. "I don't know who you got to write your report, but he doesn't know a thing about Vonnegut!"
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Another vote for Roger Moore as "Roger Moore" in Cannonball Run; his best work.
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Téa Leoni's show The Naked Truth had Tom Hanks in it playing Tom Hanks, who had his fly open at a nice restaurant. Téa's character, a photographer has to decide if she wants to make money off the incident or give him a little privacy. The kicker at the end of the scene is that Hanks admits to her that he likes to do this for fun.
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Sopranos had Ben Kingsley as himself. the plot was Chris was making a movie and wanted Ben in the movie. Also Lauren Bacall was in the episode, Chris robbed her.
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Another vote for Roger Moore as "Roger Moore" in Cannonball Run; his best work.
Almost as good, was his role in Curse of the Pink Panther.
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Who knew JEJ could do comedy.
He's in one of the funniest movies ever made, Dr. Strangelove.
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Almost as good, was his role in Curse of the Pink Panther.
Thanks for the tip; haven't seen it, next on my list.
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"Well, if you wanted to make Serak the Preparer cry, mission accomplished."
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In the. . . eh. . . 'sequel' to "The Jolson Story" (1946), "Jolson Sings Again" (1949), Larry Parks reprises his role as Al Jolson. In the sequel, Jolson plays himself meeting the actor (Larry Parks) who is to play him in "The Jolson Story".
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The Yardbirds in Blow-Up (1966)

Marcel Marceau in Silent Movie (1976) – It is debatable whether the other well-known movie stars playing “themselves” in the flick have cameos, extended cameos or supporting roles.

Will Smith in Jersey Girl (2004)


Tom Wolfe in two panels of Dr. Strange #180 (among other appearances in Marvel comics):

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He's in one of the funniest movies ever made, Dr. Strangelove.
Granted, but JEJ plays a straight role. He plays a comedic role in The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977) and is hilarious.
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