I concur with Sampiro’s comment about Gallagher being a prick. So was Tom (Dr. Who) Baker, who was so slobberingly drunk he couldn’t stand up when I encountered him.
I met James Garner at the Indy500 - he was on a golf cart and very nearly ran over my foot - he apologized quite nicely.
Dennis Miller is much quieter and low-key offstage. “Met” him very briefly after a live show of his (one of those “line up and shake hands with a celeb” thingies.)
Meat Loaf, who told me an OJ Simpson joke backstage at one of his concerts (I’d won backstage passes from a radio show.)
Danny Bonaduce, formerly of the Partridge Family, was a radio celeb here in Chicagoland for some time, and I was friendly with him and his wife when they moved into my neighborhood.
George Thorogood - another backstage passes encounter. He handed me a beer, and I recall he had the largest hands of anyone I’d ever met.
Ann Jillian used to sing in the nightclub where my mother worked, so I had a few brief encounters with her.
Myles Loud, who is now a big-shot nightclub entertainer in Florida, I believe. I knew him pretty well once.
Dennis Farina is a semi-relation of mine. I say “semi-relation” because his brother is married to my stepfather’s aunt. At any rate, I haven’t seen him in person since he was a cop.
The author of The Satanic Bible, Anton LeVay, was my cousin.
Country singer Chely Wright bought some of my hand made jewelry.
When the Chicago Bears were in their Superbowl season, many of them came into the restaurant where I worked. I got to know a few of them well. Other Bears I knew personally were Ed Sprinkle and Gayle Sayers.
I’ve met a number of science-fiction writers and B-list-ish celebs at science fiction fan conventions. And when I was working at a country-western themed restaurant with live music, I met a bunch of country bands and singers who have since gone on to become famous.
Oh, and my brother volunteered to work a celebrity charity golf outing a few years ago and spent several hours tending bar alongside Harrison Ford, who he said was the nicest guy in the world.