Was just watching Flesh Gordon (Power pasties, heh) and reading the credits on IMDB. Noticed the voice of the “Monster” was done by Craig T. Nelson. A more famous example might be John Laroquette doing the voice over in Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
What are more examples of famous actors/actresses being involved in… less than stellar productions?
A lot of people forget that Christopher Walken was in that movie too. He was Annie’s freaky brother who fantasizes about driving along and then suddenly swerving into another car head on. Allen’s facial expression when the bro is driving them to the airport is priceless. Another small role is Shelley Duvall as the vapid, talkative Rolling Stone writer who beds Alvy after he breaks up with Annie and apologizes that it took her so long to come. She was a name then, it was after Nashville but before The Shining, so it may not fit this thread.
JoBeth Williams had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in Kramer vs. Kramer as a woman who stayed overnight with Dustin Hoffman’s Kramer and meets the kid in the hallway the next morning.
Jeff Goldblum’s best known unknown role (oxymoron alert) was probably Death Wish in which he played one of the rapists.
David Schwimmer played a gang leader in The Warriors.
I once won a five dollar bet with somebody who didn’t believe John Goodman was in The Big Easy. I offered to go double or nothing on him being in Revenge of the Nerds but my friend wouldn’t take me up on it.
Sarah Silverman was in two (well, one two-part) episode of Star Trek: Voyager, which I only found out about while browsing the Star Trek Encyclopedia. My personal opinion is that Voyager fits the criteria for lousy show/movie quite well.
I have a hard time getting anyone to believe that the golden (long) haired body builder in the Adventures of Babysitting was Vincent D’Onofrio. The complete opposite from another of his roles that year… Full Metal Jacket.