I love cameo’s! I could be here all day talking about surprise appearances on TV, but I think instead I’ll focus on movies. It’s a real special treat when a celebrity you weren’t expecting appears in a movie. Sometimes they play themselves, and other times they are so buried under make-up you don’t even realize it’s them at first. Yeah sometimes they made no sense (why was Christian Slater in Star Trek VI?) but it’s always a memorable moment. Here now are ten of my favorite movie cameo’s.
Two rules, the actor/character has to have at least one line
(walk-on’s where the actor basically waves to the camera and then is
gone aren’t as much fun) and only appear in a single scene to count. Oh
and needless to say that these are in no particular order.
10.Big Bird in The Muppet Movie
Of course, I could do all Muppet movies for this list and still not get
all the cameo’s they have had in these movies. This one barely counts as
a drop in the bucket. But it was always one of my favorites. Kermit and
Fozzie are driving along when they run into a big yellow bird. It makes
me smile every time.
9.Donald Trump in Home Alone 2
Say what you want about Trump, and there is plenty you can say, but back
before he became a crazy Ross Perot wanabe he made a cute appearance in
Home Alone 2. It happens when Kevin first enters the Trump Plaza, and
while it is a fast scene it’s one of the movie’s better cameo’s. And no I
don’t hate Home Alone 2 though it has problems.
8.Bill Murray in Zombieland
If you know me you may be surprised I ever saw this movie. Well, I
haven’t. But this cameo is so famous that I watched the clip and loved
it. It’s famous for a reason, and the best part is Bill Murray’s dig at
the gof awful Garfield movie.
7.Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore
Again, never seen this movie. Why would I? I hate Sandler. But this
cameo is so famous who doesn’t know of it? As a major Bob Barker fan, I
have to love this scene even if I never saw the film. The setup is
simple, Gilmore gets into a fight with Berker during a golf tournament.
The rest is history.
6.Glenn Close in Hook
I don’t remember for sure if I knew this going in, but it was pretty
big news. Glenn Close was visiting the set and loved it so much she
asked for a cameo. And they obliged, giving her this quick scene. I
won’t say she is totally undientifiable in the scene but just the fact
that Glenn Close of all people is in this movie is pretty wild.
5.Jack Benny in Mad Mad Mad Mad World
This comedy movie is filled with cameo’s, but my favorite is also
possibly the shortest in the movie. A synopsis would keep us here all
day, so to cut to the chase Ethel Merman is having trouble with her
famiy (again it’s a VERY LONG story) when Jack Benny pulls up! He asks
if they are having trouble, and Merman tells him to basically bug off.
The response is classic Benny, and makes me laugh every time.
4.Anne B Davis in The Brady Bunch Movie
There were cast members from the TV series in the movie. Chris Knight’s
cameo was to brief, Barry Williams was brilliant (could not find a
clip!), and Florence Henderson was just silly. My favorute has to be
Anne B.Davis. While she wasn’t technically playing Alice, she channeled
that character into this one. She is the best part of the movie, even
dropping a mention of her even older TV alter ego. It really makes it
clear how awful the movie Alice was. As usual, Alice saves the day.
3.Huey Lewis in Back to the Future
Want to guess how many times I had to watch this movie before I noticed
this one? Huey Lewis’s “The Power of Love” was the big song in this
movie. So why not reward him with a cameo? He is the guy at the start
who tells Marty that his band is “just to darn loud”. The best part? The
song Marty is playing is in fact “The Power of Love”!!
2.Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek:Into Darkness
While I decided that Nimoy’s role in the 2009 Trek movie was to large to
count as a cameo, this one is another story. So I decided to include
it. Not much to say, it’s Nimoy’s final scene on film and it’s a fitting
1.Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride
What’s even better than a celebrity walking onto a film? When a famous
celebrity plays an actual character in the movie. Like Bob Barker and
Bill Murray, this cameo was so famous I knew of it without ever seeing
the movie. Unlike those two, I have actually seen this movie a few times
and like it. However the best part has to be the scene stealing
appearance of Miracle Max. Billy Crystal owns every second, right to
that memorable final line which is one of my favorite movie quotes of
Stand Lee in….EVERY MARVEL MOVIE EVER!!
Stan Lee hasn’t just made one cameo in a Marvek movie, he’s made like a
dozen! I guess it makes sense, but man that Stan Lee likes to make
cameo’s. Rather than list them all click on to the link, and a video
showing them all. Of course I didn’t make the video but it’s definitely
worth a watch.
Let me know if I missed your favorites, and I am quite sure that I can come up with another ten choices and be back with that.