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Have you unexpectedly met someone famous?
Coco Loco
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From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-08-11 2:06 pm   Permalink


Rob Schneider buying wine in Needless Markup and later literally bumping into him and almost causing him to drop his 12 shopping bags. He was very polite and actually apologized to me, even though I bumped into him.

Matt Dillon at a club years ago. He walked in, breezed by us, looked and smiled, wandered through with entourage, and walked right back out.

Huell Howser, walking down the street in Palm Springs. He stopped to chat and was very very nice. Later saw him working the room at Ruby's.

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Joined: Jun 10, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-08-13 1:33 pm   Permalink

Wow! Great thread to bring back. I just spent all morning reading. What fun a lot of you have had. Considering how much I have traveled, I haven't had many brushes with greatness.

My first and best accidental encounter was in 1978 when I was being tossed out of the MGM Grand in Reno. I was 19 and looked 16... Anyway as security was escorting me and my 21 year old boyfriend out, my boyfriend said "Look behind you." I did and there was Gabe Kaplan of "Welcome Back Kotter" fame. He was walking backwards and waving at me. He had passed us in the corridor, but as I was looking at my feet due to the embarrassment of having two security guards escorting me I hadn't seen him! He had three bodyguards with him. I think he was there for a blackjack tournament.

In 1980 I was working at a MacDonald's in Fresno. We had been closed 15 minutes when a limo pulled up to my drive-thru window. I opened the window and told the driver we were closed. He told me he had Pat and Debbie Boone in the back. I suggested he take them to Denney's. Then he pulled the limo up further and Pat sweet-talked the manager into opening. I took their order, burgers and fries. I didn't ask for autographs because I was in college full-time, working too many hours and I only wanted to go home on time. We ended up being open an extra hour to make their order, because all the machines had been turned off and we had to wait for everything to heat back up.

In the late 90's I was a real estate agent in Tampa. My boss had Nick Carter of the Backstreet boys as a customer. Nick would show up randomly and usually have to wait for my boss to come in. Nick was very sweet and would wander around our office asking us what we were doing. We were not allowed to talk to him unless he spoke to us first. Then Nick's mother and younger sister and brother (Angel and Aaron) moved into my neighborhood, a few houses away. Aaron told us he was going to be famous and we laughed at him. He brought over a CD and we actually laid on the floor laughing at the chipmunk like vocals on his version of "Surfin'USA". ( we did this when he wasn't there...who is laughing now?) He was part of the neighborhood group that liked to play football in our front yard. He brought me beanie babies that had been thrown on stage for his brother, because he didn't think I had enough. True, I only had three.... Anyway, he was also a sweetie, like his big brother.

Also while working there I met "Manny the Shark Guy" of Jackass fame. He went to high school with my other bosses husband. He dropped by for a few minutes. He seemed like an old hippie.

Flying out of Tampa once there was a commotion in the airport because of Randy Savage, WWF being there. Turned out he was on our flight. We were right behind first class. He settled in his two blond travelling companions and then couldn't fit all their stuff in the overheads. So he came back and rearranged ours! I was on the aisle and he leaned on me as he was moving stuff around. That man is solid muscle, and he smelled pretty good, too! My boys were mad I didn't get his autograph. But I was seriously fighting the giggles and the urge to tell him to be careful with my stuff!

I've seen Wayne Brady, of "Whose Line is it Anyway", a few times here in Kaneohe, but since his second home is 2 houses away from mine, that would be normal. He isn't here much, I heard he is building a new home closer to the beach. I've never gotten past saying "Hi" because people buy in our neighborhood for privacy.

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Joined: Aug 30, 2005
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From: Wilson, North Carolina
Posted: 2006-08-13 10:26 pm   Permalink

Hmm, while I was waitressing at Coco's in Fashion Island (Newport Beach, Ca) I waited on many different sports figures, and they were always gentlemen. I also waited on Robert Schuller of Hour of Power fame...he needs to take a dose of his own medicine. He was demanding, rude, condescending and he stiffed me! The restaurant was dead at the time I served him, and I waited on him very nicely...he was just a jerk! The nicest man I ever waited on was James Hampton (Caretaker in the 1974 movie "The Longest Yard"). He came in with his family and was just sweet as could be.
I met Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn with their kids in Mendocino when when they were filming "Overboard". The same evening I sat to dinner at a table next to Katherine Helmond, who was also working in that film, but who I loved from her character on "Soap".
While I lived in Santa Barbara I would occasionally see celebrities out and about on the street - Jeff Bridges, Robert Preston (just a few months before he died), John Travolta (during his incredibly obnoxious phase). I also had the joy of spending time with Jimmy Messina, a very kind man (and a pretty good cook, too!).
My sensei and very dear friend Fumio Demura worked in all the Karate Kid movies (and many others as well), and introduced me to Ralph Macchio during the filming of the second episode.
While I lived in Denver I sang in the Cathedral Choir at St. John in the Wilderness (AKA St. John's Cathedral). Then-President Clinton joined us one Sunday morning for services, and I got to shake hands with him and speak briefly.
And, finally, a few years ago I got to meet one of my heroes - Don Johanson, who was way older than I thought he would be, and much taller, too.
Somehow, I doubt I'll meet any more celebrities out here...hehehe.

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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-08-15 7:04 pm   Permalink

When backpacking thru Europe years ago, I once got lost in Luxemburg. As I was making my way thru the narrow streets of Luxemburg City, I stumbled across a Sherlock Holmes movie being filmed. I saw Christopher Lee dressed up as Holmes, and Patrick Macnee as Watson.

I also ran into James Brown one evening in the lobby of the Las Vegas Hilton.

Still waiting to see Elvis at Burger King.
The Tikipedia

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Posted: 2006-08-21 07:13 am   Permalink

OK, this doesn't count since I didn't meet the celebrity.

I was with my sister driving to work on Alton Road on Miami Beach. Traffic slows to a crawl for no reason. As we pass, we see Hulk Hogan to our right, waiting patiently to let the cars pass so he could get into his large bright yellow pickup truck.

Hulk Hogan stopped traffic!

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2006-08-24 01:33 am   Permalink


On 2006-08-15 19:04, tikipedia wrote:
When backpacking thru Europe years ago, I once got lost in Luxemburg.

What a coincidence, tikipedia. My next band is gonna be named "Lost in Luxemburg"

I listed my celebrity sightings somewhere in the middle of this thread. But I'm most envious of my Mom's brushes with fame.

Back when I was just a wee lad, my mother waitressed at the coffee shop in May Co's art-deco flagship of a department store on Wilshire Blvd. (Long closed and now part of the galleries for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). One of her regular lunchtime parties was the entire cast of "Lost In Space" who would come in at least once a week during filming. She became fairly good friends with them and would get the latest scoop on whatever episode they were filming. I think she still owns a few silver dollars that Jonathan Harris gave her as tips.


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Coco Loco
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From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-08-24 8:34 pm   Permalink

I LOVED Lost in Space!

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Unkle John
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Posted: 2006-08-24 10:07 pm   Permalink

When I worked at Miller beer in Dallas, I met a few of the players from the Dallas Cowboys. The one notably was Troy Aikman. He was a very quiet nice guy who talked to me for a good ten minutes about how we made the POS and graphics.

The only disappointing thing I could think of was when I shook his hand he had a "dead fish" grip. I have a stong handshake and I was worried that it would be reported on ESPN that he wouldn't be able to play a few games due to a hand injury due to some idiot with hands like a bear. Man I would have been hated all over Texas.

I met Shag once at an art show in Dallas, I don't recall how he acted b/c I was.. um... altered. I want to say my band drove him out of the gallery. (shruggs shoulders)

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Posted: 2006-08-25 05:58 am   Permalink

Hey, Lost in Space lovers, Billy Mumy has a comic shop in Santa Monica called Hi De Ho Comics. It's a great place, really well stocked and we always visit it when in town. He's usually carrying around stacks of comics. Just treat him like a normal guy, talk comics, and he loves it. He plays in a group that does gigs once in a while on the Santa Monica pier...

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Posted: 2006-08-25 06:38 am   Permalink

I met Ray Charles in '98 at the Atlanta airport. he and his band were on the same puddle jumper with me to Montgomery, AL. I broke my don't bother celebrities rule since he was a legend and not just a clebrity. He was very nice and shook my hand and told me about the benefit they were doing in Montgomery. When I told him that I was heading there for work he joked "sorry to hear that".

I played rugby on a team in Dallas in the early 90's and one season Dave Dixon (starting O lineman for the Vikings these days) played for us after the Cowboys won the Super Bowl and he was betweeen contracts. He was born in New Zealand and rugby was his main sport till he came to the US.

When I was a kid in the late 60's I met comedian Marty Allen in Pittsburgh at the KDKA studios where my cousin worked.

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Posted: 2006-08-25 08:10 am   Permalink

Living in Manhattan I run into celebraties on occasion:

-Bill Maher walking in midtown.
-Adam Sandler in a Restaurant.
-Georgia Engle (Georgette in Mary Tyler Moore show) and Tony Bennett live in my neighborhood (Central Park South) and I see them on the street pretty regularly.
-George Burns on a park bench.
-Bruce Springsteen sat next to me in a restaurant.
-Meg Ryan bumped into my girlfriend as she left a restaurant.
-Toby McGuire walking in the village.
-Mike Myers walking in the village.
-Colin Quinn in a cigar shop.
-Woody Allen filming a movie.
-Lindsay Lohan filming a movie across the street from my building.
-John Lithgow walking down the street
-David Bowie in Rockefeller Center
-Christian Slater crossing the street
-David Letterman several times (Ed Sullivan Theater, where his show is filmed is a few blocks from me)
-Mariah Carey outside the Ed Sullivan Theater
-Jon Bon Jovie in Times Square

I probably forgot a few.


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Posted: 2006-08-25 08:56 am   Permalink


On 2006-08-25 05:58, Cammo wrote:
Hey, Lost in Space lovers, Billy Mumy has a comic shop in Santa Monica called Hi De Ho Comics. It's a great place, really well stocked and we always visit it when in town. He's usually carrying around stacks of comics. Just treat him like a normal guy, talk comics, and he loves it. He plays in a group that does gigs once in a while on the Santa Monica pier...

I used to run into him at Golden Apple on Melrose when I lived in LA, a really nice guy & incredibly knowlegeable about comics, music, TV, Sci Fi, etc.

Is the name of the band the Jenerators? Does Miguel Ferrer still play drums with him?

Oh yeah, don't call him "Mummy," it's pronounced "MOO-mee."
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S

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Coco Loco
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From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-08-25 10:08 am   Permalink

You jarred my memory Urban Tiki. I too saw Bill Maher...eating at Johnny Rockets in Hollywood. Very animated conversation.

And last but not least, Geraldo Rivera. Walked next to him and behind him through the Chicago airport for about 5 minutes. He was with his very youthful soon to be wife #6. The most impeccably well groomed person I've ever seen. His clothes looked like Armani hand stiched and fitted them just for him and his posture was board straight. Seriously, he looked like a mannequin. The camera adds a bit of height and that's all I'll say.

I wish I knew something about comic books. I'd stop by and say hey to Mr. Mummy. Thanks for that info.

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From: Portland OR
Posted: 2007-06-20 3:31 pm   Permalink

Yeah I'm bored at work sorry! Resurecting the dead thread.

My great uncle was David Wayne aka "The Mad Hatter" on the original Batman series and a bunch of other stuff. When I was 16 we went to LA to visit. I went outside to go swimming and I about died because Jim Bacchus was in the pool on a floatie. All I was thinking was OMG! Mr Howell!

I was on the same plane as Bob Costas..they wouldn't upgrade him to 1st class....(heeheee!)

I used to work at Safeway and Gus VanSant was always in there shopping
Saw Matt Dillon a few times at the Satyricon during Drug Store Cowboy.

and most recently..while visiting LA I saw the "Mac" kid across the street from Canters Deli. Man..I wish it would have been the "PC" guy instead.

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From: Sarasota, Fla.
Posted: 2007-06-20 5:31 pm   Permalink

This guy said he was famous. Kenny something. The Caddyshack song guy.

Oh yeah and this guy, this one gets framed.


[ This Message was edited by: Bohemiann 2007-06-20 17:36 ]

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