Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Brushes with Celebrity

I was in Vegas this weekend with my wife, brother and sister-in-law, and we ran into and got our picture taken with a '70s/'80s icon -- Erik Estrada. He and his wife were really accomodating and nice (his wife took the photo), and it got me thinking about other celebrity run-ins I've had over the years.

Sure, I think it's a real kick to see a star in their natural habitat (like at an interview, or when they're coming out of an awards show, concert or theater performance), but it's especially fun to just run into somebody out and about -- like the time I saw Screech from "Saved by the Bell" as he was waiting in line for McDonald's at the Minneapolis airport. That's just not something you're really planning on seeing as you're running to catch your flight. My neck still hurts from the double-take.

Got a good '70s/'80s-celebrity run-in tale? Let's hear it!


Sylkozakur said...

Not really a star in the 80's, though he did play a drug dealer on 21 Jump Street that Judy Hoffa fell for, and he was in The Paper Chase TV show, but... At Universal Studios, in line like a regular person, was actor Christian Clemenson wearing a hat that said "the Adventures of Brisco. County, Jr.". He played Socrates on that show (of which I was one of a handful of fans). He gave me his autograph and no one else in line recognized him.

He went on to play Jerry Espenson on Boston Legal and Abel Koontz on Veronica Mars.

Brian Bellmont said...

Nice one. I also remember him as "Bobby, Bobby, Bobby" in "Broadcast News."

Laura said...

Back in the '70s, when I was just a kid growing up in Mankato, MN, my mom, older brother and I had a brush with celebrity in the mall. I don't remember why we had stopped in, but right there in Musicland was Jimmie Walker! Kid Dy-no-mite himself. He was doing a night of stand-up at Mankato State and I guess he was killing a little time before the show.

That's pretty much it for me, except for being on a plane once with Joe Paterno. No cool stories like my aunt, who had drinks on an airplane once with Telly Savalas and was helped out of a Minneapolis snowbank by Henry Fonda.

REX said...

Growing up in Nashville, I saw many country music celebrities out and about, most of whom the majority of your readers probably wouldn't know. The highlight, certainly, was Johnny Cash, who I met in a restaurant with my parents, and again years later, under rather more bizarre circumstances. A truly gracious and kind guy.

GigiNYC said...

About three years ago, I met Jamie Farr who everyone will remember starred as the cross-dressing Corporal Klinger from Toledo, Ohio on "M*A*S*H". He was appearing in an off-Broadway show on the west side of Manhattan, and I saw him strolling through a small park close to the theater where I was having lunch. I went up to him and told him how much my parents and I had enjoyed watching the show, and he was very gracious. I've also met Mick Hucknall, the red-haired lead singer of the group Simply Red (who sadly never caught on here as much as they did in Europe) as well as Eric Idle from "Monty Python's Flying Circus".