Over the years, cameos have become such an integral part of movies and TV shows that you can hardly watch anything without expecting a celebrity or director to briefly appear on one of the scenes. Sometimes cameos are meant for sheer comic book relief, and sometimes they serve as Easter eggs to be spotted while looking at them. This list includes some of the greatest movie and television cameos in the last 30 years. Possible spoilers ahead!
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10 Tony stank
Such a list seems incomplete without at least one entry from Stan Lee. The late producer starred in 60 Marvel movie cameos, each of which was great in its own way. He saves a woman from falling debris in Spider-Man 2, is mistaken for Hugh Hefner in Iron Man and appears as the insane in Thor: The Dark World. Lee even made a cameo as Fred̵
One of his funniest cameos, however, is in Captain America: Civil War, in which Lee appears as a FedEx worker. He brings Tony Stark a package and asks him funny: “Are you Tony Stank?”
Rhodey’s reaction, “Yeah, that’s, that’s Tony Stank” makes the scene even funnier.
9 Horror King calls Frasier
Frasier, a spin-off of the hugely popular TV show Cheers, ran for eleven seasons and cemented its place in history as one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. The show ended in 2004 and there is talk of a restart that will air later in 2020.
Frasier Crane, psychiatrist turned radio host, has taken many on-air calls from well-known celebrities who play a variety of characters. These celebs include Kevin Bacon, James Spader, John Lithgow, and Gary Sinise.
In a flashing scene, Stephen King will also appear very briefly over the phone. He plays a character named Brian and tells Frasier that he doesn’t want to be limited to “30 seconds” of airtime and will wait for the upcoming commercial break to end.
8th Wes Craven the caretaker
Scream was a big deal in 1996, playing a variety of big names including Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich and many more. The film, and the character of Ghostface in particular, were so popular that it became a franchise of four films that grossed over 600 million worldwide.
Director Wes Craven was involved in directing all four films and passed away on August 30, 2015. In the first Scream film, Craven made a great appearance as a janitor in a red and green striped jersey and a very familiar looking hat. The kicker? The caretaker’s name is Fred.
(Another great scream cameo is Linda Blair, who plays a reporter.)
7 Candyman comes to Riverdale
Riverdale is an over-the-top teen drama series based on characters from the Archie Comics. The teenagers on the show do weird things like joining illegal fight clubs in prison, planning the false death of a sibling, owning a speakeasy, and catching serial killers. The show is also known for its own terminology like The Matchelorette, Shankshaw Prison, American Excess, Vanity Flair, Glamazon.com, and ShareBNB.
It’s also packed with pop culture references like Montgomery Clift, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Lolita, Grease, Psycho, and Carrie, to name a few. In Season 2, Riverdale takes things to the next level with a great cameo with none other than Tony Todd, aka Candyman. Todd plays Farmer McGinty, who offers Jughead a ride after his ride breaks down.
6 Fire Marshall Bill
Liar Liar is the classic Jim Carrey. There are a lot of exaggerated facial expressions and strange movements. Not to mention profound situations. The action revolves around Fletcher Reede, played by Carrey, a terrible father and compulsive liar. He almost loses his son as a result and does everything in his power to prevent this. For much of the movie, he can’t lie after his son’s birthday wish comes true, and kidnappings ensue.
Towards the end of the film there is a barely noticeable cameo from Jim Carrey. He appears as his SNL character, Fire Marshall Bill, in the background of one of the airport scenes.
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5 Princess Leia on the Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory was never too short for guest appearances and cameos. During the 12-year run, the characters will meet a host of famous people including James Earl Jones, Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, Stephen Hawking, Charlie Sheen, Octavia Spencer, Rick Fox, Buzz Aldrin and many more.
One of the cameos that TBBT fans seemed to enjoy the most, both James Earl Jones and the late Carrie Fisher. Sheldon Cooper spends the episode with Jones, and in the end they prank Fisher by ringing her doorbell and running away. Fisher appears in a robe with a baseball bat in a brief but iconic scene.
4th It’s raining purple
New Girl ran for 7 seasons and had some great guest stars in the form of Josh Gad, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lizzy Caplan and Justin Long. However, the cameo that defeated all cameos took place in the 14th episode of season 3, in which the legendary prince played himself and caused a freak-out among the loft friends. The world freaked out too, and the show’s audience numbers rose from an average of 4 million to 26 million for that one episode.
Turns out Prince loved the show and his manager Zooey Deschanel emailed them to request a guest appearance. He also requested that the previously arranged cast of Kardashians not appear in the same episode.
3 Backstreet Boys in Heaven
The apocalyptic comedy film This Is The End was a huge hit. There are several funny cameo scenes and at the end of the movie two characters land in heaven and are told that this is where all wishes come true. One of the characters then wants the Backstreet Boys, which leads to a funny cameo for the band themselves when they play “Backstreet’s Back” while everyone is dancing in heaven.
2 The cameo that almost wasn’t
Some cameos are hard to come by. Eddie Van Halen turned down a cameo role, but provided the music that can be heard on the cassette. Marty McFly scares his father in Back To The Future. The film almost got lost on another cameo when Huey Lewis turned down a request to write a song for the soundtrack. Lewis even said he “didn’t feel like writing a song called Back to the Future”.
Director Robert Zemeckis assured Lewis that the song didn’t have to be called “Back to the Future,” and Lewis then changed his mind. Lewis wrote Power of Love without ever reading the script or seeing the movie. He also wrote “Back In Time” for the film.
Lewis himself appears in the film as a nerdy school administrator who tells McFly and his band that they play Power of Love “just too damn loud”.
1 Venkman in Zombie Land
Bill Murray and his exuberant delivery of funny lines secure him a place in the long line of popular actors. He has a number of films behind his name, with some of his most famous roles including Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, Phil in Groundhog Day and John in Stripes.
Zombieland is a crazy zombie comedy film that features a running gag in the form of a list of rules for surviving a zombie infested planet. A cameo role was created for the late Patrick Swayze, but unfortunately the actor was battling pancreatic cancer and was too sick to film any scenes. The cameo then went to Bill Murray, who plays a fictional version of himself.
Some movie fans have called the Murray cameo one of the best in movie history.
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There are a number of cameos in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, including composer John Williams who plays a bartender, Hayden Christensen who repeats his role as Anakin Skywalker, Samuel L. Jackson as Jedi master Mace Windu, and director JJ Abrams who voiced the new droid DO.
Many Star Wars films also feature famous Stormtroopers, of which Daniel Craig was arguably the most surprising in one of the worst star films ever to hit the big screen: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Craig is best known for playing 007 in several Bond films. The clip is at the top so you don’t have to pay any money to see this travesty of a movie in its entirety.
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If you watch the movie now, you’ll be amazed at how American punk rock band The Offspring plays a Ramones classic during a high school Halloween dance. A possessed hand devastates dance and scalp front man Dexter Holland.
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