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Unexpected encounters with celebrities

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by caelte, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    Dennis Farina, Law and Order, seen him a few times

    I was in NYC on business a couple of years ago. We were having drinks at the Oak Bar when Farina came in.

    This summer mi esposa and I were visiting the Casino in Monte Carlo on a trip to France with our kids. We were sitting outside having something to eat before the casino opened and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond & Amistad) and his gf Kimora Simmons came in for dinner.

    On a flight from Dallas to LA a couple of years ago I sat in the row right behind Owen Wilson and Cato Kaelin. Interestingly, no one recognized OW (he had a baseball cap pulled pretty low down over his eyes), but the plane was all abuzz 'cuz "that guy from the OJ trial is sitting in first class."

    Met Don Henley at a party at a couple of lawyers' house in Dallas a few years ago. When I pointed him out to my f-i-law (65, big Eagles fan) he ran staight over there and started whipping Henley's ass ("I love your stuff" "You're such a great singer"). Naturally I followed him over so that I could meet him.

    Other than the Henley thing, I've never actually approached a celebrity I've seen on the street. Just seems both invasive and kinda creepy.
     
  2. Master Shake

    Master Shake Senior member

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    I noticed Jackie Mason walking ahead of me down Sixth Avenue with some guy I didn't recognize. I sped up a little (it's not like Jackie Mason is sprinting) and waited for a break in their conversation to tell him that I enjoy his work and am a fan, he thanked me, and we each proceeded on our separate ways.
     
  3. JetBlast

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    No, he was on a Delta flight to Atlanta.

    Back when she visited the USA not too long ago, she used a chartered British Airways airplane from Andrews Air Force Base when she came to Washington.

    It was very cool, he was going to Los Angeles and was the only person in the private jet terminal wearing a purple tracksuit.

    JB
     
  4. evilgeniusdan

    evilgeniusdan Senior member

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    Most recent encounter was a few months ago, walking past Clint Eastwood as he was walking back to the Mark Hopkins in SF. He looked as old as he is.
     
  5. globetrotter

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    bill murray
    some of the cast from law and order
    william hurt
    what's his name? jeraldo rivara? something like that, news guy with a mustache?


    rosie odonnel and I had a discussion about my tatoo a while back, I had no idea who she was, she came up and told me she liked my tatoo and showed me hers, and asked me a few actually intennelgent questions about mine. I just thought that she was some outgoing woman, only after she left my wife told me who she was. she was dressed all in black, with a baseball hat and large dark glasses.
     
  6. Huntsman

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    Like Tucker Carlson, you might want to bring one of your pansy friends along for protection. At 80 she could still probably kick your candy ass.

    The Lady is not for turning.

    As for me... let's see. Phil Schreier and James Burke.
     
  7. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    Many years ago, my mom sat next to Bjork on an IcelandAir flight. She had no idea who she was, and ventually asked her why all the stewardesses wanted her autograph.
     
  8. redtree00

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    Living in NY I see celebrities all the time.
    Off the top of my head...

    Michael Jordan outside of Grand Central
    LL Cool J in front of my office building
    Mo Vaughn in front of my office building
    Danny Aiello crossing 57th street
    Jackie Mason on central park south
    Steve Harvey walking on 3rd ave
    Kelis and Nas at the Las Vegas airport luggage carousel

    Giulliani, Pataki, Spitzer, Bloomberg, Hillary and many other politicians (my office is in the same building as the Governor of NY)

    Practically half the latin players on the major league baseball rosters in the late 90's. They all used to hang out at Jimmy's Bronx Cafe and Mirage.

    John Franco (former closer for the Mets), used to see him all the time at a deli on Stillwell ave in Brooklyn. Very friendly guy.

    Ariel Sharon used to meet with my former boss on a regular basis (before he was prime minister, mid to late 90's) I got to chit chat with him on many occasions.


    I am still kicking myself over this one ...
    I got invited to dinner by these two hot women, I saw them months later hawking cosmetics on some infomercial, stupid me turned them down as my gf at the time was waiting home for me.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    My father once saw Nixon in Shanghai, with his huge Lincoln limousine driving down the avenues and various bodyguards alongside.

    Also, the Emperor Haile Selassie in his Mercedes 600 also in Shanghai. He used to keep his chihuahua dog in his coat pockets.
     
  10. globetrotter

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    My father once saw Nixon in Shanghai, with his huge Lincoln limousine driving down the avenues and various bodyguards alongside.

    Also, the Emperor Haile Selassie in his Mercedes 600 also in Shanghai. He used to keep his chihuahua dog in his coat pockets.


    my mother went to school with 2 of haile selassie's sons at colombia. once, when he came to new york, my mother had dinner with him (and his son's).
     
  11. romafan

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    Back in the '70's I had dinner w/ Ted Simmons (Cards catcher -I'm not sure how famous he is/was) after a Mets game against St. Louis. He drank 5 or 6 Michelobs and chainsmoked Tarrytons.

    Uma Thurman used to go to our town on Fire Island. I'd see her at the beach and in the general store. Brooke and Andre, before that. Stanley Tucci has been out the last few years.

    I've (literally) run into Ethan Hawke while dropping my kids off at school. He was delivering a forgotten lunchbox.

    Jimmy Carter was on our flight out of Bozeman after a fishing trip. Seemed like a nice guy, walked through the whole plane shaking hands and talking to fisherman.
    Same experience (different flights) w/ Tom Brokaw and Brent Musberger, except they just read up in first class.

    I sat next to Chris Noth(? Mr. Big) at my local watering hole. He was getting pretty FU'd and watching NCAA tournament.

    Several shared subway rides w/ David Byrne. Also, typical NYC celeb sidewalk sightings.

    A friend was in the mensroom at some club or restaurant and heard some crazy shitting/farting sounds accompanied by weird chuckling and snickering from one of the stalls. Big flush, door opened and out walked Jack Nicholson. [​IMG]
     
  12. shoreman1782

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    Cool. I love seeing sportscasters/radio personalities in the flesh--and finding out whether their personas match their real personalities.

    Nixon attended a few of my little league games (his grandson was in the same league).

    I used to work in a building that housed a hip hop station's studios, so I saw quite a few celebs just going to or from work--LL, the Game (this was a few years ago), etc. I rode in the elevator with Biz Markie a few times. Breathes through his mouth.
     
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    Jessica Lange: I roomed with her brother in college and we all got wasted one night at our house.
    Ralph Nader: he was speaking on campus and it went late. The Union was closing so I invited him to continue the discussion in my living room. Odd dude.
    Hilliary Rodham Clinton: tried to talk myself onto her airplane to Little Rock. She replied, "not a chance in hell."
    Hubert Humphrey: got him hellaciously drunk at a party my father hosted.
    George HW Bush: he was head of CIA at the time. I had dinner with him. A very, very gracious and kind man.
    Willie Nelson: ran smack dab into him very early one morning in Waikiki; he was out for a jog, I was heading back to my hotel after a night of drinking. I rounded a corner and he ran right into me. We both fell to the sidewalk.
     
  14. Reggs

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    I got my picture taken with ManFaye at an anime convention two years ago. He tried to sell me a tshirt.
     
  15. chorse123

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    Booo. Too many of these are "look who I met that was famous." It's about the unexpected encounters. I'll add one of my favorites:

    Mike D nearly ran me over with his low rider bicycle on Mercer & Houston.
     
  16. romafan

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    Booo. Too many of these are "look who I met that was famous." It's about the unexpected encounters. I'll add one of my favorites:

    Mike D nearly ran me over with his low rider bicycle on Mercer & Houston.


    There's some kind of Apple or computer store across the street from us. I was crossing the street, arms laden w/ groceries, when a shiny BMW almost ran me over. This HUGE-breasted woman spills out of the passenger side and Ice T (Cube? The guy from L&O SVU) climbs out of the driver's seat and heads into the store...
     
  17. RJman

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    A friend was in the mensroom at some club or restaurant and heard some crazy shitting/farting sounds accompanied by weird chuckling and snickering from one of the stalls. Big flush, door opened and out walked Jack Nicholson. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    "Just wait till they get a load of me!"
     
  18. chorse123

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    There's some kind of Apple or computer store across the street from us. I was crossing the street, arms laden w/ groceries, when a shiny BMW almost ran me over. This HUGE-breasted woman spills out of the passenger side and Ice T (Cube? The guy from L&O SVU) climbs out of the driver's seat and heads into the store...

    That has to be Ice T's wife. She's SCARY.
     
  19. TheHoff

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    Ralph Nader: he was speaking on campus and it went late.

    This reminded me of the night we almost ran over a jaywalking Timothy Leary. After giving a talk on campus (early 90's, shortly before death), he and a lady friend were walking around downtown Gainesville. We had to stop short as they cut in front of us to cross the street; he waved a friendly hello and a smile.
     
  20. romafan

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    DR - Didn't you have an Andre the Giant encounter, too? [​IMG]

    We were seated next to GHWB, Barbara and numerous grandkids while out to dinner in Kennebunkport. Seemed like a very congenial family....

    Jessica Lange: I roomed with her brother in college and we all got wasted one night at our house.
    Ralph Nader: he was speaking on campus and it went late. The Union was closing so I invited him to continue the discussion in my living room. Odd dude.
    Hilliary Rodham Clinton: tried to talk myself onto her airplane to Little Rock. She replied, "not a chance in hell."
    Hubert Humphrey: got him hellaciously drunk at a party my father hosted.
    George HW Bush: he was head of CIA at the time. I had dinner with him. A very, very gracious and kind man.
    Willie Nelson: ran smack dab into him very early one morning in Waikiki; he was out for a jog, I was heading back to my hotel after a night of drinking. I rounded a corner and he ran right into me. We both fell to the sidewalk.
     

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