Have You Ever Met A Movie/TV Star or Celebrity?

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  1. Edward

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    A friend of mine was an extra in the original Trainspotting film back in the nineties. First day on set, eight am call and having some breakfast at the catering truck, they noticed a guy who appeared to be a homeless fellow who'd wandered on set and was looking fed. Only later they twigged it was Ewan Macgregor himself - whom, until that point, nobody had seen with the buzzcut and post-crash diet body!
     
  2. Peacoat

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    I have met a bunch of musicians and singers. Had dinner in Malibu one night at the table next to Michael Douglas. Does that count?

    Most of the musicians I have met over the years have been the old Chicago blues guys as I was a blues DJ and blues harp player in the old days. I have met Willie Dixon, Hound Dog Tayler, James Cotton, BB King, Johnny Shines and actually got to know Muddy Waters pretty well, along with the members of his band. They were some really good guys that I still miss today.

    Became friends with Duane Allman and spent a lot of time in his house in Daytona Beach. Also knew Greg, but not as well as I knew Duane. When Duane died in 1971, it took a lot out of me.

    I met Jr. Wells and got to know the best harp player in the world—Rod Piazza as a friend. Also knew some other other great harp players, Charlie Musslewhite, Kim Wilson and Jerry Portnoy (Muddy's next to last harp player). Through Fingers Taylor, Jimmy Buffet's harp player, I got to know Jimmy. And there are probably 10 to 15 others I have left out.

    So, it has been a road well traveled, and I have enjoyed the journey.
     
  3. Worf

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    Hmmm:

    Shook Ali's hand at the Atlanta airport. Almost cried afterwards for several reasons... mostly is condition.

    Met Malcom X in the Projects as a kid.

    Saw Robert Kennedy at the Jamaica Amory as a kid.

    Shook hands with the lead singer of "Burning Spear" back in the 90's.

    Met Danny Aiello at a restaurant on Long Island. Complimented him on his performance in "Do the Right Thing" and shook his hand. He seemed quite annoyed.

    Worf
     
  4. Frunobulax

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    I ran into this guy once at the Neil Armstrong museum in Wapakoneta, OH.

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    Sent directly from my mind to yours.
     
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  5. Peacoat

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    My question is, how hard did you shake it? You may not realize your own strength.
     
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  6. Worf

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    Ack! Cut from ambush! You do show up in the oddest places (hmmmm).

    I was quite gentle and respectful and I admire his work. Now I will admit that there might be some I'd like to test with "The Grip O' Death" but he's not one of them. Hmmm might have to make that list one day! LOL!

    Worf
     
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    Joey Bishop
    Adolf Galland
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    Jim McCann
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    Johnny Cash
    June Carter cash
    Mrs Alvin (Gracie Williams) York
    SgtMaj Paul Huff (MOH recipient)
    Gen Creighton Abrams
    Baron Echart von Lerchenfeld, nephew of Nina von Lerchenfeld, wife of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg.
     
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  8. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    One of the finest men and an outstanding officer.
     
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    He came to the division to award a DSC to an FO friend of mine. He was put in for a MOH but was downgraded to DSC. He called in artillery on his position during a pullback. Charlie was that close.

    Abrams was Patton favorite tank CO during WWII, so said Patton. It was Abrams in the lead tank of his unit that relieved the 101st at Bastogne, but I sure you knew that. I get a form letter from him now and then...form letter :D wanting more donations to the Museum of the US Army that's being built.
     
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  10. 2jakes

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    I spoke with James Garner who came to visit the set at Universal
    Studios where I was working. He was a very pleasant person,
    not conceited at all.
    I chatted with Carlos Santana who went along with me when we pulled
    a prank on the rest of the folks in the studio after the show.

    And while working in a Hollywood department store, I talked with Jane Fonda after she showed me her driver’s license when she paid me
    with a personal check for some items she bought from me.
    At first I did not recognize her with what she was wearing.
    And I told her so.
    Looking at her license photo, it was then that I was able to
    recognize her.
    She is one of the few that looked good on a driver’s
    license photo. (Jane S. Fonda) Santa Monica.
    In fact, she had quite as figure as well.

    She told me, it was better to shop without being
    recognized when she only had so much time.
    We chatted a bit, asking me where I was from and so on.

    There was one item which I was out of stock, so she gave me her phone number to call her when it was in stock.
    Later that evening, I bragged to my friends that I had Jane Fonda’s
    private number. They didn't think it was a big deal.
    Soon after I quit and went to work for Jack Warner of Warner Bros.

    BTW:
    Dear Jane,
    Sorry for not returning your call.
    I was too busy trying to learn how to butler at Warner’s estate
    in Beverly Hills.
    I hope you understand.
    Cheers!:)
     
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  11. Bamaboots

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    During my LE career I spent several years as a patrolman and later, about six years as the Sgt. of a small unit in my PD that was responsible for a number of different things but one of those responsibilities was dignitary protection and security. For the most part it was a dog and pony show used to make the celebs feel wanted and maybe even more important than they ever were. Some of them were real pleasures and fun while some were a complete yawn but no real A-hole that I recall. I've thought back ever since coming across this thread and here are a few that stick out. A number of politicians from the Pres. down have been omitted.

    Hank Williams Jr.: Had to escort him and his tour bus through town to a political rally of the Gubernatorial candidate he was supporting. Jr. was drunk as a spider monkey but the music was ok. The opposition dropped leaflets from a plane during the concert so that made it all worthwhile. We arrested the pilot for criminal littering after the dumb ass landed at the local airport.

    Kirk Cameron: He came into town during a tour when he was out supporting one of his "Christianity" movies. Nice enough guy but about as shallow as the kiddie pool. Nearly had to draw down on some 10-12 year old girls during the two days I spent with him. They were aggressive. This was years after "Growing Pains" but syndication keeps a man alive. I thought he might be OK when we went for a late night dinner at the hotel he was staying at. They extended the kitchens hours just for him and the entourage. When he ordered fried chicken, it was called the Alabama Slammer on the menu, I thought maybe not such a bad guy until he started peeling the breading and skin off of the chicken. I had no use for him after that. I've got some pictures somewhere of my time with him. Any 10-12 year old girls here that want to see them, I'll see if I can find them.

    Didn't meet them but the badge got me through the stage door of our local theater a couple of times when I had to work. A couple of my favorite memories were getting a few moments to listen to Johnny Taylor and Ray Charles during their respective times in town. Taylor was pretty serious guy. Something happened and he was not paid up front and refused to go on stage until that matter was rectified.

    Art Linkletter: Anybody remember him? One of the nicest human beings I have ever met. Got to spend a couple of days with him, from picking him up at the Nashville airport until he left town, I enjoyed all my time around him. A man of great wealth that traveled with nothing more than a carry on bag with a couple of underwear changes and two shirts plus his hygiene items. No pretensions at all from a man who once owned a million acre sheep ranch and was an icon of early American TV. One of only two autographs that I have and one of the few times I wanted to be photographed with someone. I still remember watching "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" with my grandmother.
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    Marty Stuart: You may not be a fan of his music but my unit and I provided security for an outdoor concert at one of our municipal parks and after the show and the autograph signing, he invited us all, along with the mom (crazy fan) of one of my subordinates onto his tour bus for about an hour visit. What a guy and a helluva musician. I play guitar, no, he plays guitar, I just wish I did. Just super nice and very, very short. The man wears some fine cowboy boots, though. 3" heels make one taller.

    Lt. General Hal Moore: This was about 12-13 years prior to his death. Just about every American city has a celebration on the 4TH of July and ours is no different. A Freedom or Patriot award is given annually and General Moore was selected and invited to the ceremony. Hard to describe what it was like when I met him. There are some on this site that are true warriors and some of you that have met them. It's just different and my limited vocabulary prohibits me from accurately describing such a man. Though about 80, Moore stood ruler straight, and at about 5' 7" and 150# he was an intimidating man. I had seen the movie, read the book and knew his history but I was not prepared for the little man in the Cavalry hat looking me straight in the eye that made me feel as if he could see things on the other side of me. At 6'2' and 210 Lbs., longtime Sgt. of a municipal PD's SWAT team, I realized I had not seen shit.

    Michael Durant: Met him at the same time that General Moore was in town. If I remember correctly they shared an award that year. Another man who made me realize that I've seen nothing. A real pleasure to talk to but relatively shy and not real welcoming to the attention but one could tell he appreciated it.

    General Chuck Yeager: He was in town for one of those celebrations. What a guy. Already into his early 80's, shows up with a woman in her late 30"s he introduced as his assistant. The officer working with me that day called her Yeager's "paramour". She watched every move he made and paid close attention to him at all times. I asked him to autograph a festival ball cap for me which he did. When she heard me tell him to just sign it Chuck Yeager, she hawked me down afterwards telling me that if the cap turned up on eBay she would be after my ass. I believe she would have. I have a potty mouth that's generally unrivaled but General Yeager made me feel as if I knew nothing about proper cursing. We spent the biggest part of our five hours with him trying to stand between him and the children and parents that wanted to meet him as he told his stories, all details included. He had no filter.



    There are others but this is what I can think of for now.
     
  12. LizzieMaine

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    Marty Stuart played here several years ago -- I had to run out just before the show and buy a tube of super glue to repair a broken heel on one of those boots. Very successful show for us, and the repair held up thruout the performance.
     
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  13. Bamaboots

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    Great story, Lizzie. A $3,000 pair of boots with a $2 fix. Did you realize he was that short?
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  14. LizzieMaine

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    It did come as a surprise, yes. Talk about "larger than life" personalities.
     
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  15. AbbaDatDeHat

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    Best stories ever Bama! Thanks for sharing!
    Moore, Yeager and Art...three kinds of a man’s man!!
    B
    Ps: Yeager is a good ole WV boy that loves him some Weatherby!!
     
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  16. Peacoat

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    Don't know if this counts, but I flew in General Westmoreland's private jet once. I flew as a passenger, not as a pilot. I was the only passenger. Don't know where General Westmoreland was, but I sure enjoyed his jet.
     
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  17. Wow! You all have met some real interesting folks. I met Melissa Sue Anderson (she played the older sister "Mary" in "Little House on the Prarie"). This was during the original TV run and she was at our County Fair (my Mom was managing some events there). You could tell she didn't want to be there.

    My wife literally ran into Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hallway of the Santa Fe Hilton where she worked (early 1980s). He stopped and helped her back up as she just bounced off when they collided. She also met a lot of famous musicians and had back stage passes when she worked the local Hilton back in the day. She never tells me details of those stories though... :rolleyes:
     
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  18. 2jakes

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    Hi Bob!
    Joe here! (2jakes).
    The only reason I've met these "folks" is
    because I happened to worked in the studios in Calif.
    Otherwise buddy, I probably would'nt have
    met " nobody" ha-ha ( no kidding).
    Miss chatting with ya'll.
    Here's wishing you, family & friends a very
    Happy & Safe New Years!
    The same goes to all my friends & bartenders on the Fabulous Fedora Lounge!
    :):D:)
     
  19. To you as well Joe! Glad to see you back in the Lounge.
     
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  20. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

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    That's interesting; I have read several times that she is a pretty reclusive person, a trait that I thought odd for an actress. I can sympathize with her, though. I enjoy people, but I do get overwhelmed pretty quickly in larger social groups and start looking for an escape route! :(
     
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