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A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. Such a role needs not be filled by an actor: short appearances by film directors, politicians, athletes, musicians, and other celebrities are common. These roles are generally small, and most of them non-speaking. The performing arts are those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artists own body, face and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some... For other uses, see Play (disambiguation). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... A sportsperson (British and American English) or athlete (principally American English) is any person who participates regularly in a sport. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ...


Originally, the phrase cameo referred to the famous person playing no character but him or herself. Like a cameo brooch- an engraving of a person's head or neck in relief - the actor or celebrity is instantly recognizable as him or herself, and does not play a role. More recently, "cameo" has come to refer to short appearances, whether as a character or as oneself.


Cameos are often uncredited due to their brevity or because of a perceived mismatch between the celebrity’s stature and the film or TV show in which he or she is appearing. Many are publicity stunts. Others are acknowledgements of an actor’s contribution to an earlier work, as in the case of many film adaptations of TV series, or of remakes of earlier films. Others honor artists or celebrities known for work in a particular field.
The media itself often stage stunts for movies and television shows. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ...


A cameo can establish a character as being important without having much screen time. Examples of such cameos are Sean Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan
Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ... Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was a 1991 film directed by Kevin Reynolds. ... Ted Danson (born Edward Bridge Danson III on December 29, 1947) is an American actor most notable for his television work, and specifically, for his role as central character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the series Becker. ... Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 Academy-Award-winning film set in World War II, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. ...


Cameos are also common in novels and other literary works. “Literary cameos” usually involve an established character from another work who makes a brief appearance in order to establish a shared universe setting, to make a point, or to offer homage. Sometimes a cameo features a historical person who "drops in" on fictional characters in a period novel, as when Benjamin Franklin shares a brew with Phillipe Charboneau in The Bastard by John Jakes. A cameo appearance can also be made by the author of a work in order to put a sort of personal "signature" on a story. An example from the thriller genre includes Clive Cussler, who made appearances in his own novels as a "rough old man" who advised action hero Dirk Pitt. An example in the comic book genre is John Byrne’s resplendent use of cameos in Marvel ComicsIron Fist #8, which features appearances by Byrne himself, Howard the Duck (on a poster), Peter Parker and MJ Watson, Sam McCloud, Fu Manchu, and Wolverine. This article is about the literary concept. ... A shared universe is a literary technique in which several different authors create works of fiction that share aspects such as settings or characters and that are intended to be read as taking place in a single universe. ... For a description of the medieval homage ceremony see commendation ceremony Homage is generally used in modern English to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom you feel indebted. ... Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the most well known Founding Fathers of the United States. ... John Jakes (born on March 31, 1932) is a writer of fiction. ... Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois)[1][2] is an American adventure novelist and successful marine archaeologist. ... Dirk Pitt is a fictional character, the protagonist of a series of bestselling adventure novels written by Clive Cussler. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For other uses of John Byrne, see John Byrne (disambiguation). ... This article is about the comic book company. ... Iron Fist (Daniel Rand) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe, and a practitioner of martial arts. ... This article is about the character and comic book series. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Mary Jane Watson or Mary Jane Watson-Parker, depending on the adaptation, is (in the fictional world of Spider-Man) the wife of Peter Parker (Spider Man) and a supporting character in the Marvel Comics Spider-Man series. ... McCloud was an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. ... This article is about the fictional literature character. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ...


At the apex of the technique stands Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. This acclaimed novel is, among many other things, a tour de force of literary cameos. Lolita (1955) is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. ... Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, pronounced ) (April 22 [O.S. April 10] 1899, Saint Petersburg – July 2, 1977, Montreux) was a Russian-American, Academy Award nominated author. ...

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Examples of cameos

Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from his feature film Taxi Driver.

Mike Todd’s film Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) was studded with cameo roles (John Gielgud as an English butler, Frank Sinatra playing piano in a saloon) and gave the term wide circulation outside the theatrical profession. Notably, the 2004 film version of the story directed by Frank Coraci also features a large number of cameos. Image File history File links Martin Scorsese, in his film Taxi Driver. ... Image File history File links Martin Scorsese, in his film Taxi Driver. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ... This article is about the 1976 American film. ... Michael Todd (real name Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) (June 22, 1907 or 19091 - March 22, 1958) was an American film producer who is best known for his production of Around the World in Eighty Days 1956, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. ... Around the World in Eighty Days is a 1956 adventure film made by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. ... Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning British theatre and film actor. ... Sinatra redirects here. ... Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 comedy/adventure film based on Jules Vernes novel, Around the World in 80 Days. ... Frank Coraci (b. ...


It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, an "epic comedy", also features cameos from nearly every major comedian alive at the time, including the Three Stooges. Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is an American motion picture directed by Stanley Kramer about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 of stolen cash by a diverse and colourful group of strangers. ... The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the mid 20th century best known for their numerous short subject films. ...


Directors often appear in cameo roles to add a personal "signature" on a film. The cameo appearances of Alfred Hitchcock in 37 of his films helped popularize the term among general audiences. Often whimsical, the cameos became so well publicized that audiences began watching for them. Hitchcock began placing the cameos early in each film so audiences could then give their full attention to the story. Director Sam Raimi has followed Hitchcock's example in many of his films, as well as providing cameo roles for his brother Ted Raimi and friend Bruce Campbell (who is often cited among Evil Dead fans as 'The King of Cameos'). Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... For the American opera singer, see Samuel Ramey. ... Theodore Ted Raimi (b. ... For the former baseball player of the same name, see Bruce Campbell (baseball). ... -1...


Other directors are also known for casting themselves in cameo roles in their films. M. Night Shyamalan appears in some of his movies, such as The Village, in which he is shown in the glass reflection of the sheriff (who is only otherwise filmed from behind, hiding his face), and also as a shady fan Bruce Willis searches at a stadium in Unbreakable. In The Sixth Sense, he is shown to be the doctor at the hospital and has a brief appearance in a short scene with the child’s mother. Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... This article is about the 2004 film. ... Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany) is an American actor and singer. ... This page refers to Unbreakable the film. ... For the ability sometimes referred to as sixth sense, see Extra-sensory perception. ...


Likewise, Peter Jackson appears in a brief cameo in all three Lord of the Rings movies: as a peasant eating a carrot in Bree in Fellowship of the Ring; as a Rohan warrior defending the keep in The Two Towers and a pirate captain in The Return of the King. All three were non-speaking, "blink and you miss him", appearances. For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ... Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story by J. R. R. Tolkien, a sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. ... The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a film, released on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, directed by Peter Jackson with a runtime of 178 minutes (2 hours, 58 minutes). ... The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. ...


Actors Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider have appeared in cameo roles in most of each other's comedy movies (The Water Boy, Mr. Deeds, The Animal etc.). They usually contribute one line of dialogue or just a funny expression. Schneider's famous cameo line has been the poor man saying "You can do it!" in three of Sandler's films. Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. ... This article is about the American actor/comedian. ... A water boy is someone who, in sports, provides players or competitors with water. ... Mr. ... The Animal is a 2001 comedy film, directed by Luke Greenfield. ...


Remakes and sequels occasionally feature actors from the original films. The 1998 TV movie Moby Dick, which stars Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, features a cameo by Gregory Peck, who had memorably portrayed Ahab in John Huston's 1956 film version of the same story. The 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead features cameos by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger and Tom Savini, stars of the original Dawn of the Dead. Vin Diesel made a short appearance at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift where he challenges to race Shawn, Lucas Black, the then Drift king. For other uses, see Moby-Dick in popular culture. ... This article is about the actor. ... Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... Dawn of the Dead is a 2004 horror film reimagining of George A. Romeros 1978 film of the same name. ... Kentotis Alvin Foree (born February 29, 1948) is an American actor. ... Scott Reiniger is an American actor, one of the stars of the 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead. ... Thomas Vincent Savini (born November 3, 1946) is an American actor, stunt man, director and award-winning special effects and makeup artist. ... For the remake, see Dawn of the Dead (2004 film) For the song by Schoolyard Heroes, see The Funeral Sciences Dawn of the Dead (also known as George A. Romeros Dawn of the Dead & Zombi internationally) is a 1978 American independent zombie horror film. ... Vin Diesel (born Mark Vincent on July 18, 1967 in New York City), is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, known for his muscular physique and deep voice. ... Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. ... Keiichi Tsuchiya , born January 30, 1956, Nagano, Japan) is a professional racing driver. ...


Films based on actual events occasionally include cameo roles of the people portrayed in them. In the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner makes a cameo in the end. 24 Hour Party People, a film about Tony Wilson has a cameo by the real Tony Wilson. In the film Apollo 13, James Lovell (the real commander of that flight) appeared at the end, shaking hands with Tom Hanks (the actor who was portraying Lovell). For the famous phrase from which the title derives, see Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ... Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Anthony Howard Wilson (20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007) was an English record label owner, radio presenter, TV show host, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and the BBC. Wilson, commonly known as Tony Wilson, was the music mogul behind some of Manchesters most successful bands. ... Apollo 13 is a 1995 film portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. ... Captain James Jim Arthur Lovell, Jr. ... Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, Emmy-winning director, voice-over artist, writer, and movie producer. ...


In a similar vein, cameos sometimes feature persons noted for accomplishments outside the film industry, usually in ways related to the subject or setting of the film. October Sky (1999), set in 1950s Appalachia, featured photographer O. Winston Link in a brief appearance portraying a steam locomotive engineer. Link became famous in the 1950s for chronicling the last days of regular steam locomotives service in the region. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), set in Depression-era rural South, featured cameos by country "roots" music notables such as Alison Krauss, Robert Stanley, Gillian Welch, The Whites and the Fairfield Four. In the film The Last Mimzy, noted string theorist Brian Greene has a cameo as the Intel scientist. Stan Lee, founder of Marvel Comics, often makes cameo appearances in films and television shows based on Marvel characters. October Sky is a 1999 movie based on the book Rocket Boys, an autobiographical book by Homer Hickam. ... It has been suggested that Poverty in Appalachia be merged into this article or section. ... Ogle Winston Link[1] (December 16, 1914 – January 30, 2001), known commonly as O. Winston Link, was an American photographer. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a dark comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971)[1] is an American bluegrass-country singer and fiddle player. ... –Test pilot and engineer Robert M. Stanley (1912 - 1977) became the first American to fly a jet aircraft on October 2, 1942, as a civilian test pilot for Bell Aircraft. ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of Buck White and his daughters Sharon and Cheryl. ... The Fairfield Four is a legendary gospel group whose a capella singing embodies an African American style that dates back to the 1800s. ... The Last Mimzy is a 2007 science fiction family film directed by Bob Shaye. ... For the fictional character of this name, see Stan Lee (Judge Dredd character). ... This article is about the comic book company. ...


Other cameos simply spotlight celebrities. In the 2003 film Kill Bill, Samuel L. Jackson (who starred in director Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction) appears as Rufus, who plays the piano at the bride's wedding. Ben Stiller made an appearance in Tenacious D's video for their song "Tribute". In the 2006 film Casino Royale, Richard Branson made a cameo appearance as a passenger being searched by security guards. The earlier version of Casino Royale had brief appearances from several stars, and uncredited cameos from Stirling Moss and Peter O'Toole. Unusually for the concept, both had lines. In the 2007 film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards made a cameo as the father of Johnny Depp's character, Jack Sparrow. Richards was one of Depp's inspirations for the character. Kill Bill is the fourth film by writer-director Quentin Tarantino. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... This article is about the band. ... Casino Royale (2006) is the 21st film in the James Bond series and the first to star Daniel Craig as MI6 agent James Bond. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 ) in Shamley Green, Surrey, England), is a British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... This article is about the 1967 film, for other uses of this name, see Casino Royale. ... Sir Stirling Moss OBE (born September 17, 1929 in London) is a British former racing driver from England. ... Peter Seamus OToole (born August 2, 1932, uncertain but presumed correct date[1]) is an eight-time Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones in 1962. ... John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... Jack Sparrow is a fictional character from the Pirates of the Caribbean universe who is portrayed by Johnny Depp. ...


Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a cameo appearance in the movie Talladega Nights as getting his shirt autographed by Ricky Bobby in victory lane


Miley Cyrus had a cameo in High School Musical 2, credited as "Girl At Pool" who dances along with the main characters to the closing song, All for One. Miley Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus[1] on November 23, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee) is an American actress and singer. ... For the soundtrack, see High School Musical 2 (soundtrack). ... 2-Disc Collectors Edition cover High School Musical 2 is the soundtrack album for the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name. ...


Spider-Man appeared for a second in the remake of the movie The Italian Job. When a segment of the street was detonated, we can see him among the panicking crowd. Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... The Italian Job is a 2003 action-adventure film, directed by F. Gary Gray. ...


Sometimes a director appears in another director's film and then asks that director to reciprocate the gesture. For instance, director Cameron Crowe asked Steven Spielberg appear as himself during a party scene in Vanilla Sky (released in 2001). Then, in Spielberg's Minority Report (2002), Crowe appeared, although only visible from the eyes up, as a passenger reading a newspaper on the subway opposite Tom Cruise. Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an Academy Award winning American writer and film director. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Vanilla Sky is a 2001 film which has been variously characterized by published film critics as an odd mixture of science fiction, romance, and reality warp [2], part Beautiful People fantasy, part New Age investigation of the Great Beyond[3] a love story, a struggle for the soul, or an... The Minority Report (The) Minority Report is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick first published in 1956. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ...


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