5 Favorites #85: 5 Favorite Cameos

Every week, we’ll pose a new “five favorites” question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you’re welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles.

The cameo has been a staple of film for years. They can be as wide-ranging as a line or two of dialogue from a famous star in a film in which they receive no credit to a director making a silent trip across the screen walking a dog. Writers, directors, actors and presidents have each made brief appearances as cameos in various films over the years. What are your five favorite?

What are your 5 Favorite cameos?


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  1. 1. Alec Baldwin, Glengarry Glen Ross (a masterclass in mere minutes)
    2. Gene Hackman, Young Frankenstein (I hate to copy, but he’s hilarious)
    3. Robby Benson, The End
    4. John Hurt, Alien
    5. John Turturro, The Big Lebowski

  2. Daniel Day Lewis Sunday Bloody Sunday
    Gene Hackman Young Frankenstein
    Alfred Hitchcock Lifeboat
    John Irving World According to Garp
    Marshall McLuhan Annie Hall

  3. Alec Baldwin – Glengarry Glen Ross
    Gene Hackman – Young Frankenstein
    Kevin McCarthy – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    Roman Polanski – Chinatown
    Christopher Walken – Pulp Fiction

  4. 1. Billy Crystal in “Hamlet” (1996)
    2. Gene Hackman in “Young Frankenstein” (1974)
    3. Charlton Heston in “Planet of the Apes” (2001)
    4. Bill Murray in “Zombieland” (2009)
    5. Judi Dench in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)

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