Celebrities I Have Met

by reh3959 | created - 10 Jun 2011 | updated - 10 Jun 2011 | Public

I haven't had the opportunity to meet very many celebs in person. When you do you tend to remember the experience - unless you are lucky enough to work in the industry and meet famous people every day.

1. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

Met him in Boston several years ago. He's very mild mannered and subdued in person. Not at all like the wild and crazy characters he tends to play in movies.

2. Harry Shearer

Actor | The Simpsons

Harry Shearer was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. His film debut was with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), followed by The Robe (1953). Probably best known for his Saturday Night Live (1975) gigs, his NPR satire program "Le Show" and The Simpsons (1989)...

Met him at a book signing in Boston. He's a really funny guy, very down to earth.

3. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

I literally bumped into him in New York City back in 1994. I was walking back to my hotel after seeing Les Miserable on Broadway. He was performing in Damn Yankees and was walking out of the theatre to his waiting limo. He was very gracious about accepting my apology for running in to him.

4. Chris Cooper

Actor | Adaptation.

Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised.

Educated at the University of Missouri school of ...

I had a chance to talk to him in Plymouth Mass a few years ago. I was attending the opening of his movie at Plimouth Plantation Theater. He is a very down to earth easy going guy. Lived just a few towns over from me at that time.

5. Ken Coleman

Self | The NFL on NBC

Ken Coleman was born on April 22, 1925 in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA as Kenneth Robert Coleman. He was married to Ellen Theresa Veader. He died on August 21, 2003 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Ran into him (not literally) at Fenway Park back in the 70's

6. Mary Stuart Masterson

Actress | Benny & Joon

Mary Stuart Masterson started acting before the age of ten, when she appeared in The Stepford Wives (1975) in 1975 with her father. Afterwards, at the direction of her parents, Mary Stuart led a life outside of the limelight, attending school in New York. She appeared in a few productions at New ...

Met her at the Independent Film Festival Boston back in 2008 I think it was. Had a chance to interview her. She's very much like some of the characters she plays in movies. Somewhat shy and unassuming.

7. Jim McIsaac

Actor | Seasons

Jim McIsaac is an actor, known for Seasons (2005) and Sides (2007).

Nice guy - came into my workplace one day last year and we got to talking about movies and acting.

8. Michael Madsen

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Sin City (2005), Hell Ride (2008), Die Another Day (2002), Donnie Brasco (1997), Species (1995), ...

I sat behind him in a movie theater in Boston. He's as intimidating in real life as he is on the big screen. Too bad he didn't introduce me to his sister.

9. Freddie Prinze Jr.

Actor | She's All That

Freddie Prinze, Jr. was born on March 8, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, to Kathy Prinze (née Kathy Elaine Barber) and comedian/actor Freddie Prinze. His father was of German and Puerto Rican descent, and his mother is of British Isles and German ancestry.

Freddie lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico,...

OK - I didn't actually meet him. He sat about three rows over from me at the same movie I spoke with Michael Madsen. I didn't even recognize him until someone introduced him to the audience and he stood up and waved to everyone (he was starring in the movie)

10. John Farrell

Actor | The Brink's Job

John Farrell is an actor, known for The Brink's Job (1978).

He was actually my English teacher in High School believe it or not. A year later I'm watching him on the big screen playing the lead FBI investigator in The Brinks Job. It's the only film he's ever been in.

11. Patrick Shea

Actor | Gone Baby Gone

Patrick Shea was born on October 7, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Gone Baby Gone (2007), Mystic River (2003) and The Invention of Lying (2009).

He was performing in a play in Boston. I had a chance to chat with him during intermission. I've seen a few of his movies since - specifically looked him up to see what he's been in. He's had a few small parts in some relatively big movies.

12. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Her

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter ...

At Harvard when she accepted the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. Barely got to meet her, can't really say what she's like.

13. Paul Simon

Music_department | The Graduate

Born on October 13, 1941 in Newark New Jersey, Paul Simon is one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever. In 1957, he and high school pal, Art Garfunkel, wrote and recorded the single, "Hey Schoolgirl", under the name "Tom and Jerry". After some failures, they broke up. Simon still wrote and ...

Met him at an after party after one of his concerts way back in the 80's. I had no idea he was so short. He was very quiet. I think he was worn out from performing.

14. Joan Baez

Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Joan Baez was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ...

Met her at the same party as Paul Simon. She was much more outgoing and boisterous.

15. Harry Chapin

Soundtrack | Last Vegas

A singer/songwriter and activist for many charitable causes, especially in the realm of ending world hunger, Harry Chapin never let the often lukewarm reviews of his music-making abilities phase him and as a result of his strong folksy persona, the fans he made stuck by him throughout his career ...

Met him after one of his concerts back in 1979. Really nice guy. Full of energy and outgoing.

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