Celebrities Who Couldn't Avoid Me

by woodypulps | created - 07 Dec 2011 | updated - 17 Nov 2013 | Public

1. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...

1968. San Jacinto Inn, TX. The Duke was having dinner with the cast of Hellfighters. I did my impersonation of him. He said it was "the best impersonation of Henry Fonda" he'd ever heard.

2. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

1985. Galveston, TX. I spent 45 minutes talking with him about his medical condition (I'm a physician). His wife told him I was probably a reporter.

3. Willie Nelson

Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard

This versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads ("Always On My Mind"), autobiographical road songs ("On the Road Again") and catchy rhythms ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, ...

2005. Austin, TX. I introduced myself with "Hello. I'm Johnny Cash." We spoke briefly about neither of us remembering his annual picnics though we have both been told we were there.

4. George W. Bush

Camera_department | Journeys with George

The 43rd President of the United States of America, George Walker Bush (known colloquially as "W" to distinguish himself from his father, George Bush, the 41st president of the U.S.), was born two days after the national holiday of the Fourth of July, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. There, his ...

1986. Midland, TX. He was pleasant and neither of us had a thought that he would someday be President.

5. Judy Henske

Soundtrack | Return of the Roller Blade Seven

As briefly dictated by Judy herself, April 13, 2008:

Born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in 1936. Attended Notre Dame Grade School and Notre Dame-McDonell Memorial High School then attended Rosary Collage, River Forest, Illinois. Then attended University of Wisconsin then worked in the office at ...

1965. Los Angeles, CA. I spent two hours at a party with her after her last performance at the Troubador. She was on her way to meet up with Shel Silverstein and my attempt to invite myself along was met with a dumbfounded look. Duh.

6. Arthur Godfrey

Actor | The Glass Bottom Boat

Arthur Godfrey was born in New York City on August 31, 1903. Mr. Godfrey was a radio and TV host and had his own television show The Arthur Godfrey Show, (1948-1959). During his career, he discovered and show cased many new talents including Pat Boone, Julius LaRosa, Marion Marlowe, and many others...

1961. Washington, D.C. I knew his daughter. Neither he nor I was much impressed with the other, but we were both pretty impressed with ourselves.

7. Phil Harris

Actor | The Jungle Book

A bandleader of the 1940s and a radio, film, and TV actor who always seemed to imply allegiance to the former Confederate States of America. Was a principal of long standing among the comedian Jack Benny's radio retinue, parlaying his popularity into his own radio series, in which his wife, Alice ...

1973. Galveston, TX. He was in town for a golf tournament and I crashed his party. It was fun until he threatened to call the cops. His golf partner was the Chief of Police.

8. Jim Nabors

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. ...

1974. New Orleans, LA. He was his usual ebullient self. We spoke briefly in passing in the Men's room at Pat O'Brien's. He went back to a table with Ruth Buzzi and some others who looked like they might be funny too.

9. Mort Sahl

Actor | Johnny Cool

Crowned as leading the new breed of modern comedians by Time magazine in 1960, Mort Sahl is the first entertainer ever to appear on its cover. Before comedy clubs existed, Sahl began performing at the hungry i music club in San Francisco in the early 1950s. He differed from other comedians, ...

1972. Houston, TX. I drove him and wife, China Lee (Playmate of the Month, Aug. '64) to the airport and we hung out waiting for their flight swapping wisecracks about nothing important.

10. Tiny Tim

Soundtrack | Insidious

Tiny Tim, the ukulele-playing singer of 1920s ditties who was a true icon of the 1960s, was born Herbert Khaury on April 12, 1932, in New York City. The son of a Lebanese father and Jewish mother, the young Khaury grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. A high school dropout, his ...

1981. Galveston, TX. We talked between sets about his lamented marriage to Miss Vicki. I got to play his ukelele and taught him a song. He was a very talented performer. He did the best impersonation of Elvis I have ever seen. And, no, we did not Tiptoe Through The Tulips.

11. Flip Wilson

Writer | Flip

Flip Wilson was born on December 8, 1933 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Clerow Wilson. He was a writer and actor, known for Flip (1970), The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979) and Uptown Saturday Night (1974). He was married to Cookie Mackenzie and Lovenia Patricia (Peaches) Wilson. He died on ...

1969. Houston, TX. I spoke to him as he was checking into a hotel. I did my Flip Wilson impersonation. A six and a half foot security guy told me to beat it. I did.

12. Vince Edwards

Actor | The Killing

Born in Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrant parents, Vince Edwards early aspired to the theater. He was a swimming champion in high school, attended Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship, and was on their National Championship swimming team. Olympics were on the horizon, but an ...

1963. Hollywood, CA. On a location set for "Ben Casey." He wouldn't make eye contact--with anyone. He was either stuck up or autistic.

13. Loudon Wainwright III

Actor | Big Fish

Loudon Snowden Wainwright III was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Martha Taylor, a yoga teacher, and Loudon Wainwright II, longtime editor of Life Magazine. LWIII eschewed magazines in favor of folk music, which he began playing professionally in the '60s. Part of the "New Bob Dylan" scene ...

2005. Austin, TX. We spoke and had a photo taken after a concert -- a tremendous performer and nice guy except he doesn't come to Texas often.

14. The Crickets

Soundtrack | October Sky

The band members have included: Buddy Holly, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Naylor, Joe B. Mauldin, Niki Sullivan, Earl Sinks, Gordon Payne, Buzz Cason, David Box, Tommy Allsup, Albert Lee, Ric Grech.

1998. Lubbock, TX. At the Buddy Holly Music Festival I chatted with The Crickets, J.I. Allison, Joe B. Mauldin, Glen D. Hardin (of Elvis's keyboard fame), Sonny Curtis, and Buddy Holly's widow, Maria Elena. They were all pleasant but seemed bored with having to hang out and meet fans. Yeah, I was bored too and I was a fan.

I have a batch of folks on the list that haven't seen fit to send their picture in to IMDB so I'm leaving them off for now.

15. Billy Graham

Actor | The Mighty Fortress

Billy Graham was arguably the most successful Christian evangelist in the world. He was born William Franklin Graham, Jr., on Monday, November 7th, 1918 (just four before Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11th, 1918) on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, to Morrow (Coffey) and William ...

1956. Oklahoma City. While he doesn't have a picture, you can see one at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808171/. But I didn't meet Billy Graham on this occasion. Instead he introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Greatest Celebrity that anyone can possibly know. http://ixthys4ixthys.blogspot.com/