Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. And they would each achieve notoriety in... See full summary »




Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
...  Otto Leo 3 episodes, 1984
...  Uncle Bun Luther 3 episodes, 1984
...  Missy Craymore 3 episodes, 1984
...  Regina Brown 3 episodes, 1984
...  Martha Dalton 3 episodes, 1984
...  Calvin Sledge 3 episodes, 1984
...  T.J. Luther 3 episodes, 1984
...  Mack Crawford 3 episodes, 1984
...  Kleber Cantrell 3 episodes, 1984
...  Clifford Casey 3 episodes, 1984
...  Susan French 3 episodes, 1984
...  Ceil Shannon 3 episodes, 1984
...  Mabel Hofmeyer 2 episodes, 1984
Rhonda Dotson ...  Laurie Killman 2 episodes, 1984
...  Jonah Job 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Nelson ...  Jeffie Crawford 2 episodes, 1984
...  Millie 2 episodes, 1984
Stephen Pearlman ...  Arnold Beckman 2 episodes, 1984
...  Joanne 2 episodes, 1984
...  Jeffie - Age 11 2 episodes, 1984
Benjamin Leighton Armstrong ...  The Minister 2 episodes, 1984
Mary Armstrong ...  Woman at Houston Playhouse 2 episodes, 1984
Nora Boland ...  Ruth Paine 2 episodes, 1984
J.P. Bumstead ...  Art 2 episodes, 1984
...  Bank Teller 2 episodes, 1984
Ted Demers ...  Bud 2 episodes, 1984
James Edgcomb ...  Sergeant Finn 2 episodes, 1984
Howard Goodwin ...  Louie 2 episodes, 1984
Gordon Haight ...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1984
Annie Heller-Gutwillig ...  Jennie 2 episodes, 1984
Jay Louden ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1984
...  Jailer 2 episodes, 1984
...  A.D. 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Ponzlov ...  Theatre Manager 2 episodes, 1984
...  Newscaster #1 2 episodes, 1984
Lesa Weis ...  Kate Carpenter 2 episodes, 1984


Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. And they would each achieve notoriety in their own way. Kleber would become a journalist. Mack would get by on his looks and would become a movie star. And T.J. who has a dark side would run all sorts of scams and would somehow become an evangelist. Written by

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Power. Passion. Glory. Murder. All in the first degree. See more »







Release Date:

12 February 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Celebrity: Der Ruhm  »

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Thomas Thompson signed the deal to adapt his novel and produce the mini-series, but he passed away a few months later, so William Hanley was brought in to pen the script. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) See more »

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Long and stale.
8 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Celebrity" is about three childhood friends who are bound to each other for life due to a tragic event which occurred when they were teens.

Each one of them gains a certain amount of notoriety as adults and the viewer just sits around waiting for the other shoe to fall. You wait and wait and wait...and wait. Finally, their past comes back to haunt them and leads to another predictably tragic event.

This mini-series actually got quite a few good reviews when it first appeared on TV. Evidently, it was a lot easier to be entertained back then. At around five hours, the length of the film is excruciatingly long and it easily could've been stuffed neatly into a two hour TV movie.

Aside from the horrid pacing, the fatal flaw in this mini-series is the lack of viewer empathy for the three main characters. You keep getting introduced to interesting supporting characters only to have them completely disappear or pop up only every hour or so. The three men in the lead roles all come across as being dishonest and shallow to varying extents.

"Celebrity" is not a mini-series which has stayed in the public consciousness for good reason. It is bloated and tedious. 1/10

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