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Celebrity 

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 »
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1984  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ned Beatty ...  Otto Leo 3 episodes, 1984
Claude Akins ...  Uncle Bun Luther 3 episodes, 1984
Dinah Manoff ...  Missy Craymore 3 episodes, 1984
Debbie Allen ...  Regina Brown 3 episodes, 1984
Jennifer Warren ...  Martha Dalton 3 episodes, 1984
Hal Holbrook ...  Calvin Sledge 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Beck ...  T.J. Luther 3 episodes, 1984
Joseph Bottoms ...  Mack Crawford 3 episodes, 1984
Ben Masters ...  Kleber Cantrell 3 episodes, 1984
James Whitmore ...  Clifford Casey 3 episodes, 1984
Tess Harper ...  Susan French 3 episodes, 1984
Karen Austin ...  Ceil Shannon 3 episodes, 1984
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Mabel Hofmeyer 2 episodes, 1984
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ...  Laurie Killman 2 episodes, 1984
Jerry Hardin ...  Jonah Job 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Nelson ...  Jeffie Crawford 2 episodes, 1984
Anne Haney ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1984
Stephen Pearlman ...  Arnold Beckman 2 episodes, 1984
Kelli Maroney ...  Joanne 2 episodes, 1984
River Phoenix ...  Jeffie - Age 11 2 episodes, 1984
Benjamin Leighton Armstrong Benjamin Leighton Armstrong ...  The Minister 2 episodes, 1984
Mary Armstrong Mary Armstrong ...  Woman at Houston Playhouse 2 episodes, 1984
Nora Boland Nora Boland ...  Ruth Paine 2 episodes, 1984
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ...  Art 2 episodes, 1984
Kathleen Coyne ...  Bank Teller 2 episodes, 1984
Ted Demers Ted Demers ...  Bud 2 episodes, 1984
James Edgcomb James Edgcomb ...  Sergeant Finn 2 episodes, 1984
Howard Goodwin Howard Goodwin ...  Louie 2 episodes, 1984
Gordon Haight Gordon Haight ...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1984
Annie Heller-Gutwillig Annie Heller-Gutwillig ...  Jennie 2 episodes, 1984
Jay Louden Jay Louden ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1984
Jack Lucarelli ...  Jailer 2 episodes, 1984
John Morrissey ...  A.D. 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Ponzlov ...  Theatre Manager 2 episodes, 1984
John Walsh ...  Newscaster #1 2 episodes, 1984
Lesa Weis Lesa Weis ...  Kate Carpenter 2 episodes, 1984
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Storyline

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celebrity: Der Ruhm See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA See more »

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NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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Long and stale.
8 June 2003 | by VideoPokerAddictSee 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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