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Stan Lee[edit]

I'm sorry that I dont know alot about how to fix things and how to post correctly in wikipedia but a Good Cameo is Stan Lee. He has come out in every movie he has directed. I don't have links but I know for a fact that he comes out on them. This would fit good in Popular culture. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Isaiasnaruto (talkcontribs) 02:14, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

2 antitrust cameos[edit]

just added Miguel de Icaza and Scott McNealy who played in antitrust, i dont 100% remember Mr. Icaza being in the movie but Antitrust (movie) says he did, am going to watch it later to see if he is really in it

Spike Lee[edit]

According to the Internet Movie Database [1], Spike Lee does not appear in all of his films (just counting the fiction feature films, he did not appear in Get on the Bus, He Got Game, Bamboozled, 25th Hour, or She Hate Me). Furthermore, in some of his movies such as She's Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing, his role was too large for me to consider it a cameo. Could someone more familiar with Lee's work edit his entry to indicate in which films he truly played cameo roles? --Metropolitan90 09:19, 11 October 2005 (UTC)


One of the rules here is that Wikipedia content must be verifiable. I suggest that the current list of people and movies falls far short of that requirement. We can easily meet it, in my opinion, simply by pointing out which scene the person appears in. If anyone seconds this motion, I'll begin adding such references for the cases I'm familiar with, and others can do the same. Thanks. --Keeves 02:29, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

Video game cameo?[edit]

Some video games feature characters normally in a different video game series. These are usually called cameos. Does this deserve a mention? M2K E 21:44, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

No. That's more of a video game studio system. ::Ghosts&empties 09:43, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
Yes. It sloud be on it becusce it does count as a cameo games such as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne,SC2 and Kingdom hearts series have cameos .::Ratchetcomand 09:43, 9,25 ,2006 (UTC)


I cut the line about the Sicilian (the novel), because its not really a cameo; Puzo interweaves the story of Guiliano with the subplot of Godfather. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:47, 3 January 2007 (UTC).

Scorsese in Taxi Driver?[edit]

I think whoever posted that forgets that later in the movie Scorsese has a much longer appearence in which he converses with the protagonist for a number of minutes. Can you really call his appearence toward the beginning a cameo? Perhaps not. -- 19:40, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Lord of the Rings movies[edit]

Peter Jackson also manages to insert his and co-director Fran Walsh's two children in each of the movies. He also has film crew and Weta staff in some scenes. These are documented in the director's commentary on the DVDs. Do they count as cameo appearances? I'll insert the details later if there are no objections. —JustJimWillDo (talk) 01:39, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Jackson Images[edit]

This might be being taken care of elsewhere but... that Peter Jackson image is looking pretty darn fake. Madhackrviper 00:54, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Never mind, I looked into it, its probably real. Madhackrviper 15:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Why Cameo? (word origin)[edit]

The article doesn't explain why cameo appearances are called what they are. Are they somehow related to cameo art? —Nahum Reduta 04:36, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

It was already mentioned in the text ("Like a cameo brooch - a low-relief carving of a person's head orbust - the actor or celebrity is instantly recognizable"), so I added the link. --FinnFinn (talk) 17:19, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
This idea doesn't stand up. The relevant OED entry for cameo says "2. transf. and fig. Esp. a short literary sketch or portrait; a small character part that stands out from the other minor parts." and this is well supported by examples of usage. The essential feature of a cameo is that it is small but distinctive. Colonel Warden (talk) 17:46, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
ORIGIN: If you do a search on for the phrase cameo role, it has an entry for "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" and it says there was an afternoon TV show caled "Cameo Theatre," which presented condensed versions of plays and close-ups of actors. And later producer Mike Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days" widely used the term because of all the guest appearances in it in brief roles. This can be used by any editor who wants to add the origin to the article. 5Q5 (talk) 17:31, 15 May 2013 (UTC)


Usually you wouldn't call an appeareance of a director in its own movie "cameo" (tarantino for ex.), because the whole idea is based on someone popular, but alien to the movie or play itself appearing in it 20:28, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

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Peter Jackson[edit]

Current version: "Likewise, Peter Jackson has made brief cameos in all of his movies, except for the puppet movie Meet the Feebles." However, the page for Meet The Feebles states that "Peter Jackson has a cameo as an audience member dressed as an alien from "Bad Taste".".

These two don't make sense together, and I'm not sure which one is true, so I'm throwing this out there as something that needs changing. -Mindez -- (talk) 03:50, 5 April 2009 (UTC)


This page needs a line drawing under it before it ends up with a list of every cameo appearance ever made. The "Examples of cameos" section should be renamed something like "Types of cameos", and all the random examples at the end hacked off. — sjorford++ 14:48, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

types of cameo[edit]

there are other things that make cameo apperances. the only examples i have are vehicles, but there are probally others. and both examples are the millenium falcon actually. 1.- one of the star trek movies, in the battle against the borg thing, there is about a 2 second shot where you can see the falcon in the back round. 2. in revenge of the sith(episode 3) theres a ship that looks like the falcon thats blue, it's actually the millenium falcon, just 30 somthing years earlier. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:50, 21 February 2010 (UTC) Good call, and I have some more for you: in "Predator 2", one of the skeleton trophies is of the eponymous "Alien"s. And really pushing the envelope of the definition of "cameo" here, in one of the "Superman" movies, Clark Kent is rushing around looking for somewhere in which to change into his Superman outfit, stops very briefly at a phone both, shakes his head, and moves on. Could you argue that the phone booth is making a cameo appearance? Old_Wombat (talk) 11:03, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

What about Stephen King?[edit]

Despite accepting that in something like Wikipedia it is oh-so easy to include too many examples, I remain convinced that SK shoudl be included. He is a very high-profile writer. Old_Wombat (talk) 10:47, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

A sentence easily misinterpreted.[edit]

"In the film Apollo 13 James Lovell (the real commander of that flight) and his wife Marilyn appear next to the actors playing them".

This reads like the four of them are together in the one scene, which is of course not the case, and I'm sure the author of that sentence didn't mean it that way. Perhaps we could have instead:

"In the film Apollo 13, James Lovell (the real commander of that flight) appears next to the actor playing him (Tom Hanks). Similarly, Marilyn Lovell appears next to the actress playing her (Kathleen Quinlan.)" Old_Wombat (talk) 10:57, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Example of fictional character cameo: Miss Marple in an Hercule Poirot movie[edit]

Margaret Rutherford and her adjudant Stringer Davis had a very short cameo in The Alphabet Murders as Miss Marple. Quite nice, because the two famous detectives, both invented by Agatha Christie, meet in front of the police station (the music playes the Marple motive), see I am not a native speaker, so I will not edit the article (talk) 21:03, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

Someone has mergedd this comment to the arcticle. Thank you! (talk) 20:26, 16 January 2013 (UTC)


Surely this article should start with a definition of what a "cameo appearance" is? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:26, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

List of Hollywood stars having most cameos?[edit]

I recently saw 2 movies with cameos of Samuel L. Jackson (Xmen and Tron) and I'm wondering: Which stars have the most cameo appearences? Because stars are often doing cameos in good movies, and it would be great to find good movies by a cameo list of Hollywood stars. So why not to create a list with Hollywood stars having the most cameos? That would be great. (talk) 20:16, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

I suggest to create a table listing the actors name and the number of cameos and the movies where they play the cameos. Even more, those actors with most cameos could get an own section in which is written in details what kind of character they play. But...I don't know how to create tables in Wikipedia, not even a sortable table, please help! (talk) 20:26, 20 January 2013 (UTC)


There are many cameo appearances by well known musicians, sometimes playing themselves. E.g. The Blues Brothers (film) with James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin. Gene Krupa in Ball of Fire. Treme (TV series) has dozens. Actually this could be an entire article. (talk) 03:09, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Real World vs. Wiki World[edit]

In the real world a Cameo is a short descriptive literary sketch that neatly encapsulates someone or something or a small character part in a play or movie, done by a distinguished actor or a celebrity. That means, directors or real life figures appearing in movies as part of the dressing of a scene are just extras. On wiki of course, every millisecond of appearance without billing in the opening titles is considered a cameo, so lame articles like this one can get bloated… — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:26, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

No, cameo (appearance) has been in use for short non-speaking appearances long before Wikipedia even existed. See for example the Hitchcock cameos. Bever (talk) 09:08, 15 January 2015 (UTC)