questionswho is the most famous celebrity you have been…

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I ran into Andie McDowell one day in Target and got her autograph. I waved at Bob Denver (Gilligan) one afternoon from his neighbor's deck. When the Crosby Golf Tournament was a yearly event, I saw lots of celebs up close but never got to meet them. I live in the same city as Maya Angelou... does that count? :-)

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Spanky McFarland (Our Gang) was a customer of my dad's pharmacy in Fort Worth. I only met him once though.

I shook hands (only 2 fingers) with Jimmy Carter when he was giving a speech in Dallas. I was in high school and went as a part of my government class grade.

Mike Connors (Mannix) when I was about 18 and we were in LA.

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) about 15 years ago or so at a signing. Have a picture of him with my son.

I think that's it.

Oh, my ex waited in line for a spiral ham behind James Doohan(Star Trek) when we lived in WA.

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met John Elway, Bobby Orr, Ronnie Lott, Jeff Kemp, Steve young, Mike Holmgren, Roger Craig, Bubba Paris, Ed McMahon, Ice T, Sir Mix-a-lot, and a few others.
Delivered pizza when I was 19 to 4 or 5 of the 49ers who lived in South San Jose, weekly to bubba paris. He would always send his fat little kid to the door to pay, and the kid always kept the extra few bucks that I knew his dad intended as a tip. Mike Holmgren attended the same church as my family in the 80's, and occasionally he would bring a 49ers player by for us to meet.

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Lets see, I've seen a bunch of celebrities and "celebrities" I don't care about... Julia Roberts at the grocery store, Howie Mandel at wood ranch, Britney spears at the Mercedes Dealership... I saw internet stars octomom and chris crocker at disneyland (on different days of course) uhm... I'm sure there are more but most of them weren't people worth remembering.

Saw UFC Fighter Bas Rutten at Lampost Pizza that was awesome, he was with his fambly so I didn't want to disturb him (He has a gym near me and I got to talk to him when they opened it so that was cool) I met Fabrico Werdum a week or two after he beat down fedor at a BJJ tournament.

I got to talk to Jeremiah Green from modest mouse, and that was pretty cool. He signed my copy of Night on the Sun and it's one of my prized modest mouse possessions. I seen Isaac a couple times but never really felt comfortable bugging him (he was pretty incognito both times) and I don't even know what I'd say w/o sounding dumb if I met him.

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Lou Reed and Robin Williams used to buy computer games and magazines from the stores I managed in NY City. The guy who owned the stores lived down the hall from Rodney Dangerfield and I rode the elevator with him several times.

Part of 8MM was filmed in the cemetary across the street from where I lived at the time (in Fresh Meadows, though the movie calls it Douglaston, which is several miles east of where the scene was filmed). Nick Cage was within 20 feet on two occasions.

Edit: Buzz Aldrin's daughter attended the same church as I did at one time. I met him briefly after a service one Sunday.

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Had breakfast with Zora & Effie Duntov in the 80's. Only cool to a car guy.
Dad wrote letters back & forth with Smokey Yunick back into the 60's, still have those somewhere, but one of our family vacations took a several hundred mile detour so Dad could go by the Best Damn Garage in Town and meet him. I remember the trip & the detour, but not meeting Smokey.

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Met Toby Keith once when he came to Kentucky. Nice guy.

That's about it. We don't get many famous people here where I live.

Oh! Almost forgot, I know the families of quite a few NASCAR drivers and I once met Johnny Depp's grandma. He was actually born in my hometown, so it's logical that he still had kin live here.

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I said hello to Alexander Solzhenitsyn when he had first come to the U.S. and was rummaging through the archives at Columbia University.

My dad had his car serviced a couple of times at a garage owned by the Unser family, and he met a few of them I guess. Long time ago, though, and now I can't ask him for details.

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Gene Kranz.

The movie depicts him very well, it was great to chat a little with him.

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I met Vince Black in the airport once. It was kinda odd, very few people recognized him. He was really nice though.

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I ran into the judge from Night Court when I was on vacation in South Carolina.

Met Astronaut Story Musgrave in Philly, and got to speak with Neil deGrasse Tyson in Princeton this year (got my picture taken with him too. He's super nice).

Met Christie Todd Whitman when she was our Governor, before Bush taped her to run EPA.

Oh, and I saw Bruce Springsteen once in Freehold, NJ. He was just with his kids getting ice cream. I didn't try to go up to him or anything because he kind of got mobbed and I didn't want to be one more guy asking for an autograph or whatever. He also seemed real nice though.

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I once almost elbowed Michael Andretti in the face. I was in the paddock (outdoor garage) area at the Detroit Grand Prix watching the cars go through inspection before going out for practice. I had my hand up, shielding my eyes from the glare coming off the river. Mom nudged me and pointed behind me. I turned, without taking my hand down and my elbow was about 18 inches away from Michael Andretti's nose.

I also met Richard Schiff (Toby from The West Wing) in a the bar at Keystone ski resort while getting lunch. Nice guy.

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Stood in line behind Robin Williams when going to see the Truman Show. People were offering to let him jump the line, but he just smiled and declined. He is really short...although I am freakishly tall, as well.

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I was close to Bow Wow, when I was an extra in a movie. I also walked by John Cena in an airport once. That's pretty much it. I live in Brad Pitt's hometown, but I've never seen him.

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I'm a police officer and got to meet and greet and babysit these celebs when they came to perform at our fair at some point during my 21 years: The Judds, Alan Jackson, Boston, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera (during her Genie in a Bottle early days) and Reba McIntyre. Reba and the Judds were both real cool and down to earth. Myself and another officer picked up Reba at the airport and put her in an old steamer trunk (her idea) and brought her to her trailer. It was a hoot and she had a great time.

On another note, my first cousin is Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame. We share the same last name and that is about all. Thankfully for my family's sake he has stayed out of trouble lately.

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I met Dee Wallace Stone and Jeff Fahey. I used to babysit Chief's player Deron Cherry's kid, that was FUN. That's it. We don't get too many famous people out where I live.

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@milujite: My friend used to live there. She said she saw him one time there back when he first married Jennifer Annistan. She didn't approach him though :)

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Sela Ward, Kathy Ireland, Oil Can Boyd, Bill Cosby and my all-time favorite athlete Walter Payton.

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I met Shatner....and he wasn't a tool. Actually took a few minutes to talk and was nice guy.

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Ahnold. I met him working a telethon in Columbus, Ohio.

Actually met 2 times, each different years, working the same event. Early 90s, long before he became the governator.

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@thedogma: I met him too! At Amsterdam airport, got him to sign my plane ticket.

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I'm gonna date myself here, but I stood at a urinal next to comedian Red Buttons - he really is short (get your mind out of the gutter!).

Saw Dinah Shore make an entrance into a Chicago hotel - when nobody noticed, she backed up, re-entered and swooped her fur coat off. People finally noticed...

Burt Reynolds going through LAX.

Phil Collins in a church in Switzerland for the baptism of his new godson.

And I can see Dog the Bounty Hunter's house from my deck!

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Soupy Sales frequented the restaurant I worked at. He always had funny and dirty jokes to tell, genuinely a nice guy. I went to one of his stand-up shows and got his autograph at the end. He was great at letting us have a little chit chat with him, rather than some that do the autograph and can't wait to leave. (for the younger Wooters out there, you probably have no idea who I'm talking about)

Met astronaut Michael Collins, had dinner then a meet and greet.

David Schwimmer was doing a movie nearby and I got to get a glimpse close enough for a cell phone pic.

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I met Billy Crystal one time in New York. His parents lived in an apartment under my grandparents. He was on Saturday night live as a host and I met him the next day. This was after he had started doing movies so I am sure he stayed up late partying with his old friends. You could tell he was hungover but he was still really nice and we got pics with him.

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I'm on the east coast, near Philadelphia, so the odds of running into a celebrity are pretty rare. That being said, I've met:

Jewel -- she grabbed my nose during a conversation I had with her.
Olivia Munn -- she grabbed my nose when I told her about Jewel.
Paul McCartney -- no nose grabbing.
Terrence Howard -- He actually lives in my area and ran into him in a Corner Bakery

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I brought Toni Tennille a bandaid when I worked at Lowe's in Carson City, she lives near Lake Tahoe. When I worked at Harrah's in Tahoe I cashed checks for Neil Sedaka, Debbie Reynolds and Bruce Dern. The closest I got to a celeb I actually care about...I touched Elton John's red piano (but not him).

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I met and danced with Gwyneth Paltrow at the film rap party for Emma. I'd been drinking tequila and other things all day so it was not my finest moment when I spoke to her. Crazy fun day though. :)

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Mine are all music related that I can think of. Stood near Jonathan Davis of Korn fame while he and his kid played at a Gameworks in Cincinnati surrounded by bodyguards. Was into their music when I was a teenager, so that was an interesting random run-in. Didn't say hi though since he was clearly wanting uninterrupted family time.

Besides that, I've hung out with a few bands more intentionally. Been on stage/backstage at Warped Tour. Probably the most internationally known band I've hung out with is OK Go. Hung out many a time with Biffy Clyro. The Wombats. Feeder. Polysics. Twin Atlantic. Hot Hot Heat. Pantera. Blue Man Group. Some of those just brief meetings, some proper time spent.

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Alice Cooper, Ron Wood from the Rolling Stones, Mel Torme, The Ramones, Kiss, Glenn Danzig, Michael & Pamela Des Barres, Weird Al, Ray Manzarek, Motley Crue.... can you tell I used to live in L.A.? Met famous people all the time.

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James Franco was wandering around my area one night surrounded by a gaggle of teenage girls. I was within 10 feet of him or so, but didn't feel like hassling him any further than he already was.

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At a restaurant bar in Encino, CA, while having dinner with some friends, there was an older, tall man sitting at the bar alone. Upon closer inspection it was Chick Hearn, the legendary Lakers announcer, who we would later learn lived just down the street. So we just went over to say hello and let him know we appreciated his work. Well, it seemed he was in a talkative mood and basically bought drinks for everyone and held court for two hours, telling stories that he could never tell on TV.

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I met Big Show at the tampa bay airport.
My dad is freinds with Manny Puig from wild boys.
My dad is also really good friends with Tim Howard's dad and I have a bunch of his Jersey's.
When I live in Miami, I would also see the Rock, Jose Canseco and misc Baseball players.
Since I've moved to Kentucky and attended the derby a few times I've seen Michael Jordan and Kobe (heavily protected - couldn't get near them) and actually got to chat a bit with Charlize Theron at the derby.

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I'm less than seven degrees removed from Kevin Bacon.

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When I was a radio dj, I meant tons of musicians... I would need a new thread just to list them. But as for well known... I guess that would be Dick Clark.

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@cowboydann: I met Randy Couture in an elevator in Bend, OR. lol Random

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Bobo Brazil many years ago. I said "Hey bobo", he said "Hey kid". Gary Coleman came in to a place I worked in Ohio with his grandfather. Living in NH, you get to rub elbows with various Presidential candidates and their entourage, including Chuck Norris last time around.
Back in the midwest,I played Angus Young's guitar if just for a second when he was on Bon Scott's shoulders wading through the audience.

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I've met lots of bands, but not very many that are really mainstream, I guess the most being the All American Rejects. I did meet and chat with Hillary Clinton back when she was just gearing up for the presidential run (aka when she was a senator in NY).

I feel more (in)significant when I run into the CEO of my company at the coffee shop at work, though, to be honest.

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I have met Astronaut/Senator John Glenn while he was eating lunch at a local restaurant in Columbus.

If Signatures after a performance count, I have talked to Kevin Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, and Josh Blue after their shows and got autographs.

although for the most part I will avoid trying to get near someone that everyone is trying to see, this year one of the places I do service for was having Obama come by, and because I was an employee I had a chance to attend but I turned it down, not because of political issues, but a wasted day at work to go get patted down by secret service and everything else to get a worse view of someone I can watch on TV, just didn't interest me

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I've met and chatted on multiple occasions with Tony Romo and when she was with him (back in the day) Jessica Simpson.

I've met and had lunch with Colin Powell (granted there were about 10 other people there as well.) That was probably my mo

Also, met Oprah about 10 years ago when I was young so I don't remember much about it.

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Shook hands w/& spoke briefly to President Eisenhower; he had left office. A memory so dear to me; he was, and is, my hero. Talked to BB King for about 10 minutes in the LV airport. Very friendly and a true gentleman! Thrilling to me because I've loved him/his music forever. The Thrill is Gone. But, not for me. :-)

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I shook hands with Oprah at a taping of her show. She complimented me on my handshake.

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Also met Jerry Clower, Darryl Worley and John Grisham.

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@claudicina: I saw Randy scurrying through Portland airport with his family.

I saw Ray Charles in LA airport about 12 years ago...but he didn't see me.

I had a beer with Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints) when I was in LA visiting a friend. We talked for about an hour and a half. That puts me within 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon as well.

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I met Dr. James Dobson once from focus on the family. That was quite exciting. I know... I've lived a sheltered life.

Honestly, I probably wouldn't recognize pretty much any celebrity from TV or the big screen. All the celebrities that I would have recognized are long dead or about dead... like lucille ball, desi arnez, john wayne, guy williams (the biggest hunk ever... had a crush on him as a teenager and then found out he was dead... very bad day for me).

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@stupimlico: "I saw Ray Charles in LA airport about 12 years ago...but he didn't see me." So very bad! Yet funny, too. O_o I had the pleasure of seeing/hearing him in concert about 50 years ago. (Yes that is a five followed by a zero.)

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In 1976 I was onstage with and met Bill Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General; reason being that I was the M.C. at a Veteran's Day program in our town of <3,000 that he attended as a guest of honor. I also got his autograph on a program.

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@gmwhit: I'm glad someone caught that. That's one of my best jokes! ;-)
pretty jealous of you seeing him in concert, that's quite a memory.