Moment to Shine: 20 Beloved Cameos by Our Favorite Actors

Do you love seeing your favorite celebrities appear by surprise in movies, TV shows, or music videos? It’s always fun to spot these unexpected cameos. They often leave us with a feeling of pleasant surprise and renewed admiration for our favorite stars. From Brad Pitt appearing as an annoying neighbor to Iron Man’s cameo on Friends—there are plenty of funny and heartwarming random cameos out there. 

In this blog post, we will list 20 memorable celebrity appearances that bring joy to the screen and put a smile on everyone’s face.

1. Chuck Norris

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The OP shared, “For me firstly, Chuck Norris randomly showing up as one of the Dodgeball Judges Randomly like ok sure.

“Also, Randomly, Lance Armstrong, before the Controversy, just put down Peter for quitting.

“In the movie This is The End, Channing Tatum Randomly shows up as himself but as Danny Mcbride’s Gimp.

“Billy Idol randomly in the Wedding Singer on the Plane

“And gotta go Weird Al in the Naked Gun, where Frank gets off the Plane and thinks there’s this considerable media fanfare for him with a podium and everything, and it’s like, no, this is not for you. Weird Al Yankovic was on the Plane. This is for him.”

2. Neil Patrick Harris

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One user added, “Neil Patrick Harris in the first ‘Harold and Kumar’ movie.”

Another user commented, “That role was so good. It resurrected his career!”

One Redditor replied, “Absolutely. There’d be no Barney Stinson without Neil Patrick Harris tripping b-.'” 

“And then he kept on doing it in the sequels too. I especially like in ‘Christmas’ how they address his real-life orientation by having him being gay as just a façade for his public image, to the point of having NPH’s real-life husband David Burtka appear as a beard paid to act as such (in reality they hate each other and are venomous spewing insults in each other’s face every chance they get),” one user shared.

Another commenter exclaimed, “By that point, it was one of the only funny gags lol.”

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

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“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar getting grilled by the kid in Airplane for not hustling up the court is the obvious answer,” one user responded.

Another user commented, “I think you’re mistaking him for Roger Murdoch, the copilot.

One user quoted, “Roger Roger.”

4. David Bowie

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One Redditor shared, “David Bowie in Zoolander.”

Another user commented, “I actually think I find Billy Zane funnier. It’s just so random and specific.”

“Put a cork in it, Zane!” one Redditor replied. 

5. Tom Petty

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One user shared, “Kevin Costner’s The Postman is a notorious disaster of a film, but there is one bit of inspiration where Tom Petty, of all people, shows up as the leader of a settlement. And it’s implied he’s playing himself with this exchange between him and Costner:

“‘I recognize you. Weren’t you famous?’

“‘Yeah. I used to be. Kinda.’

“Apparently, Tom Petty survived the apocalypse and became mayor of a small town.” 

6. Bill Murray 

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One user mentioned “Bill Murray in Zombieland.”

Another replied, “BILL’ MURRAY! Sorry, I know that’s not your middle name.”

One commenter responded, “This is what I was looking for; that was absolutely hilarious..”

Another Redditor added, “‘Do you have any regrets?’ ‘No… Garfield maybe.'”

One user said, “Even though I’m a huge movie buff when watching that film for the first theaters time when they show the gate to his mansion with his initials, I was scratching my brain in those few seconds before his reveal, wondering who this could possibly be. Never in my wildest dreams would I think it was Bill Murray lol I remember the theater going crazy when we all figured out who it was, and of course, he made his appearance. ‘… Garfield maybe’ lol!”

7. Keanu Reeves

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“Keanu in Always Be My Maybe, of course! I went into that film blind and was blown away when he turned up.”, one user shared.

Another user replied, “That is my vote too. I have never seen Reeves being that funny before.”

One added, “This is my vote; the restaurant scene was hilarious.”

8. Mark Hamill

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Another Redditor posted, “Mark Hamill in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Hey Kids, It’s Mark Hamill! His movie-within-a-movie character’s name always makes me snicker too.”

One user exclaimed, “Carrie Fisher was in it as well.”

9. Tom Cruise

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One Redditor commented, “Tom Cruise in Austin Powers 3… what a hilarious cameo.”

Another user added, “Plus, Stephen Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny De Vito, and Kevin Spacey also make an appearance in the same film.”

One user commented, “I just love that the studio gave MM a huge budget for the 3rd one, and he basically said, “Fine, I’ll spend it all for the intro.”

10. David Hasselhoff

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“David Hasselhoff in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” one user added.

Another user replied, “Also, his quick appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was perfect.”

11. Channing Tatum

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“Tatum has two of the best cameos in recent years. This Is The End and Bullet Train,” one user replied.

Another user commented, “I feel like Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock being in Bullet Train was because Brad Pitt cameoed in The Lost City.”

“Also, The Hateful Eight. He’s the king of cameos,” one commenter responded. 

12. Hugh Jackman

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One user commented, “Hugh Jackman in the Night at the Museum third movie.”

Another user replied, “THEY MADE A THIRD ONE?!”

One user answered, “Yes, and it’s great, in my opinion.”

Another user responded, “They’re all great unless you have no capacity to feel joy or wonder in your life.”

13. Brad Pitt

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“I just rewatched Being John Malkovich, and the tiny cameos in that are fantastic. Skipping Brad Pitt’s interview and a 2-second shot of Andy clapping is hilarious to me,” one Redditor added.

A user also commented, “We all just want to control our puppets, lest they control us.”

14. Alice Cooper

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One user posted, “Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World.”

Another commenter replied, “And in Dark Shadows. Heather Locklear has a tiny cameo in Wayne’s World too.”

“I came here to say that bit in Wayne’s World 2 where they swap out a side character with a ‘good actor,’ and it’s Charlton Heston, lol,” added one user. 

15. Bob Barker

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One user shared, “How has nobody mentioned Bob Barker?”

Another commenter said, “‘The price is wrong b—h!’ I prefer to think of that as a supporting role, not a cameo. He deserved an Oscar.”

Another user excitedly shared, “It won an MTV movie award for best fight. Barker accepted it in person.”

16. Miley Cyrus 

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“Miley Cyrus in The Night Before,” one Redditor posted.

Another user replied, “Is The Night Before the Joseph Gordon Levitt Xmas one? Cause if so, that Miley Cyrus scene is hilarious. The panicked look on his ex-girlfriend’s face after he proposes to Miley serenading is amazing.”

17. Brett Favre

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One Redditor shared, “Brett Favre—Something About Mary.”

One user also commented, “And no one can pronounce his last name.” 

18. Liam Neeson

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“Liam Neeson buying Trix in Ted 2,” one user posted.

Another Redditor replied, “I always watch past the credits, just to see if there’s a sting, and the payoff of doing that with Ted 2 for the second bit of Liam Neeson was seriously all the validation I needed to continue the practice. Such a hilarious cameo.”

19. Topher Grace

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One user commented, “Topher Grace in Ocean’s Eleven.”

Another user replied, “I love that he allowed them to play off his embarrassing real-life. Getting a big head, leaving the show early for movie roles, and bombing in everything.”

One user reacted and responded, “At least he always acted well in those movies and then was finally in a good one with Black Klansman. I imagine we’ll end up seeing a few more good ones from him eventually. Besides, if he stayed on the show, how long until he’s dating Jackie too?” 

20. Chris Evans

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One Redditor posted, “Chris Evans in Free Guy.”

Another user exclaimed, “That one was absolutely epic! ‘Oh, what?!'”

Do you agree with the actors listed here? Let us know your thoughts!

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