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 Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I've met quite a lot but I'll keep it to those I've chatted with...

Composers John Barry, John Williams, Michael Nyman, Basil Poledouris ( Kev McGann, this was after the JB concert at the RAH in 98 wink ), Jerry Goldsmith, Andre Previn, Ron Goodwin, Stanley Black and Ennio Morricone ( through an interpreter )

Other films types... Arnold Scwarzenegger ( he'd just finished filming Conan The Barbarian and was still sporting long hair ), Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Stewart Grainger, Greta Scatchi, Caroline Monro, Madeline Smith, Ingrid Pitt, Ed Bishop, George Lazenby, Tom Baker, David Soul.

With the exceptions of Stanley Black and George Lazenby, all of the above were good encounters.


If I listed pop and rock musicians it would be a very long list, mostly due to the fact I've worked the back stages of Glastonbury Festival for nearly two decades.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I've told you all of this before! So don't read on if you remember my previous rabbits!

Rolf Harris - Met him in a lift (elevator) at Green Park tube station. Unmistakable poncho. He signed my tube ticket and did Scottish accents for us. Then he walked off making wobbleboard musical effects.

John Hurt - Was standing beside him in a bar in London. He was so pished he didn't recognise me.

Derek Wadsworth - Was playing jazz in The Red Lion pub (can you see a pattern?) in Ealing. Didn't even know it was him until they announced him as "Derek Wadsworth" and I asked him if he was the real one. Lovely man, very shy.

Oliver Reed - I lived across the road from him for a while in Guernsey. He got banned from the bars while I was there (do you see a pattern?), but before he got banned I held the door open for him so he could come in. He gave a charming "thank you" and a bit of a theatrical bow. Later that night he was in his little black underpants in the garden trying to climb through the hedge, and bellowing "FUCKING DOGS! You've RUINED my entire life"!

Kate Beckinsale's mum - Saw her knickers. Lovely woman.

Sheena Easton's cat - I worked with a man whose cat had her (cat's) kittens.

The Queen - I stood on the pavement as the car went by, energetically waving to her so that she HAD to wave back, thus changing the entire future like in A Sound of Thunder. Oops!

By the way, I don't think people who have actually WORKED in showbiz should be allowed to post. Unfair advantage.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

With the exceptions of Stanley Black and George Lazenby, all of the above were good encounters.

My friend has the best story about Lazenby who was a huge jerk at a convention. At the end of the day, he ended up in a crowded elevator with the guy. Halfway up, the elevator seized and stopped working. No one knew what to do, and my friend blurted out "well, you're James Bond, DO SOMETHING!" and everyone (except ol George) burst out laughing. A moment after the elevator moved on its own and he got off in a hurry.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

With the exceptions of Stanley Black and George Lazenby, all of the above were good encounters.

My friend has the best story about Lazenby who was a huge jerk at a convention. At the end of the day, he ended up in a crowded elevator with the guy. Halfway up, the elevator seized and stopped working. No one knew what to do, and my friend blurted out "well, you're James Bond, DO SOMETHING!" and everyone (except ol George) burst out laughing. A moment after the elevator moved on its own and he got off in a hurry.


Love it! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

That story reminds me of the time my aunt told me when she and others were in the elevator with GEORGE BURNS and for a minute the elevator stopped between floors. So someone said to George, Your God get us out of here.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

I've met Lukas Kendall...and One cast member from LAWRENCE OF ARABIA ( Zia Moheyuddin who played Tafas).

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

There is no greater honor in this world then to sit down and talk to OUR MAN KENDALL

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

A few at signings and Memorabilia shows in Birmingham:

Stu Phillips
Catherine Schell (Maya from Space 1999)
Tony Iommi (guitarist with Black Sabbath)
Iain Banks
Roy Marsden (Adam Dalgliesh in the P.D. James stories)
Val Lehman (Bea from Prisoner Cell Block H)
Michael Jayston (Guillam from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Peter Egan (Paul from Ever Decreasing Circles)
Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan, Blake's 7)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

With the exceptions of Stanley Black and George Lazenby, all of the above were good encounters.

Well, I`ve never met Stanley Black (actually I do not know who he is) but I do have met George Lazenby and it was quite a good experience. I can tell you a true story about him. Two years ago he attended a convention in Stockholm and the thing is I stayed at the same hotel as him and the other guests and later on the evening I was sitting at the hotel bar with my friends and Lazenby and Jane Badler was sitting at the table next to us. So when Badler decided to get back to her room Lazenby found himself alone at that table so he asked us if he could join us at our table and ofcourse he could. So he moved his chair to our table and he got seated right next to me and started to chat with us. Told us so many anecdotes that I can`t remember them all but a few of them. He did NOT seem like he was that jerk that some of you guys remembered him to be.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Many moons ago I worked in theatre for a dozen years or so, and met many famous people during that time. One person that I was pleased to meet was Richard Attenborough, who was very nice. Sorry to hear he is now in poor health.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


Michael Jayston (Guillam from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)



Quite jealous of this one (and Timmer's list of course!) - a big fan of Mr Jayston from his Quiller days.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Anyone met Michael Madsen?

This upcoming weekend I`ll be attending the Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention in Malmö, Sweden where he will be one of the guests (alongside Jane Badler, George Lazenby, Sylvester McCoy and Carl Weathers).

Those other guests have been guests at this convention before but Madsen is going to do his first appearance at this convention so I wonder how your experience have been with meeting him, was he on a good mood or not, just curious.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

No, never met Michael Madsen, but I sure fancied his sister when she was younger! smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)


Michael Jayston (Guillam from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)



Quite jealous of this one (and Timmer's list of course!) - a big fan of Mr Jayston from his Quiller days.


He was cool. He explained why he wasn't available to do the sequel to Tinker Tailor, Smiley's People. And we chatted about how his voice was more familiar than his face because of all the voiceovers he did for ads in the 80s.

And I'm very jealous of your John Barry.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

He did NOT seem like he was that jerk that some of you guys remembered him to be.

I think everybody has off days. I've heard people say that effects artist Tom Savini is a real jerk in person, yet when I was waiting nearby as my brother met him, he looked very nice and energetic. I also had a friend tell me that actor Michael Biehn was a real jerk, looking annoyed by every autograph or photo request despite the fact that's what he was there for. But then someone else told me he was one of the nicest celebrities they had ever met, and that he was warm and welcoming to all his fans, talking and laughing with them around his table. There's even a video I saw on Youtube where he's talking with a small group of fans and answering their questions. It's not even a real Q&A session, but looks more like just a casual chit-chat away from all the autograph tables.

Also, there are a lot of fans out there who feel entitled to special treatment. So I wouldn't be surprised if they simply exaggerate their encounters to make certain celebrities sound worse than they really were, just because they weren't given the treatment or attention they thought they deserved.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I met & partied with a whole bunch of Norwegian celebrities back in the mid 2000s when I was somewhat of a celeb myself, but not so much anymore. I doubt any of you have heard of them, anyway. Well, maybe his Majesty, the King of Norway, the royal family and the prime minister who I met during the king's 70th birthday (the king greeted me and urged me to score more goals!).

Internationally, I've met several film composers and even had the opportunity to interview some of them. Names here include James Horner, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Elliot Goldenthal, Angelo Badalamenti, Alberto Iglesias, David Julyan, Pino Donaggio, David Newman, Richard Sherman, Graeme Revell, Bruce Broughton, Marco Beltrami and several others.

I've also had a long interview with director Joe Dante and the famous cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.

And I've hung out backstage with legendary footballer Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne, who looked worse for wear.

Those were some off the top of my head.

Some of my wishes & dreams: Steven Spielberg, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, Gary Oldman.

Curiously not that many of the 'big' Hollywood actors.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Ernie Harwell (The late great Detroit Tiger play by play announcer), Gordie Howe (Perhaps the greatest player to ever play hockey) the late, great Marvin Gaye (at a charity golf tournament put on by the late great Alex Karras.

Andrew Robinson (The Scorpio Killer in Dirty Harry better known these days as Garak on Deep Space Nine) Stephen Furst (Flounder from Animal House, Dr. Elliott Axelrod on St. Elsewhere, Vir Cotto on Babylon 5) June Lockhart (of Lassie, Petticoat Junction and Lost in Space) her daughter Anne Lockhart from the original Battlestar Galactica, Dirk Benedict from Battlestar Galactica and The A Team, Bernie Koppel from Love Boat and Get Smart, John DeLancie (Q from 3 different Star Trek Series) Marina Sirtis from ST:TNG, Donny Most from Happy Days, Laurette Spang from Battlestar Galactica. James Doohan everyone's favorite Enterprise engineer. (Sometimes taking my kid sister, who ain't exactly a kid anymore, to the Motor City Comic convention is worth it as she travels with her service dog. Dogs are celebrity magnets. smile )


Others that come to mind Mickey Rooney at least twice, Elaine Joyce (Broadway's Sugar and a semi regular on Match Game, now Mrs. Neil Simon), Chloris Leachman, Linda Kay Henning (Petticoat Junction and of course her dad was the producer of Beverley Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction) Vincent Price, Hal Linden, Pia Zadore, Dolores Gray, Elizabeth Allen, Earl Wrightson, and Joel Grey.


I may remember more later.


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO GARY S- What was your impression of Vinnie Price?Ernie Harwell, great announcer. Someday the tigers will win again.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2014 - 4:26 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I've met Liam Neeson a few times. He owns a holiday home near to mine on the Antrim Coast in N Ireland, so I've had a few chats over a beer with him.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2014 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Which football team does he (Liam Neeson) support?

 
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