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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
I got upgraded to first class in a flight from LAX to Memphis my senior year in college in 2004. I sat next to Steve Harvey on his way to do a show at one of the casinos in Tunica. He was pretty cool and we talked a little about what I was doing in California and where I was from. All of the women working at the Memphis airport freaked out when they heard Steve Harvey was there after we got off the plane


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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
1. In September 1978, when I was 12, my stepdad got 4 tickets to the Ali-Spinks rematch in the Superdome (2 pairs in separate sections). He brought along a drinking buddy and I was allowed to bring a friend. He and the drinking buddy met up with a bunch of other cronies and hung out at one of the Superdome bars, while my friend Mike and I wandered all over the Dome until the main event.

While we wandered around the corridors, I saw Judd Hirsch enter one of the bathrooms (carrying a full cocktail, too). This was when he was just getting his start; in fact, the 1st season of "Taxi" had just premiered. Mike and I waited outside the bathroom, and got his attention after he came out, asked for his autograph. He was very nice and polite and said 'sure, boys'. But we stupidly didn't have anything to sign or even a pen, so we said thanks anyway, and as he was turning to walk away, I added that we hoped his new show did well. He stopped and smiled and said that was nice to say, and thanked US. Really nice guy, I've always enjoy seeing him on screen since then.

2. The late CRAIG SAGER. Nice guy; I had the pleasure to speak with him twice.

The first was when I was in graduate school at Georgia Tech, in 1988. I had a couple of friends from New Orleans up visiting, catching Braves baseball and staying at my apartment during their spring break; mine was a different time. I finished a project at school around 10 PM on a weeknight, and we decided to go out for a beer or two to celebrate. We went to a relatively new sports bar in midtown Atlanta called Jocks and Jill's, which was noted because it had as part owners some Atlanta Hawks players, and though we didn't know it at the time, also Craig Sager.

So we walk in; there was hardly anybody at the place; we take a stool at the bar and the bartender comes over, and it's Craig Sager -- tending bar at 10 PM on a weeknight. He comes over and says, "Hi, fellas, I'm Craig (like we didn't already know)--whaddaya have?" We ordered some beers and he just hung out and talked to us about sports. Real down-to-earth, nice guy. The two topics I clearly remember us discussing were baseball expansion (he seemed to think Indianapolis had a great shot to get a team, certainly over New Orleans) and the fact that he had to interview Larry Bowa (who at that time was managing the Padres) the next day, and was dreading it as Bowa was quite full of himself, saying, (and I quote) "Larry Bowa--that guy's got the biggest f***ing head..."


The second time was during the 2015/2016 NBA season. My firm has really great Pelicans season tickets at mid-court right behind the scorers tables/press area, and Sager was wandering around there-- I guess it was a TNT game. I was there with my best buddy Mark, who was also at Jocks and Jill's that night in 1988. After the game, I caught Sager's attention and he came over. I told him we had met him before, at Jocks and Jill's in 1988-- his reaction was "tending bar at Jocks and Jill's?-- whoa, that's WAY BACK there..." We thanked him for his hospitality back then and wished him all the best. He said he was sorry he didn't remember that exact night, but it was his pleasure and he enjoyed dealing with people, and he wished us well, too. RIP, Craig.


3. Alex Trebek -- when I was on Jeopardy! in 2013. Other than the on-air taping interaction, the most I talked to him was the post game stand-around they do as the end credits roll. Our match was the last game of the season, and the other two contestants were standing around like completely mute nerds, so I broke the ice by saying 'last game of the regulars season, Alex-- but don't you still have the teacher tournament coming up?" to which he replied that while it would broadcast after our game, they had already taped it, and that he was looking forward to being on vacation for a few months. I asked if he had any travel plans for vacation, and to get the other two players involved in the conversation, I said-- "...I know Jared (the winner) has a lot of HIS money he can use to travel." That sort of broke the ice and we chatted for a little while later to fade out. But what was really cool about him was to see him behind the scenes, the way he dealt with the staff, the audience (he takes questions from the audience during commercial breaks), etc. Not a prima donna, a real class act. RIP, Alex.
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
Another good one, I was drunk and gambling in Tunica and I look across the table and drunkenly say “You look just like Ron White.” To which he replied “That’s because I am Ron White, you stupid frick.” The table laughed and we all got along greatly from there since save for casual bullshiteting I’d do with anyone at a blackjack table I didn’t really bother him. Some redneck super fan got up behind him and started harassing him for a picture and an autograph, and Ron flipped out on her in a way I couldn’t do justice here that just had the table laughing it’s arse off and her leaving all pissed. He acts just how you’d expect him to off stage.


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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
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Alex Trebek


Oh shit, I'd totally forgotten about him. I met him when I tried out for the College Tournament in 1995. Drove to Memphis for the audition.

Crushed the written test, and made it to the mock game round. It was cool to hear him call my name.

He came out from backstage and said, "I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but 90% of you just failed that test."

I never made it onto the show, however. I am supremely jealous.


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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
Very briefly after an event he keynoted, but Edward James Olmos.

He’s got some real comedic talent to him you don’t often see in his dramatic roles.

Really accommodating and generally all round cool dude.


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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
I know Tiffani Thiessen. She is super cool and down to earth.


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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
I met Redd Foxx in a mall in Birmingham. He was decked out. He said "Hey." I said I was a big fan. He just said "Thanks" and walked away with the people he was with - some tall skinny dude dressed like a pimp and some foxy brown sugar in a tight dress with an afro.

Met Tommy Lee Jones while being an extra in "Cobb." Seemed like a nice dude - has a huge head - too big for his body. He couldn't hit a baseball to save his life - they had to bring in the double (who was quite good and looked just like a younger him).

I've seen others far away but never talked to them. Have never really gone out of my way to meet anyone really. Have met some sports guys - but this is Movie/TV
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
Saw George Takei in the lobby at a comic book convention my mom and I were leaving as a little kid. a-hole wouldn't sign anything, and the Simpsons Comic Book Guy he was talking to waved us off like some gay autistic bodyguard.


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Saw George Takei in the lobby at a comic book convention my mom and I were leaving as a little kid. a-hole wouldn't sign anything, and the Simpsons Comic Book Guy he was talking to waved us off like some gay autistic bodyguard.


Takei is a fricking a-hole. Never heard anything good about him from a non-celebrity.


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PsychTiger
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
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I did cocaine with Wayne Toups. It was... well, you know...


No hookers with the blow?



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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
Bella Thorne and the rest of the tv cast of Disney's "Shake It Up" - My daughter was a child actress, singer and model of the same age and they became acquaintances. Bella was always very pleasant and considerate. My daughter got to hang out on the set with her. Zendaya was polite but a bit aloof perhaps, being two years older. I adored Ainsley Bailey, a real sweetheart, who despite the affected New Jersey accent of her character on the show was actually a Texas girl from Dallas and considerably older (22 playing a teenager). No, I have not seen Bella's Only Fans, nor care to. At one time back then we had her email address and phone. Her mom Tamara was an attractive woman and we shared some conversations (maybe she has an Only Fans now too?). I was once asked by an associate producer whether I was dating her. Think the whole family is a bit on the wacky side but they were very nice to us.

I have been in film scenes with Alison Brie and Will Farrell but couldn't otherwise interact with them. Alison was very cute in real life, but I've never taken note of her otherwise. We were told beforehand not to interact with Farrell.
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
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John Schneider
nicest dude you will ever meet

and great teeth


Julia Roberts at a Randalls




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Sao
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?

Met Owen Wilson in Dallas. He was just a nice normal guy.


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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
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I met Redd Foxx in a mall in Birmingham. He was decked out. He said "Hey." I said I was a big fan. He just said "Thanks" and walked away with the people he was with - some tall skinny dude dressed like a pimp and some foxy brown sugar in a tight dress with an afro.


That one is going to be hard to beat.


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nvasil1
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
I've met more behind the camera people than actual celebs through my sister. She has had some legitimately cool experiences with stars though.

My favorite might be when she worked for Shaun Cassidy, and he asked her to go apartment shopping with his mom. So my sister cruised around Los Angeles one day with Shirley Jones riding shotgun in her Ford Focus.
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Gondor
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
Lynda Carter was a total bitch. Lea Thompson was a sweetheart. Zack Levi was super nice.


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Woolfman_8
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
I met Brendan Frazier. Nice enough, we both got super drunk.

Keanu Reeves gave me his taxi because he thought he jumped me in line. Like he got in, pulled away, had the guy stop and got out and apologized for taking my cab, shook my hand and sent me on my way. That was super cool.


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Hugh Jackman came across as a really genuine person. His agent was from the same small town I used to live in. It had a beautiful local theater that was built in the 1890's that was facing foreclosure. Jackman and his agent invested hundreds of thousands to renovate the building and keep the theater afloat. They held a movie premiere charity event at the new renovated theater when Wolverine and Prisoners came out to help pay for a new local hospital. I only talked to him for a minute or two at the park, but Wolverine was out there fishing with the kids from town for a good chunk of the afternoon.
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MDB
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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
Had a sit down interview with Robert Duval back in the mid-80s. Spent 90 minutes over a po-boy at the Pig Stand restaurant in Ville Platte. He was scouting locations for his upcoming movie The Preacher.

Very down to earth and was almost interviewing me, took an actual interest in people to help build background on his characters. Soft-spoken but not gabby, he thought about what he was saying. Said Marlon Brando was the best actor he ever knew — from both The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.

Still have a great photo of us shaking hands after lunch.

Also had long chat with Dyan Cannon once in Abbeville, she was very laid back and sweet. Also very tiny — barely 5-feet tall and even cuter in person.



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re: Spin Off from OT - What Movie\TV celebrities have you met and how was the experience?
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Keanu Reeves gave me his taxi because he thought he jumped me in line. Like he got in, pulled away, had the guy stop and got out and apologized for taking my cab, shook my hand and sent me on my way. That was super cool.


Keanu Reeves I’ve heard nothing but great things about him on who he is at a human level.


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