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Meeting the Stars--Celebrity Encounters I've Had
F. Murray Abraham--a fine gentleman
Michael Biehn--He forgot his ID
Joe Turkel--A friendly guy with a spooky face
Meeting the stars in person
Everyone probably has their stories about celebrity encounters. I did a hub a few months back about my meeting with a pre-famous Angelina Jolie. Well, I've got a few other stories about celebrity encounters that I thought were amusing so I thought I'd share them.
I used to work at the AAA motor club and they had a lot of celebrity clients who would come in from time-to-time about car insurance or international driving permits or whatever else they might need. So I got to meet a few of them. Here are a few anecdotes.
F. Murray Abraham
This was one of the nicest celebrities I met. He was a gentlemen and a regular down-to-earth guy. He was friendly and approachable during his visit. He ended up talking to the AAA travel agent about his wife's home made tomato sauce. He was so happy with the job the travel agent did that he promised to bring him a can. Sure enough, he stopped by personally a few days later to drop off the can of tomato sauce to the agent. He was a very nice guy.
If the name isn't familiar, Michael Biehn played the time-traveling hero Reece in The Terminator. He played the crazy Johnny Ringo in Tombstone. He was also in Aliens and the Abyss. He came in for some insurance but he didn't have the proper two forms of ID he needed to get some. He told the travel agent, "But I'm a famous actor! Everyone knows me!" Then he went around the room looking for people who recognized him to prove who he was. I vouched for him.
Another unfamiliar name? He is probably best known for playing Dr. Tyrell in Bladerunner. He was also the bartender in the Shining. I was in the lobby of the building when he went by and I thought I recognized him, so I said, "Excuse me, but were you ever a movie actor?" He said, "Yes, and I still am, young man." I told him I recognized his face. "From which picture" he asked. I said "Bladerunner" and he replied, "Ah! Dr. Tyrell. I enjoyed making that film." He talked to me for about a minute and then had to run. A very nice guy.
David Patrick Kelly:
Before I tell this story, let me preface by saying I only met him the one time and its entirely possible I just caught him on a bad day. This may not be typical behavior for him. (Or maybe it is.) Having said that, here's the story: David Patrick Kelly is a little guy known for playing villains. He's best known as the psycho gang member from the film The Warriors, who yells "Warriors! Come out to Pla-ay!" He's also been in 48 Hours, Commando, the Crow and Dreamscape. He came into the AAA to attend to something. While he was in the waiting room, he sat in the corner, talking on the phone and trying to keep his face hidden. Some people seemed to recognize him but since he was on the phone, no one approached him. When he was called for his turn, he sat at the desk and never smiled: he barely even talked. When he was walking out, I said to him, "Say, aren't you the actor from the Warriors?" Kelly mumbled "Uh-huh" and walked quickly past me, without ever looking directly at me. (Maybe he was having a bad day.)
Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Steve Zahn:
I met these three while I was working at the Playwrites Horizon theater in NY. They were in a show there. Robert Sean Leonard (Who plays Dr. Wilson on House MD) was very nice and pleasant. Hawke was basically polite but seemed a bit full of himself and liked to glad-hand with the rest of the cast. He was always fashionably late and invariably made a big entrance. Zahn refused to talk to me. (Callista Flockhart of Ally McBeal was there, too, but I didn't speak to her.)
I've seen others too, but had very little interaction with them. When I was an intern at Women's Wear Daily magazine, I saw Jerri Hall (the former Mrs. Jagger) but peons like me couldn't get too close to her. Paul Schaffer (from the David Lettermen show) came into the AAA once but nothing of note happened.
So those are my celebrity stories. F. Murray Abraham, Joe Turkle and Robert Sean Leonard were the nicest ones. Zahn was a jerk (And possibly Kelly, too, but I can't be sure.) Hawke was a bit pompous but he was Okay. Biehn seemed okay, too.