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The Stephen King Cameo

Updated on October 10, 2014

Who is he this time?

Over the years Stephen King has made over 18 cameo appearances in Films, Television Shows and Commercials (and yes, even in Fictional Writing). Each time a new Stephen King video adaptation comes out, "constant readers" (as his fans are known) around the world gather together to watch and to find Mr. King's cameo appearance. How many do you recognize?

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Note: Some YouTube videos have restrictions which prevent them from being embedded into other web sites. For this reason I have provided direct links to the YouTube pages for available Stephen King cameo clips, as well as embedded versions for those that allow embedding.

Maximum Overdrive (1986) - Man At Cashpoint

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The first time I recognized Stephen King in one of his Cameo appearances was while watching the opening to the film Maximum Overdrive (1986), where he appeared in the film as "Man At Cashpoint," at my hometown drive in theatre. Alas, this drive in theatre no longer exists, but this remains my favorite Stephen King Cameo to date.

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Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive Videos - Cameo: Man At Cashpoint

Video: maximum overdrive chapter1. Stephen King's Cameo appearance begins approximately 1 minute, 23 seconds into this clip.

Warning: this video clip does contain a mild curse word.

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The Shining (1997) - Band Leader

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There are those who, for their own reasons, strongly dislike the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining. I, myself, have no qualms with it. I think that, as a movie, it is a perfectly good piece of cinematic history and well worth seeing. If you would ask me which is the better film, however, I would have to say that Stephen King's 1997 Mini Series of The Shining is both the stronger film (for a variety of reasons), as well as the more accurate adaptation of the Novel. Stephen King's Cameo appearance here as the Band Leader is probably my second favorite Stephen King Cameo.

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Stephen King's The Shining Videos - Cameo: Band Leader

A video of Stephen King's Cameo appearance in this film is not available at this time.

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King vs Kubrick

Which version of The Shining do you prefer?

Stephen King's The Shining

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    • anonymous 2 years ago

      King's version, of course, because it is the REAL Shining and not some comic version (Kubrik's) that doesn't even resemble the book. The book was terrifying and King's Shining is exactly like the book. Still have a fear of topiaries.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I like both versions for different reasons, overall though the miniseries wins the day. On a separate note, King had two cameo appearances in the miniseries, what about when Jack punctured the tyre (tire) and a group of students were watching, one of those was Stephen King...........

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Tim - - > If, as you say, "the original is always the best", then you should like SK's movie best. HIS BOOK is the original, and HIS MOVIE follows HIS BOOK the best. Duh.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      One of the things I always found scariest in the book was Jack's battle with alcohol. The miniseries covers that angle of the book much better than Kubrick's version, which (in my opinion) barely touched on it. And the maze just doesn't compare to the hedge animals. Stephen King wins, hands down.

    • Christopher1977 3 years ago

      I enjoyed both films very much but Kings would win, every time. Kubrick's version had two creepy aspects of the film: the twin girls and Jack, (here's Johnny!) King's animal bushes sneaking up from behind was way creepier then both. Nice lens btw and I could watch both films again.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I laughed my way through Kubrick's shining, I thought it was a farce, and I was only 12 when I watched it. I loved the miniseries, I thought it was much closer to the book and scarier.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Jack Nicholson is awesome but I prefer King's version over Kubrick's. It is more true to the novel, and when you watch a movie adaptation of an awesome novel, it's better that way.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      more true to the novel

    • bbsoulful2 4 years ago

      King's version -- hands down. Much more horrifying. Plus, honestly, Jack Nicholson already looks a little possessed, so it's harder to depict a downward spiral into madness with him! The transformation of Jack in King's version, from the handsome guy from "Wings" to the dark-under-eye-circles guy at the end was key.

    • Cinnamonbite 4 years ago

      I only saw the original so...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      All Kubrick films are rubbish. He is a curse on every film he touches...

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

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      • karen-stephens 4 years ago

        Nicholson all the way

      • vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

        Kubrick!

      • hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

        Much as I love Stephen King's books, Kubrick's version of The Shining remains one of the most frightening movies I've ever seen.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Stanley Kubrick...the original is always the best

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Kubrick of course!

      Kingdom Hospital (2004) - Johnny B. Goode

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      Okay, I was a Fan of Kingdom Hospital years and years before it was ever created when I discovered a copy of Lars von Trier's The Kingdom in what was then one of my local video stores (I have since moved - though I have found a new local store with a copy as well). Quite simply, I thought The Kingdom to be one of the most brilliant things ever created on film. If you have not yet seen it, you absolutely must!

      As you can imagine, I then had much trepidation when I learned that The Kingdom was being re-made in America - but I knew that if anyone could do it, Stephen King could. You could not imagine my pleasure when I saw my first episode of Kingdom Hospital. To put it simply, I believe Kingdom Hospital to be one of the two best creations Stephen King has ever placed on film (The other, of course, being The Stand). Kingdom Hospital is so completely unique that I do not even consider it to be the same as The Kingdom, although it has the same basic background story and characters.

      Kingdom Hospital has a special, 2 for 1, Stephen King Cameo sequence which starts with the "lawyer ad" cameo from the broken television screen in Storm of the Century, then moves to Stephen King's Cameo as the great Johnny B. Goode.

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      Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital Videos - Cameo: Johnny B. Goode

      A video of Stephen King's Cameo appearance in this film is not available at this time.

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      Pet Sematary (1989) - Minister

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      Although I had heard of Stephen King, and many of his works before, the first time I really took notice of the name was while reading a brochure-type flyer that my uncle had picked up for the novel Pet Sematary, which would later be made into a film of the same name. It was this brochure that would lead to my discovery of Stephen King's The Bachman Books at a local grocery store. As a result, I would become a fan and constant reader. What better cameo for Stephen King to play in the film version of Pet Sematary than a Minister? I place it at number 4 for my favorite Stephen King Cameos.

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      Stephen King's Pet Sematary Videos - Cameo: Minister

      Video: Pet Sematary - Trailer. Stephen King's Cameo appearance begins about 28 seconds into this clip.

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      Set on the fictitious "Little Tall Island," Stephen King's Storm of the Century is an original screenplay created by Mr. King as a miniseries (or what he considers a "novel for television"). Storm of the Century features a cameo by Stephen King as a lawyer in a television add playing on the broken television set in the deceased Martha Clarendon's house. This advertisement later re-appears in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital (2004).

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      Stephen King's Storm of the Century Videos - Cameo: Lawyer in Add

      Sorry, there is no Stephen King Cameo clip currently available for Storm of the Century. See Kingdom Hospital for a piece of this cameo.

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      The Stand (1994) - Teddy Weizak

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      Stephen King pushes the boundary between cameo and full fledged acting role in The Stand, as Stephen King plays Teddy Weizak, a recurring character throughout this landmark mini-series directed by Mick Garris. This is one of my all time favorite adaptations of a Stephen King work.

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      Stephen King's The Stand Videos - Cameo: Teddy Weizak

      Video 1: The Stand "The Betrayal" Part 4 . Stephen King's Cameo appearances begin approximately 40 seconds into this clip, and again approximately 4 minutes and 23 seconds into this clip.

      Video 2: The Stand "The Betrayal" Part 8. Stephen King's Cameo appearance begins approximately 5 minutes, 46 seconds into this clip.

      Video 3: The Stand "The Stand" Part 10 . Stephen King's Cameo appearance begins approximately 2 minutes, 31 seconds into this clip.

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      Rose Red (2002) - Pizza Delivery Guy

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      Stephen King's Rose Red is a haunted house story unlike any you have ever seen before. Here, Stephen King plays a, perhaps too inquisitive, Pizza Delivery Guy. If you like Rose Red, I highly recommend watching The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, which gives a more detailed and intriguing look at the history of the house known as Rose Red.

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      Stephen King's Rose Red Videos - Cameo: Pizza Delivery Guy

      Video: Stephen Kings- Rose Red

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      Sons of Anarchy - Episode: Caregiver (2010) - Bachman

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      When you want to get rid of a body, you call in Stephen King. In Season 3, Episode 3, of Sons of Anarchy, Stephen plays Bachman, a biker who has a knack for making things disappear.

      Stephen is said to have published several works over the years under the name Richard Bachman.

      Sorry, there is no Stephen King Cameo clip currently available for Sons of Anarchy.

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      Sleepwalkers (1992) - Cemetary Caretaker

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      I had the honor of briefly meeting director Mick Garris and his wife at a science fiction convention in Tacoma, Washington where they were promoting the then upcoming release of Sleepwalkers. I was already a fan of Stephen King, and having met the director of the film as well, I was extremely excited when Sleepwalkers arrived at my local theater. Rather than being elated, however, I found myself disappointed in the film. I even went back to the theater a second time, sure that I had missed some crucial piece of the story that would make the film the great film that I wanted it to be. Where I think the film suffered is that it did not have a sympathetic main character whom we could root for. The main character, instead, was an adolescent "Cat Person" who attacked the innocent high school cutie played by Twin Peaks' Madchen Amick. Even more disturbing was a scene later on in the film which suggested sexual relations between this boy and his mother - not much to root for there. I have managed to come to peace with the film over the years, and even been able to enjoy some of it's greater merits despite these flaws.

      Sleepwalkers contains not only a cameo of Stephen King as a Cemetery Caretaker, but also features another well known horror writer of the time, Clive Barker.

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      Stephen King's Sleepwalkers Videos - Cameo: Cemetary Caretaker

      Video: Sleepwalkers (1992) - Tobe Hooper, Stephen King, and Clive Barker's Cameos . Stephen King's Cameo appearance begins this clip.

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      Golden Years (1991) - Bus Driver

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      Stephen King's Golden Years was a great television series about a janitor who is in a laboratory accident and starts to get younger. I was greatly disappointed when the series was cancelled, and even more disappointed when they tacked on the new ending for video to try to give it some closure. They should have just left it well enough alone.

      Here, Stephen King plays a Bus Driver.

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      Stephen King's Golden Years Videos - Cameo: Bus Driver

      Sorry, there is no Stephen King Cameo clip currently available for Golden Years.

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      Creepshow (1982) - Jordy Verrill

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      In Creepshow, Stephen King plays Jordy Verrill in the segment entitled "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill." Jordy Verrill, a country bumpkin, discovers a meteor on his property and soon finds himself, and his entire home, consumed by meteor sh. . . uh, stuff.

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      Stephen King's Creepshow Videos - Cameo: Jordy Verrill

      Video: CREEPSHOW (1982): Meteor Sh**! .

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      "Meteor Sh**"

      Creepshow 2 (1987) - Truck Driver

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      Being a huge Stephen king fan, when I learned from my brother (who worked for the theater company that ran both our local walk-in theater and drive-in theater) that Creepshow II was only going to be shown at our local drive-in, I (not having a car yet) talked my uncle into taking me to the drive-in theater to see the film. I was greatly disappointed with the film. But the visit to the drive-in theater was well worth the price for another reason.

      The film that played before Creepshow II that night was a then little known film by a then little known director and starring a then little known actor. That film was Evil Dead II, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell.

      In Creepshow II, Stephen King played a Truck Driver in the segment entitled The Hitchhiker.

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      Stephen King's Creepshow 2 Videos - Cameo: Truck Driver

      Sorry, there is no Stephen King Cameo clip currently available for Creepshow 2.

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      Thinner (1996) - Dr. Bangor

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      What Thinner suffers from, at least for me, is a case of the "It's not as good as the book," phenomena. In particular, Taduz Lemke and Angelina Lemke were so completely different than I pictured them that it was difficult to look past them and get into the film. On the other hand, having listened to Thinner on tape (read by Joe Mantegna) on a road trip before I read the actual book, the character of Richard Ginelli (played by Joe Mantegna) was perfect.

      In Thinner, Stephen King plays Dr. Bangor, a Pharmacist in the pharmacy outside of which Susanna Lemke is struck by a car. On a side note, Stephen King lives in the town of Bangor, Main after which his character is named.

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      Stephen King's Thinner Videos - Cameo: Dr. Bangor

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      The Langoliers (1995) - Tom Holby

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      In The Langoliers, a 1995 made for TV movie based upon a Stephen King short story of the same name, Stephen King plays Tom Holby, the boss of Craig Toomy, who appears during Toomy's mental breakdown.

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      Stephen King's The Langoliers Videos - Cameo: Tom Holby

      Sorry, there is no Stephen King Cameo clip currently available for The Langoliers.

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      Frasier - Episode: Mary Christmas (2000) - Brian


       
      This is just a brief voice over when Stephen King, as a man named Brian, calls in to Frasier's radio show. Not much meat to this one, but still a great piece of Stephen King cameo trivia.

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      Stephen King's Fraiser Videos

      Video: Stephen King calls Frasier. Stephen King's Cameo appearance begins approximately 29 seconds into this clip,

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      Stephen King Commercial

      Video: Stephen King American Express commercial.

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      Did you know? - Riding the Bullet (2005)

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      Stephen King was supposed to have a cameo as an art teacher in Mick Garris's Riding the Bullet, based on the Stephen King Short story of the same name. Due to illness, Mr. King was unable to play the part. George Romero was going to take over, but scheduling conflicts prevented this from occurring. Matt Frewer, who played the "Trash Can Man" in Stephen King's The Stand, finally played the part.

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