Which celebrities have you met (tennis and beyond)

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  1. librarysteg

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    I love hearing about celebrity encounters...who have you met? Any interesting stories? I just found out that Dustin "Screech" Diamond is going to be in town this weekend so maybe I'll have a big one to add to my list!

    I've met:

    Bud Collins at the Indy tournament years and years ago.
    Ben Folds (musician)
    Fran Kranz (actor from Dollhouse and Cabin in the Woods)
    Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber
    James Woods
    Huey Lewis (Somehow, multiple members of my family have met him on separate, random occasions. Mine was at an airport. I like to joke that Huey Lewis is stalking my family.)
    Edward James Olmos (he even kissed me on the cheek :))
    Sarah Vowell (author)
    The Avett Brothers (musicians)
    First Aid Kit (musicians)
     
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    Rudy Giuliani @ Grand Havana Room Cigar Club (666 5th Ave)
    Al Sharpton @ Grand Havana Room Cigar Club (666 5th Ave)
    No, they were not on there on the same day and I didn't go up to say "hi" as it wouldn't be appropriate in that sort of venue.

    Egomaniacs Jay-Z and Beyonce at a movie theater in tribeca with a kid a couple years ago. Accompanied by security.

    Met Jaba Chamberlain at a bar on the upper west side. Dude is cool as hell, even had a drink with us.

    Taye Diggs at union square he was in a hurry but, still took a picture with my friend who was visiting.

    Dr J was in the office because he was a director of one of the companies we were doing a deal with.

    Akon backstage at a concert.

    ChaChi from iamme.

    James Starks from the packers.
     
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  3. heycal

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    You may enjoy the "Last celebrity you've seen in person" thread.
     
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    Ooh, thanks!
     
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    Have met quite a few but one is a neighbor -- S. Colbert lives about a half mile down the street. Nice guy, has taught some Sunday School occasionally at a local church, often seen in one of the local hardware stores, tries to be very straight and un-silly when with his kids, likes to keep their lives as normal as possible. Yogi Berra lives about a mile in the other direction, must be about four feet tall at this point, always smiles and says hello to people.
     
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    I love Stephen Colbert and find it hard to imagine what he might be like when he's out of character.
     
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    Pete Sampras (strung for him)...very nice, no attitudes
    A S-V...(strung for her)...met het multiple times, total sweetheart
    Leander Paes...very nice guy and extremely intelligent
    Lisa Raymond...in a hurry, not very chatty

    Non-Tennis:

    John Lennon...about as casual as you can get; didn't even feel like he was a star!
    Dr. J...humbly thanked me for wishing him congrats after his ABA title run
    Billy Joel...just motorcycling shopping at the same dealer I bought from...anonymous and preferred that status
    Ed Ames...total pr**k
    Bruce Hall (bassist for REO Speedwagon)...very mellow, unassuming and a nice tipper!
     
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    Partial List (as I am sure I have forgotten to mention some):

    Keith Richard (founding member Rolling Stones)
    Tom Seaver (HOF MLB Pitcher)
    Bill Bonds (News Anchor in NY and Detroit)
    Virg Jacques' (News Anchor in Detroit and Washington DC/Baltimore)
    Adam Oates (HOF NHL-er)
    Jim Kelly (HOF NFL QB)
    Kevin Eubanks (Musician/Tonight Show)
    Leroy Neiman (Painter)
    Isiah Thomas (HOF NBA)
    Lee Woodall (NFL LB)
    Mark Cooper (NFL Offensive Lineman)
    Neal Heaton (MLB Pitcher)
    Jacklyn Smith (Actress/Model)
    Fat Boys (Rap Group)
    Howard Schnellenberger (NFL and NCAA Football Coach)
    Vassar Clements (Fiddler/Musician/ Allman Bros Band)
    Mitch Albom (Sports Writer)
    Sidney Harman (Industrialist/Sec of Commerce)
    Jan Michael Gambill (ATP Player)
    Don Riegle (US Senator)
    JP McCarthy (#1 Rated Radio Personality/WJR-Detroit)
    Bob Seger (Musician)
    John Houseman (Actor)
    Cheech and Chong (Comedians/Actors)
    Marcel Marceau (Mime/Performer)
    Douglas Frazer (Head of the UAW)
    Mike Gminski (Pro Basketball Player)
    Mel Daniels (Pro Basketball Player)
    Spencer Haywood (Pro Basketball Player)
    Bobby Leonard (Pro Basketball Player/Coach)
     
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  9. El Diablo

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    funny to see Ed Ames described that way. Those not old enough to remember (most people, I imagine) should search "Ed Ames tomahawk throw" on You Tube to see a memorable moment when he was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
     
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    I can't break the code!
     
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    Has to be Sanchez-Vicario
     
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    You are correct!
     
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    Met him at a photo convention...he wasn't thrilled with my request for an auto graph for my mom, who was a big fan of his as part of The Ames Brothers singing group, well before his "fame" from Daniel Boone.
     
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    Fearsome Forehand, sweet and impressive list.

    I went to school with Rodney Allen Rippy (Jack in Box fame from the 70s) and Erin Blunt (Bad News Bears)

    Met Liz Taylor in 1981 backstage after a play called the Little Foxes. One of the nice person to have walked the planet.

    Had tacos from a food truck in Santa Monica with Seth Rogan.
     
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    Only in Hollyweird could a Ukranian Jew be cast as an American Indian. :)

    Mingo is still alive. He is about 87.
     
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  16. Fearsome Forehand

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    That is a score. Liz, in her prime, was one of the most famous people on earth.
     
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    Charlie Sheen..took him fishing with a super hot girlfriend of his.
    Timothy Dalton..same took him fishing minus the hot girlfriend.
    Gene Simmons..took him and his agent fishing.
    Rob Lowe..had his boat next to mine.
    Heather Locklear..filming Melrose Place on boat next to mine.
    Steve Martin..biking in Santa Barbara wearing a pretty pink sweater.
    David Crosby..lived on the same street would run into him walking for exercise after his liver transplant.
    John Cleese..at a party in Santa Barbara.
    Kevin Bacon..different party in Santa Barbara.
    Paul Allen..scuba diving Catalina Island
    Tiger Woods..working out at Lake House fitness center.
    Jack Klugman..had ranch next to my parents Temecula.
    Bill Murray..playing tennis looks to be a 3.5.
    I live in SC now rarely see or meet anyone famous.
     
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  18. heycal

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    How'd you like them eyes? I saw her coming out of the theater at the very same show, and even from 12 feet away her eyes were dazzling.

    1981 ain't exactly Liz's prime. But the eyes were holding up!
     
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    Any anecdotes or impressions to go along with these folks? I like the poster who told you who was nice or nasty.

    But you know what I like about your list, Chivo? They are actually famous people. I'm familiar with every one. No need to put little explanatory remarks about who the hell the supposedly 'famous' person is on your list. ("Joe schmo: Former second string tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers" and whatnot.)

    OP, make people share more about the celebrities they met, not just list 'em.
     
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  20. JW10S

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    I've met too many to mention but since this is a tennis site here are some of the celebrities I've given tennis lessons to:
    Jeff Goldblum
    Hillary Swank
    Elizabeth Shue
    Shelly Long
    Jane Seymour
    Lance Armstrong
    Orel Hirscheiser
    'Sugar Ray' Leonard
    Donna Mills
    Veronica Hamel
    Michelle Green
    Barry Gordy
    Wink Martindale
    Richard Riordan
    Joshua Morrow
    Laurie Fortier
    Francis Fischer
    Vanna White
    Miss World Gina Tolleson
    the children of Arnold Schwartzenegger & Maria Shriver
    the daughter of Clint Eastwood
    the daughter of Madeline Stowe
    the son of Bjorn Borg
     
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  21. librarysteg

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    That's a fun list. Did Charlie Sheen seem as crazy as he was acting a couple of years ago? Bill Murray is high on my list of people I'd like to meet.
     
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    Who was the best/worst? Who had the best serve?
     
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    ^Orel Hirscheiser

    Met his dad once, also named Orel Hirscheiser. :)
     
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  24. JW10S

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    I've since added some names to the list as I remember them. Shue is a very good player, as is Hirscheiser--and as you may imagine he has a good serve. All on the list are pretty good players, except 1, but I'm not going to say who was the worst--really bad. Actors make great students, they have great concentration, they're used to be directed, and they don't mind doing something over and over till it's right.
     
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    Charlie was super cool and laid back. I talked mostly about fishing with him. He disappeared several times into a stateroom with his girlfriend don't know what was going on but I'm sure it was "crazy".!! Great tipper also!!

    Bill Murray was nice. He was hitting with a club pro on the court next to mine. Made small talk with him during a break..talked baseball he's part owner of a minor league team.
     
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    Jamiroquai
    Alicia Keys
    Elisabeth Shue
    Greg Norman
    Peter Jackson
    Madeleine Albright
    Josh Hartnett/Scarlett Johansson together
    Orlando Bloom
    Kiefer Sutherland
    Bono/Adam Clayton (from U2)
    .. tons of dance music industry legends (Chemical Brothers, Prodigy etc..)

    And tons of tennis players, mostly through the late 80s/early 90s including:
    Jim Courier
    Mats Wilander
    Goran Ivanisevic
    David Ferrer
     
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    Roy Emerson! Got him to sign a ball too!

    Jacoby Elsbury, CF for Red Sox
    Dustin Bard, Relief pitcher for Red Sox
    Terry Francona, Former manager of the Red Sox (but manager at when I met him)
    got them all to sign a baseball!
     
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    The eyes were amazing. She was wore a fluffy white robe...out of make up.
    And a well stock bar.
     
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    Faith Hill
    Reba McIntyre
    Shania Twain
    Vince Gill
    Ronnie Dunn (from Brooks & Dunn)
    Mark Chestnutt
    Garth Brooks
    Steve McNair
    Eddie George
    Darrell Waltrip
     
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    When and where? NYC? 1980? What did he say?
    All you need is love.
    Give Peace a Chance.
     
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    Carling Bassett
    Navratilova
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    Others:
    Joe Montana
    Magic Johnson
    Duran Duran
    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

    and a bunch of others i can't recall at the moment
     
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    Fall of '74...I just ran into him (almost literally) on a midtown Manhattan street. After excusing myself and going nearly paralytic, I mentioned I had heard his guest DJ afternoon stint on WNEW-FM with Dennis Elsas a couple of weeks before and how much I enjoyed their chat. He said he had enjoyed it even more...something about one of best afternoons in a long while. And then he was off wandering his way quite anonymously through the city.
     
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  33. heycal

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    You mean until the next guy almost bumped into him on the next block, and told him how much he liked something else he did...
     
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    On court with Newcombe, Woodforde, Pasarell and a few others I can't remember now. Picked up from airport and was on court with Roy Emerson as well. Played a doubles exhibition with Nastase and picked up from airport and hit for 3 days with Guillermo Vilas. I think thats it...

    Celebrity, I met Steve Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Bonamassa. Can't remember any more.
     
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    God, I'm so old, I can barely remember some of them. I've seen many dozens, but of the celebrities I've "met", meaning anything from shaking hands and saying "hello I like your work" to a longer conversation or extensive interaction, here are some:

    Al Pacino
    Jack Nicholson
    Phil Esposito
    Mary Tyler Moore
    Cameron Diaz
    Lee Marvin
    Robert Redford
    David Bowie
    Woody Harrelson
    Ray Manzarek
    Tony Danza
    Carroll O'Connor
    Matt Dillon
    Cuba Gooding, JR
    Tom Brokow
    Uma Thurman
    Liza Minelli
    Amy Adams
    Eric Burden
    Julianne Moore
    Denis Leary
    Spike Lee
    Richard Dreyfus
    Paul Simon (the senator, not the singer)
    Toni Nadal
    Tommy Robredo

    I will probably think of more, and add them later.

    (And since I arleady know all the circumstances and details of these encounters, I hardly need to list them to satisfy my curiosity:))
     
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    Djokovic - last year at IW, he took a pic with my kids, very nice guy, I' a big fan now.
    Roddick-At a Chipolte here in Austin, he was nice enough.
    Lance Armstrong-At another Mexican restaurant here, not very friendly, but his ex-wife was nice.
    Spike Lee-I rented him some space for a party he threw in D.C., he was ok, we talked about Larry Bird, whom he dissed in his first movie.
     
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  37. heycal

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    Do any of you remember when this was the hot new thread, buzzing with activity and so full of promise?

    I miss those days...
     
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    Hmmm...outside of sports can't really recall any "celebrities" i've met. Know and meet plenty of tennis players though.
     
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    Richard Dreyfuss
    Al Yankovic
    Coach John Robinson
    Merv Griffin
    Bernie Kopell
    Wayne Rogers
    Toni Tennille
    Larry Gelbart
    Ralph Lauren
     
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    I met Barbara Walters once a few years ago when she was selling one of her memoir about having an affair with an African American politician. Walters looked pretty good for a woman who now in her 70s or 80s.
     
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    Jimmy Greenspoon !!!
     
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