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Have you ever been face to face with a celeb, and not even realized it?

Asked by Nomore_lockout (7074points) 1 month ago

Back in the late 70s, I was attending a business conference for my boss, at a Holiday Inn in Austin. During break, I got on an elevator to go down and grab a quick bite to eat, and some dude in this wild cowboy costume was on it when I got on. Nice dude, asked, “How’s it going bud, you doing all right?” I murmured something about, “Not bad, how you doing?” At any rate, at the end of the day, as I left to go home, I saw a sign on the marquee out front, Tonight: Marty Robbins! Then it dawned on me, crap, I knew that guy looked familiar. And I was on the elevator with him, and didn’t even realize it.

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Nomore_lockout's avatar

And “El Paso” and “El Paso City” by Marty Robbins are two of the very few country western songs I have actually always liked. Damn…And all I could think was, damn dude, get rid of that goofy looking outfit!

zenvelo's avatar

I was eating in a restaurant in New York. There were tow tables available: one wiating to be cleared, one marked “Reserved”. We were seated at the reserved table while the other was cleaned.

We were about to order when a couple was seated next tu ast the cleaned table. The youg woman smiled at us, and I was struck by how beautiful she was. After about ten minutes, my girlfriend kicked me under th etable, and whispered “quit staring!”.

I behaved myself the rest of the dinner. After we left, my girlfriedn said, “I can’t beleive you kept staring at Julia Stiles.”

Zaku's avatar

Not quite like that. I’ve usually been not sure whether someone’s a celebrity, or who they are, before determining / remembering who they are. And once I went to a small concert by Nina Hagen, and thought Nina Hagen was some other local singer opening for Nina Hagen, and remained unsure for quite a while.

I also would not recognize many celebs, especially nowadays (I stopped watching shows like David Letterman’s in the late 1980’s) – for many (most?) recent celebrities, I might remember having read their name somewhere, but have no idea who they are. This week I learned a bit about what Ariana Grande does and what she looks like, but I still have no idea if I’ve ever heard any of her music – I probably have.

rebbel's avatar

I am the celeb.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Art Carney of Honeymooners fame, in a restaurant on the Connecticut shore, I think it was Essex, CT.
It was Summer 1968, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant. Didn’t figure it out until a month later.

Nomore_lockout's avatar El Paso City – Apologies to Mr. Robbins RIP dude

cookieman's avatar

I literally bumped into Mike Tyson on Newbury Street in Boston and didn’t realize it was him until after.

I was on my lunch break, heading to a coffee shop I liked. Sidewalk was very crowded and I was weaving in between people to get down the block.

I weaved past this tall dude only to slam into this black guy walking with three other people. I got turned around by the impact and said, “Hey, I’m really sorry” while still moving. Then a high pitched voice responded, “That’s okay.” I looked up and saw his face. Then I recognized him.

Brian1946's avatar


“I literally bumped into Mike Tyson on Newbury Street in Boston and didn’t realize it was him until after.”

That’s awthome! ;-)

“I weaved past this tall dude….”

Would you believe that dude was Bill Russell or Kevin McHale? ;-o

filmfann's avatar

I have knowingly met a lot of celebs, but I didn’t recognize Faye Dunaway when we shared an elevator at a hospital in Las Vegas in 1983. I saw how beautiful she was, but it didn’t click until the next week when I saw in the paper that her boyfriend was in the same hospital.

filmfann's avatar

jOh, forgot to include Vida Blue, who I loved when he pitched for the A’s.
He sat next to me at a woman’s softball game. He was pissing me off by spitting sunflower seeds near my shoes. After the game, a friend mentioned to me that it was the second time he saw Vida at one of his wife’s games. I was shocked, and asked where he was. “Sitting next to you!” he said. I then walked up to him with my daughter, and shook his hand.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

60 or so years ago John Wayne at his son Patrick’sbaseball game at Loyola University.

SnipSnip's avatar

Yes, a few times.

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