It kinda depends on how you define "celebrity." I've met Richard Thompson and several members of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, who are celebrities if you're into the British Folk-Rock scene.
I'm on the opposite coast from Thipu1, so I get the left side of the celebrities. I (almost literally) bumped into Robin Williams over a rack of jackets at Banana Republic (back when it was travel clothing and hadn't been Gap-ified.)
Similar name, but very different person, Robin Williamson. Very well known in the folk scene -- played at Woodstock. I took pennywhistle and bagpipe lessons from him. I also know Sylvia Woods, who played in the Merry Band with Robin.
When Zack did some video work, we met Barbara Bain (Mission Impossible
and my childhood heart-throb) and her daughter Juliet Landau (Buffy
and Ed Wood
.) Both were very nice. Ms. Bain offered Zack a cookie during one lunch break, but was very careful to check with me first. The director for the video was Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott (Alien
.) Jake is a well-known director of rock videos.
I played in a small marching band that showed up to celebrate Gene Kelley's birthday at Ma Maison
. Over three or four years we had several gigs at Ma Maison, thanks to a UCLA alum who liked to dine there.
The boys' school put me in contact with a number of celebrities. I gave tours to Lisa Kudrow and Jonathan Frakes. There were a couple of other celebs on various tours, but they've slipped m mind.
I've sat in a circle of chairs with Larry David (Seinfeld
) and Laurie David (producer of An Inconvenient Truth
), discussing the joys and pains of parenting teenagers. Their daughter graduated with Grant.
I've laughed with Julia Louise Dreyfuss (Seinfeld
) at my 5yo son's impression of a hermit crab. I've also been to the Page Museum (dinosaurs!) with Madeline Stowe and her husband Brian Benben; that was a school field trip. In addition, Madeline and I shared the same music teacher at one point.
The grandchildren of some celebrities also went to this school. Henry Kissinger's granddaughter as well as Harry Belafonte's granddaughter. Harry was at graduation last May, but I was far too shy to approach him. His daughter Gina is now a film producer and following in her father's activist footsteps. Arianna Huffington was a parent at the school for a while, as was Herb Alpert's daughter. My ex teaches at the school and she's had the children of Meg Ryan, Mark Hamill and Luc Robitaille (L.A. Kings hockey star) for just a few.
When riding horses (years ago), I've come across William Shatner. Not very friendly, but he was having a very hard time controlling his horse.
Just a few weeks ago, I met Disney Legend Bob Gurr. Bob's the person who designed the Monorail and a bunch of vehicles for Disneyland.
I ran the scoreboard for UCLA basketball for 25 years, along with working 1/3 of the games at the 1984 Olympics. I've met Digger Phelps, Billie Moore, Lou Carnaseca, Jerry Tarkanian, Bobby Knight, and, of course, John Wooden. Basketball players including Reggie Miller, Baron Davis, Don MacLean, Kiki Vandewegehe. Not to mention Ann Myers Drysdale, one of the great female basketball players.
Although not a celebrity that you would know, my friend Alex is one of (if not the) top studio trombonists in Los Angeles. He's played the soundtrack for many, many top movies and TV shows (The Incredibles
and Marvel: Agents of SHIELD
are two that come to mind.) Which reminds me... I also went to college (and marched in the band) with David Silverman, one of the directors of The Simpsons
TV series as well as the movie.