The life of a famous actor or director must be difficult: you try to get on with your work, bringing joy to the world through creativity and vision, only to be accused of arrogance and detachment from real people because you live in a solid gold house on a diamond hill in California. People just don’t see how much of a sacrifice it all is when someone wants to take your picture, and how justified
your top billing and hugely inflated pay-check really are.
All joking aside, there are some mega-star talents who have waived their astronomical fees to appear in films for directors who didn’t even have the grace and goodwill to offer them a major part, and sometimes without even a name billing in the final credits. These are the true heroes of Hollywood, walking, talking Easter Eggs hidden in films that were already entertaining in their own right, and made infinitely more engaging by that flickering moment of recognition… Was that really…? Nah, it couldn’t have been.
Here are the 12 biggest and best hidden cameos from mega-star talents…
Honourable Mention #1
Mrs Alfred Hitchcock
Probably the most famous cameo star of all time, considering how many of his films the great director made an appearance in.
Hitchcock is pretty much the most recognisable director to have ever worked, to the extent that he branded his own physicality as part of his film-making (consider the silhouette) so his cameos weren’t exactly hidden or unexpected (which is why he won’t be appearing in the main body of this list). But that didn’t stop the film media of the world proclaiming that they had found a hidden Hitchcock cameo in North By Northwest, and one for which the director dragged up, no less.
The conspiracy theory centres on the somewhat portly woman seen above, who bears no small resemblance to the director himself. But no matter how pleasant the idea, that isn’t Alfred Hitchcock at all. It is in fact renowned character actor Jesslyn Fax who had also appeared in Rear Window.
She does look a lot like Alf though, God help her.
This article was first posted on January 22, 2013