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The 35 Best Movie Cameos of All Time

This is the End Columbia Pictures

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have assembled a Murderer's Row of comedy heavy-hitters to provide cameos as themselves — including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Emma Watson and Rihanna — in their new apocalyptic satire, "This is the End."

That's a buncha muncha cruncha cameos, but how do they stack up among the greatest ever perpetrated? We're counting down 35 surprise appearances in movies that pleased and shocked us ... and left us wanting more.

35. Jim Parsons, 'The Muppets' (2011)

The Muppets Disney

Walter (Peter Linz) has to decide if he's "Man or Muppet," but during this solemn ballad he sees his human form in the mirror courtesy of the "Big Bang Theory" star. Although it was tunesmith Bret McKenzie who wrote the song, we think that a small chunk of that Academy Award for Best Song should go to Parsons for embodying the most Muppet-y man in the world. Watch it here.

34. Matt Damon, 'EuroTrip' (2004)

EuroTrip DreamWorks

High schooler Scott Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) doesn't realize his girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kreuk) has been having an affair with the lead singer of a college band ... until he sees the skinhead Romeo at a grad party singing at length about the affair. Matt Damon goes hardcore with the monster ballad "Scotty Doesn't Know" by the band Lustra in "EuroTrip," which actually peaked at #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Watch it here.

33. Mark Hamill, 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' (2001)

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Dimension

After all the "Star Wars" references scattered throughout the View Askewiverse, Kevin Smith finally landed Luke Skywalker himself as a super-villain named Cock-Knocker in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." The doobie duo of the title dabbles in a lightsaber duel … or is that a bongsaber? The Force will be with this cameo, always. Watch it here.

32. Madonna, 'Die Another Day' (2002)

Die Another Day MGM

Besides providing a supremely sexy music video and title track to Pierce Brosnan's swan song as James Bond, the Material Girl took up a sword as 007's fencing instructor in a scene pulsing with double entendre. "I see you handle your weapon well," she says. "I have been known to keep my tip up," quips Brosnon. Haha, they're talking about sex. Watch it here.

31. Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek' (2009)

Star Trek Paramount

The greatest Vulcan of them all passes the torch to his young usurper Zachary Quinto in the most satisfying way possible for Trekkies ("Thrusters on full") and makes a dignified exit from the franchise in the process (or does he?), assuring the shiny new Spock will live long and prosper. Watch it here.

30. Bob Saget, 'Half Baked' (1998)

Half Baked Universal

"I used to suck d**k for coke," says Bob Saget during a rehab scene in Dave Chappelle's stoner comedy, pretty much steamrolling over memories of the family-friendly actor of "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos." Those who've seen his stand-up since then know that this was just the tip of the raunchy iceberg. Watch it here.

29. Michael Cera, 'This Is the End' (2013)

This Is the End Columbia Pictures

The backlash against Michael Cera's dweeby on-screen persona hit full swing a few years ago, which is probably why he relished the chance to go, as his "Superbad" character would say, "full throttle 'Charlie's Angels 2'" with his extended cameo in "This is the End," bucking his milquetoast image by getting way drunk and high on "Scarface"-level amounts of blow. Before he's run through with a pole, he gets to reunite the "Superbad" trio of himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jonah Hill.

28. Alice Cooper, 'Wayne's World' (1992)

Wayne's World Paramount

We're not worthy to bask in the presence of a certified rock god, and neither are Wayne and Garth when they feed Cooper's Frankenstein (i.e., ego) by kissing the man's hand after a kick-ass show. Cooper has also made memorable cameos in "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" and "John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness." Watch it here.

27. Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, 'Austin Powers in Goldmember' (2002)

Austin Powers in Goldmember New Line

All the "Powers" movies are chock-a-block with surprise guests, but Mike Myers & Co. really went for broke parodying their own creation in "Goldmember" with the fake movie-within-a-movie "Austinpussy," featuring Cruise as Powers along with Spacey as Dr. Evil, DeVito as a surly Mini Me and Paltrow as Dixie Normous. The icing on the cake is Steven Spielberg as the director of this meta extravaganza. Watch it here.

26. Johnny Depp, '21 Jump Street' (2012)

21 Jump Street Columbia Pictures

After playing undercover narc Tom Hanson on Fox series "21 Jump Street" for four soul-crushing seasons, Depp spent the early part of his career trying to burn his teen idoldom in effigy. When it came to making the movie, Depp agreed to return as Hanson on one condition: his old Jump Street compadre Peter DeLuise had to cameo alongside him as Officer Doug Penhall. Both of them got to wear goofy undercover biker outfits, die side-by-side and ... did Hanson say something about getting a tattoo on his junk? Watch it here.

25. Pamela Anderson, 'Borat' (2006)

Borat Fox

The blonde bombshell becomes the guiding light during Borat's eventful trip to America, but once he encounters her in real life at a book signing, the former "Baywatch" babe has to run for her life. It's a segment so well-played by both Anderson and Sacha Baron Cohen that many audiences questioned whether or not it was staged. Watch it here (in Italian!).

24. Charlie Sheen, 'Being John Malkovich' (1999)

Being John Malkovich USA Films

You know John Malkovich is in deep trouble when he's turning to Charlie Sheen for psychological/spiritual guidance, but that's exactly how it goes down in Spike Jonze's loopy take on fame and extreme voyeurism. A glimpse at a bald, elderly Sheen in a tacky Hawaiian shirt at the end lets us know that there's at least hope that Sheen will keep on "winning" well into his twilight years. Watch it here.

23. Gene Hackman, 'Young Frankenstein' (1974)

Young Frankenstein Fox

Hackman plays Harold, the poor old blind man who asks God for a friend and gets a monster instead in Mel Brooks' classic parody of the Boris Karloff "Frankenstein" pictures. After burning the beast's crotch with soup and inadvertently doing other humiliating things, Frankenstein's monster flees out the door with Hackman pleading, "Wait! Where are you going? I was gonna make espresso." Watch it here. 

22. Will Ferrell, 'Wedding Crashers' (2005)

Wedding Crashers New Line

Any movie with more than four weddings needs at least one funeral, and that's where an uncredited Ferrell as Chaz Reinhold comes in. Owen Wilson may be good at taking advantage of euphoric women post-nuptials in "Wedding Crashers," but Ferrell is there to comfort the bereaved in true smooth-operator fashion. Of course, it turns out he's an ultra-pathetic dude who lives with his mom and watches cartoons all day when not bagging hearse honeys. Watch it here.

21. Bruce Campbell, all three 'Spider-Man' movies (2002-2007)

Spider-Man Sony

Campbell served director and childhood pal Sam Raimi well in three "Evil Dead" flicks, so it became a terrific running gag that the Big Chinned One would play a random role in all three blockbuster Spidey flicks. Bruce cropped up as a Wrestling Ring Announcer, a Snooty Usher and a Maître d', weaving a web of laughter. Watch his first "Spider-Man" cameo here.

20. Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson in 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' (2004)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Paramount

This is the closest we'll ever get to an "Old School" sequel, with Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson together again for a Ron Burgundy brawl. All the rival San Diego news teams flock to a back alley and begin tearing each other to shreds, including a Spanish-language news team led by a mustachioed Ben Stiller and the public news team headed by a pipe-smoking Tim Robbins. Channel 4 keeps its head on a swivel, and that's what you gotta do when you find yourself in a vicious cock fight. Watch it here.

19. Cate Blanchett, 'Hot Fuzz' (2007)

Hot Fuzz Universal

It took the brilliant minds behind "Shaun of the Dead" to get one of the most beautiful movie stars in the world and then hide her behind goggles and a safety mask in "Hot Fuzz." Blanchett plays Janine, the ex-girlfriend of tightly wound Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), and their short quibble in the middle of a violent crime scene is extra-subversive once you're aware of the uncredited actress. Watch it here.

18. Christopher Walken, 'True Romance' (1993)

True Romance Warner Bros.

Yes, his cameo with "the watch" in "Pulp Fiction" was memorable, but Walken's other sojourn into Tarantino-ville in "True Romance" is downright electric. He's aided by another infamous screen legend, Dennis Hopper, who shares an insulting anecdote about the origin of Sicilians and winds up giving Vincenzo Coccotti (Walken) a piece of his mind ... splattered all over the wall. "I haven't killed anybody ... [*BANG*] since 1984." Watch it here.

17. Sylvester Stallone, 'Staying Alive' (1983)

Staying Alive Paramount

It's a neat bit of "now you see me, now you don't" cameo magic when John Travolta's strutting dancer Tony Manero bumps into Stallone on the street and they lock eyes for a split second. "Staying Alive" is the only flick Sly directed but did not star in, so he had to insert himself in there somehow. Watch it here. 

16. Bruce Springsteen, 'High Fidelity' (2000)

High Fidelity Touchstone Pictures

In one of the greatest fantasy cameos since Woody Allen brought Marshall McLuhan into the movie line in "Annie Hall," John Cusack's music nerd Rob Gordon imagines The Boss giving him love advice while casually strumming a guitar in "High Fidelity." "That's what you're lookin' for. Getting' ready to start again, it'll be good for you. Give that big final good luck and goodbye to your all-time Top Five." Watch it here.

15. Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts, 'The Player' (1992)

The Player Fine Line Features

After screenwriters pitch an Oscar-caliber movie entitled "Habeas Corpus" to slick n' sleazy studio exec Griffin Mill, insisting it not be toned down with a softball Hollywood happy ending, we cut to one year later — and that's exactly what happens. Willis saves Roberts from the gas chamber at the last minute, and love conquers all! Watch it here.

14. Samuel L. Jackson, 'Iron Man' (2008)

Iron Man Marvel

Though the original Marvel Comics iteration of S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury was a white dude with salt and pepper hair, the Ultimate universe reinvented Fury as a bald African American chap whose appearance was based on Sam 'The Man' Jackson. It seemed only appropriate that Jackson dropped in for a stinger at the end of "Iron Man," the first of several linking crossovers leading to "Marvel's The Avengers." Watch it here.

13. Eminem, 'Funny People' (2009)

Funny People Universal

The real Slim Shady sits down with stand-up comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler) after the sad-sack comedian beats a deathly illness and gives him the 411 on why he'd have been better off dead in Judd Apatow's underrated "Funny People." The peak moment arrives when Mr. Mathers spies Ray Romano staring at him and threatens, "I don't give a f**k what show he's on. I'll f**k this motherf**ker up, man!" Watch it here.

12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Airplane!' (1980)

Airplane! Paramount

The star basketballer took his patented sky hook to flying the friendly skies masquerading as airline pilot "Roger Murdock," although little Joey (Ross Harris) figures out the ruse pretty quickly. When Joey brings up his father's insults, Kareem grabs the boy by his shirt and yells, "I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes." Watch it here.

11. Huey Lewis, 'Back to the Future' (1985)

Back to the Future Universal

Huey Lewis and the News felt "The Power of Love" for this time-traveling classic, but did you know that's Huey lookin' all dweeby as the uptight administrator with a megaphone? He's so wound up, he thinks Marty McFly's band is just "too darn loud" to play the high school dance. That's some sad news, Huey. Watch it here.

10. Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn, 'X-Men: First Class' (2011)

X-Men: First Class Fox

Jennifer Lawrence inherited her near-naked take on blue sex goddess Mystique from Rebecca Romijn in this prequel, but since her mutant powers involve shape-shifting, she proves to Magneto she can look any way she wants for him. The movie also earns its single F-bomb with Jackman as Wolvie as he's approached in a bar by Charles & Erik. Watch it here.

9. Billy Idol, 'The Wedding Singer' (1998)

The Wedding Singer Columbia Pictures

In a freak circumstance, Adam Sandler's character in "The Wedding Singer" winds up on a plane with the "White Wedding" singer, who helps him win the heart of Drew Barrymore and vanquish her d-bag boyfriend in the process. Nice! Watch it here.

8. Keith Richards, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Disney

Since Johnny Depp modeled the memorable mannerisms of his Captain Jack Sparrow on Richards, why not have this stone roll in for a day or two in full pirate drag as Sparrow's drunken papa? So far, his appearances in the last couple of "Pirates" adventures have been true highlights. Watch it here.

7. Bob Barker, 'Happy Gilmore' (1996)

Happy Gilmore Columbia Pictures

When unstable ex-hockey player turned golf pro Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is teamed up with Barker during a celebrity tournament, he winds up falling to pieces in the face of some obnoxious heckling, which leads to an extended fistfight between Gilmore and the game show host. "The price is WRONG, bitch." Watch it here.

6. Brett Favre, 'There's Something About Mary' (1998)

There's Something About Mary Fox

After Ben Stiller's irresistible love interest Cameron Diaz nearly marries the former Green Bay Packer in this Farrelly Brothers classic, he decides she's better off with Favre, but a last-second switch-up has Diaz dumping the hero for the zero (that being Stiller). Adorable. Watch it here.

5. Stan Lee in every Marvel movie ... and 'Mallrats' (1995)

Mallrats Gramercy Pictures

That's right, true believers, the co-creator of Marvel's mightiest heroes, from "Spider-Man" to "Iron Man," is always "The Man," a good luck charm in each of the comic book adaptations. Think of ol' Stan as the "Where's Waldo" of superheroics. He also inspired Jason Lee in longtime comic book aficionado Kevin Smith's sophomore effort "Mallrats." Excelsior! Watch it here.

4. Tom Cruise, 'Tropic Thunder' (2008)

Tropic Thunder DreamWorks

After his couch-jumping and Scientological antics led to public embarrassment and a tarnished image, Tom Terrific needed a comedy pronto to prove he didn't take himself so seriously. Enter his longtime pal Ben Stiller, who cast Cruise as Les Grossman in "Tropic Thunder," a hyperbolic, foul-mouthed chimney of expletives who may or may not have been modeled on real-life producer Scott Rudin. Thanks to some hairy arms and a bald noggin courtesy of makeup man Rick Baker, Cruise screamed and danced his way back into the public's good graces. Watch it here.

3. Neil Patrick Harris, 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle' (2004)

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle New Line

This is where the road has taken him. Harris started off as Doogie Howser but wound up a poon hound of epic proportions, popping pills and branding whores all across the country. Not magic mushrooms, getting shot in the back or even Jesus can stop NPH from being the untameable party animal he is. Watch it here.

2. Mike Tyson, 'The Hangover' (2009)

The Hangover Warner Bros.

Iron Mike punched his way back into pop culture relevancy when he punched out Zach Galifianakis faster than you could say "Nintendo." Tyson's few brief scenes became a cornerstone of the marketing campaign for the bro-tastic comedy smash and earned him a prominent place in the sequel. Watch it here.

1. Bill Murray, 'Zombieland' (2009)

Zombieland Columbia Pictures

Murray is in our estimation the greatest living actor, comedic or otherwise, so it's no duh that he takes the top spot for his movie-stealing appearance as himself, living la vida postapocalyptic in a zombiefied Hollywood. Reuniting with his old bowling buddy Woody Harrelson ("Kingpin") was cool, strapping on the ghostbustin' proton pack was better ... but badmouthing his involvement with the woeful "Garfield" movies? Priceless. Watch it here.

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