Remembering Garry Marshall: 5 Greatest Film and TV Cameos (Video)

5:56 PM 7/20/2016

by THR Staff

The writer-director, who died July 19 at age 81, was a well-known face on film and TV screens, thanks to dozens of memorable (if brief) appearances including in 'Never Been Kissed' and 'Goldfinger.'

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Garry Marshall wasn't just one of Hollywood's most famous writers and directors — he was among a select few who truly understood the artistry of a good cameo.

He did dozens of them over the decades, both on TV and on the big screen, ranging from don’t-blink moments (he pops up for a few seconds behind Anne Hathaway at the Genovia Independence Day ball at the end of The Princess Diaries) to scene-stealing minor characters. Below, five samples of the late, great cameo artist at work.

  • Never Been Kissed

    In Never Been Kissed, He played the hot-headed newspaper editor who sends mousy editor Drew Barrymore back to high school for an undercover assignment researching the lives of contemporary teenagers.

  • Louie

    He was the sharky CBS exec who offered Louie a million bucks to take David Letterman’s job at Late Night in a 2012 episode of Louie.

  • The Looney Tunes Show

    Everybody does guest spots on The Simpsons (Marshall did two) but how many get to act with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck? Marshall did on the short-lived Looney Tunes Show.

  • Lost in America

    Marshall’s cameo masterpiece, playing an incredulous Las Vegas casino boss who won’t give Albert Brooks his money back in Lost in America.

  • Goldfinger

    Yup, he was in a Bond movie. He’s one of the gangsters — we’re pretty sure he’s in a light grey suit — who get gassed in Goldfinger, his very first appearance on the big screen.

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