Some actors have perfected the art of making a cameo. They can drop in and delight you for a minute or two, and still make it home in time for dinner. The actors, singers, and athletes on this list have made some of the smallest, yet most memorable movie cameos in film history - including a few who popped up in remakes of their own previous work.
When you're starring in a film - whether in a lead role or a significant (if surprising) supporting part - you've got two hours to shine and deliver a memorable performance. But if you've only got one scene, it's even more difficult to make a lasting impression. Whether these actors enjoy wearing goofy costumes and spending time with their friends on set, or were trying to stay relevant in the ever-changing pop culture scene, theirs are some of the best movie cameos ever.
Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, John Travolta, And Steven Spielberg In 'Austin Powers in Goldmember'Photo: New Line Cinema
Sure, we've seen this joke in every movie from Pee-wee's Big Adventure to Spaceballs, but the stars never shone as bright as they did in Austin Powers in Goldmember. If only we remembered anything else about that movie. It took place in space or something, right?2,988474Great cameo?
- Photo: Paramount PicturesHas there ever been a better passing of the torch than Leonard Nimoy's cameo as Spock in the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek? He may have been the only thing that kept the fan boys from burning down every theater in the country when the film was released.2,650484Great cameo?
- Photo: Universal Pictures
Bob Barker has always been there for us. Whether he was teaching us the value of a dollar, or reminding us to spay and neuter our pets, he always had sage advice. And it's always nice to see Grandpa Barker deliver a little ownage.2,875541Great cameo?
- Photo: 20th Century Fox
Chuck Norris giving a thumbs up in a Vince Vaughn movie featuring Ben Stiller couldn't have happened in any year other than 2004. The stars aligned, and the cultural zeitgeist said aloud, "Yes, we will make this film a punchline for years to come."2,898555Great cameo?