The common perception of the online greeting service Cameo is that it's a great way for internet personalities, influencers, and lesser-known actors and musicians to make a few extra bucks. When the sci-fi and horror conventions are shut down, Cameo can replace significant sources of income for TV actors, B-movie stars, and one-hit wonders.
So why is Cameo littered with millionaires, Oscar winners, and showbiz legends? What are famous actors doing on Cameo? The reasons vary - some donate their profits, others do it for fun - but all the celebrities here record their surprising Cameos with a smile on their face.
- 118 VOTES
Known For: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins
Cost Of A Video Message: $1,000
If you have some sticker shock seeing how much money it will take to get show business icon Dick Van Dyke to record a message for you or a friend, keep this in mind: Dick Van Dyke is 94 years old. You are essentially asking him to take precious time out of his day to make a video. At 94 years of age. For the price, and for Van Dyke's time, your message better be worth it.
As of this writing,Van Dyke's page has 16 reviews, so there have certainly been takers, though the message at the top of the page mentions delays in video delivery because Van Dyke "puts thought & care into each video."
- Age: 96
- Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States of America
- 25 VOTES
Known For: Walker, Texas Ranger; The Delta Force
Cost Of A Video Message: $300
Chuck Norris has been a movie star, a TV action hero, and a popular internet meme in his many years in the entertainment business. He's also a popular choice on Cameo, where one would hope he would comment on whether or not he actually could defeat that bear in real life. Norris makes clear on his page that any businesses purchasing a message can use his videos only for internal, motivational purposes.
- Age: 82
- Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, USA
- 321 VOTES
Known For: Modern Family, Ed
Cost Of A Video Message: $325
With Modern Family recently taking a bow and signing off in its series finale, Julie Bowen has significantly more time on her hands. So what's got her on Cameo, fulfilling video message requests for fans? Bowen donates all her profits from Cameo to Baby2Baby, an organization that, according to her Cameo page, gives out "hundreds of thousands of notebooks, pens and pencils, backpacks, etc., due to school closures and children learning at home." So when you book a Cameo with Bowen, you can feel good about that money going to a good cause.
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- 418 VOTES
Known For: Everybody Loves Raymond
Cost Of A Video Message: $250
The Everybody Loves Raymond actor hit the showbiz jackpot when he was cast as Ray Romano's brother on the popular 2000s sitcom. Lucrative syndication and streaming residual fees make that show a never-ending source of income. That's probably why Garrett is able to use his profits from Cameo to benefit the Maximum Hope Foundation, which aids families caring for children with critical illnesses.
- Age: 62
- Birthplace: Woodland Hills, California, USA