Wait a Minute! Who Is That? Top 10 Videos With Famous Actor Cameos
Earl (Dennis Franz, bottom center) had to die.
When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous.
Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable.
10. Hugh Laurie, "Experiment IV" (Kate Bush)
House actor Hugh Laurie appeared alongside British comedienne Dawn French, best known in the U.S. as the voice of "Mrs. Beaver" from Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as scientists who plot -- and are subsequently killed by -- making a noise that will kill others. Though considered quite campy by today's standards, the "Experiment IV" video was deemed to violent. It was subsequently banned from the hit BBC show Top of the Pops.
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9. Johnny Depp, "Into the Great Wide Open" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
Depp plays a rocker named Eddie Rebel who experiences a sordid fall from grace. The video itself features cameos from Faye Dunaway, Burn Notice's Gabrielle Anwar as Eddie's girlfriend, and Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips as a celebrity entering a club.
8. Donald Sutherland, "Cloudbursting" (Kate Bush)
Legendary actor Donald Sutherland plays a scientist named Wilhelm Reich, who is experimenting with cloudbursters. Bush herself plays the role of his son, Peter. The music video plays out a lot like a film - sort of akin to Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun because both seem to deal with the loss of innocence.
Jackson and Tucker vie for the attention of a beautiful woman (whom they affectionately call a "pretty young thing"). In the process of following her, they run into a thug-infested nightclub that is owned by none other than "the boss:" Marlon Brando.
6. Chevy Chase, "You Can Call Me Al" (Paul Simon)
Comedian Chevy Chase lip syncs' to Paul Simon's 1986 hit song. However, it's the look on Simon's face that steals the video.
5. "Liberian Girl" (Michael Jackson)
This music video had many cameos from such famous actors as Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Irving (Carrie), Jasmine Guy (A Different World), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), John Travolta, Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys), Suzanne Somers, Mayim Bialik (Blossom), Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, and countless others. The King of Pop only makes one appearance in the entire video.
We all know that actor Christopher Walken has played many roles from a scientist in Brainstorm to a frequent host of SNL. Who knew he could dance - let alone fly?
3. Matthew McConaughey, "Walkaway Joe" (Trisha Yearwood & Don Henley)
Before he was in Dazed and Confused, a very young Matthew McConaughey was cast as a rebel who, along with his girlfriend, goes on a crime spree in the video for "Walkaway Joe."
2. Dennis Franz, Jane Krakowski, Lauren Holly, Adrian Pasdar and Michael DeLuise in "Goodbye Earl" (Dixie Chicks)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) plays Wanda, a woman who is consistently abused by her husband, Earl (Franz, NYPD Blue). Wanda gets sick of the beatings so she enlists the help of her dear old friend Maryann (Lauren Holly) to poison him. Though the song was actually banned by some country radio stations due to its depiction of killing (albeit in a very cartoonish fashion) and making light of domestic violence, the song still ended up being one of the band's most popular tunes. Lead singer Natalie Maines also married Pasdar.
Elizabeth Daily is perhaps best-known as a voice-over actress best known for voicing Tommy Pickles in Rugrats and Buttercup in The Powerpuff Girls. However, she has also starred in such films as Valley Girl and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. In this video, she plays Patti, a girl who runs away with her boyfriend shortly after finding out they're expecting.
Honorable mentions include Julia Roberts in "Dreamgirl" (The Dave Matthews Band), Bill Paxton and Judge Reinhold in "Shadows of the Night" (Pat Benatar), and Courtney Cox in "Dancing in the Dark" (Bruce Springsteen).
Please feel free to add which ones I missed in the comments section.
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