Cameo appearance

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Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from Taxi Driver, the first scene in which Cybill Shepherd appears.

A cameo role or cameo appearance is a brief and uncredited appearance in a play, or by extension, to works in other performing arts such as films and television. Such a role need not be played by an actor: short appearances by film directors, politicians, athletes, and other celebrities are not unusual.

Cameos are uncredited due to their brevity or a perceived mismatch between the celebrity's stature and the film or TV show he or she is appearing in. Many are publicity stunts. Others are acknowledgements of an actor's contribution to an earlier work, as in the case of many film adaptations of TV series, or of remakes of earlier films.

Mike Todd's film Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) was studded with cameo roles and gave the term wide circulation outside the theatrical profession. The frequent cameo appearances of Alfred Hitchcock in his films also helped popularize the term.

In film

One of the earliest cameo appearances in film history is that of Erik Satie and his artist friends in the silent movie Entr'acte (1924, see below). It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World included cameos by Jim Backus, Jack Benny, Sterling Holloway, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, and the Three Stooges.

The following is a partial list of other cameo appearances in film:

In television

Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, amongst others, make cameo appearances in Extras. Other examples include:

In literature

Novelist Robert Clark Young appears as Ensign Torrance Bulgorky (for whom he is an anagram) in the satirical adventure tale One of the Guys

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