“my opponent has a pre-black sunday mindset”

As I’ve mentioned here before, I just happened to stumble across a reference one day to the fact that a man I once worked for (indirectly) had the distinction of playing himself in the movie “Black Sunday.” He didn’t share any screen time with Bruce Dern, and he didn’t get to run from the hilariously-cheesy blimp replica as it came crashing down into Miami’s stadium, but he did get to yell at Robert “the Captain in ‘Jaws'” Shaw and then pucker his face up in a really funny way. Here, for prosperity, are a few images. If I had more time, I’d make up some funny captions. (Robert Shaw, by the way, died shortly after this, at the age of 51.)

What terrible and/or prescient movies have your employers appeared in?

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  1. Jack
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    In addition to working for the aforementioned “Black Sunday” actor, I also worked for John Cadenhead. He was a character actor from North Texas who starred in a few movies including “Ernest Scared Stupid” and “UHF”. He owned a video store that I worked in for a while when I was in high school and one of his sons is still a good friend of mine.


  2. Ted Glass
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Don Adams of “Get Smart” fame, very briefly managed a pool hall I worked at in Akron. He made it a week before quitting. He didn’t like how we’d all talk into our shoes.

  3. Ted Glass
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I don’t know how prescient “The Nude Bomb” was. Only time will tell.

  4. schutzman
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Ted, Is that Akron, Ohio? Can you say what pool hall, when he owned it, and where in the city it was?

    I didn’t know he had any connections to my (most recent) hometown. Did you ever notice victor french hiding in a corner pocket?

  5. Dave
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    My former boss didn’t actually appear in any movies, but he went to school with Joss Whedon, who as a screenwriter named the villain in Alien: Resurrection after him.

  6. evilcam
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    My former boss was a recent movie villian.
    His name was Ken Lay. You might have seen him in “Smartest Guys in the Room”.

  7. doulicia
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Clearly you travel in different circles than I. My former and current employers are utterly without distinction.

    Though my college roommate’s sister was in a crowd scene of “She’s the Boss” once. Does that count for anything?

  8. mark
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    What’s “She’s the Boss”?

    I’m imagining an adult version of “Who’s the Boss,” the TV show.

  9. Greg
    Posted August 7, 2006 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I worked with a man who was in Robert Altman’s A Wedding and Gorp. At the same company there was a fellow who ended up in the first Pirates of the Carribean movie and, most recently, a Starburst commercial.

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