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18th Jun '17 8:22:26 PM jormis29
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* In ''Film/{{Secretariat}}'', Penny Chenery, owner of the all-time great [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]], is played by Diane Lane. The real Chenery, in her mid-80s at the time of filming (more than 35 years after Secretariat's Triple Crown run in 1973), appears in a crowd scene at the Belmont Stakes, not far from Secretariat's cinematic connections.

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* In ''Film/{{Secretariat}}'', Penny Chenery, owner of the all-time great [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]], is played by Diane Lane.Creator/DianeLane. The real Chenery, in her mid-80s at the time of filming (more than 35 years after Secretariat's Triple Crown run in 1973), appears in a crowd scene at the Belmont Stakes, not far from Secretariat's cinematic connections.
21st May '17 9:01:48 PM FF32
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* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Wild}}'', Cheryl Strayed, played by Creator/ReeseWitherspoon, is dropped off by a truck driver played by the real Cheryl Strayed.
2nd Mar '17 7:51:07 AM newsguy95
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* Astronaut Mae Jemison appeared in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' as a transporter operator; this made her the first performer in the franchise's history to have actually been in space.
16th Jan '17 4:20:46 PM eroock
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* The real Edward Snowden appears at the end of the political thriller ''Film/{{Snowden}}'' addressing the audience with some final lines of his own.
9th Oct '16 2:11:54 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' dips into this every now and then, especially in the new series. Newscasters have been used, of course, but also the late Patrick Moore as a secret member of a group of people the Doctor consults in case of Alien occurences in the Series 5 opening ''Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour?from=Recap.DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour''.
4th Oct '16 1:01:07 PM Dutchtica
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' dips into this every now and then, especially in the new series. Newscasters have been used, of course, but also the late Patrick Moore as a secret member of a group of people the Doctor consults in case of Alien occurences in the Series 5 opening ''Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour?from=Recap.DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour''.
25th Aug '16 1:39:43 PM DaibhidC
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* Arguably, Danny Wallace's cameo in a bar in ''Film/YesMan'', although the film is only loosely based on his memoir, and the main character isn't even called Danny.
8th Aug '16 7:35:08 AM dmcreif
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* Happens [[http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/features/10-real-people-that-inspired-characters-on-the-wire.html more than once]] on ''Series/TheWire'', as several characters are loosely based on real cops and criminals who are given cameos on the show. Most notably, the real Jay Landsman ends up playing a recurring character.

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* Happens [[http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/features/10-real-people-that-inspired-characters-on-the-wire.html more than once]] on ''Series/TheWire'', as several characters are loosely based on real Balitmore cops and criminals who are given cameos on the show. Most notably, the show.
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real Jay Landsman ends up appears in the show as Major Colvin's NumberTwo, Lt. Dennis Mello.
** Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich plays a security guard at the governor's office.
** Donnie Andrews, the real-life inspiration for Omar Little, who appears as his sidekick a few times and is [[spoiler:ultimately killed when Omar makes his SuperWindowJump]]. That scene was based on an incident in Andrews' real life.
** Guess which character is played by [[RetiredBadass notorious former crimelord]] Little Melvin, the inspiration for Avon Barksdale? Give up? [[BewareTheNiceOnes The Deacon.]]
** Felicia Pearson basically plays a fictionalized version of herself. [[spoiler: Somewhat. Pearson is alive and well in real life, while her fictional version was killed by Michael Lee in season 5.]]
** The woman
playing a recurring character.the principal of the local school? Actually the principal of the real high school. No wonder you sat up straight when she raised her voice.
28th Jul '16 3:49:43 AM arjayoh
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* ''Series/LadyDynamite'': Maria Bamford's actual parents appear in the congregation for Chad's funeral.
26th Jul '16 3:05:11 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Toru Iwatani (the creator of ''VideoGame/PacMan'') is played by Denis Akiyama. The real Iwatani appears as a random technician.
* The movie ''Film/{{Twister}}'' featured several well-known Oklahoma news meteorologists, most notably Gary England from [=KWTV=] during the opening scene and Rick Mitchell from [=KOCO=] later on.


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* In While it's not based on real events, in ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Toru Iwatani (the creator of ''VideoGame/PacMan'') is played by Denis Akiyama. The real Iwatani appears as a random technician.
* The movie ''Film/{{Twister}}'' featured several well-known Oklahoma news meteorologists, most notably Gary England from [=KWTV=] during the opening scene and Rick Mitchell from [=KOCO=] later on.





[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Roy E. Disney, the then-head of the Walt Disney Company, and the Son of Roy / Nephew of Walt Disney, appears several times throughout the show ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', often as a guest to the nightclub.
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