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->''"As in all reboots there's always an opportunity for a beloved character to return to pass the torch, so to speak, from the original franchise to the new one."''
-->-- '''Michael J. Nelson''', the {{Rifftrax}} of ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)

It's become common in [[{{Remake}} remakes]] (or "reimaginings") of classic films and TV shows to placate hesitant and suspicious fans, who aren't sure whether the remake is going to stink from the head like yesterday's fish or do the original justice, by having one of the [[ActorAllusion stars of the original]] [[StuntCasting stunt-cast]] in a cameo (or perhaps even a supporting role) as a nod to the source material. Sometimes this is done just to give the new project some legitimacy by implying that the remake has the approval of the original cast. Other times, the creator of the remake is actually a fan of the original and casts the cameo as a tribute. This has almost become standard operating procedure in Hollywood.

Not to be mistaken for flashback storytelling, where one of the original actors is cast as the "old" version of a character, and someone new is cast as the "young" version of the same character.

If it's not a remake, but a based-on-a-real-story dramatization, it's a RealPersonCameo.

See also {{Cameo}}, CastingGag, and MythologyGag. Compare to: IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine, ActorAllusion, and ContinuityCameo.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Bouncing Boy of the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' is far too absurd a character for modern audiences (except in [[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes the cartoon]]). He did, however, return following the Zero Hour reboot as the Legion's unpowered janitor/mechanic. This didn't stop the writers throwing in references to his previous identity including skill at pool (specifically shown to be due to knowing how the balls will ricochet; at one point, he fights off a villain by bouncing pool balls off the walls at them), a fondness for the soft drink Gingold (the main ingredient of which, in concentrated form, gave Elongated Man his powers; and BB's origin involved drinking an experimental formula thinking it was soda), and finally his role as pilot of a self-designed, spherical spaceship, which travelled in a series of short hops and was called ''The Bouncing Boy''.
** Another slightly-too-whacked-out-for-the-comics SilverAge character, Matter-Eater Lad, has showed up in the Postboot as the Legion's chef, and in the Threeboot comics as a federal agent. He still has the [[ExtremeOmnivore same power]], though, and at one point ''[[{{Fingore}} bites a criminal's finger off]]''. Also, acid spit.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The 2000 remake of ''{{Shaft}}'' includes a cameo from Richard Roundtree in a scene with Creator/SamuelLJackson. Unusually for this trope, he reprises his role from the original film; Jackson was unwilling to play the character, which led to the idea of the new Shaft being the original Shaft's nephew. Appropriately enough, the scene takes place just after [[spoiler: the younger Shaft quits the police force and follows in his uncle's footsteps as a private investigator]].
* Michael Stein, who played Dirk Diggler in Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's short film ''The Dirk Diggler Story'', appears in ''BoogieNights'' as the customer that Buck fails to sell a stereo system to.
* Charlton Heston makes a cameo in Creator/TimBurton's ''PlanetOfTheApes'' remake... as an ape! His character is filled with allusions to both himself and the original character -- his last words are "DAMN THEM! Damn them all to...", and he gives a huge speech about [[RealitySubtext how terrible]] [[ActorAllusion the human invention of "guns" was]]. This ended up being one of his final film appearances.
** Linda Harrison, who played Nova, appears as a prisoner of the apes.
* MichaelCaine plays loanshark/club owner Cliff Brumby in the 2000 remake of ''Film/GetCarter''. He played the titular Jack Carter in the original.
* In an unusually large role by the standards of this trope, Burt Reynolds appears in the Creator/AdamSandler remake of ''TheLongestYard'' as the prison football team's trainer. He was the hero of the original. And he ends up saving the day in the remake, too.
** Ed Lauter, who played the guards' team captain in the original, has a more traditional cameo role as one of the warden's golf buddies.
* Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger and Creator/TomSavini, who starred in the original 1978 version of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'', all had cameos in the [[Film/DawnOfTheDead2004 2004 remake]]. Foree even got to quote his famous "when there's no more room in hell..." line, in this case as [[TheFundamentalist a fundamentalist televangelist]] blaming the ZombieApocalypse on [[TheScourgeOfGod America's libertine sinfulness]], rather than mentioning it as something his houngan grandfather used to say to him.
** And Gaylen Ross, the actress who played Fran, had a cameo... in the form of one of the department stores in the mall [[ShoutOut being named after her]].
* David Carradine starred in ''DeathRace2000''; In ''DeathRace'', he lends his voice to Frankenstein for the film's opening scene.
* Bernie Kopell, who played enemy agent Siegfried in the original ''Series/GetSmart'' TV series, had a cameo appearance in the [[Film/GetSmart film version]] starring Steve Carell. They even got him to use his "Siegfried" accent. (But he gets wanged by a car, so Smart swipes his vehicle for transport.)
** Kopell's scene also features [[CoolCar the Sunbeam Tiger and the Opel GT]] from the original. (The Karmann Ghia shows up with the Tiger in the earlier museum scene, alongside props like the shoe phone and the portable Cone of Silence.)
* ''ElMariachi'' was remade into ''{{Desperado}}'' using the pretty much the same creative team, but because of the higher budget demanding a big-name leading man, they had to replace Mexican actor Carlos Gallardo with AntonioBanderas as the star of the film. Carlos got a cameo to make up for it.
* Creator/AlanYoung from the 1960 version of ''[[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 The Time Machine]]'' appears in the 2002 ''[[Film/TheTimeMachine2002 The Time Machine]]''.
* The remake of ''CapeFear'' featured cameos by Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, the hero and antagonist (respectively) of the original.
** And Martin Balsam, who plays the police chief in the original.
* The male and female leads (Gene Barry and Ann Robinson) of the 1953 version of ''Film/{{The War of the Worlds|1953}}'' cameoed as TomCruise's parents-in-law in Creator/StevenSpielberg's [[Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds remake]].
* Most of the TV cast of ''LostInSpace'' cameoed in TheMovie.
** Dick Tufeld reprised his role as The Robot's voice.
** Mark Goddard played the General who gives Major West his orders for the mission.
** June Lockhart played the principal of Will Robinson's school.
** Angela Cartwright and Marta Kristen appear as reporters.
** Jonathan Harris and Bill Mumy were offered cameos, but declined (Harris because he wanted a bigger role, Mumy because of his commitments to ''Series/BabylonFive''). It's blatantly obvious the roles of Dr. Smith's spymaster and Future!Will were originally written for them.
* Lou Ferrigno has cameo appearances in both the 2003 and 2008 ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' movies. He also voiced the few lines of dialog the Hulk has in both ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008) and ''Film/TheAvengers'' (2012).
** On a similar note, this was played with in ''The Incredible Hulk'' by having Edward Norton watch ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'' on TV, thus giving the late, great Bill Bixby a posthumous cameo.
** Paul Soles, the actor playing "Stanley", the proprietor of a pizza parlor near Culver University, did the voice of Banner in the 1960s animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes'' (as well as Spider-Man in the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon series).
* Creator/TimBurton stated that he wanted Creator/AdamWest and Julie Newmar to cameo as Bruce Wayne's parents in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' as a homage to [[Series/{{Batman}} the 1960s series]], and so that the instant they would be recognized, they would be killed off, letting the audience know that this was [[DarkerAndEdgier a new kind of Batman.]] Rewrites and availability rendered this impossible.
* In ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' (2002), the older brunette that Roxy talks to just before Matron Mama Morton enters is Chita Rivera, who played Velma Kelly in the original production of [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} the Broadway musical]].
* Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul had cameos in the ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' [[Film/StarskyAndHutch movie]] (see image above). Their characters are, essentially the original Starsky and Hutch.
* The [[TheFilmOfTheSeries film version]] of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' had Simon Jones (the Arthur Dent from the [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy radio]] and [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy TV series]]) appearing as the hologram message from Magrathea. Oddly enough it seems that he had to ask for it. Wouldn't Douglas Adams have arranged it before his death, ''way'' at the start of production? (''Adams died several years before the film actually was commissioned.'')
** Also, the original Marvin the Paranoid Android prop is waiting in the queue on planet Vogsphere.
** By coincidence an actress who played Trillian in one of the stage shows was cast as an extra in the bar scene (she's the older blonde seen looking on silently as Arthur and Ford talk). This wasn't discovered until later.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (2007) has an non-actor version of this: In the car lot where Sam Witwicky goes to buy his car, next to Bumblebee is a yellow VW Beetle, Bumblebee's Alt Mode from ''TransformersGenerationOne''. This doubles as a FandomNod since the producers wanted to use the New Beetle as Bumblebee's alt mode in the film, but VW denied permission (they didn't want the vehicle being used as a weapon).
* Buddy Ebsen (who played Jed Clampett in the original) appears in the ''BeverlyHillbillies'' movie... as Barnaby Jones, another Buddy Ebsen character. Possibly the only funny moment in the film.
* Kirk Allyn and Noel Neill, who were Superman and Lois in the original movie serials, played Lois Lane's parents in ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman The Movie]]'' (they are seen in the train when Lois, as a child, spies Clark running alongside; they are easier to see in the extended TV edit).
** ''SupermanReturns'' had Sam Huntington, playing Jimmy Olsen, talking to a bartender, Jack Larsen. Larsen played Jimmy Olsen in the 1950's ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' TV series. The two embrace gleefully when Superman makes his big reappearance.
** It also cast Noel Neill as the dying Gertrude Vanderworth.
* Ricki Lake (the original movie's Tracy Turnblad) makes a cameo in the new ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' version.
** Jerry Stiller (the original movie's Wilber Turnblad) also appears as Mr. Pinky, manager of a plus-sized woman's boutique who wants to hire Tracy as a spokesmodel.
** Creator/JohnWaters, the director of the original, appears as a flasher in the opening number.
* ''CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' had a cameo by Jaclyn Smith, playing a former Angel strongly implied to be Kelly. (And when the first film was released, it was reported that the late Farrah Fawcett had been offered a cameo, but said she'd only appear if she could be Charlie.)
* The 1998 remake of ''MightyJoeYoung'' featured an elderly couple played by Terry Moore (Jill in the 1948 original) and Creator/RayHarryhausen (who did the original's special effects).
* Fay Wray, the ''original'' DistressedDamsel, was asked by Creator/PeterJackson to deliver the iconic closing lines ("It wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.") in his remake of ''Film/KingKong''. She initially turned it down, but was said to be reconsidering before she died.
* Faye Dunaway in ''TheThomasCrownAffair''; the investigator/love interest in the first film, and Crown's psychiatrist in the remake.
* The scheming gold digger from the original ''TheParentTrap'' played the mother of the gold digger in the LindsayLohan version.
* In the remake of ''{{Willard}}'', we see a painting of Bruce Davison (Willard in the original) -- he's Willard's dead father.
* The kid from the original ''Invaders from Mars'' plays a cop in the remake.
* Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond and Frank Bank made cameo appearances in the ''LeaveItToBeaver'' film adaptation.
* In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', there's a battle in which Godzilla fights against Anguirus, Rodan, and King Seesar. It's a nod to the Godzilla films of the 1960s-1970s in which all four of them were allies.
** It should also be noted that Anguirus, Rodan, and King Seesar are three of the few monsters Godzilla ''doesn't'' kill in the film.
** Akira Takarada, the lead actor in the original ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', has a cameo in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' was originally going to have PierceBrosnan meet up with SeanConnery in the final scene with Sean declaring "So you're the sex-crazed maniac running around the world pretending to be [[Film/JamesBond me]]!" ExecutiveMeddling put a stop to that. (''Note: this is most likely an urban legend; there is no official indication that such a cameo was ever planned''.)
** Though ultimately averted, Connery was considered being approached to appear in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' as Bond's elderly gamekeeper. It was deemed too distracting, plus Connery had retired from acting by this time; the role instead went to AlbertFinney.
** Several newspaper gossip columns reported, erroneously, that ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' was to feature cameos by every living Bond girl actress, from Ursula Andress on down. As with the Connery cameo mentioned above, there is no indication any such scenes were contemplated, never mind shot.
* The film of the Broadway play ''Once Upon A Mattress'' featured Carol Burnett, who played Princess Fred (short for Winnifred) in the play, playing the overbearing queen.
* Patrick Macnee played John Steed in the LiveActionTV series ''Series/TheAvengers'' and Colonel Jones, the invisible Ministry official in TheFilmOfTheSeries, ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. (Diana Rigg was invited to appear, but declined.)
* James Garner had a pretty big role in the ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' film... and an even bigger one in the [[Series/{{Maverick}} original TV series]]. [[spoiler:In a sense, his role in the film is a reprise of a role he played on the series - in one episode he played both Bret Maverick and his Pappy, and in the film he turns out to be Maverick's dad!]]
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) (which is more of an alternate continuity than a strict reboot) featured Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel and Lwaxana Troi) as the voice of the Enterprise's computer and Creator/WilWheaton voices all the additional Romulan crew, the others just have his voice altered digitally.
** She's always been the voice of the Enterprise computer, even on the original series.
** After 18 years of retiring the character, Creator/LeonardNimoy reprises the original [[TheSpock Spock]] in a major role.
** Originally, the producers considered having Creator/WilliamShatner involved in the production somehow (including a scene where Spock gave Kirk a recording of him from the prime timeline), but negotiations fell through since he supposedly pushed to make the movie canonize his [[Literature/StarTrekShatnerverse Shatnerverse]] novels as he wanted a major role and not a cameo.
* The French film ''LesVisiteurs'' has an odd variation of this: both ''main characters'' were played by the same actors (Jean Reno and Christian Clavier) in the original and the American remake (''JustVisiting'').
* John Larroquette, the narrator of the original ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'', reprised the role for [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 the remake]] and [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning its prequel]]. On a related note, Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original film, was offered the part of the truck driver who helps Erin at the end of the remake.
* Probably a coincidence, but Howard Lew Lewis, who played Rabies in ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'', pops up as a peasant in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
** Creator/SeanConnery, who was RobinHood in ''Film/RobinAndMarian'', played [[RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. Creator/PatrickStewart, who played Robin Hood in the "Qpid" episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', was King Richard in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.
* In the 1999 film version of ''MyFavoriteMartian'', Ray Walston appears as a SETI official named [[SignificantAnagram Armitan]] [[spoiler:who later reveals himself to be a Martian named Neenert]]. Walston played Uncle Martin in the original 1960s series.
* Several actors from the original ''TheBradyBunch'' appear in the movie. Barry Williams (Greg) plays a record exec who turns Greg down, Christopher Knight (Peter) plays a high school coach who stops two boys from bullying Peter, Ann B. Davis (Alice) plays a truck driver, and Florence Henderson (Carol) plays the Brady kids' grandmother.
** Additionally, Davisí character is named Shultzie, in reference to her earlier role in ''The Bob Cummings Show''. It is strongly implied that this is intended to be the same character, decades later.
* In the UpdatedRerelease of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', Boba Fett has a cameo during the previously-deleted Jabba the Hutt scene. Also, Dash Rendar's ship from ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' can be seen flying into Mos Eisley.
* [[spoiler:Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz]] show up in [[spoiler:TheStinger ([[ReCut except in the extended version, which restores it to the regular movie]]) to]] ''Film/TheATeam'', alongside their new counterparts.
* In the 1978 remake of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', Kevin [=McCarthy=], the star of the 1956 version, appears briefly as a man on the street frantically screaming "They're here!", which is how the earlier version ended.
** Don Siegel, director of the original film, also appears in the remake as a cabdriver.
** The 2007 film ''Film/TheInvasion'' features Veronica Cartwright, who appeared in the 1978 version, both times as someone whose partner gets assimilated.
* Peter Fernandez made a cameo in the Wachowski's live action ''Film/SpeedRacer'' as an announcer. [[HeyItsThatVoice His voice is quite recognizable]].
* Harvey Stephens who played the original Damien Thorn in ''Film/TheOmen'' (1976), has a cameo as a tabloid reporter in the 2006 remake.
* The truck driver who gives Rogue a lift in the beginning of ''Film/XMen1'' is played by George Buza, the voice of Beast on ''[[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} X-Men: The Animated Series]]''.
* Similarly, the 2010 LiveActionAdaptation of UchuuSenkanYamato brings back [[RobotBuddy Analyzer's]] seiyu in his original role, and IsaoSasaki, who famously performed the anime's theme song, as the narrator.\\
It also featured [[spoiler:Masato Ibu and Miyuki Ueda, the original voices of Dessler(Desslock) and Queen Starsha, as the voices of their EnergyBeing counterparts in the film.]]
* In the 1999 made for TV adaptation of ''Film/{{Annie|1999}}'', Andrea [=McArdle=], the star of the original Broadway play, has a cameo as a theatrical ingenue during a musical number.
* ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' has Marc [=McClure=] reprise his role as Boris, Creator/JodieFoster's love interest in [[Film/FreakyFriday the original movie]], who had apparently become a mailman during the decades that passed.
* Not a movie remake, but a ''Studio'' Remake: the HammerHorror studio that made horror films through the late 50's to early 70's came back into business in 2011, and were quick to cast 90 year old surviving Horror allumni ChristopherLee in a supporting role in ''TheResident.''
* The 2011 version of ''[[Film/FrightNight2011 Fright Night]]'' has a cameo from Chris Sarandon, who starred in the [[FrightNight original 1985 film]].
** To be more specific, he played the vampire Jerry Dandridge in the original. In the remake, he plays a victim of Colin Farrell's Jerry Dandridge. Sarandon's character is named J.D. in the end credits.
* ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', the film version of [[Theatre/LesMiserables the musical]], features cameos by Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle (who originated the roles of Jean Valjean and Eponine respectively). Ruffelle plays a prostitute and Wilkinson (appropriately enough) was cast as the bishop whose kindness sets Valjean on the road to redemption.
* FrankOz in the US remake of ''DeathAtAFuneral''. Also, Peter Dinklage plays...the exact same role he played in the original.
* Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards played a sheriff and a waitress in ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'' - they were originally the children in ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain''.
* Creator/ErnestBorgnine, the original [=McHale=], appeared in the ''Film/McHalesNavy'' movie as [[spoiler:[=McHale's=] dad]].
* While ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is not a remake, its name (and the name of the main character) are derived from a pre-existing film simply titled ''Film/{{Django}}''. Franco Nero, who played the original Django, makes a brief appearance and discusses the pronounciation of the main character's name.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' has a minor one: Ratha's limo driver, seen very briefly, is the car thief who killed Uncle Ben ([[RetCon or did he?!]]) in the Film/SpiderManTrilogy.
* In the 1997 version of ''Film/TheSaint'', the voice of RogerMoore, who plays Simon Templar in the 1960s TV series, is heard on a radio.
* In ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' during the segment "It's A Good Life", Bill Mumy who played the evil boy with psychic powers in the original segment cameos as one of the bar patrons who yells at him for interfering with the television reception.
* ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' has Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise and Holly Robinson Peete reprise their roles as Tom Hanson, Doug Penhall and Judy Hoffs from [[Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet the original television series.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo in the original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'' series, played terrorist-turned-politician Tom Zarek in [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined the reimagined series]], much to the delight of the fans.
** They also offered a role to Dirk Benedict, but he turned it down.
* Christopher Reeve's appearance on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as Doctor Virgil Swann was a particularly poignant example of this trope. They tried to have him play Jor-El but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot he died]].
** Annette O'Toole, who plays Martha Kent, played Lana Lang in ''Film/SupermanIII''.
*** This casting turned out to be a random fluke. The crew didn't even know at first, being surprised at just how much she knew about the mythology. They were apparently gob-smacked when she told them.
** Likewise, Terrence Stamp, who played General Zod in ''Film/SupermanII'', was cast as Jor-El and had a cameo as Zod.
** Also, Margot Kidder played Virgil Swann's assistant (and would-be love interest.)
** Dean Cain (''Series/LoisAndClark'''s Clark/Superman) appeared as what may have been the series' version of Vandal Savage.
** Helen Slater (who played ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' in the movie of the same name) appears as Lara, Clark's biological mother.
** Marc [=McClure=], who played Jimmy Olsen in the films, appears as Brainiac's creator Dax-Ur in season 7.
** Creator/TeriHatcher (Lois Lane in ''Series/LoisAndClark'') played Lois' mother Ella Lane in one episode. Teri Hatcher's appearance is unusual for this trope: when shown, it is on a past recording, as Lois's mother is long dead by this point, and Teri Hatcher appears as she is now, and as the L&C version might appear today.
** Lynda Carter, who played the title character on the 1975 WonderWoman TV series, appears as Moira Sullivan, Chloe's mother, in one episode. A few seasons later, Chloe is mentioned to have met the Smallville universe's Wonder Woman.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' (1988-92) cast both Noel Neill and Jack Larson in a 1991 episode titled "Paranoia"; as previously noted, Larson played Jimmy Olsen in ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' alongside Neill's Lois Lane.
* ''LoisAndClark'' nodded to the continuity of Superman shows by casting Phyllis Coates as Lois's mother, and by casting Jack Larson as an old Jimmy Olsen in the episode "Brutal Youth". Coates played Lois Lane for the first season of ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman''.
* In the 2000 ITV telemovie of ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren'', Creator/JennyAgutter played the mother. She had previously played the eldest daughter in the 1970 film and the 1968 TV series.
* John Astin once guest-starred on ''The New Addams Family'' as Grandpapa Addams, father to Gomez (now played by Glenn Taranto). Much humor was made from the very nature of the cameo. In fact, Astin's first words with his appearance were "Where's that Young Gomez?". The cameo is emphasized by the fact Taranto intentionally pitched his performance as a straight impersonation of Astin (as opposed to Raul Julia's film version of the character).
* The failed pilot for the American remake of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' starred [[Series/{{Community}} Joel McHale]] as Roy, Jessica St. Clair as Jen... and Richard Ayoade reprising his role as Moss.
** In a similar vein, Robert Llewellyn reprised his role of Kryten in the failed ''Series/RedDwarf'' American pilot. (Chris Barrie was also asked to reprise the role of Rimmer, but declined.)
* Patty Duke won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in the film version of ''The Miracle Worker'' and an Emmy for playing Annie Sullivan in a 1979 made-for-TV version. (Both roles were winners of both awards.)
* In the MadeForTVMovie version of ''TheMunsters'', Herman ends up working as a waiter and gets a table with the series' original cast playing a normal family.
* Two actors from the original ''Series/{{V}}'' mini-series have appeared in the [[Series/{{V 2009}} 2009 remake]]. Jane Badler reprises her role as Diana, who is now the V's deposed queen, although whether or not there are any ties to the original is unclear. Marc Singer, who played the main character of the mini-series, returns in the season 2 finale as Lars Tremont, a member of a secret organization established to fight V's.
* The 2008 Pilot Movie ''Series/KnightRider'' ended with main character Mike [[spoiler: Meeting his father, the original Michael Knight, played by Creator/DavidHasselhoff.]]
* The one-off special ''A Tribute to TheLikelyLads'', based on the ''Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?'' episode "The Longest Day", had Rodney Bewes (the original Bob) as the news vendor.
* The official trailer for the 2013 pilot episode for a proposed new version of ''Series/TheSaint'' TV series (pilot unbroadcast as of summer 2013, but the trailer was released in spring 2013) includes appearances by both [[spoiler: RogerMoore and Ian Ogilvy, who played Simon Templar in the 1960s and 1970s versions of the TV series. The nature of their characters is unknown.]]

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[[folder:Music]]
* The 2000 Jay recording of ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'' melds this nicely with {{Tuckerization}}: the one-line character "Sullivan" is played by Jo Sullivan Loesser, the original Rosabella. (She also sings one of Rosabella's {{Cut Song}}s.)
* The 2005 Justin Hawkins cover of Sparks's "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" includes both Mael brothers in the video. In fact, Russell Mael is the only one shown singing any of the lyrics.
* Lazlo Bane recorded a cover of Men At Work's "Overkill" and Men At Work frontman Colin Hay appeared in the video (and I believe may have even sung the last verse, but I could be wrong).
* Gary Numan provides vocals on Fear Factory's cover of his song "Cars."
* Music/RunDMC's cover of Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Walk This Way" features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry In both the song and video.
* Inverted by Jaya's "If You Leave Me Now", in which Stevie B, who later covered the song, provided backup vocals.
* Brian May [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_May_discography#Guest_musician likes to appear]] in {{Queen}} covers, at times bringing Roger Taylor along.
* JohnLennon plays guitar on DavidBowie's cover of "Across the Universe". Bowie also produced, and both sung and played sax in Lulu's cover of "The Man Who Sold the World".
** Lennon also contributes backing vocals on Music/EltonJohn's cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The Quintessential Phase of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' radio series had Sandra Dickinson voice Tricia [=McMillan=] (Trillian's AlternateUniverse counterpart). Dickinson was the TV Trillian.
** The Quandary Phase also saw David Dixon, the TV Ford Prefect, in a cameo.
* TheBBC Radio 4 adaptations of the Literature/HerculePoirot novels have Phillip Jackson play Inspector Japp. Jackson is best known for {{ITV}}'s ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', where he plays ... Inspector Japp.
* Similarly to ''Poirot'', Michael Gough appeared in the Radio 4 drama ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: The Lazarus Syndrome'' as Alfred. He reprised the role in the AudioAdaptation of ''{{Knightfall}}'' for Radio 1.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* During August 2010, the West End musical version of ''SisterAct'' featured WhoopiGoldberg as the Mother Superior.
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* A bit more than a cameo: ''All'' the Spider-Men in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''. Main MarvelUniverse ComicBook/SpiderMan is Creator/NeilPatrickHarris (''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries''); ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan is Josh Keaton (''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''); Spider-Man [[{{Marvel 2099}} 2099]] is Dan Gilvezan (''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''); and Spider-Man Noir is Christopher Daniel Barnes (''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'').
* While not voiced by him, a character in the RPG video game based on "Series/GameOfThrones" looks exactly like George R.R. Martin. He is even writing a history of Westeros from the viewpoint of several people from different houses so it looks like he doesn't favor any house over another. The character has already wrote five volumes of the seven volume series and is asked whe the next one will be released. He responds "I told you next year". This is met with [[TakeThatMe "He says that every year."]]
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* [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West]] guest starred in a episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' as Simon Trent, a washed-up actor who had originally starred in a TV series as "The Grey Ghost" and inspired Bruce Wayne to become a SuperHero.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had West play the Mayor of Gotham City.
*** And the Latin American dub of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had the mayor voiced by the man who voiced Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "The Chill of the Night" had [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West and Julie Newmar]] as Thomas and Martha Wayne.
* Speaking of Batman, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Kevin Conroy]] did the voice of John Grayson in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', with Mark Hamill as Tony Zucco.
** Then later, in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill voiced ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger and ComicBook/TheSpectre, respectively. In addition, the episode "The Super-Batman of Planet X" had Zur-En-Aarh's Batman voiced by [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Kevin Conroy]], with his Superman-like reporter love interest and mad scientist archenemy voiced by [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Dana Delaney and Clancy Brown]].
* The Disney movie ''MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'' with DonaldDuck, Goofy, and Mickey, is full of {{Remake Cameo}}s, including: Clarabelle Cow (a character seen often back in the 1930s, but who disappeared for a long time), who is voiced by the same actress as Pete's wife Peg from ''GoofTroop'', working for Pete in the movie.
** Though technically this doesn't count. Disney re-uses its characters a lot, In any movie of Donald, Mickey, Goofy or other, even when they don't have their usual names (when filming an old story with Disney characters, like Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper), you can find tons of small characters played by well-known Disneys.
* ''TransformersAnimated'' occasionally shows Spike, Carly, and Daniel from the Movie- and Post-Movie Generation 1. Meanwhile, Cybertron crowd scenes are ''full'' of toy-only and Japan-only characters from the interregnum between G1 and ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Imagine if you will, a massive giant aptly named Grandus, reinterpreted as a sumo wrestler, ''terrified'' of the supposedly yucky, germ-filled human sidekick who'd wound up on Cybertron alongside Ratchet.
** Of course, it's worth noting that Spike was also voiced by his G1 voice actor, as was Shockwave... who were the same guy anyway.
* ''GIJoeRenegades'' features Duke's parents being played by MichaelBell and Creator/BJWard, the original voices of Duke and Scarlet in the classic cartoon.
** In addition, Storm Shadow's uncle, the Hard Master, is played by KeoneYoung, the actor who played Storm Shadow in the original.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' has Larry Kenney, the [[ActorAllusion original voice]] of Lion-O, in the [[{{Thundercats}} 1985 series]] as the voice of Claudus, [[MythologyGag Lion-O's father]].
* Similarly, CaseyKasem, the voice of Shaggy Rogers from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Where Are You?'' to ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' (not to mention the specials), plays Shaggy's Uncle Albert in ''ShaggyAndScoobyDooGetAClue'' and Shaggy's father in ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''.
* Creator/BrianBloom, the voice of CaptainAmerica in ''TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', voiced [[SquadronSupreme Hyperion]] in an episode of the sequel / SpiritualSuccessor ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''.
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