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"I wonder if Prince felt bad about writing songs for the Joker after all this was over. The one who lives in the universe of the Batman movie, I mean. I'm sure the real Prince was just fine with it."
Chris Sims on Batman (1989)

There are all kinds of fun ways to cast and credit celebrities.

We've seen cases where a very famous actor plays an impossibly small part in a movie, either as themselves or as a character. We've seen cases when a fictional character is listed in the credits as Himself/Herself. We've seen an actor playing a character with the same name as themselves. We've seen a real celebrity appear as themselves on a show for a quick laugh or maybe they take over the entire episode. And we've seen a beloved actor parody themselves by playing the flanderized version of themselves or their most well-known character for laughs.

This trope is when a real-life celebrity or famous figure is playing a fictionalized version of themselves, as a main character or recurring character. This is mostly a television trope, but there are film examples. For shows that take place in an alternate Hollywood, such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and The Larry Sanders Show, this is the norm. It would be hard to believe it's Hollywood if you'd never heard of any of the "stars", would it?


This real celebrity is playing themselves, but they are inserted into fictional circumstances, play alongside clearly fictitious characters and sometimes have fictional backstories in relation to those fictional characters. This differs from an Autobiographical Role, where the celebrity is playing themselves in the actual story of their life.

As Himself is usually credited as, well: Report Siht as Herself. Though occasionally you will see Report Siht as "Report Siht". An actor might request the latter if they want it to be clearer that this is a purely fictionalized version of themselves.

Occasionally, there will be an example of this with a deceased star/famous figure. This will often be done using archive footage, but the trope still applies because they are still playing themselves in fictional circumstances (Forrest Gump didn't actually meet John F. Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson, folks).


Remember, if it's just a short gag, or one episode, that's either a Special Guest or a straight Cameo.

What's the difference between this and The Danza? Ask yourself this... is Alice playing a character who just happens to be named Alice as well? Or is she actually playing Alice? The first one is The Danza. The latter is As Himself.

Compare Celebrity Star, Character as Himself, Special Guest and Adam Westing. Not to be confused with For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself.

Supertrope of Newscaster Cameo (newsreader As Himself) and Leno Device (talk-show host As Himself).


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    Anime & Manga 

    Audio Plays 
  • In the audiobook version of World War Z, which is performed by a full cast with different actors reading each of the characters interviewed for the book, the character of "The Interviewer" is specifically identified as Max Brooks (actual author of the book) and his part is performed by Brooks himself.

    Comic Books 
  • Dan Choi, known for his activism in the effort to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, appears in issue #4 of Batwoman's run in Detective Comics. He is attending West Point with Kate Kane and speaks to her just before she is outed and "separated" from the military. He was consulted for the story in that issue and receives "special thanks to 1LT Daniel Choi (USMA 2003) for his generous assistance in research for this issue" on the cover page.
  • Superman:
  • An issue of Marvel's Count Duckula book features Geraldo Rivera as a live photo image on the cover (with a cartoon Duckula) and a cartoon image in the body of the story. It's a send-up of Rivera's ill-fated attempt to open Al Capone's vault and the show where he suffers a broken nose when a guest hurls a chair through the studio.
  • An issue of Marvel Team Up has Spider-Man attend the broadcast of an episode of Saturday Night Live and battling Silver Samurai alongside the cast. The SNL episode was hosted by Stan Lee who appears as well.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 29 days after the sinking of RMS Titanic, a 10-minute-long movie Saved from the Titanic (now lost) was released. The leading star and a co-writer of the script was Dorothy Gibson - a genuine Titanic survivor, playing as a girl named Dorothy, and filmed in the same clothes she was rescued in.
  • Peter Falk plays himself in Wings of Desire (to the point where children call him "Columbo").
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as themselves in the made-for-TV film Children's Party at the Palace.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as both the main character and (briefly) himself in Last Action Hero.
  • Al Pacino plays himself in the Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill.
  • A dramatic example: Derek Jacobi plays himself in Hereafter as both the voice of a Charles Dickens audiobook and as a speaker at a literary festival.
  • Neil Patrick Harris as "Neil Patrick Harris" in the three Harold and Kumar movies. He requested not to be credited "as Himself", to make it clear he's not a drug-sniffing, car-stealing womanizer in Real Life (he is in fact, the complete opposite — an upstanding gentleman and in a stable relationship with David Burtka; i.e. no drugs, no stealing cars, and one guy, not many women). Burtka himself gets in on the act in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, using their real-life relationship as a cover for their characters' sordid behavior, and gets the same credits treatment ("David Burtka" played by David Burtka).
  • Forrest Gump meets many famous figures throughout his travels, some played by actors, but others played by archive footage. Both times he meets the president, it's done using archive footage. Obviously fictional circumstances, since Forrest Gump didn't really exist.
  • 1990's Gremlins 2: The New Batch features film critic Leonard Maltin (who disliked the original Gremlins) in a scene where he discusses Gremlins 2 on a Siskel-&-Ebert style show. After giving the sequel a poor review, a horde of Gremlins storm the set and kill him.
    • In a later scene, Gremlins hijack the film projector itself, until Hulk Hogan stands up in the audience orders them to quit screwing around and let the movie finish. In the VHS version, the Gremlins record over the tape until John Wayne (recreated through archival footage) tells them off. The novelisation has the Professor Gremlin lock the author out of his office and type a few pages on his typewriter instead.
  • Paul Giamatti plays Paul Giamatti in Cold Souls.
  • Bill Murray's appearance in Zombieland was widely promoted as a Cameo, but it actually falls into this territory, since he's in the movie for quite a bit of time (playing himself) and is actually the only other non-flashback speaking character outside of the main four.
  • Bill Murray again in Space Jam, wherein he eventually fills out the ranks of the Tune Squad to avert a forfeiture of the game. (In fact, the trope applies for pretty much all the live-action stars of the movie, aside from Wayne Knight and a few others.)
  • The Beatles were playing themselves, but obviously inserted into fictional circumstances in A Hard Day's Night and Help!
  • Hamlet 2 had 'Elisabeth Shue as Elisabeth Shue'.
  • Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell in My Name Is Bruce, though this example may skirt into Adam Westing territory.
  • In Sunset Boulevard, film director Cecil B. DeMille plays himself. Norma Desmond first approaches him on the set of Samson and Delilah, on which shooting had just wrapped. Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper appears at the end. Anna Q. Nilsson, H.B. Warner and Buster Keaton appear in one scene as the "Waxworks", but aren't named.
  • Gloria Swanson appeared as herself in Airport 1975.
  • Miyavi stars as a highly fictionalized, over-exaggerated, time traveling version of himself in his 2004 Vanity Project, Oresama. It is not Played for Laughs.
  • The Blues Brothers plays with this, featuring the band members playing themselves. The majority of them were part of the original backing band, and are well known blues and R&B legends, including Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn (both of whom are in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as members of Booker T and The MG's), and Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Paul Shaffer turns up in Blues Brothers 2000, but he's not actually playing himself — he instead adopts a thick French accent, playing the role of Queen Mousette's aide, Marco. He later takes off the wig and performs with the band, though, for which he gets credited both as Marco and as himself on the end credits list.
  • Every actor in Coffee and Cigarettes plays themselves, although arguably some of the minor characters may be cases of The Danza.
  • Funny People features several famous or once-famous comedians and entertainers as friends of the fictional George Simmons, whose career appears largely inspired by that of Adam Sandler, who plays him.
  • Zoë Bell plays herself in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.
  • Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star has a number of cameos by famous child actors and Brendan Frasier is in the film.
  • The Player, by Robert Altman contains over 50 cameos of famous Hollywood stars, all playing themselves.
  • Stan Lee appears as himself in Mallrats, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain Marvel (2019) (where he can be heard preparing his lines for Mallrats) and Deadpool (billed in the credits as "a gratuitous cameo").
  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino plays Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in the first Ace Ventura film.
  • The Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon featured numerous people from Kaufman's life as themselves, including
    • the cast of Taxi — except for Danny DeVito, who was already playing Kaufman's manager
    • David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, and the Late Night with David Letterman band, re-creating Kaufman's infamous appearance on Late Night With David Letterman with wrestler Jerry Lawler (also playing himself) — though filmed on the Late Show set, with no real attempt made to make anyone look younger.
    • Lorne Michaels, as the producer of Saturday Night Live (though he wasn't actually producer when Kaufman appeared on the show).
  • Krush Groove, a Roman à Clef about the founding of Def Jam Recordings, includes starring roles for Run–D.M.C., Rick Rubin, Sheila E, the Fat Boys, and Kurtis Blow as themselves, and appearances as themselves from LL Cool J, New Edition, and the Beastie Boys.
  • The late Miami Dolphins football team owner Joe Robbie played himself in the movie adaptation of Black Sunday in which terrorists are going to attack the Super Bowl. He's interviewed about security at the Orange Bowl by Robert Shaw, who is playing Israeli counter-terrorist David Kabakov.
  • The Blind Side: NCAA Division I college football coaches Philip Fulmer, Lou Holtz, Tom Lemming, Houston Nutt, Ed Orgeron, Pepper Rodgers, Nick Saban, and Tommy Tuberville.
  • In Get Shorty, during the filming of the climax of Chili's movie, Harvey Keitel plays himself playing Ray Bones. Also, Penny Marshall as herself, directing said movie.
  • Maggie Cheung plays herself in Irma Vep.
  • In Ocean's Twelve, Julia Roberts plays a character, Tess, who is persuaded to pose as Julia Roberts. This plan actually falls apart due to another surprise example: Bruce Willis spots Tess!Julia and eventually is able to figure out it's not Julia Roberts, foiling the Ocean crew's plan.
  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare features Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Wes Craven and Bob Shaye all playing themselves. Freddy Krueger (though still played by Englund) is also credited As Himself.
  • Paolo Roberto as himself in The Girl Who Played With Fire, second film of The Millennium Trilogy. The Swedish language version, anyway; whether he will be cast as himself in the Hollywood version is yet to be seen.
  • Steve and Terri Irwin in The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course.
  • Tom Jones in Mars Attacks!.
  • Fred Niblo, a real MGM movie director, has a comic supporting role in Free and Easy as Fred Niblo, MGM director, who has a world of difficulty in getting Elmer J. Butts (Buster Keaton) to memorize a single line of dialogue.
  • An unusual mutation can be found in the feature-length version of The Wizard of Speed and Time: the cast list at the end of the film starts with "Mike Jittlov — The Wizard" followed immediately by "The Wizard — Himself".
  • Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering both play exaggerated caricatures of themselves in the movie Domino.
  • Attorney Ed McDonald plays himself in GoodFellas when Karen and Henry Hill look to the Witness Protection program; he handled the Hills' case in real life. The Hills' dialogue was taken verbatim from the transcript of their conversation while McDonald ad-libbed his dialogue.
  • United 93 featured many of the actual people involved in the original events, including Ben Sliney, former U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's National Operation Manager and the man who ordered the US airspace to a National Ground Stop during 9/11. He played himself, reenacting those same events, and does a damn good job of it.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane!.
    • "And introducing Otto [the autopilot] as himself."
  • Several Major League Baseball players and umpires, as well as numerous sportscasters in The Naked Gun. Special mention to Reggie Jackson as a would-be brainwashed royal assassin.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic in The Naked Gun 1 and 3. He's also in 2, but plays a part.
    • Weird Al also sings the theme to Spy Hard while wearing a white tuxedo in the opening credits. When his name comes up in the credits for writing and singing the theme song, he points to it.
  • George Clinton in PCU.
  • In the German movie Keinohrhasen, the main character is a paparazzo and sneaks into the engagement party of Yvonne Catterfeld (pop singer) and Wladimir Klitschko (professional boxer). While these two celebrities play themselves, their relationship is entirely made up.
  • Undercover Brother. James Brown is captured by The Man's organization. Eventually he reveals himself to be Undercover Brother in a Latex Perfection mask.
  • Contagion has Dr. Sanjay Gupta cameo in an interview with Dr. Cheever.
  • In Jerry Lewis' The Bellboy, Lewis plays himself and the bellboy Stanley. After Milton Berle (as himself) lectures Stanley, he runs into Jerry Lewis (as himself), and wonders if there can be "two of them." Berle goes off, then Lewis runs into a bellboy (played by Berle), and Lewis does an extended double-take.
  • In All the President's Men Frank Wills, the security guard who finds the masking tape on the door in the opening scene, is played by Frank Wills, the security guard who actually found the masking tape on the door at the Watergate. A lot of politicians and reporters appear as themselves in archival footage, including President and Mrs. Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Ron Ziegler, Walter Cronkite, etc.
  • The original Angels in the Outfield included (simulated) newsreel interviews with (actual) famous people concerning whether or not McGovern is actually conversing with angels. Among them is Ty Cobb, who simply says "All I can say is the game of baseball has certainly changed!"
  • In The Fighter, Micky Ward's trainer/Lowell police sergeant Mickey O'Keefe is played by... Micky Ward's trainer/Lowell police sergeant Mickey O'Keefe. O'Keefe had never acted before and was reluctant to take the role, though Mark Wahlberg was eventually successful in persuading him.
  • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Buzz Aldrin briefly appears as himself. So does Bill O'Reilly. In a rather self-aware parody, he is quickly accused of "ambush journalism," and calls someone a pinhead.
  • Penn & Teller Get Killed.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, being about NASCAR, features a lot of people who cameo as themselves, including:
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. asks Ricky for an autograph in one scene. He is seen in the garage at Talledega in a deleted scene.
    • Ricky beats Jamie McMurray by running in reverse.
    • Both the NASCAR on FOX broadcasting team (Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip) and the NASCAR on NBC team of 2005 (Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., and Benny Parsons (died 2007)), are present; the FOX team is used for two races in the first half of the movie, while the NBC team is covering the Talladega race at the end of the movie.
      • There's even a funny moment where an NBC reporter in the stands claims to have spotted Kenny Rogers and Larry Bird on two different occasions, but Weber, Parsons and Dallenbach have a hard time believing him, suspecting he might have had a stroke.
  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story has Lance Armstrong and Chuck Norris as themselves at one point.
  • Extremely common in old westerns, especially of the "singing cowboy" variety. Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry, etc. all made many, many films playing characters with their own names.
  • A variation is seen in Under Siege, where Erika Eleniak's character is introduced to a man by another character by showing him a Playboy centerfold and saying she's "Miss July 1989." While the character goes by a different name than the actress, she was in fact the actual Playmate of that month.
  • The 1948 Franco-Norwegian film Kampen om tungtvannet (The battle for heavy water) with Jens-Anton Poulsson, Claus Helberg Urbye, Thorstein Skinnarland and HH Halban as themselves.
  • There's kind of an example in The French Connection - Coke, the New York Subway driver, is played by a New York City Subway driver named Coke.
  • In G.I. Joe: Retaliation James Carville plays himself at a White House party.
  • This Is the End is about Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride trying to ride out the Rapture in James Franco's mansion. Really, everyone in the movie plays themselves, if rather Jerkass versions of themselves in some cases.
  • Fred Astaire's first film appearance was as himself, in the 1933 movie Dancing Lady (with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable).
  • In The Great Ziegfeld, almost every one of the performers who were still alive when the movie was made were played by themselves. (Eddie Cantor is the exception.)
  • Louis Armstrong plays himself in the 1956 musical High Society.
  • In Cover Girl (1944), supermodel Jinx Falkenburg has a cameo role as herself. Fifteen other real cover girl models of 1944 also appear as themselves in the Show Within a Show.
  • Jason Biggs' portrayal of himself in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He is frustrated that the only thing anyone remembers about him is that he fucked a pie.
  • The 2010 film Round Ireland With a Fridge, based on Tony Hawks' 1999 book Round Ireland With a Fridge, based on Tony Hawks actually travelling round Ireland with a fridge in 1997, stars Tony Hawks as Tony. The follow-up, 2012's Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, also stars Hawks as himself. (Arthur Smith's role in the book and actual events is taken by Stephen Frost playing himself, rather than have an actor "do" the inimitable Smith.)
  • Chris Berman plays himself in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard — and since he's actually calling the game, you're hearing him a lot in the third act. Jim Rome also briefly appears as himself.
  • Similarly, John Madden and Pat Summerall, respectively the color commentator and play-by-play announcer of Monday Night Football at the time, appeared as themselves in The Replacements (2000)
  • Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies features multiple wrestlers (as well as one Penthouse Pet and several members of the production staff) As Themself since the premise is that they were invited to a particular wrestling exhibition before the Zombie Apocalypse starts.
  • Lawyer and politician Fred Thompson started a prolific acting career in his forties when he was asked to play himself in Marie, about a client of his who fought a parole-bribery scheme.
  • TV journalists Sander Vanocur and Bree Walker appear as themselves in the Phony Newscast Without Warning (1994).
  • Viva Knievel!: Evel Knievel and Frank Gifford play fictionalized versions of themselves.
  • Boxing legend Max Schmeling, his wife Anny Ondra, and actress Sonja Ziemann appear as themselves in the 1957 German comedy Die Zürcher Verlobung.
  • During the end credits of HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami, Céline Dion appears as herself, leaving a video message to a big fan of hers.
  • Offbeat actor John Malkovich plays offbeat actor John Malkovich in the appropriately named Being John Malkovich, although there are several significant differences between the character and the real person, as well as a couple thrown in just to make the point that they're not meant to be exactly the same (for instance, the film makes a point of mentioning that Malkovich's middle name is Horatio, while the real Malkovich's is Gavin).
  • The movie I Shot Jesse James provides an intriguing In-Universe example. After killing Jesse James, Robert Ford performs as himself in a stage show that shows how he killed Jesse. Of course, this was something the real Robert Ford actually did, so it makes sense to include it within the film.
  • Played with in Jolson Sings Again, the second of two biopics of singer Al Jolson. The film chronicles Jolson's later life, including the making of the first biopic, The Jolson Story. Actor Larry Parks not only plays Jolson, but plays himself playing Jolson in the filmmaking scenes.
  • In The Postman, rock legend Tom Petty appears as Celebrity Survivor Tom Petty, mayor of the small post-apocalyptic settlement of Bridge City, Oregon.
    Postman: I know you. You're... famous.
    Tom: I was once... sorta. Kinda. Not anymore.
  • Clint Eastwood's film The 15:17 to Paris: Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, the three American soldiers who heroically stopped a terrorist attack on a French train in Real Life, are played by themselves.
  • In the 1923 comedy The Extra Girl, silent stars William Desmond and Billy Bevan appear as themselves.
  • In Please Stand By, Wendy's four housemates are all played by autistic actors with the same names as their characters.
  • The wrestling biopic Fighting with My Family features Dwayne Johnson, Sheamus, Big Show, The Miz, and John Cena appearing as themselves. The eponymous family are played by actors whereas AJ Lee is played by fellow pro wrestler Thea Trinidad.
  • Stick It features gymnast Nastia Liukin playing herself two years before she won the Olympic All-Around gold. (Liukin is actually not the only real competitive gymnast who appears in the film, but she's the only one to be mentioned by name or play a role in the story; the others are mostly background.)
    • NBC gymnastics commentators Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, and Elfi Schlegel appear as themselves during the national championships sequence.
  • In Kickin' It Old School, David Hasselhoff appears and loans Justin KITT so he can take Jennifer on a date.
  • In Duck Butter, Naima is hired (and quickly fired) as an actress in a film directed by Mark and Jay Duplass, who play themselves. On her way to the set, she listens to a podcast where the Duplass brothers are interviewed about their filmmaking methods - though Mark and Jay Duplass' characters are simply listed as Mark and Jay with no last names, their last names are mentioned in the podcast heard in the movie, which is an excerpt of a real podcast they were interviewed for.
  • Chubby the dog from Relative Fear is credited this way.
  • In Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan are all credited as himself/herself, as part of the cast credits while the motion capture performers who brought the kaiju to life were listed as a separate set of credits.
  • Someone Great: Musicians Questlove and Jessie Reyez appear as themselves at Neon Classic.
  • Tales of Halloween: Adrianne Curry makes a cameo as herself in "The Night Billy Raised Hell", with Billy and Mr. Abaddon carjacking her and stealing her car.
  • St. Trinian's (the 2007 film): Stephen Fry appears as the host of "School Challenge", a University Challenge-like quiz.
  • Ring of Fear is a Non-Actor Vehicle featuring circus owner/lion tamer Clyde Beatty and author Creator/Mickeypillane as themselves solving a mystery at Beatty's circus. Additionally, various members the Clyde Beatty circus appear as themselves performing their circus acts.

  • Bret Easton Ellis' novel, Lunar Park is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, who is, like in the real world, the author of American Psycho and several other successful novels. The events in the novel, however, are completely fictional.
  • Similarly, Philip Roth's novel Operation Shylock is narrated in first person by the famous Jewish-American author, Philip Roth. While most of the events in the book are fictional, it contains segments of a real interview Roth made with Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld.
  • Stieg Larsson wrote in Swedish boxer/tv-host Paolo Roberto as a character in The Girl Who Played With Fire, book two of The Millennium Trilogy. Guess who played him in the movie?
  • Kurt Vonnegut shows up in a few of his own books, most notably Breakfast of Champions where he (as the author) directs the action for the last few chapters from the shadows.
  • At one point in The Dark Tower, Stephen King's characters have to save his life.
  • In The Princess Bride, William Goldman, the author, has a MAJOR role in the story (or at least plays an author named William Goldman...).
  • In the second Shadow Police novel, The Severed Streets, Neil Gaiman appears as a supporting character. The book is by Doctor Who alumnus and fellow comic book writer Paul Cornell.
  • Al Franken's book Why Not Me? is all about a fictionalized, Jerkass version of Al Franken running for President of the United States. He makes it clear in the Afterword that he is not "the asshole portrayed in the book."
  • In-Verse example: In The Barsoom Project, actor Robin Bowles plays himself in the "fat ripper" Fimbulwinter Game. Participants speculate that the portly Bowles signed on to help him lose weight for an upcoming role.
  • Played with by Steven Zoltan Brust, whose Dragaera novels have featured multiple passing references to a writer from a very distant realm (implied to be our own Earth) who has consulted with in-Verse characters about their stories or their world's history. This mysterious writer is referenced only by the initials "SZB".
  • Christopher Isherwood has several novels narrated by Christopher Isherwood. Initially Isherwood used his middle names, William Bradshaw, as his narrator but later decided that was literarily dishonest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • V.I.P. had Lit appear as themselves hiring Val to be their bodyguard. They then later ask her to guest star As Herself in their music video. Which in itself zig zagged what happened in real life.
  • The Monkees
  • Extras episodes heavily feature this trope (most of the time they are playing parodies of themselves). In fact, pretty much the only celebrities that do not play themselves are the regular cast.
  • Pop star George Michael played himself in the first season of Eli Stone, appearing both in musical visions and in the real world. At the end of the season, it's heavily implied that he is God.
  • The Big Bang Theory features Wil Wheaton playing a Jerkass version of himself a few times, serving as Sheldon's nemesis and eventual friend. Brent Spiner becomes Sheldon's new nemesis.
  • Played with in Monty Python's Flying Circus, in which everyone would so often break character to remark how silly a sketch is that it felt like you were watching the actual members of Monty Python struggling to put on a decent TV show.
  • A few Entourage examples:
    • Mandy Moore played herself as Vince's costar in Aquaman. They supposedly dated when they starred together in another (very real) movie years earlier.
    • Seth Green has shown up as himself several times, mostly to annoy Eric that he (maybe) dated Sloan before E did.
    • Jamie-Lynn Sigler appeared as herself in the fifth and sixth seasons, dating Turtle. Even more bizarre, considering the two ended up dating in Real Life for about a year.
    • Ed Burns plays himself as the producer of Drama's show.
    • Several directors have appeared as themselves as well, including James Cameron and Gus Van Sant.
    • Porn star Sasha Grey appeared in several episodes as herself and Vince's girlfriend.
  • The Gene Autry Show featured country singer Gene Autry playing a fictional version of himself taking part in a series of western adventures (his exact role, which saw him as a ranch hand in one week and a sheriff in another, tended to change from episode to episode).
  • Generation Kill: Sgt. Rudy Reyes, one of the real 1st Recon Marines, plays himself. Initially hired as an advisor.
  • Gossip Girl name-drops 90's one-hit wonder musician Lisa Loeb. Then in the flashfoward part of the finale she is romantically involved with main character Rufus.
  • Loads in Doctor Who, among them Derek Acorah, Paul O'Grady and Alistair Appleton.
  • Louis C.K. plays himself, a divorced stand-up comedian, in Louie, with various comedians also appearing as themselves.
  • Some Curb Your Enthusiasm examples:
  • Just Shoot Me! has had Mark Hamill, Tyra Banks, Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson and Ray Liotta appearing as themselves.
  • The Man in the Funny Suit is a television drama based on the production of the Requiem for a Heavyweight presentation for Playhouse 90. Its two stars, Ed Wynn and Keenan Wynn are playing themselves, as are a great number of other people who were part of the original production including Rod Serling, Red Skelton, Ralph Nelson, Bob Mathias and Ned Glass.
  • Never Have I Ever: John McEnroe narrates as himself. Later, Andy Samberg does narration for Ben's Day In The Limelight. McEnroe later appears in the S01 finale, in the flesh.
  • iCarly: Jerry Trainor and Miranda Cosgrove in iBloop.
  • Posthumous example - Adolf Hitler in Red Dwarf (using archive footage with Craig Charles superimposed next to him). Exists solely for a few Historical In-Joke gags regarding his missing testicle and his briefcase. The Adolf Hitler As Himself credit got a huge laugh from the studio audience.
  • The Larry Sanders Show had several, including Jon Stewart as his rival and David Duchovny, who had a gay crush on Larry.
  • Stargate-verse:
    • General Michael E. Ryan and General John P. Jumper, each the actual Chief of Staff of the Air Force at the time his episode aired, appeared as themselves in cameos on Stargate SG-1 in 2001 and 2004, respectively. Richard Dean Anderson recalls in a DVD featurette that he asked General Ryan if he had officers as irreverent as his character Jack O'Neill, and Ryan replied, "Son, yes we do have colonels like you and worse."
    • Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson both guest starred in an episode of Stargate Atlantis. Neil was little more than a cameo, but Bill Nye played a somewhat extensive part.
      Rodney McKay: At least I didn't declassify Pluto from planet-status. Way to make all the little kids cry, Neil. That make you feel like a big man?
  • Seinfeld had several throughout the years. Most memorably, Keith Hernandez (the former New York Met), shows up as himself several times, before and after he dates Elaine. And technically, Jerry plays himself throughout the series, as evidenced by his appearance on the Today Show with Bryant Gumbel in The Puffy Shirt episode.
  • Garry Shandling in It's Garry Shandling's Show.
    • In addition, the show had numerous guest stars, including Tom Petty, Rob Reiner, Martin Mull, and guest host Red Buttons.
  • Seinfeld appeared in an episode of Newsradio.
  • Jennifer Grey in It's Like, You Know.... The other characters are skeptical of this at first since Grey no longer had her distinct nose from her 1980s films.
  • Penn of Penn & Teller appears in the season five episode 'Magic Show' of NUMB3RS to help investigate a magic trick gone wrong.
  • Creed Bratton on The Office falls between this and Adam Westing.
  • Lou Ferrigno in The King of Queens.
  • Bristol Palin showed up for one scene in The Secret Life of the American Teenager when Amy was at a music program for teen moms.
  • Angela's father in Bones is Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
  • Josh Groban and Olivia Newton-John have both made cameos on Glee, both having a blast making fun of themselves and pretending they're huge jerks.
  • Baywatch - Lifeguard Michael "Newmie" Newman is played by Michael Newman, a real LA County lifeguard.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Stephen Hawking appeared as a hologram of himself in "Descent: Part I", being the only person to play themselves in any Star Trek production. He played poker with Data and holograms of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein and won. (Brent Spiner mentioned in an interview that, as he was accompanying Hawking off-set, they passed the warp core set, and Hawking said "I'm working on that." Since Hawking's synthesized voice makes him a perfect Deadpan Snarker, Spiner said he's still not sure whether Hawking was kidding.)
    • Arguably, Joe Piscopo played himself in the second season episode "The Outrageous Okona", but he was only credited as "The Comic". Data picked him from a list of notable comics from history, so if it wasn't meant to be a genuine one—like Piscopo—any actor could have played The Comic.
  • Star Trek: Picard: A peculiar example in that the "actor" is a geologic feature rather than a person. Vasquez Rocks has been used as a filming location many times throughout the Star Trek Franchise as far back as The Original Series. In the third episode of Picard, Vasquez Rocks finally appear as Vasquez Rocks.
  • Garry Shandling, Tea Leoni, and Wayne Federman all played themselves in The X-Files episode "Hollywood A.D."
  • Walter Cronkite appears as himself, Ted's idol, in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Johnny Carson attends one of Mary's parties in the last season, but a blackout occurs so the audience only hears his voice. He's still credited as himself at the end.
  • Graeme Souness played himself in Boys from the Blackstuff.
  • Laugh-In's Joanne Worley appears on an episode of Caroline in the City when her Stage Door Deli sandwich gets renamed for Caroline.
  • Some of the cast of Laugh-In appeared in an episode of Mad About You.
  • Oliver North played himself in several episodes of JAG.
  • Sammy Davis Jr. once got a cab ride from Archie Bunker, and had to stop by the latter's house to retrieve his briefcase. Hilarity Ensues (for real and Up to Eleven).
  • CSI: NY:
    • John McEnroe appeared in the episode "Comes Around," playing both himself and a look-alike who makes a hobby of impersonating him. Played with in an interrogation scene, where the look-alike is explaining that he didn't even watch tennis, while the real McEnroe looks on and bitches about his double (including an utterance of his now trademark "You cannot be serious!"), from behind the room's soundproof one-way mirror.
    • Sportscaster Dick Enberg appeared as himself in the episode "Super Men."
    • Kid Rock, Maroon 5, and Josh Groban all peformed as themselves in various other episodes as well.
  • Country music group Rascal Flatts appeared as themselves in an episode of CSI, which centered around bassist Jay DeMarcus getting shocked by his bass guitar.
  • Clete Roberts plays himself in the Season 4 episode "The Interview" in M*A*S*H. Filmed in black-and-white, Clete Roberts interviews the characters making the episode look like a documentary. Unlike most episodes where everything was scripted and little ad-libbed, in this episodes, the actors were given a lot of freedom to answer the questions. He would return in the Season 7 two-parter "Our Finest Hour" as well as the pilot of unsuccessful spinoff W*A*L*T*E*R.
  • Sir Terry Wogan appeared as himself presenting his current (at the time of filming) quiz show - and as a voice of the afterlife, passing on instructions to Saul - in the Series 2, Episode 2 of Being Human (UK).
  • Most of the human cast in Greg the Bunny spin-off Warren The Ape.
  • Louis Armstrong appears as himself in Hello, Dolly!.
  • The Seasons 5-7 cast of 3-2-1 Contact.
  • The One-Episode Wonder TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack featured (and would have continued to feature) Ron Silver "As Himself". Despite playing a NASA assassin on this show, Silver was still an actor and at one point, a character points out that "he was the bad guy from Timecop".
  • The Sopranos encountered many celebrities in their adventures, largely as a result of Chris's attempts to break into the movie business. Among them included Ben Kingsley, Lauren Bacall, Jon Favreau, Janeane Garofalo, and Sandra Bernhard. Tony also saw Annette Bening in one of his dreams.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme played himself in an episode of Las which he got killed off in a rigged motorcycle stunt.
  • The West Wing:
    • Penn & Teller appeared in an episode, in which they pretended to burn an American Flag at the First Daughter's birthday party.
    • Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, and other performers have played at various White House functions, and campaign events.
  • The title characters of An Evening With Gary Lineker and its Spiritual Successor My Summer With Des. Despite the titles, Lineker and Lynam have minor roles, the shows being about football fans at the 1990 World Cup and Euro '96.
  • Corner Gas had a habit of frequently giving cameos to various Canadian celebrities, ranging from actors to athletes, to musicians, to politicians.
  • Very common on the Colgate Comedy Hour.
  • James Van Der Beek on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
  • Carl Weathers plays himself on Arrested Development as an out-of-work actor who gives acting lessons to Tobias. The lessons mostly seem to be advice on how to get cheap meals.
  • Billy Dee Williams in the Modern Family episode "New Year's Eve."
  • Castle plays poker with real-life writers, most notably James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, and Stephen J. Cannell (who got a Vanity Plate tribute and an Empty Chair Memorial when he died.)
  • Sister, Sister had a weird one: Marques Houston (who plays Roger) shows up as himself (Batman from Immature), just after Roger did a horrible impersonation of him. Naturally, no one believed him when he said he was Batman.
  • Bob Bellveau, one of the real "first sixteen" Los Angeles County paramedics, appeared a few times as himself in Emergency! episodes.
  • Monk:
    • "Mr. Monk and the Redheaded Stranger" is an episode-length cameo from Willie Nelson, who gets accused of shooting his road manager in a back alleyway. Monk is said to be a big Nelson fan (and Trudy was one, too), so he sets forth to clear Nelson's name.
      • Noticeably called back to in "Mr. Monk and the Blackout" when Monk mentions that he threw away a harmonica that Nelson gave him as gratitude to clearing his name, simply because he had played it before.
    • "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" has Tim Daly, interestingly Monk lead Tony Shalhoub's costar from Wings, show up on the plane Monk and Sharona are flying to New Jersey on.
    • "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy" features a cameo by Danny Bonaduce himself, as one of Dexter Larsen's golfing buddies.
    • In "Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs," Monk ends up getting press box tickets for himself and Mel Stottlemyre to sit with NBC's own Bob Costas in the broadcast booth for a playoff game. Apparently Monk helped Costas out on a favor a long time ago. Stottlemyre says it had something to do with a demented cat salesman. Costas elaborates: the cat salesman was not demented, he sold demented cats, like a psychotic calico kitten, and one cat that tried to kill him with a squeeze toy.
  • Fat Actress ran on this trope.
  • Person of Interest: supermodel Karolína Kurková appeared as... supermodel Karolína Kurková in the episode "Prisoner's Dilemma."
  • The Bionic Woman featured Evel Knievel as himself in Season 3 episode "Motorcycle Boogie", where he becomes an unwitting accomplice to Jaime when she tries to retrieve a stolen data tape from behind the Iron Curtain. Needless to say his trademark motorcycle stunts prove conveniently useful.
  • Jam and Jerusalem:
    • Half of the British pop-rock band The Magic Numbers appear as themselves in the Glastonbury episode.
    • Kate Rusby sings in the wedding episode.
    • Whether or not Charles Dance is planning to move to Clatterford becomes a major plot element in the third season.
  • A regular occurrence on The Nanny. Lynn Redgrave, Ben Vereen, Jane Seymour, Elizabeth Taylor, Marla Maples, Chevy Chase, and the list goes on - including, hilariously, Fran Drescher herself.
  • Also on Home Improvement, with George Foreman, Michael and Mario Andretti, Bob Vila, The Beach Boys, and the crews of the space shuttles Columbia and Endeavour (astronaut Ken Bowersox showed up with both crews).
  • Mister Ed was always in the credits "as himself," even though he was voiced by Allan Rocky Lane (uncredited).
  • In El Chavo del ocho, Ramón Valdés is cast as Don Ramón, who was (as described by other actors in the series as well as Ramón's children) essentially himself, but without a stable income. Allegedly, when Chespirito had him cast as Don Ramón, the only instructions he gave Ramón was "be yourself".
    • On the other hand, El Chapulín Colorado has an In-Universe example. When the lead actor of a film about the titular character quits, the director summons El Chapulín Colorado, and has him play himself in the film. Of course, with El Chapulín's clumsiness, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Twin Peaks: Outside of the bands featured in the roadhouse, Monica Bellucci is perhaps the only person who is not portraying a character when she appears in a dream Gordon Cole had of her.
  • One episode of Scrubs featured the guy who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, who JD immediately recognizes. He insists that he isn't the guy and that JD is mistaken, but JD eventually tricks him into saying the Soup Nazi's famous Catchphrase.
  • Bill Nye appears as himself in several episodes of Blindspot, albeit a version of himself who happens to be Patterson's father. Also, his Stargate Atlantis appearance (listed above) gets a nod when he references Rodney McKay as his academic rival.
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn has had a number of episodes which fit this trope.
    • Internet sensation Science Bob has been in three episodes: "The Quad Test", "No Ifs, Ands, or But-ers" and "She Blinded Him with Science (Bob)"
    • Soccer star Alex Morgan was in "The Quad Test".
    • WNBA star Candace Parker was in "I Want Candace".
    • Olympic ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutan were in "The Great Mullet Caper".
    • Isaiah Thomasnote  (as well as his two young sons Jaden and James) appeared in "Quadcodile Dundee"
    • The hour-long special had a number including Jack Griffo of The Thundermans as a fictionized version of himself, Alex Guarnaschelli of Food Network and Daniella Monet of Victorious. Hoerver, due to the "Truman Show" Plot aspect of the episode, these actors could also be seen as also embodying this tripe In-Universe
  • Ugly Betty: Katharine McPhee has a cameo playing herself in "I'm Coming Out" where she bumps into Betty who is a Fangirl of her from her American Idol days.
  • Jerry Vale appears in the Midnight Caller episode "That's Amore", causing a mobster to nearly Squee! with excitement.
  • The Partridge Family:
  • Silver Spoons: In episode "Hot Shot", David Horowitz of Fight Back! with David Horowitz appears as himself in a Coincidental Broadcast, informing Ricky that the $15 camera mail-order is a scam.
  • St. Elsewhere:
    • In "Sweet Dreams", ZZ Top perform their song "Legs" in Luther's music video inspired dream in which he and the Eliminator girls have fun around the hospital.
    • In "Bye, George", Fiscus fails to recognise Michael Dukakis when he arrives at St. Eligius with a sprained ankle. He does not believe him when he gives his occupation as Governor of Massachusetts.
    • In "Getting Ahead", Robb Weller interviews John Doe #6 (calling himself "Dr. C") about "his" sleazy bestseller The Cutting Edge, which he actually stole from Dr. Craig.
    • In "Heaven's Skate", Dr. Craig and Jackie Wade meet the award-winning figure skaters Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia at the Aschenberg Ice Rink.
  • Live Forever As You Are Now with Alan Resnick: Alan Resnick stars as... Alan Resnick, who in this work is a technology genius, rather than a comedian.
  • President Robert Redford, briefly mentioned in the Watchmen comic book, appears in the HBO series, played by Robert Redford.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3 features the eponymous team time travelling to 1999 and meet John Noble during the shooting of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Funny thing is, Noble also voices the Season 3 Big Bad, Mallus (which is actually a plot point).
  • Messiah: Magician and professional skeptic James Randi appears playing himself and casts doubt on the apparent miracle performed by Al-Masih at the beginning of episode six.
  • Dash & Lily: The Jonas Brothers play a concert as themselves in the final episode and Nick Jonas in particular doles out some advice.
  • Colonel March of Scotland Yard: In "The Case of the Misguided Missal", Real Life Stage Magician Chan Canasta appears as himself: brought in by March to demonstrate how the missing book could have been stolen from the safe.
  • Feel Good: Mae Martin plays herself on the series, which is loosely based on her own life.


  • Jake, Josh, Shannon, and Matt all play fictionalized versions of themselves, aged down and as muggle-borns, in the Cool Kids Table Harry Potter-themed game Hogwarts: The New Class.

    Puppet Shows 
  • While Muppet Movies are known for having plentiful celebrity cameos, Muppets Most Wanted credits Danny Trejo not as "himself" but as "Danny Trejo".
    • It's been explained in interviews that the Muppets are playing fictionalized versions of themselves in their films.
  • A later episode of The Sifl and Olly Show featured Tony Hawk as a sock puppet version of himself, acting as a stand-in for Saint Peter (It Makes Sense in Context). Apparently, this happened in exchange for Liam Lynch, one of the show's creators, letting Tony use his song "United States of Whatever" in a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater commercial.

  • Babe Ruth appeared as Babe Ruth on the April 19, 1937 episode of Lux Radio Theatre (an adaptation of baseball movie Alibi Ike).
  • Richard Wilson's fictional "radiography" Believe It! stars Richard as himself (and David Tennant as Young Richard). It also features a wide variety of Richard's showbiz friends, most of whom are played by impressionists. In Season 2, however, Celia Imrie and Sir Ian McKellen play themselves.
  • Alan Titchmarsh of Ground Force and Gardener's World fame once made an appearance in an episode of The Archers as the celebrity guest of honour at the village fete.

  • Stew, book writer and co-music writer of the semi-autobiographical show Passing Strange, starred in the original productions as The Narrator, who introduces himself in the first song as "Stew", which just adds to the strangeness because he's narrating a story based on the real Stew's life story, which is also strongly implied to be the character Stew's literal life story. It's a little confusing if you think about it too hard, so don't. Things would have gotten really crazy if his understudy had ever gone on.
  • Prince Kaguya: Shouta Aoi plays himself in the epilogue.

    Video Games 
  • In Left 4 Dead (and its sequel), each campaign is considered to be a separate "movie", in which the players take on the roles of the characters ("Alice as Bill, Bob as Francis, Xavier as Louis"...); whenever a character is played as a bot, the introduction screen and the ending credits both refer to him as "as himself/herself".
  • Self-confessed video game addict Phil Collins played himself in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
    • Every Grand Theft Auto game from the third onwards features Lazlow Jones as a radio personality (most often associated with talk radio shows, in addition to being the DJ for V-Rock in the Vice City duology), who hosts his own radio show in the real world. In addition, Lazlow is a major figure in the development of the series, being the chief writer in charge of managing the various radio stations that air in-game. He finally makes a physical appearance in Grand Theft Auto V, where he suffers various humiliations from the protagonists.
  • Rob Zombie, who provided the soundtrack for Twisted Metal III and 4 appeared as a playable character in Twisted Metal 4. In his ending, his wish is to "let the world hear the wails and war cries of a dead man's soul." He gets it in the form of a clip from one of his music videos.
  • Takashi Miike shows up in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle to deliver a Beam katana to Shinobou.
  • Art Bell plays himself hosting a fictionalized version of Coast to Coast AM in Prey (2006). It is scripted to play out like real call-in segments of the show would, providing a from-Earth account of the in-game plot developments.
  • Burt Reynolds plays himself as the Mayor of Steelport in Saints Row: The Third.
  • Nazi Zombies; one of the game modes for Call of Duty: Black Ops, gives us Call of the Dead. Hell yeah we wanna party.
    • Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was brought along to help produce Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He also voices himself in a brief cameo early on in the campaign.
  • The birds in Hatoful Boyfriend are stock images, the writer's own photography, and so on. One of the birds, Oko San, is represented with a photo of her own pet bird, Okosan. Unlike the other characters in the game, Oko San is a Partially Civilized Animal rather than a Civilized Animal, and while the others get human portraits, his is just a drawing of a pigeon.
  • Some of the later Lego Adaptation Games feature minifigures based on real people as characters, with their real-life counterparts providing the voices:
  • In Just Cause 3, David Tennant is the voice behind the local Propaganda Machine and it's implied in-game that he might actually be the actor who was kidnapped in-universe.
  • Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure features cameos from several real-life graffiti artists, who give the player character Trane advice on graffiti techniques.
  • The h3h3 DLC in PAYDAY 2 has Youtubers Ethan and Hila Klein playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
  • Professional wrestler and avid video game fan Xavier Woods voices his own Bomber counterpart in Super Bomberman R.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!: Peggy is listed in the credits as "Herself". She's actually voiced by Mary Kay Bergman, but requested not to be credited due to her foul language.
  • Yakuza:
    • In Kiwami, retired two time world judo champion Shinichi Shinohara appears in one sidequest, providing the face and voice of... retired judo champion Shinichi Shinohara.
    • During the development of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Sega held an open audition for the last party member of the Heroes of Tomorrow. The Top 5 all get cast as fictionalized versions of themselves, while the winner gets the added bonus of being an Optional Party Member.
      • Winner: Eri Kamataki - President (later Vice-President) of the struggling Ichiban Confections; She plays a major role in the Business Management activity, and acts as Ichiban's secretary. Make enough progress in Business Management, and she will be available as a party member.
      • Second Place: Iroha Yanagi - A showgirl at Survive; Ichiban can replay party chats through her.
      • Third Place: Sumire Sawa - Ex-delinquent and manager of the Romance Factory. Through her, Ichiban can craft weapons and armor and upgrade specific weapons.
      • Fourth Place: Manae Miyakoshi - A receptionist at the Ounabara Vocational School; through her, Ichiban can take courses that, if passed, develop aspects of his personality. This in turn increases his resistance to certain status ailments, unlocks access to certain activities, and allows him to apply for certain jobs.
      • Fifth Place: Ririka - An employee at the Ijincho branch of Hello Work; through her, Ichiban and his party can apply for new jobs, change jobs, and select outfits.

    Web Comics 
  • Heroine Chic: Fashion designer protagonist Zoe Porter has a run-in with Christene Barberich (real life global editor-in-chief & co-founder of the women's media-entertainment company Refinery29) in Chapter 26, when Christene compliments Zoe's work. This appearance was part of a larger Product Placement partnership between the comic's creators and several fashion/ lifestyle brands.
  • In a rare non-live action example, Andrew Hussie plays a somewhat plot significant role as himself in Homestuck. While he's still the one writing the comic, in many ways he's also part of the story itself. This includes being able to die.
  • This is invoked in Housepets! when Grape decides to show Tarot a demonstration of healthy interactions between romantic interests. She plays Tarot, and she has Peanut play himself.
    Peanut: Woo, I get to be me!

    Web Original 
  • In Commentary! The Musical, the entire cast is made up of cast and crew members playing versions of themselves.
  • Bill Murray plays himself in Fact Checkers Unit.
  • In The Cult of Scratchwood, both Matt Alden-Farrow and Bren Tenkage play fictionalized versions of themselves (though Alden-Farrow is only referred to as "Matt" in the show proper).
  • Kevin Baugh, president of the micronation Molossia, appeared as himself (and his alter ego Fritz von Baugh), in the That Guy with the Glasses second year anniversary special, Kickassia.
  • In Agents of Cracked, the two main characters are authors and editors of Cracked playing themselves. Dan O'Brien apparently plays a nerdier version of himself, when Michael Swaim plays a kinda weird, sociopathic version of himself.
  • Nyx Crossing's main trio is Josh, Frank, and Clint... played by Josh Medlock, Frank Levering, and Clint Bailey.
  • OnCinema: A lot of the people who appear on the show, especially if they make more than one appearance, including Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Mark Proksch and Joe Estevez though they tend to play fictionalized versions of themselves.
  • The Cry of Mann: All of the Tanking Mann guests, being Sam Weiner, Taylor McCormic, and Casper Kelly, were playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
  • NoPixel: Jason "Jay" Mewes (of The View Askewniverse) plays a criminal version of himself.

    Western Animation 
  • While George Lowe (most famous as the voice of Space Ghost) made frequent cameos in Aqua Teen Hunger Force (often referred to by an alias or just going unnamed), the episode "Antenna" is the only episode where he's explicitly playing himself.
  • Bud Abbott of the comedy team Abbott and Costello voices himself as a cartoon in the 1967 Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the team. The money he made was used to pay an outstanding IRS debt.
  • In Archer, Christian Slater plays a secret agent version of himself who goes by Slater.
  • Lots of celebrities did this in guest appearances on Celebrity Deathmatch: In addition to boxing referee Mills Lane and Debbie Matenopoulos, who were regulars, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Vince McMahon, Chyna, Mick Foley (seeing a pattern?), Marilyn Manson, Lucy Lawless, Geraldo Rivera, Chris Kattan, and Gilbert Gottfried, have all voiced themselves on the show. In a related note, several celebrities shown as participants on the show have mentioned they would have actually done their own voices if they had been asked.
  • This was done in The Critic several times, including the notable second season episode "Siskel and Ebert and Jay and Alice". Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert voice themselves throughout the whole episode.
  • An episode of Dennis the Menace (UK) featured Dennis entering a Blue Peter competition, with the then presenters playing themselves. In a nice bit of BBC synergy, this resulted in a Blue Peter segment in which they showed viewers how voice-acting works.
  • Family Guy subverts this and plays this straight, where most of the "As Themselves" are voiced by the core members of the voice cast. Occasionally, sometimes subtly, sometimes glaringly obviously, will an actual celebrity come to the show to voice themself.
    • The late Adam West played recurring character Mayor Adam West.
  • Futurama, where actors have played themselves in roles that vary from parodying, paying neat homages, or Actor Allusions to themselves.
    • In the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (otherwise known as the Star Trek episode), every member of the original cast reprised their roles, playing both themselves, AND were forced to play TOS' old characters "as themselves" during the episode. Well, ALMOST every member...
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie brought us Sergeant Slaughter, played by Sergeant Slaughter. He also appeared in live segments as the narrator when the movie was told in five parts during the show's normal time-slot, and in one other five-part storyline.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters", Larry King and Coolio provide the voices of wax sculpture versions of themselves. Wax Larry King's head comes Back for the Finale.
  • The Great North credits Alanis Morissette as playing Alanis Morissette.
  • The Justice League Action short features Mark Hamill not only voicing his regular characters of The Joker, the Trickster, and Swamp Thing, but himself as the former two kidnap him and the latter save him.
  • Both Buzz Aldrin and Dick Clark in Recess.
    • Dick Clark voices his cartoon likeness in the 1994 Fantastic Four series as well.
  • Robot Chicken has a metric assload of cameo "as themselves". Some have recurring roles (Ryan Seacrest, Hulk Hogan, Snoop Dogg); others have "starring" one-shot appearances (Sir Mix-A-Lot, Joey Fatone, the Coreys Haim/Feldman).
  • Rocket Power had several real-life extreme sports athletes guest-star as themselves in various episodes, including pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, pro NHL hockey players Martin Brodeur, Jeremy Roenick, and Luc Robitaille, and downhill mountain biker Missy "The Missile" Giove.
  • In the Sabrina: The Animated Series episode "Witchy Grrrls" Sabrina starts a band with her aunts and her friend Chloe. "Weird Al" Yankovic guest stars as himself, performing a parody of one of their songs.
  • Author Harlan Ellison played himself (or rather a caricature of himself, like most Simpsons guest stars) in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode 'The Shrieking Madness'.
  • The Simpsons has had more guest stars playing themselves than probably any show on television.
    • A strange example appears in the episode "Bart the Murderer", where Neil Patrick Harris plays himself, playing Bart in an in show movie. And Joe Mantegna plays himself playing Fat Tony in the same movie, as well as playing Fat Tony on the actual show.
  • In The Wacky Adventures Of Ronald Mc Donald, Ronald is credited to himself.
  • Martin and Chris Kratt in Wild Kratts.


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The Late Great Larry King, makes a cameo in the film as Bee Larry King. The Bee counterpart to the human Larry King.

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