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Cameo appearance

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Since its first use in 1851, a "cameo role" or "cameo appearance" has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. A cameo role is often played by an actor of greater status than required by the role. A short appearance is also considered a cameo if played by someone better known for something other than acting, such as a director, politician or sport player.

Cameo roles in opera include The Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier Act I, and The Forest Bird in Siegfried.

Allegedly one of the earliest cameo appearances in film history is that of Erik Satie and his artist friends in the silent movie Entr'acte (1924, see below). Mike Todd's film Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) was studded with cameo roles and gave the term wide circulation outside the theatrical profession.

The most famous cameo appearances are probably those of Alfred Hitchcock who frequently appeared in movies he was directing.

Cameos are often uncredited, and, except for a director's appearance in his or her own film, usually involve a spoken line.

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Cameo appearances in movies

Cameo appearances in television

DeForest Kelley appeared briefly as the 137-year-old Admiral Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Encounter at Farpoint (although some fans have argued it was not actually McCoy, since it is not stated explicitly).

Cameo appearances in literature

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

External links

  • Entr'acte (http://hem.fyristorg.com/ebay/wav/entracte.rm) in RealPlayer format (size: 2MB approx.)

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