Upon a recent rewatching of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988) the other night, I was delightfully reminded of the veteran Las Vegas stage performer Robert Goulet being in the movie.
Spookily, a few day later he popped up as himself (gamely spoofing his ‘crappy’ music) in an episode of King of Queens I happened upon:
So kids, what other Las Vegas stars have rocked up in the movies and TV?
I remember the nuts-in-vice-voiced Wayne Newton in 1989’s Bond adventure Licence to Kill:
Newton now unfortunately resembles an ageing Pinocchio.
And of course Liberace himself played dual roles in the 60’s Batman TV show – as the crooked pianist Chandell and his equally villainous twin brother Harry:
The be-caped one also turned up in an episode of The Monkees, beating the crap out of piano.
Seriously Freudian stuff.
David Copperfield in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013):
Siegfried and Roy in Vegas Vacation (1997):
When Roy was attacked onstage by the tiger Mantecore, Mirage owner Steve Wynn claimed that the animal was reacting to a “beehive” hairdo of a woman in the front row.
Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, etc all played Las Vegas and acted in films and TV – but what other primarily casino acts have graced our screens?
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