Viva Las Vegas: The Best Lounge Acts in Movies and TV

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.


beetlejuice - 1 show a night

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:

King of Queens - dirty dancing time

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:

Wayne Newton with Jimmy Carter License to Kill 007

Wayne Newton Danke Schoen


Newton now unfortunately resembles an ageing Pinocchio.


F**k me, that’s some bad plastic surgery mate


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:


Liberace On Batman


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):

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone | David's Solo Act | Warner Bros. Entertainment


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?


Take it away E:

Elvis Presley - Viva las vegas HD


Starsky and Hutch - I feel like making love - Full song

80's Billy Joel Doo Wop Sucks

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Stephen Arnell

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