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11 Uplifting Movie Cameos

How good movies are elevated to greater heights

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Ah, the venerable film cameo. If done right, a guest appearance can provide a welcome surprise and elevate a movie to greater heights. Indeed, never underestimate the power of a good cameo; it can become the most talked-about part of a movie and, in some cases, even resurrect a slumping career. Here are 11 examples. Donald Deane

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9. Hugh Jackman in ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011)

In a nifty bit of continuity that links all X-Men movies and spinoffs to date, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) appears for a brief moment in the prequel X-Men: First Class. Wolvie's only onscreen for a little more than 20 seconds or so, but he still manages to drop the F-bomb in that short time. We'd expect nothing less from our favorite gruff superhero.

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7. Keith Richards in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ (2007)

Everyone knows that Johnny Depp patterned Captain Jack Sparrow after Keith Richards, so it's only fitting that the man himself appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End as Sparrow's father Captain Teague. (An honorable mention goes to Sparrow's mum, who shows up as a desiccated shrunken head.)

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6. Bob Saget in ‘Half Baked’ (1998)

In the stoner comedy Half Baked, Bob Saget completely flouts his family-friendly image as a recovering addict who makes a graphic admission of what he used to do in return for cocaine. Fair warning: watching this cameo will forever alter your appreciation of Full House reruns.

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2. Bill Murray in ‘Zombieland’ (2009)

What does Bill Murray do when confronted by armies of the undead? According to his cameo in Zombieland, he uses makeup and his acting chops to "blend in" so he can keep playing golf. Of course, Murray meets a tragic end in the flick, but it makes us feel better knowing he wasn't a fan of Garfield either.