Stephen King Goes to the Movies: The Author's Best (& Worst) Cameos

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Here, for your moment of Friday Zen (… or your Freaky Friday, I suppose), are all the Stephen King film and TV cameos I could rustle up on YouTube. King frequently makes appearances in adaptations of his work, not to mention some other projects he has an interest in.

As a quick caveat, be warned that the King has a penchant for cursing, and/or, err, uncomfortable situations. Though let's be real here: It's nothing worse than what you'd find in any of his books.

Take it away, King!

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Pet Sematary (1989)
… As a priest! King appears 30 seconds in.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)
An ATM machine calls a dapper King an asshole.

Creepshow (1982)
Creepshow, written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), features an entire segment starring King. In a hilariously weird turn, he plays an overall-clad man who discovers a meteor in his yard, and experiences some trying side effects. Even though I couldn’t dig up the full sequence on YouTube, the entire film is available on Netflix streaming. In this trailer, King first appears around the 1 minute mark.

And here’s one of King’s most famous lines from the film:

Langoliers (1995)
Though the film features King as Mr. Toomey’s greedy boss, the cameo couldn’t make up for the offensively bad mid-90s CGI that looked worse than if it had been created on a Super Nintendo. King appears 1:55 in.

The Stand (1994)
OK, OK. Not King’s finest hour as an actor. He appears 22:40 in.

Sleepwalkers (1992)
King as an exasperated cemetery caretaker.

Rose Red (2002)
… As a delivery guy.

Kingdom Hospital (2004)
… As the creepy Johnny B. Goode (he appears 4:52 in).

Frasier (2000)
… Mystery caller! (30 seconds in)

Other cameos I couldn't track down online:
Knightriders (1981)
Creepshow II (1987)
Golden Years (1991)
Thinner (1996)
The Shining (1997)
Storm of the Century (1999)
Gotham Cafe (2005)
Sons of Anarchy (2010)

All videos copyright of their individual owners.

Zachary Petit is an award-winning journalist, the managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, and the co-author of A Year of Writing Prompts: 366 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block.

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