This odd commercial with Paul Lynde for Maxwell House from the late 60s shows us quintessential Paul in all his snarky glory. He complains about the toast, he complains about the eggs, but he can't say a single bad thing about the coffee. He's left so speechless that evidently he can't bother to comment on the fact that it poured itself across the table by itself either. Denial is a powerful thing, eh Paul?
Celebrity Commercials • • •
Before they were stars, these famous faces still had to make a living. Many, many celebrities cut their teeth in television's commercial wasteland. Enjoy these commercials from the last 50 years or so in all their glory. Browse commercials by celebrity by the list on the right.
This 2003 Cash Quest Lottery commercial has a sassy-as-ever Phyllis Diller teasing hair and the gals in the salon with the prospect of winning big. Maybe even winning as big as her hairdo! I love an old lady whose hair gets bigger and bluer as she ages... it's the Texas way folks...
PS - You know, I think I can get my hair to look just like hers... wouldn't take too much more than a comb and a little mousse I'm afraid.
This 1989 ad featuring a very young Russell Crowe is for State Bank. They're featuring their new Green Machines, AKA the ATM machine. This is some quintessential late eighties style going on here... the boys all look like something that stepped out of Happy Days and the girls out of an LA Gear commercial with everyone drenched in hair spray. That's pretty much how I remember 1989. lol.
Drew Barrymore was a hard-working kid, I tell ya. It's hard to keep yourself poppin'fresh when mom's got you hawking cookies at the tender of age of 4. This 1979 ad for Pillsbury Cookie Dough is, in all truth, just making me hungry. Mama could seriously tear up a chocolate chip or two right now. Anyways, Drew's as adorable as you'd imagine in her third commercial gig.
Kids aren't the only thing goin' ape for Jell-O grape flavor. Bill Cosby goes a little wacky on us in this rap/hip hop inspired ad from around 1986. It's like a lot of commercials I remember from the eighties... Dorky song? check. Colorful clothes? check. Bill Cosby surrounded by cute kids singing about food? Check! Anybody notice that that cute kid in the braids is a pre-5-time-arrest Lindsay Lohan? Maybe it's time for Bill to reach out and go all Cliff Huxtable on Lindsay. Snap her back in line, Bill!
Another odd couple pairing from Braniff Airlines - great pals Surrealist artist Salvador Dali and baseball great Whitey Ford. Just like the Sonny Liston/Andy Warhol commercial, Braniff teamed up an artist with an athlete to show it's diversity, I guess. I just wonder why they decided to get rid of those cool striped seatcovers. Oh yeah, they're out of business... it took care of itself.
Nothin, nothin like an Egg McMuffin.... This 80s spot from good old Mickey Ds features the fresh young face of Megan Mullally. If only her future self in the form of Karen could see her then... pretty sure Karen only went to McDonald's to score drugs in the drive thru. (That doesn't really happen... I'm just kidding!) A pre-Roseanne John Goodman looks intensely satisfied by his hand-breakfast as well. Maybe he realy showed up to try Megan's hot buttered muffin, and just stayed for the breakfast.
This 1989 spot featuring Elvis' two main ladies - Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley doing their best to hawk a car the King wouldn't be caught dead driving, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais. Seriously... where was Cadillac? They should've been knocking down the door for a Presley endorsement. Oh wait... maybe in 1959... not so much by 1989. Either way, it's fun to see Lisa Marie acting all "smothered teenagery" and stuff.
This Martini Bianco 2007 commercial featuring the super-sophisticated George Clooney features the trademark whimsy and sexiness of the brand's ad campaigns. I totally dig the mustache Mr. C is rockin... he looks like the other most interesting man in the world.
Since I'm on a Tom Selleck kick today, had to share this early 70s commercial for Safeguard soap. It's a star-studded affairfeaturing a young Penny Marshall, Teri Garr and Patty Deutsch drooling over the mustacheless, sweet-smelling Mr. Selleck. I can't help but wonder who was in the shower with him in the beginning.... there is no way to get that much soap on your back by yourself. Hmmmm. Enjoy!
Well, well, well... Mr. Dimples looks sexy as ever in this 1971 Right Guard deodorant commercial. Tom Selleck flashes that smile and sexy stache that won him many a heart in TV land. I can honestly say that I had to watch it twice before I realized he was indicating that he might not smell as pretty as he looks! Do what they say Tom, fire yours, hire theirs and smell as good as that million dollar smile. Sigh...
This ultra-cheezy 1977 commercial for Riuniti wine featuring Susan Lucci as angry sex kitten is a classic gem. The storyline is pretty stupid and quintessentially seventies swank. I think this might even be vintage All My Children footage... well, it COULD be.
Susan Lucci shows us that she's got enough layers to her personality to portray the many, many, many lives of her alterego Erica Kane in this 1993 Ford Explorer commercial. She's sporty, she's a mom, she's just like us. Except I would never wear an exercise outfit like that! Not even in 1993... okay, not now.
Don Adams as Maxwell Smart is outsmarted once again -- this time by a cheeky boy who schools him on the benefits of Zirconium Silicate. This Pepsodent Commercial was aired during Get Smart in 1967. I love how Agent 13 is hiding in the giant toothpaste tube. So silly.
This 1988 McDonald's spot is a 60s sitcom reunion with plenty of stars soliciting your burger allegiance. Barbara Billingsley and Ken Osmond from Leave it to Beaver , Bob Denver from Gilligan's island, Jed Clampett himself - Buddy Ebsen all join Grandpa Munster, Al Lewis, to sing McDonald's praises of the double cheeseburger combo. Buy it now - it's chock full of star power!