I guess the 70s were rough for 60s tv sitcom stars who then found themselves languishing in syndication with nary a work opportunity on the horizon. Then Bonanza Restaurants came calling! Don Knotts and Bob Denver are featured in this 1970s commercial. I totally loved Bonanza. Especially the giant block of cheese that you could shave off slices from. Sigh...
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.
Does it clean glass? check! Does it clean wood? check! How about greasy grimy gopher guts? uncertain. Regardless, in 1973, Klean & Shine wanted you to believe that it could clean just about anything. They recruited perky everymom Florence Henderson for this retro spot. Love the living room decor - especially that shiny vinyl chair!
This 1973 public service announcement featuring 70s actress Joanna Cassidy warns of the dangers of cigarettes and dry weather. Well, it's really Smokey the Bear masquerading as the sexy redhead to get your attention. The result? Just creepy, not sexy.
Way, way, way back in 1990, the NRDC put out this public service announcement featuring Tom Cruise, Whoopie Goldberg, Demi Moore, Billy Crystal and Warren Beatty discussing the effects of pollution and global warming. Now that the rest of the world is beginning to catch on to the issues we face as a planet, it's nice to know those celebs we all look up to really are ahead of the curve. (At least on this one thing.) Anyways... nothing you don't know here... just scary it's almost 20 years old.
It cracks me up that Kathie Lee Gifford has been called upon to sing for her supper hocking everything from high dollar cruise vacations to household cleaning products. In this 1980s Lysol spot, she shows off her singing chops while extolling the virtues of foaming cleansers. All that time on Name that Tune really paid off, eh Kathie?
This (early 90s?) Ultra Slim Fast commercial featuring Kathie Lee Gifford takes me back to the gabfest days of yore with daily updates of Coty and his eating/pooping/breathing habits. In honor of Ms. Gifford's return to morning tv - I thought I'd post a few of her past advertising endeavors. Enjoy!
Kelly Clarkson was inspired to travel to India after she drank Vitamin Water? Sounds about right. This kooky commercial almost didn't happen since the company almost dropped the pop star as a spokesperson because she was too fat. Seriously? If that's too fat.... then.... ahem.... I suppose I won't be doing in Vitamin water spots anytime soon. I suppose the fact I'm a nobody might keep it from happening too, ha!
Brett Favre and his wife Deanne stroll through town doing their best Monday Morning QB impression in this Mastercard spot. I'm sure it's nice to put the shoe on the other foot. It would be priceless if a full tank of gas only cost $22!
Brooke Shields famous campaign for Calvin Klein jeans in the early 80s was an iconic advertising morment in time. This 1980 spot is where Brooke explains to everyone the importance of gene selection in human evolution. I'm not sure how genes can be passed on while wearing such tight jeans all the time... doesn't that sterilize you? Maybe it's just the men... anyways, Brooke looks hot and demonstrates that she is VERY BENDY!
Chevy Chase gets his clumsy on in this 2003 AFLAC commercial. He's channeling his inner Gerald Ford knocking over everything in the local grocery store.. and of course that cute AFLAC duck makes an appearance or two.
I'm sure Angelina Jolie was paid an exorbitant amount of money for just getting her makeup done and lounging around in these Shiseido makeup spots in Japan. Not the most exciting commercial, but I gotta give it to her... she looks amazing as usual.
This creepy 80's anti-drug public service announcement about the dangers of crack is creepy! It's rare that you see Pee Wee Herman act anything but all kinds of silly... but he nary "cracks" a smile in this one. Plus the lighting is totally dramatic. This would have scared the "crack" out of me when I was a kid if it played during Pee Wees Playhouse!
Poker great Doyle Brunson - goes around the table - calling every hand (and Pamela Anderson's rack) in this spot for his online poker site, doylesroom.net. I'm sure he heard that Pamela gave some dude a lap dance to pay off her $250,000 poker debt -- and invited her to his next game. Sure Pammy, you can play with us anytime.... kinda like poker community service.