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9 Surprising Author Cameos in Movies

If I wrote a book and that book later got adapted into a movie, you’d better believe I’d be hanging around the set as much as possible and trying to meet the actors. And, if one were offered, I wouldn’t say no to making a cameo appearance. These nine author cameos show that I’d be in good company.

Stephen King makes an appearance as a minister in the 1989 film Pet Sematary.

Lee Child sits quietly at a police desk as Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher and Rosamund Pike’s Helen wait for Reacher’s possession (his toothbrush) as he’s getting out of jail  in Jack Reacher.

Arthur C. Clarke feeds the pigeons in the movie adaptaion, 2010: Odyssey Two.

S. E. Hinton appears in The Outsiders as a nurse.

Stephenie Meyer is a diner patron in the first Twilight movie. She also appears as a wedding guest in a later movie as well.

John Irving has a small role as a referee in The World According to Garp.

Katheryn Stockett shows up at church with a fancy beehive in The Help.

Salman Rushdie Bridget Jones cameo

Salman Rushdie witnesses the most awkward book launch speech in Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Peter Benchley appears to report on the beach about a giant killer shark in Jaws.

 Have we missed your favourite author cameos in a movie? Tell us in the comments!

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5 Responses to “9 Surprising Author Cameos in Movies”

  1. Emily Giffin in Something Borrowed. I think part of the awesomeness in that scene is that one of the characters is discussing masturbating while she’s sitting next to them reading Something Blue. :) Awesome list!

  2. Bill says:

    John Irving also in The Cider House Rules, Stephen King also in Maximum Overdrive, Richard Matheson in Somewhere In Time & Charles Beaumont in The Intruder.

  3. Emily says:

    Chuck Palahniuk has a cameo on the airplane at the end of Choke.

    And I don’t know if anyone else has seen the movie Big Bad Love, but it’s one of my favourites – and Coleman Barks, who is known for his translations of Rumi, appears as the preacher at a funeral.

  4. James says:

    Kurt Vonnegut in Back to School. He writes Rodney Dangerfield’s essay on one of his books, and gets a poor grade for it.


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