Celebrities and Sports Heroes in Classic Video Game
Written By: Elliott S. Thomas
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Before They Were Famous
A number of different celebrities have received their first
big break starring in classic video game commercials. Here's a spot featuring a young Jack Black. Just last night he was lost
in the jungle with Pitfall Harry!
Actor Christian Bale also got his first big break in a TV commercial.
Here we see a young Bale dancing in a commercial for Pac-Man Cereal. It's part of your nutritious breakfast! (Editor's Note:
This TV spot was made almost 5 years before his appearance in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."
In this clip Saturday Night Live alumni Phil Hartman gets
really excited about Ice Hockey from Activision.
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Lawrence in Smurf Video Game TV Spot (ColecoVision) [VIDEO]
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Thomas in Mr Intellivision TV Spot (Intellivision) [VIDEO]
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Cedar in Sega Genesis TV Spot (Sega Genesis) [VIDEO]
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Rudd in Super Nintendo TV Spot (SNES) [VIDEO]
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Billingsley in Cosmic Ark Video Game TV Spot (Atari 2600) [VIDEO]
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aka Bryan Cranston in Mega Force Video Game TV Spot (Atari 2600) [VIDEO]
Celebrity endorsement is a favorite tactic of the advertising
industry. In this spot Leonard Nimoy lends his impressive voice to the Odyssey 2. But no amount of celebrity power could save
this doomed computer / game system hybrid.
Big In Japan
Sega enlisted Japanese Pop Star Hideaki Takizawa to help sell
the Dreamcast in Japan. The actor / pop star teamed up with actual Sega executive Hidekazu Yukawa. (Also known as "Mr
Sega.") The two men deliver Dreamcast consoles to a bored house wife who seems delighted to find Takizawa at her door.
The pop star was very popular with older women in Japan.
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Fujioka in The Complete Segata Sanshiro Series (Sega Saturn) [VIDEO PLAYLIST]
When sweet talk and celeb endorsements don't work sometimes you
have to resort to the attack ad. Intellivision recruited actor George Plimpton to trash the competition in a number of Intellivision
video game TV spots. In this commercial Mr Plimpton uses his dry sarcasm to poke fun at Atari.
Later Plimpton would do a number of TV spots focusing on the
Intellivision sports series. [Video 1] Atari eventually responded with this TV spot featuring football legend Ed "Too Tall" Jones. [Video 2]
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Does TV Spot - Michael Jackson, Joe Montana, Buster Douglas and Pat Riley (Sega Genesis) [VIDEO]
Sports games are one of the most popular genres in video games.
It only makes sense to use big name athletes to sell your products to the legion of sports gamers around the globe. This TV
spot from Latin America features basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabar, motorsports champion Mario Andretti, and Pele, the
most well known soccer player in history.
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Mantle Intellivision Play Cable TV Spot (Intellivision) [VIDEO]
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Tyson's Punch Out TV Spot (NES) [VIDEO]
We Got The Beat
80s rock band "The Tubes" sings the praises of Mega
Mania, a classic shooter game from Activision. The connection between music and video games was so important that Atari created
a series of commercials just for the MTV television network. [LINK] And during the dawn of PC gaming The Pointer Sisters, Burt Bacharach and Little Richard showed up in this commercial for
the Amiga 500. [VIDEO]
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Franklin in Target Nintendo Christmas TV Spot (NES) [VIDEO]
Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda star in this clip for
the 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I guess it's true what they say, everything old is new again.
The Complete Collection
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