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37 Awesome "Simpsons" Cameos You May Have Missed As A Kid

A guide to some of the guest spots you might have forgotten.

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1. Larry King, host of Larry King Live

Season 2
Episode:
"One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish"

The longtime talk show host has a small part here — Homer's distraught and believes he's about to die, and falls asleep to Larry King reading the Bible on television. Yup, that's pretty much it.

3. Robert Goulet, stage and recording singer

Season 5
Episode:
"$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)"

The whole episode revolves around a time when Springfield becomes gambling-obsessed. When Bart finds out that he's technically too young to legally gamble, he starts his own casino in his tree house and gets Robert Goulet to play there.

5. Mickey Rooney, actor

Season 5
Episode:
"Radioactive Man"

Milhouse wants to pursue acting but feels discouraged. So former child star Mickey Rooney steps in to offer encouragement.

6. James Brown, singer

Season 5
Episode:
"Bart's Inner Child"

After Springfield embraces Bart's spontaneous attitude, they host a Do What You Feel Festival, and James Brown sings his classic hit, "I Got You (I Feel Good). It's pretty over the top.

9. Paul and Linda McCartney, Beatle and photographer

Season 7
Episode:
"Lisa the Vegetarian"

Former Beatle Paul and his wife, Linda, play old friends of Apu's who help Lisa deal with being the sole vegetarian in her family.

10. Peter Frampton, musician

Season 7
Episode:
"Homerpalooza"

Peter Frampton played with bands like Humble Pie and The Herd before going on to release his own records as a solo musician (probably your dad owned a copy of Frampton Comes Alive). In this episode, Peter Frampton comes to town to play Homer's music fest but gets mad when Homer destroys his large inflatable pig, Cypress Hill steal his orchestra and Sonic Youth and Marge steal food from him.

12. Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist and science writer

Season 9
Episode:
"Lisa the Skeptic"

Gould was a noted paleontologist and the creator of the theory of punctuated equilibrium, which argues that evolution features long periods of stability punctuated by short periods of change. In the episode, Lisa asks Gould to test the skeleton of an alleged "angel" that turns up at an archeological site in Springfield.

13. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, actors

Season 10
Episode:
"When You Dish Upon A Star"

Homer goes to work for (now former) celeb couple Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who've requested that he maintain a vow of confidentiality. But of course Homer can't keep his mouth shut.

15. Britney Spears, singer

Season 11
Episode:
"The Mansion Family"

Brit-Brit co-hosts the Springfield Pride Awards with Kent Brockman, and gives an award to the oldest Springfieldian in the crowd, which is, of course, Mr. Burns.

16. Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist

Season 10
Episode:
"They Saved Lisa's Brain"

Stephen Hawking shows up to do battle with the Springfield chapter of Mensa, and (sort of) bonds with Homer.

18. NSYNC

Season 12
Episode:
"New Kids on the Blecch"

Bart and Milhouse form a band called the Party Posse and NSYNC play a pivotal role in thwarting the Party Posse's attempts to destroy Mad magazine. (It's a long story).

19. James Lipton, actor, host of Inside the Actor's Studio

Season 13
Episode:
"The Sweetest Apu"

Lipton has a small cameo in this episode, which is primarily focused on the time when Apu cheats on his wife, Majula. Lipton also appears in the Season 22 episode "Homer the Father."

20. Robert Pinsky, poet laureate and Slate poetry editor

Season 13
Episode:
"Little Girl in the Big Ten"

Poet and author Pinsky camoed as himself, hosting a reading that Lisa and a couple of new college friends attend.

21. Paul Newman, actor and salad dressing mogul

Season 13
Episode:
"The Blunder Years"

Paul Newman played himself as a bottle of salad dressing. He had only one line, but managed to record it, according to producers, "without any rigamarole."

25. George Plimpton, journalist and founding editor of the Paris Review

Season 14
Episode: "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can"

Lisa excels as spelling, and makes it to the Spellympics, where George Plimpton serves as one of the judges. If she wins, she'll take home a scholarship to a Seven Sisters school — and a free George Plimpton hot plate.

26. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, actresses and fashion designers

Season 15
Episode:
"Diatribe of a Mad Housewife"

The Olsens are tasked with reading a books-on-tape version of Marge's book, The Harpooned Heart.

27. Thomas Pynchon, reclusive author

Fox

Season 15
Episode:
"Diatribe of a Mad Housewife"

Marge writes a novel and asks the author of Gravity's Rainbow (and also novelist Tom Clancy) to supply a back of the book blurb. He declines. The famously reclusive author mandated that in order to appear in the episode he'd have to be drawn with a paper bag on his head. Pynchon also later appeared in the Season 16 episode "All's Fair in Oven War."

28. Gary Busey, actor

Season 16
Episode:
"On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister"

After Lisa takes out a restraining order against Bart, he's forced by Chief Wiggum to watch a video starring Busey called "Get Outta My Dreams — And Also Out Of My Car."

29. Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Tom Wolfe, and Gore Vidal, authors

Seaspn 18
Episode:
Moe'N'a Lisa

Chabon, Franzen, Wolfe and Vidal play attendees at the Wordloaf writer's convention, where Moe and Lisa are invited after Lisa pens a poem out of scraps of Moe's thoughts and emotions.

30. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show host

Season 19
Episode:
"E Pluribus Wiggum"

The Daily Show host and Dan Rather both guest star as themselves in this episode, in which national media flock to Springfield to cover the presidential primary and the potential election of 8-year-old Ralph Wiggum.

31. Eartha Kitt, singer and actress

Season 21
Episode:
"Once Upon a Time in Springfield"

Kitt was once called by Orson Welles "the most exciting woman in the world," and was known for her breathy renditions of classics songs. She was also known for taking on the classic role of Catwoman in the final season of the Batman TV series. She was once married to Krusty the Klown but isn't a fan of him. In a taped recording, she testifies that she and Krusty were only wed for six brief hours, but he was asleep for five of the six.

32. Cheech and Chong, actors and weed enthusiasts

Season 22
Episode:
A Midsummer's Nice Dream

The Simpson family attends a live Cheech and Chong show that devolves after Tommy Chong decides that he's totally over performing, and Homer takes his place.

33. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

Season 22
Episode:
"Loan-a Lisa"

Lisa attempts to convince Nelson to stay in school, but her plan backfires when she introduces him to several mega-successful business leaders who have all dropped out. Facebook overlord Zuckerberg stars as one of several successful entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates and Richard Branson, who've dropped out of college.

35. Shepard Fairey, artist

Season 23
Episode:
"Exit Through the Kwik-E Mart"

Fairey — the creator of the ubiquitous Obey clothing line and logo — along with fellow artists Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal, encounter Bart out graffiti-ing one night, and encourage him by offering him a solo show at an art gallery. But it turns out the art show is just a ruse in order to trap Bart: Fairey is actually an undercover police officer attempting to arrest graffiti artists.

36. Julian Assange, Wikileaks creator

Season 23
Episode:
"At Long Last Leave"

After the Simpsons are evicted from Springfield, they move to a sparsely populated area called the Outlands. There, they meet their unfriendly next door neighbor, Julian Assange, mastermind of Wikileaks. Marge does not like him.

37. Sigur Rós, Icelandic band

Season 24
Episode:
"The Saga of Carl"

Homer's friend Carl flees to his home country of Iceland with their shared lottery winnings. With the help of Sigur Rós and Iceland's then-Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Homer's able to track down Carl and get his money back.

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