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Incognito Celebrities on the Camino

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
A lighthearted thread. Have you met any celebrities walking the camino? I mean, “real pilgrims”, walking the camino incognito . . . not making a movie, or a TV documentary, or whatever, just walking for themselves. I’ve met two, an Irish actress who played a prominent role in “Humans”, and a fairly well-known Spanish theatre actor, who is the spitting image of Bruce Willis . . .
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
I met the author of an apparently-well-known Camino book on the CF in 2012 & an actor big in the 60's & 70's on the VF last year.
I didn't know who either of them were but both were happy...& quick...to tell me (& everyone else in earshot 😉) so nothing 'incognito' about it! The author even gave me his card; probably largely due to my indifference & so I didn't forget my ...er... brush with fame. 😄
Of course, I've since Googled both. 😇
👣 🌏
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Never. But I've met a number of people who were just like the rest of us who turned out to be 'big wigs' with serious jobs at home. It's one of the most refreshing things about the camino that you often learn this kind of thing at the end of the walk, rather than at the beginning. As pilgrims we can lead with our hearts and humanity, rather than our status and roles.

I'd take meeting Margaret any day over a celebrity!
Me too.
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
I've met VNWalking, C Clearly, CanadianGirl, and some other celebrities, but none as special as them!

In fact, I met a Spanish guy who's a "big cheese" on the radio in Spain, and he had a crew following him around and interviewing him and letting him run his shows as he walked the Camino. It was annoying, and he was quite the bombastic guy. But! it is always an experience, and it's always a good day on Camino.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I've met VNWalking, C Clearly, CanadianGirl, and some other celebrities, but none as special as them!
Awwwww. And I might add...ditto back at you.
(It's always great to meet forum members, one of the extended joys of this little community...)

It was annoying, and he was quite the bombastic guy. But! it is always an experience, and it's always a good day on Camino.
Yes, yes...
 

Ferdinand the Bull

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Aragones
Baztan
Invierno
Norte
A lighthearted thread. Have you met any celebrities walking the camino? I mean, “real pilgrims”, walking the camino incognito . . . not making a movie, or a TV documentary, or whatever, just walking for themselves. I’ve met two, an Irish actress who played a prominent role in “Humans”, and a fairly well-known Spanish theatre actor, who is the spitting image of Bruce Willis . . .
Maybe. I met a young Japanese female pilgrim on the Frances near Leon. While I didn't know who or rather what she was back home in Japan, the Japanese pilgrims certainly did. They were clearly in awe of her and kept a respectful distance to her. I have no idea who she was but from her bearing and manners I got the impression she was either a well known member of the Japanese nobility or imperial family. It also coinced with a visit from members of the Japanese imperial family in Spain. The official visit was over by that time. I never asked and she didn't say anything about it. She was a pilgrim.
 
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Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
In fact, I met a Spanish guy who's a "big cheese" on the radio in Spain, and he had a crew following him around and interviewing him and letting him run his shows as he walked the Camino. It was annoying, and he was quite the bombastic guy. But! it is always an experience, and it's always a good day on Camino.
I think he could have been Carlos Herrera (63) (Cadena COPE).
Every year he does a camino. This year in July Camino Portugués de la Costa.


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Mike55

St Jean to Santiago Sept 2017
Camino(s) past & future
Frances in September (2017)
In 2017 I shared my 'shed' at Las Angustias in Cacabelos with a charming young South Korean man whose name was Ho (or similar) and he was an actor, having featured in some 'movies'. He generally portrayed a North Korean in his films and when I asked if he was famous he blushed so make your on mind up!
 

Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
Camino(s) past & future
2019
In 2017 I shared my 'shed' at Las Angustias in Cacabelos with a charming young South Korean man whose name was Ho (or similar) and he was an actor, having featured in some 'movies'. He generally portrayed a North Korean in his films and when I asked if he was famous he blushed so make your on mind up!
Not too famous that you didn't know him. 😅
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
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2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
Bishops are rarely celebrities these days, although I've met three in my time on the Camino. Like @VNwalking I've met a number of people who are seriously bigwig on their turf, but this generally didn't become known until after a few days walking. I ran into a dishevelled French pilgrim who identified her profession as "in the marine industries", and some months later I spotted her on late night television in "Pirates of the Caribbean."
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
The Irish actress was walking with her father, younger sister and step mother. They walk a week every year, and I was parallel with them for their week from Burgos. A lovely family. We shared a few bottles of vino tinto during that week. It was her father who said she was an actress, mostly horror movies, so I knew I would never have seen her, but I asked her for her autograph anyway in case she ever became BIG! It was when I was watching “Humans” last year that I recognized detective inspector Karen Voss from the camino.
 

yakremark

Sister Kay Kramer CDP
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Sept. 2012)
CF (Oct-Nov. 2014)
I met a beautiful Swedish woman who is part of the Swedish opera and well known in her country. Only found out who she is when we were walking to the Finisterre lighthouse and started singing - she knew many folk songs we sing in the US. My friend and I stopped walking, so beautiful was her singing voice. Then she shared her identity. She loves to hike and the Camino gives her the opportunity to be incognito, something difficult for her in her own country.
 

Oregon's Mark

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May, 2017; return, leaving SJPP May 24, 2018, Frances #3 in May-June, 2019
In 2018(?), I had a brief encounter with a fellow that I thought to be a very nice fellow---one who I hoped to know better. Unfortunately, our stops didn't coordinate.
Later, I learned that he was Hammond Peek, a New Zealandor, winner of two Oscars, and nominated for two more. He was a sound engineer for The Lord of the Rings movies and King Kong.
I suspect that if we had talked more, he would not have shared his fame---he didn't seem like that type of guy.
 

Moonbeamzz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2019)
Not only am I not famous (whatever that really means) and not a celebrity (equally whatever that means) I am just a boring bog standard much loved grandfather (I think :)) who is a person who walked the camino. In fact I am so average I am just like the so called celebrities you referred to - I breathe, I cry, I break wind, I love, I laugh, I despair, I exhilarate. In sum I live just like everyone else.
You may note I am not in favor of the famous or the celebrity label and as for the self labelled celebrity crew well I have another one for them and that is "tosser".
Buen camino :D
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I have this goal, if I ever run into somebody like Tom Hanks, to hand him my phone and ask him to take my picture. When he assumes I want a selfie with him, I'd say No, I just want him to take a picture of *me.* I don't want him in it. Don't you think that would be a first for them?

I did meet Trecile on the Camino!
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I have no idea who he is, but one year I was walking with a very nice fellow from Texas. We talked about families and the walk, where we lived, nothing about our occupations. He told me that he was deliberately cutting himself off from modern communications for the walk, and not carrying a mobile phone. The first night we went out in a big group to dinner at a local restaurant and I noticed him having a quiet word with the owner, at the bar. We all ordered our meals, and with it came some really decent wine - Rioja gran reserva. When we went to pay we were told that there was no charge - that an anonymous person had already paid. I guessed it was him, but said nothing as he obviously did not want or like fuss. He disappeared off into private accommodation, the rest of us into the albergue. I saw him again on and off over the next few days, as one does. He seemed to always head off into private accommodation each night. Then one day I heard from other pilgrims there had been a bit of commotion with a helicopter landing near the track, and someone alighting from it and trying to find him. Apparently he owned a multi-billion $ company and was needed in a hurry to return to the US to sort out some crisis. The story was that a private jet was standing by to take him home.

I still don't know who he was, or anything about his business, but I've always hoped he got the chance to return and complete his Camino.
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
I have no idea who he is, but one year I was walking with a very nice fellow from Texas. We talked about families and the walk, where we lived, nothing about our occupations. He told me that he was deliberately cutting himself off from modern communications for the walk, and not carrying a mobile phone. The first night we went out in a big group to dinner at a local restaurant and I noticed him having a quiet word with the owner, at the bar. We all ordered our meals, and with it came some really decent wine - Rioja gran reserva. When we went to pay we were told that there was no charge - that an anonymous person had already paid. I guessed it was him, but said nothing as he obviously did not want or like fuss. He disappeared off into private accommodation, the rest of us into the albergue. I saw him again on and off over the next few days, as one does. He seemed to always head off into private accommodation each night. Then one day I heard from other pilgrims there had been a bit of commotion with a helicopter landing near the track, and someone alighting from it and trying to find him. Apparently he owned a multi-billion $ company and was needed in a hurry to return to the US to sort out some crisis. The story was that a private jet was standing by to take him home.

I still don't know who he was, or anything about his business, but I've always hoped he got the chance to return and complete his Camino.
And Kanga - what about sharing the story of your coffee with a certain extremely well-known celebrity (of global proportions) at the bar opposite the monastery at Samos ... that’s a fabulous story! I guess you couldn’t say he was ‘incognito’ but he was certainly low-key!
Cheers - Jenny
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2019) Camino Portuguese (2016) - debating one more (2024)
Never. But I've met a number of people who were just like the rest of us who turned out to be 'big wigs' with serious jobs at home. It's one of the most refreshing things about the camino that you often learn this kind of thing at the end of the walk, rather than at the beginning. As pilgrims we can lead with our hearts and humanity, rather than our status and roles.


Me too.
On the Camino Portuguese, we met one of the richest men in England. Not sure why but I thought that he was broke. He was walking with a mate raising money for a Catholic school. They joined me, and my Camino Family for our CdeS celebration meal. I was horrified when he picked up the tab - said it's not how we roll. His mate said it's done, by which time we'd put our money in the middle. I quickly suggested they take the money and put it towards the school fundraising. Think he just enjoyed hanging out with us kiwis.
 

Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
Camino(s) past & future
2019
I have this goal, if I ever run into somebody like Tom Hanks, to hand him my phone and ask him to take my picture. When he assumes I want a selfie with him, I'd say No, I just want him to take a picture of *me.* I don't want him in it. Don't you think that would be a first for them?

I did meet Trecile on the Camino!
I was once asked to take a pelegrinas picture....afterwards she said I reminded her of Tom Hanks. ;) 🤣...not!
I always thought that he was supposed to be in search of someone....not the other way round.
I'm not even famous in my own household.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
There are a number of list that mention famous people who walked the Camino - one includes Charlemagne.
I have been doing a lot of research about the "First Pilgrim" Alfonso II and have found the Charlemagne died January 28, 814. Kind of makes it hard--- since Alfonso's first pilgrimage was sometime later in that year of 814!

Mary McAleese. ...Irish President
Shirley MacLaine. ...
Angela Merkel. .
Pope John Paul
Stephen Hawking. ...
Martin Sheen. ...
King and Queen of Belgium. ...
Anthony Quinn.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Andrew McCarthy -Actor
Jenna Bush- Daughter of American President
Paul Coelho- Writer
Jose Ortega Cano - Bullfighter
Terry Callery
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and back (no name; Tours; Francés; sea; no name)
Angela Merkel
Pope John Paul
For the benefit of other readers: neither Angela Merkel nor Pope John Paul were incognito on the camino. They both strolled very publicly, though at different times, from Monte do Gozo or so towards Santiago. Monte do Gozo is about 5 km from Santiago and I don't even think that they walked the whole distance. They were on a visit to Santiago for other reasons than camino walking. Both are/were avid mountain hikers, btw, and often spent their vacation in the mountains such as in the Italian Alps for example.
 
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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
There are a number of list that mention famous people who walked the Camino - one includes Charlemagne.
I have been doing a lot of research about the "First Pilgrim" Alfonso II and have found the Charlemagne died January 28, 814. Kind of makes it hard--- since Alfonso's first pilgrimage was sometime later in that year of 814!

Mary McAleese. ...Irish President
Shirley MacLaine. ...
Angela Merkel. .
Pope John Paul
Stephen Hawking. ...
Martin Sheen. ...
King and Queen of Belgium. ...
Anthony Quinn.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Andrew McCarthy -Actor
Jenna Bush- Daughter of American President
Paul Coelho- Writer
Jose Ortega Cano - Bullfighter
Stephen Hawking walked the Camino??
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and back (no name; Tours; Francés; sea; no name)
Stephen Hawking walked the Camino??
Again, a very public visit to Galicia where Stephen Hawking was awarded a price for his work as a astrophysicist. He was apparently taken to Fisterra, and the local council put up a memorial in honour of this visit. "I enjoyed my trip to the end of the world, a beautiful place".

I think this thread is deviating now from the delightful little stories from people who happened to meet pilgrims from Spain and from around the world who are widely known for merits of things that they did in their lives and who did not make a fuss about this while actually walking on a camino in Spain as pilgrims in the sense that we usually understand it.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and back (no name; Tours; Francés; sea; no name)
even ventured to “the end of the world” Finisterre where local authorities named a town plaza after him. At the unveiling of the new plaque, he said, “It is a great honor to follow Paulo Coelho [author of The Pilgrimage] and accept this plaque in my name,” he said.
Did he really? I find 19 sources for exactly this phrase on Google and 6 of them end in .ru (Russian domain names) ... 🤣. Let's return to the topic of the thread.

BTW, the plaque in Fisterra was inaugurated in April 2017 to commemorate Stephen Hawking's visit in 2008. That's 2017 vs 2008, no typo and it also says so on the plaque. Stephen Hawking was not present in Fisterra when the plaque was unveiled.

A physics professor and friend showed Hawking a news article about the new memorial and is reported to have said to him that it must have a special meaning for someone who symbolizes the exploration of the confines of the cosmos to be honoured at the point that once also marked the border of the known world.
 
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RRat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
A lighthearted thread. Have you met any celebrities walking the camino? I mean, “real pilgrims”, walking the camino incognito . . . not making a movie, or a TV documentary, or whatever, just walking for themselves. I’ve met two, an Irish actress who played a prominent role in “Humans”, and a fairly well-known Spanish theatre actor, who is the spitting image of Bruce Willis . . .
Not a celebrity but walked with a m
A lighthearted thread. Have you met any celebrities walking the camino? I mean, “real pilgrims”, walking the camino incognito . . . not making a movie, or a TV documentary, or whatever, just walking for themselves. I’ve met two, an Irish actress who played a prominent role in “Humans”, and a fairly well-known Spanish theatre actor, who is the spitting image of Bruce Willis . . .
Sept of 2018 walked with a member of Spain's Guardia who was walking incognito. Because of my background I thought something was different and he owned up. One afternoon while having a snack he called up his buddies and they joined us. They were able to show up within an hour. For the next few weeks I would see them mixing in. I would wave and they would wave back or share a few minutes of niceties. They knew all the good places to stay and eat. Didn't know tha
 

RRat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
Not a celebrity but walked with a m

Sept of 2018 walked with a member of Spain's Guardia who was walking incognito. Because of my background I thought something was different and he owned up. One afternoon while having a snack he called up his buddies and they joined us. They were able to show up within an hour. For the next few weeks I would see them mixing in. I would wave and they would wave back or share a few minutes of niceties. They knew all the good places to stay and eat. Didn't know tha
Didn't know that some of the places we had our pilgrim's menu have a separate area for none pilgrims, white table cloths, full menu, etc.
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Didn't know that some of the places we had our pilgrim's menu have a separate area for none pilgrims, white table cloths, full menu, etc.
Yes, I learned that in the beautiful albergue in Boadilla del Campo, the one with the swimming pool. I went into the dining area for dinner and the hospitalero indicated I should choose a table. Naturally, as is my habit in real life (you will recall I mentioned earlier in this thread I was walking incognito) I chose a white clothed table. The hospitalero asked me to move to where the ordinary pilgrims were eating. The nerve of the guy! ;)
 

Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
Camino(s) past & future
2019
Yes, I learned that in the beautiful albergue in Boadilla del Campo, the one with the swimming pool. I went into the dining area for dinner and the hospitalero indicated I should choose a table. Naturally, as is my habit in real life (you will recall I mentioned earlier in this thread I was walking incognito) I chose a white clothed table. The hospitalero asked me to move to where the ordinary pilgrims were eating. The nerve of the guy! ;)
Didn't he know who you were? :p
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
Do almost-encounters count? When the BBC were filming their first series of Pilgrimage, where celebrities (such as they are) went to walk sections of the Francés, I knew that Neil Morrissey, a UK actor, was one of the celebs. I was hoping to bump into him, since he is the spitting image of my husband, the not very famous Scouse Spouse! (Yes, the actor looks like him and not the other way around, as my guy is three months older.) As it happened, I was walking about a week behind them, so I never got to take a selfie with Neil and send it to his likeness at home. Shame. Though I have since walked from Estella to Fisterra with said likeness!
... doesn't count, does it? But I did enjoy meeting the camino stars @VNwalking, @ivar, @natefaith and @t2andreo, and many others besides.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
@nidarosa, meeting you was one of those wonderful Camino encounters, especially since it was unplanned.
(I had left the pilgrim's office and was walking along Rua de Carretas, and @nidarosa called out from where she was sitting at one of the terraces, "Are you VNwalking?" You could have knocked me over with a feather.)
 

MarkN

Mark
Camino(s) past & future
Leon to Santiago Oct 2016
Porto to Santiago Oct 2017
Porto to Santiago May 2019
I met fellow Canadian Keanu Reeves walking the Camino path backwards in the mountains, we just said a brief hello and went on our ways, he impressed me as a calm and kind pilgrim.

I sat down beside an older pilgrim and we were talking about the route as one does and he seemed very knowledgeable so I asked how many times he walked and when he told me an astronomical number I look closer and recognized John Brierley. He looked a bit older than his book pic but with bushier eyebrows. He was very quiet and spoke little and softly.

One night at an alberge someone offered to make anyone interested dinner, it was a great meal with many languages and laughing. The next day I saw the guy and said, 'Hey Chef, you're a pilgrim? I thought you worked at the alberge!' We walked sometimes together, ate a few times together and I always called him Chef. In Santiago someone asked me why I called him that and was told he is a famous European TV actor. So I asked Chef if he was on a TV show and he laughed and said,'no, I'm on three!' He said he wanted to do more documentaries and said one day he would like to go to the Toronto Film Festival. I said I'd cook a meal for him when he does!

Though she wasn't incognito, meeting my wife in Leon was the most memorable and cherished Camino memory.
 

JennN

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Leon to Finisterre 2001
SJPdP to Santiago 2016
Porto to Santiago 2019
I met fellow Canadian Keanu Reeves walking the Camino path backwards in the mountains, we just said a brief hello and went on our ways, he impressed me as a calm and kind pilgrim.

I sat down beside an older pilgrim and we were talking about the route as one does and he seemed very knowledgeable so I asked how many times he walked and when he told me an astronomical number I look closer and recognized John Brierley. He looked a bit older than his book pic but with bushier eyebrows. He was very quiet and spoke little and softly.

One night at an alberge someone offered to make anyone interested dinner, it was a great meal with many languages and laughing. The next day I saw the guy and said, 'Hey Chef, you're a pilgrim? I thought you worked at the alberge!' We walked sometimes together, ate a few times together and I always called him Chef. In Santiago someone asked me why I called him that and was told he is a famous European TV actor. So I asked Chef if he was on a TV show and he laughed and said,'no, I'm on three!' He said he wanted to do more documentaries and said one day he would like to go to the Toronto Film Festival. I said I'd cook a meal for him when he does!

Though she wasn't incognito, meeting my wife in Leon was the most memorable and cherished Camino memory.
I met fellow Canadian Keanu Reeves walking the Camino path backwards in the mountains, we just said a brief hello and went on our ways, he impressed me as a calm and kind pilgrim.

I sat down beside an older pilgrim and we were talking about the route as one does and he seemed very knowledgeable so I asked how many times he walked and when he told me an astronomical number I look closer and recognized John Brierley. He looked a bit older than his book pic but with bushier eyebrows. He was very quiet and spoke little and softly.

One night at an alberge someone offered to make anyone interested dinner, it was a great meal with many languages and laughing. The next day I saw the guy and said, 'Hey Chef, you're a pilgrim? I thought you worked at the alberge!' We walked sometimes together, ate a few times together and I always called him Chef. In Santiago someone asked me why I called him that and was told he is a famous European TV actor. So I asked Chef if he was on a TV show and he laughed and said,'no, I'm on three!' He said he wanted to do more documentaries and said one day he would like to go to the Toronto Film Festival. I said I'd cook a meal for him when he does!

Though she wasn't incognito, meeting my wife in Leon was the most memorable and cherished Camino memory.

Lovely memories....I also had a Keanu sighting!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
This doesn't count but Peg chatted with a granddaughter of Art Carney, winner of six Emmies and sidekick of Jackie Gleason in the TV show The Honeymooners. The chat was mostly about him as a grandfather, of six. I mention this for the light-heartedness requested. Peg found out that each of the grandchildren was given one Emmy.
 

tjb1013

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2017)
Portugués (2019)
I was somewhere around Santo Domingo de la Calzada when I spotted someone familiar, and I had my normal moment of panic because I could not remember his name. I was sure he was someone that I had worked with, and those situations really increase my 'name anxiety', as usually I have had pretty good relationships with a lot of different people at the various places I have worked - I just can't remember names.

So I dodged the guy.

Of course, we were all headed to the same place, so over the next day I kept seeing him. Still couldn't put a name to his face, and I kept dodging. At some point it dawned on me that he was not a former colleague, but an actor who I had seen in something. I was relieved, and thought that was that.

Then one morning, I literally nearly bumped into him as he was emerging from a bakery. Surprised, I blurted out, "I know I've seen you in something, and I only watch good stuff, so you must be a good actor."

He and his wife laughed, and we ended up walking together for some time. After an hour or so, I said, "You are an actor right?" They laughed again, and he said he was, and asked what I thought I saw him in.

I told him I couldn't remember, but I did remember that in whatever it was, he was an extremely genial character who went instantly dark at one point in the story -- in a way that rivaled James Gandolfini's ability to switch from charming to menacing in an instant.

He immediately replied with the name of the movie, and that was the one I had seen!

(Turns out he has been in quite a few high-quality things, including as a recurring character in a pretty successful TV show (that I never watched), but he didn't talk about that and I looked it up some months after returning home.)

I have always protected his privacy, so I won't name him (sorry). But he said that he never went into an audition more certain that he was perfect for the role than that movie I had seen, because the family in the movie was extremely dysfunctional, and he had the same upbringing. (This detail is another reason to protect his privacy.)

He and his wife were great companions for that day, and I saw them again in Santiago at the cathedral, where we were lucky enough to catch a mass with the Botafumeiro.
 

SabineP

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Camino Chrissy

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As the attachment stated : Alan Rickman.



A very fine actor?
I saw no attachment with post #53 on my phone. I guess I didn't look back far enough.
 

NorthernLight

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I adored his work. He made a very fine evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

edited: It seems Kathar1na has sleuthed this out in another thread, and it was not Mr Rickman.
 
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trecile

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As the attachment stated : Alan Rickman.



A very fine actor.
I'm sorry, but those pictures don't really look like Alan Rickman to me. I can't find any confirmation that he walked the Camino.
 

Bristle boy

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2019
I'm sorry, but those pictures don't really look like Alan Rickman to me. I can't find any confirmation that he walked the Camino.
They don't to me either...I looked and looked. I would never have known.
 

Camino Chrissy

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I'm sorry, but those pictures don't really look like Alan Rickman to me. I can't find any confirmation that he walked the Camino.
They sure didn't look like the photos in post #53, but I am not familiar with his work.
 

Camino Chrissy

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I saw no attachment with post #53 on my phone. I guess I didn't look back far enough.
Your forum link was from 2016 plus being American I do not know of very many European actors. Thanks for providing it. Sorry he passed away at an age when many of us hope to still be walking caminos when we arrive at that age.
 

trecile

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Your forum link was from 2016 plus being American I do not know of very many European actors. Thanks for providing it. Sorry he passed away at an age when many of us hope to still be walking caminos when we arrive at that age.
The link is just speculation that it's Alan Rickman.
 

Camino Chrissy

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He was incognito, running vehicle support for their friends who were walking, he was there, going down Camino to the Cathedral in Santiago - you tell me if he was a pilgrim or not ;).
I say he was definately a Camino Angel, like you are David...you have always been my best example of one on the forum. (Btw, it's my son's name...such a good name.)
 

David

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I say he was definately a Camino Angel, like you are David...you have always been my best example of one on the forum. (Btw, it's my son's name...such a good name.)

You named your boy Camino Angel? Outstanding! :D

I was talking to a pilgrim with a dog in one of the small squares in Puente. He had asked about how to avoid blisters and I mentioned the first sign being a hot spot. At that moment out of nowhere Michael leaned in (you know how close film actors stand to your face) and said - Michael Caine voice "My mate said, if you get a hot spot slap a plaster (band aid) on it - job done". We talked, his wife came, they drifted off and sat down at their cafe table. I was going to go over and mention that we had gone to the same school but it was obvious that they were trying to be inconspicuous so I left them alone after that - and he was spot on re the hot spot - slap a plaster on it and - Hey Presto! - no blister! :D
 

Camino Chrissy

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You named your boy Camino Angel? Outstanding! :D

I was talking to a pilgrim with a dog in one of the small squares in Puente. He had asked about how to avoid blisters and I mentioned the first sign being a hot spot. At that moment out of nowhere Michael leaned in (you know how close film actors stand to your face) and said - Michael Caine voice "My mate said, if you get a hot spot slap a plaster (band aid) on it - job done". We talked, his wife came, they drifted off and sat down at their cafe table. I was going to go over and mention that we had gone to the same school but it was obvious that they were trying to be inconspicuous so I left them alone after that - and he was spot on re the hot spot - slap a plaster on it and - Hey Presto! - no blister! :D
On a hot spot I always slapped on some compeed or duct tape and "voila"...no blister. It's a good thing you have been around many times to help pilgrims who didn't know any better, to "stop, look, and cover". Many would not have been able to continue without your help. 🥰
 

jpflavin1

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A lighthearted thread. Have you met any celebrities walking the camino? I mean, “real pilgrims”, walking the camino incognito . . . not making a movie, or a TV documentary, or whatever, just walking for themselves. I’ve met two, an Irish actress who played a prominent role in “Humans”, and a fairly well-known Spanish theatre actor, who is the spitting image of Bruce Willis . . .
Can you define a celebrity?
 

Jeff Crawley

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Paulo Coelho shoved me and another couple of pilgrims out of the way as we tried to leave the church in Puente la Reina so he could grandstand for a Korean TV crew.
One of the other guys asked "Who the frick does he think he is?" and nobody knew.
 

Mycroft

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Who's Alan Rockman - and why does fame matter, anyway?
No answers please...those are rhetorical questions only. 🙃
I am guessing that anyone reasonably well-known would find the anonymity on the Camino a blessed relief. Fortunately the ground under our feet is the great leveler; it couldn't care less how 'important' we are.
 

Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
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2019
Who's Alan Rockman - and why does fame matter, anyway?
No answers please...those are rhetorical questions only. 🙃
I am guessing that anyone reasonably well-known would find the anonymity on the Camino a blessed relief. Fortunately the ground under our feet is the great leveler; it couldn't care less how 'important' we are.
Quite right @VNwalking in all you say..."fame" whatever it is does not matter...I live a very contented and satisfied life without it.
 

Albertagirl

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I think that most posters assume that "celebrity" means a well known person with a public persona, generally actors, or others media performers. I hardly recognize the names of any of them. But I remember, with gratitude and ongoing interest, several of you who have posted on this thread. I would love to walk for a while with you, to get to know you better and to share our camino interests.
 

jsalt

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Fortunately the ground under our feet is the great leveler; it couldn't care less how 'important' we are.
Of course fame doesn’t matter and is not important.

This is a “light hearted thread” a break from the “heavy” we are all experiencing now.

However, just for the record, Alan RICKMAN was:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born into a working-class family in Acton, west London[4] on 21 February 1946.[5][6] He was the son of a Welsh mother, Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett),[7][8][9] a housewife,[6][10] and Bernard William Rickman,[11][12] a factory worker, house painter and decorator, and former World War II aircraft fitter.[6][10][13] Rickman was of Welsh, Irish and English descent.[14] His father was Catholic and his mother was a Methodist.[15] Rickman had two brothers, David and Michael, and a sister, Sheila.[6] Rickman was born with a tight jaw, which resulted in the languid tone of his voice.[16] When he was eight years old, his father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise him and his three siblings mostly alone. According to Paton, the family was "rehoused by the council and moved to an Acton estate to the west of Wormwood Scrubs Prison, where his mother struggled to bring up four children on her own by working for the Post Office."[6][17]
 

Anamiri

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Do almost-encounters count? When the BBC were filming their first series of Pilgrimage, where celebrities (such as they are) went to walk sections of the Francés, I knew that Neil Morrissey, a UK actor, was one of the celebs. I was hoping to bump into him, since he is the spitting image of my husband, the not very famous Scouse Spouse! (Yes, the actor looks like him and not the other way around, as my guy is three months older.) As it happened, I was walking about a week behind them, so I never got to take a selfie with Neil and send it to his likeness at home. Shame. Though I have since walked from Estella to Fisterra with said likeness!
... doesn't count, does it? But I did enjoy meeting the camino stars @VNwalking, @ivar, @natefaith and @t2andreo, and many others besides.
We were walking at the same time that the BBC was filming as well. Except we didnt know what and who, until the link was posted on this forum. People we were walking with (family with kids) were interviewed)
We were walking up a hill one day, realised they were filming so we made sure we looked as if was easy. If we ended up on film we didnt want to look like we were straining. Of course they only used the footage of people puffing, panting and sweating.
 


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