Ask San Diego Blog: Celebrity Sightings?

Monday, July 17, 2006, 10:48 —by mas
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I’ve now lived in San Diego for 6 years and I have yet to run into a single celebrity.  How about you?  Have you had any celebrity sightings here in San Diego?  Who, where and when?

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28 Responses to “Ask San Diego Blog: Celebrity Sightings?”

  1. JeSais said on Monday, July 17, 2006, 16:43

    It’s been a while… a looong while, but I saw Desi Arnaz on the balcony of his Del Mar house back in the early 80s. I was but a small child (LOL) walking on the beach.

  2. Kevin Hall said on Monday, July 17, 2006, 16:44

    Be Prepared to be UN-Impressed!

    Many years ago at the Del Mar Race Track I met the one and only Orville Redenbach (the popcorn guy). I tried to make small talk, he almost ran me over trying to get to the window to place a bet!

    I’m sure someone can beat that!

  3. Kevin said on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 7:03

    I sat next to former Wisc Governor and Sec of Health and Human Services on a United flight from SD to Denver. He had the aisle seat and I was next to him at the window (1st class).

    I said something about needing to squeeze by, and he was cool with it. Once we got settled he introduced himself as “tommy” and I told him I knew. I had spotted him in the terminal working his crackberry and a 20 oz starbucks. We chatted for a bit and he gave me his WSJ when he was done with it, even though I made the faux pas of getting the import beer instead of the mille.

  4. Michael Allen Smith said on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 7:40

    Ahh, the airport. I just recall the time I saw sports announcer Dick Enberg in line at the airport Starbucks (the one inside the terminal where the scald your drinks to 200+ degrees).

  5. JeSais said on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 11:05

    I just remembered spotting Kimbery Hunt (tv news, not sure what channel anymore) and Billy Ray Smith (Chargers) circa 1988 at The Broadway in Horton Plaza (now a Mervyns I think) where I worked… I remember be dazzled by the ROCK on her finger.

    How do you put HTML links in comments??

  6. Kevin Hall said on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 12:00

    Hey Je Sais,
    Here is multi-part post, part celebrity post, part for your Cunningham comment and part html advice (I hope)

    In my earlier Orville Redenbacher post, I neglected to post that I have met Duke & Nancy Cunningham, in fact I was the real estate agent that sold them the house that create all the furor back in the 80′s. I was surprised when the story broke and thought “Dang, that can’t be right! Duke wouldn’t have done that” then I researched the comparable sales and thought “Dang, I guess the story is right! The guy I knew back then was a stand-up guy I never would have thought he would fall into that trap but… I guess he did (and then some).

    Regarding html in the post, I put something up on my tech website that might help.

  7. Kevin Hall said on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 14:02

    Part of my post above got cut off, hopefully this will work.
    Go to my real estate tech tips site for my blog tips.

  8. Kevin said on Thursday, July 20, 2006, 2:43

    I’ve seen Kimberley 2x. Once at Daily’s in UTC, the 2nd time at Rubio’s in Mission Valley (the stand-alone one). Both times w/ BR, the 2nd time with kids.

    She was smoking hot. (both were about 10 years ago). Not sure what’s she’s done to herself, but she doesn’t look quite right any more.

  9. JeSais said on Thursday, July 20, 2006, 9:54

    Re Kimberly Hunt a little too much fine-tuning at the doctor’s office would be my guess.

    And Comic-Con would be a good place to spot some celebs.

    And look at me with my HTML ( I hope it worke). Thanks for the tips guys!

  10. Michael Allen Smith said on Thursday, July 20, 2006, 10:05

    When San Diego hosted the Super Bowl I looked everywhere for a celebrity. Nothing. I even bought VIP tickets to Paul Oakenfold. Nothing.

    Also, if you see a celebrity behind a booth, that doesn’t count. If you see them at 7-11, that does.

  11. Jeff said on Friday, July 21, 2006, 17:50

    I saw Vin Scully at the Mission Valley Barnes & Noble a few years ago.

  12. Ken W said on Saturday, July 22, 2006, 18:02

    When I was a USCD freshman living on campus, I saw the Simon and Simon guys (Gerald McRaney & Jameson Parker) filming by Central Library (umm..I guess it’s called Geisel Library now).
    Yes, I’m that old.

    My wife saw Bill Walton at a swap meet a long time ago.

  13. Michael Allen Smith said on Saturday, July 22, 2006, 18:12

    How did I forget meeting President Clinton shortly after moving to San Diego?

  14. Khoa said on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 0:26

    For all the basketball fans out there… David Robinson in the Apple Store at UTC on April 30th 2004. Check out this picture… I’m 5’11 and he makes me look like how all my asian aunts look when they stand next to me! =p

  15. oso said on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 2:32

    Not a celebrity in my books, but Bill Walton has been following me all around town lately. I’m gonna have to get a restraining order.

  16. lemonade said on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 21:12

    I saw Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise getting a private tour of the SD Zoo when I worked at the popcorn cart near the flamingos. … I worked the Media Center when Super Bowl came to town in ’98 and saw Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes/CBS shuffle by. … I think I saw Wayne Brady in downtown San Diego with his wife and bodyguard the last time the Super Bowl was in town. … While it wasn’t in San Diego, when I worked at a TV station in L.A. I met Bob Costas and Don LaFontaine, who does the many, many voiceovers for tv and films.

  17. chris said on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 4:06

    I worked for T-mobile in vista and had Tom Delonge from blink 182 as a customer. I also met a few celbs while selling phones in different malls. good place to spot and meet celebs. especially UTC. During the super bowl i actually had the chance to say hi to 50 cent. he was actually checking out my co-worker. he came up to the kiosk and i asked if i could help him. and he just stared then turned and walked away. she was a hot co-worker:) that same day we saw Gina Davis, Ben afflek. also had tony hawk as a customer at t-mobile. not the first time i have met him.

  18. chris said on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 4:08

    as a matter of fact. T-mobile in vista is a great place to work if you want to meet celebs. a lot of x games stars as well as some tv stars are regular customers.

  19. Betty said on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 10:41

    I here Steve Perry lives near San Deigo, anyone seen him?

  20. Jolie said on Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 13:07

    I do a farmer’s market close to the convention center on Sundays. During comic-con I saw a handful of celebs pass through the market. Other than that, I’ve had 2 celebs come to my booth: Cindy Crawford & Officer Dangle (Thomas Lennon) from Reno 911 (the guy in the shorts).

  21. chris said on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 19:40

    i met jaime foxx at the club stingaree downtown…he had the private room upstairs rented out and my girlfriends and i got invited up. he barely talked to anyone and spent the whole night hitting on the different girls there.he was nice though and let us take pics with him.

    i also met SD padres brian giles at the club the ivy at the envy hotel. he was very nice….and very drunk :) lol

  22. Tiffany said on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 14:21

    I met Frankie J when he came to my high school(his old high school).

    And I also met the Jabbawockeez, America’s Best Dance Crew, twice.

    Does that count?!

  23. CheerGurl said on Sunday, June 8, 2008, 19:33

    Ive seen Seth Rogen at Horton Plaza during Comic Con and he’s suprisingly a lot cuter in person. I’ve also seen Mark from Blink 182 at the Nordstroms in Fashion Valley.

  24. Caitlyn said on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 14:34

    In San Diego I have met Bobby Edner (He is my neighbor), Drew Ryan Scott, David Lei Brandt, Thomas Fiss (My friend from the school we used to go to) They live like 2 houses down from me and I live right next to Bobby Edner (Spy Kids 3). All of them are in a band called Varsity Fanclub. I also met The Jonas Brothers at Starbucks and I met Jesse McCartney at the airport.

  25. Brooke said on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 8:18

    I saw more celebrities at my tanning salon that ever. Tan N Sea in Mssion Valley. Jaime Pressly when she first did playboy. Senators and local district mayors. This one porn star from Dr. 90210, she was stunning. Baseball and Football players I guess because we are so close to the stadium and La Mirage. A lot of body building and fitness models. If you want to see celbrities, go get your vitamin D at a tanning salon.

  26. OVERRUN said on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 0:29

    saw Mr. Las Vegas WAYNE NEWTON May 30th 2009 at the USO San Diego awards in Downtonw along with carol lebeau news anchor for MANY years in SD. The fellas from POD live in the south town about 4 miles from Tijuana Mexico. Rey Mysterio lives in Eastlake/Bonita area and he is my friends neighbor, dude takes out the trash without a mask its funny but sometimes he is outside the house with a mask on still its weird. I currently am employed with Wayne Foster and he is a quite a local celeb when it comes to giving one of the best performances for any occasion. Ive heard of many more celebs living in SD but have never seen them…. the boys from Blink 182, Dogwood, Blindside, No Innocent Victim, P.O.D., As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine (tim lambesis AILD) and much more out of SD.

  27. OVERRUN said on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 0:31

    hmm update…. boys from POD and No Innocent Victim seen in SD many times…. used to chill with Sonny from POD at rescue records before he got ATLANTIC TIMES and got big….. great guy… NIV i’ve been to so many shows…..

  28. Josh said on Friday, July 24, 2009, 0:14

    Let’s see….At the Mother Goose Parade in ElCajon, they started it on the street I lived on so I was able to actually meet…not just see, Soleil Moon Frye, Joseph Mascolo, David Leisure, Khrystyne Haje (gorgeous), Kimberly Hunt and many more. When I was working at what use to be Showcase Theatre in/near Old Town, I met and talked to Tatyana Ali and she was great. I’ve met The Tennesee 3 (legends) as well. Also if it counts, “Ten 13 Concept” who competed and made it pretty far on America’s Got Talent. The bass player and trumpet player from local celebs Buck o Nine as well as Marcos from P.O.D., and a few of the Chargers (actually had real sit down conversations…not just hey nice to meet you.

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