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Casual Celebrity Sightings

Since we attend a lot of celebrity-filled events, we're usually guaranteed to see plenty of celebrities doing their thing for the fans and the press. It's all part of being famous. But what about doing everyday tasks?

We have living proof that celebrities really do go out to eat. Sometimes they do their own grocery shopping or take their car in for an oil change. We have personally spotted the stars out and about in their natural habitat, the everyday world, and we've decided to document them on this page. Check back frequently for our latest sightings!

Camryn Manheim and Neil Patrick Harris in the audience at the Dan Band show at the Avalon in Hollywood
Survivor host Jeff Probst roller blading past me with his girlfriend on two consecutive Sundays at Santa Monica Beach (smiling and wearing a floppy hat)
PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley strolling along the boardwalk at Santa Monica Beach
Ian Zeiring of 90210 fame dining at the bar at The Griddle Cafe on Sunset
Billy Crystal, Al Pacino, Neal McDonough, Martin Lawrence, and chef Gordon Ramsay all sitting courtside at the Harlem Globetrotters game at Staples Center
Ed Asner, Michael Chiklis, and Brooke White from American Idol waiting for tables at Cheesecake Factory in Sherman Oaks (and they said hello to each other)
Clint Eastwood dining at a booth near us at Fab's Italian restaurant on election night
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell at the Cheesecake Factory at Americana in Glendale
Reese Witherspoon and her daughter playing on the playground at Cross Creek in Malibu
Stephen Baldwin walking around Urth Cafe on Melrose, talking on his cell phone
Mario Lopez on my Southwest flight from Houston to Los Angeles (and getting a talking-to by the flight attendant for not properly stowing his carry-on)
Angela Kinsey from "The Office" pushing a baby in a stroller at the Galleria in Sherman Oaks

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar in the lobby at the Arclight Cinema in Sherman Oaks
Angie Harmon and a friend grabbing a take-out order at CPK in Woodland Hills
Jai Rodriguez of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy walking around a friend's fundraiser and getting ready to sing jazz

Seth Green and Judy Tenuta in the audience at a Weird Al concert at the Greek Theatre
Gary Busey hanging out at the Boyz II Men concert at the Canyon Club
Ron Jeremy and his entourage having a late-night dinner at Mel's on Sunset
Actress Tia Carrere (Wayne's World) on our flight and then chatting with me and my boss at baggage claim
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith walking past me at the Four Seasons in Maui
Comedian/writer Bruce Vilanch waiting for his ride to pick him up at Burbank Airport
Tyra Banks and two girlfriends renting bicycles at a bike rental shop on the boardwalk in Santa Monica
Actress Kristin Chenoweth passing us on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and smiling and winking at me when she realized that I recognized her
Comedian John Heffron (former winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing) in front of me in line at the post office
Actor Esai Morales jogging with his dog at Runyon Canyon and then apologizing to me and my friend Julie for his barking dog
Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi in the car behind us at the stoplight at Laurel & Sunset, waiting to turn right
Jeff Probst (host of Survivor) walking into Baja Fresh in Sherman Oaks as we were walking out

Frankie Valli and the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire both purchasing groceries at Gelson's in Calabasas
Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules) having dinner with friends at Hamburger Hamlet
Michael Chiklis sitting in his car, waiting patiently for a parking spot to open up near Doughboys restaurant as we drove past him, also trying to find a parking space (and then leaving after several unsuccessful attempts)
Actor Maxwell Caulfield saying hello to some friends at iwata restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) waiting in line to buy a movie ticket at the Sherman Oaks Galleria
Marg Helgenberger of CSI riding a bike (attempting to, anyway) on the Santa Monica Beach boardwalk with friends and family on Mother's Day
Comedian Christoher Titus with wife and kid at Coldstone Creamery in Sherman Oaks ... who was then recognized by a police officer who told him he enjoyed his work
Robert Downey Jr. hanging out and talking with friends (and barking like a dog!) outside Houston's in Santa Monica while they waited for their table
Tico Torres and David Bryan of Bon Jovi having brunch at a Beverly Hills hotel on Oscar Sunday (Tico at a table near us, and David in the lounge)
Morgan Freeman at a Beverly Hills hotel on Oscar Sunday, chatting with the valet before getting into a yellow convertible sports car
TV actor Billy Gardell (Heist) having dinner with friends at Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City on a Friday night
Scott Baio having dinner with a male friend on the patio near our table on a Saturday night at Mr. Cecil's BBQ while we celebrated Brian's birthday (and Mr. Baio didn't even bother to join in with our chorus of 'Happy Birthday')
Jenny McCarthy sitting in the booth next to us at Cheesecake Factory in Sherman Oaks
Elizabeth Perkins and the host of E!'s "Talk Soup," Joel McHale, at the Johnny Cash tribute concert at the Pantages Theatre
Lots of celebrities at the Hollywood Film Festival including Eric McCormack (he had a movie premiering on Saturday night) and his co-stars Debra Messing and Sean Hayes, Maria Bello, Matthew Perry, Kevin Smith, Vincent Spano, Lisa Kudrow, Heather Graham, Danny Trejo (he had a documentary premiering on Friday night), and Shia LeBeouf who we talked to briefly
Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) catching a late-night movie at the Arclight in Hollywood
Mo Rocca (The Daily Show) in a rental car on Sunset Boulevard, looking lost
Comedian Jay Mohr hanging out in the kiddie playground at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square on a weeknight, with his kid, making small chat with another kid's dad
Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope) and Elizabeth Perkins (Big) in the audience at a cast & crew screening of Wedding Crashers in Beverly Hills
Magic Johnson grabbing a drink at Jamba Juice in Sherman Oaks (while wearing ankle socks that said MAGIC)

Richard Schiff (The West Wing) having a drink outside at the Coffee Fix
Pat O'Brien going to a Monday night movie at the Arclight Theatres in Hollywood

Former New Kid on the Block, Joey McIntyre, holding the door open for Kelly at California Pizza Kitchen in Santa Monica

Tom Arnold in the lobby of a friend's apartment building, running to the elevator with a new iMac computer while Kelly held the door for him (and she received a lovely thank-you from him)
John Carroll Lynch (The Drew Carey Show, Carnivale) in line next to us at the Sherman Oaks Galleria movie theatre on a Friday night

Robert Downey Jr. passing us by on Montana Avenue with his fiancee and son in tow
Kevin Smith & Jay Mewes ("Jay & Silent Bob") having breakfast across the room from us at The Griddle Cafe
Will Estes and Vanessa Lengies of American Dreams, Angie Dickinson, Judith Light, and Miss America hanging out at a VIP party following an ice skating show at Staples Center
Ed Begley Jr. and Ed Asner at Pinz bowling alley in Studio City ... and then later, at the bowling alley at Jillian's on Universal's CityWalk, Leeza Gibbons bowling with her family in the lane next to us

Rick Allen of Def Leppard walking into Sharky's tex mex restaurant as I was leaving
Rider Strong (Boy Meets World) waiting to cross the street at an intersection on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City
Actress Dominique Swain grabbing some soda and chips at Ralphs

Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) shopping with his wife at Fashion Square Mall
Guiliana DePandi (E! News) in her car leaving the SAAB dealership
Jason Bateman in the passenger seat of an SUV at a corner stoplight in Burbank
Erik Estrada leaving Mr. Cecil's Restaurant and waiting for his car at valet with his family
Sean Penn strolling past us at the Arclight Theatre on his way to the restroom before screening his movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Tom Verica (Jack Pryor on American Dreams) ahead of me in line at Long's Drugs
David Spade, Breckin Meyer, Kathy Najimy, and Kathleen Wilhoite, sitting all around us, enjoying a performance by The Dan Band at the Avalon in Hollywood
Newlyweds Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson having dinner on the patio at Wood Ranch BBQ at the Grove on a Wednesday evening without the MTV camera crew
David Alan Grier asking questions at the Apple store's Genius Bar at The Grove
Freddie Prinze Jr. having a late-night snack at the booth across from us at Mel's Drive-In
Neil Patrick Harris at our table, David Spade and Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules) at the table to our left, and Tiffani Thiesen at the table behind us at a concert by The Dan Band at the Avalon in Hollywood on a Friday night
Actor Gary Cole (Office Space, Brady Bunch Movie) shopping at Ralphs
Michael Eisner doing his grocery shopping at Gelson's (with a bad sunburn)
Sally Struthers checking in at LAX airport
Jeremy Piven walking through the parking lot at Avalon nightclub
Wayne Brady enjoying Easter Sunday brunch, around the corner from us at Hamburger Hamlet, while chasing his daughter around
Bruce Jenner and his family attending Easter Sunday service at our church
Clint Eastwood driving a white Mercedes and waiting to take a left onto another street in Sherman Oaks
Ron Livingston and his fiancee having an early dinner at The Grove on a restaurant patio
Actress CCH Pounder from The Shield getting computer advice at the Genius Bar at the Grove's Apple Store
Katey Sagal doing some shopping at a mall in Sherman Oaks on Martin Luther King Day
David Hasselhoff, in a purple track suit, chatting on his cell phone outside the mall entrance
Camryn Manheim and Maria Bello hanging out backstage at Stars On Ice
Amy Yasbeck walking her bike along Venice Beach on a Sunday morning with her daughter in tow
Anthony Russell (Life with Bonnie) eating breakfast at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank
Britney Spears at Billy Martin's on Sunset, cheerfully trying on cowgirl hats
Singer P!nk paying for her lunch (and looking like white trash) at Mel's Drive-In and walking past us as we walked inside to pay
Actor Sean Whalen (That Thing You Do) walking into our local Ralphs grocery store
Mary Steenburgen having lunch with friends at the table next to us at California Pizza Kitchen in Brentwood
Actress Sarah Silverman in front of Kelly in line at Second Spin, selling some used CDs and then turning to apologize to Kelly for holding up the line
Paula Abdul in front of us on the down escalator at Sherman Oaks Galleria, giving us a fake smile while sipping on her coffee
Mickey Rooney stopping in front of the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with a camera crew, to say hello to fans on a Saturday morning
Kaley Cuoco of 8 Simple Rules waiting for a table at the Hard Rock Cafe with her parents
Gary Owens having breakfast near us at Solley's restaurant, at the same time as Connie Selleca dined with a female friend and two daughters
Ben Affleck grabbing some dinner at Baja Fresh in Studio City (on what should have been his wedding day with J-Lo) while we were at a birthday party next door
Scott Caan standing in line at the In-N-Out Burger down the street
Ed Begley Jr. dining 5 feet from us at California Pizza Kitchen in Studio City
Keanu Reeves enjoying dinner with two friends on a Friday night on the outdoor patio of the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk, pausing to sign autographs and pose for a few photos between bites ... and then heading to the adjacent movie theatre which just happened to be playing his new Matrix movie
Comedian Brian Posehn, the mailman on Just Shoot Me, having dinner with friends at Il Tiramisu restaurant on Ventura Boulevard
Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and McG, director of both Charlie's Angels movies, hanging out at a table in the courtyard at The Grove and taking the time to chat with us
Eric Stoltz walking into the Apple store (at The Grove) with his laptop
Chris Kattan pacing back and forth at Starbucks in Sherman Oaks while waiting for his drink
Chip Esten (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) in front of us in line at Cold Stone Creamery, chatting with the employees behind the counter
Funny man Carrot Top trying to find a parking space on a quiet street in Burbank
Jose Eber, hairstylist to the stars, dining on the outdoor patio at a Rodeo Drive restaurant on a Saturday evening
Joe Rogan, host of Fear Factor, sitting at a patio table while chatting on his cell phone at Basix in West Hollywood
Kimberly Caldwell from American Idol posing for photos with fans and then sitting down to get some dinner at the Saddle Ranch Chop House at Universal Studios, following the AI finale night number one
Ruben and Josh from American Idol shopping at Virgin Megastore on Sunset on a late April Saturday evening
Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope) and Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law) shopping at STAPLES for office supplies
Seth Green walking out of Ralphs grocery story as Kelly was walking in
Musician Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls relaxing at LAX airport
Jerry Seinfeld driving a Porsche down Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake on his way to make an appearance on The Tonight Show
Tia and Tamara, the twins from Sister Sister, hanging out on Hollywood Boulevard one afternoon with a camera crew and a group of elementary school kids
John Cusack skateboarding through a parking lot in Malibu and then getting yelled at by a police officer for not riding on the sidewalk
Hal Sparks browsing the DVD collection with a date at a local video store, and making sure to point out the Queer As Folk DVD (the show he was on at the time)
Neal McDonough (Boomtown, Minority Report) at the Las Vegas airport baggage claim, noticing us noticing him and then smiling at us
Tom Everett Scott (ER, That Thing You Do) doing his Christmas shopping at Target with the wife
Wayne Gretzky and his family hanging out at Disney's California Adventure theme park over Thanksgiving week
Simon Cowell (American Idol) having lunch on Rodeo Drive
Alyssa Milano walking down the Sunset Strip with a guitar case over her shoulder, looking earthy
Jerry O'Connell jogging past us on the Sunset Strip
David Spade nearly running into Kelly outside the Roxy Club after Jimmy Fallon's show, then giving a driver the finger while jaywalking across Sunset Boulevard
Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) in line behind Brian at Ralphs grocery store
Rose McGowan shopping at the Hollywood & Highland complex (and not wearing underwear)
Neve Campbell having lunch at a restaurant at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica
Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) at the Mann Criterion theatre on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica
Tommy Lee waiting in line behind us for the studio tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood (yes, sometimes the stars have to wait in line)
Pauly Shore having dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, oblivious to the autograph hounds outside
Cuba Gooding Jr. having his oil changed while chatting on his cell phone at Jiffy Lube
Joe McIntyre walking along Wilshire Boulevard near Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with a guy in a suit (agent? manager? pimp?)
John Tesh jogging along Mulholland Drive
Donal Logan (Grounded For Life) holding the door open for us at Koo Koo Restaurant in Studio City as we were leaving and he was coming in
David Hasselhoff sitting in our section at a U2 concert at Staples Center
Keifer Sutherland on the 405 freeway (and getting cut off in traffic by Kelly - whoops!)
Dennis Franz, Donald Faison, and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) in our row and across the aisle at a Barry Manilow concert at the Kodak Theatre
Kevin Nealon, Eric Idle, and Josh Ryan Evans (Passions) backstage after a Stars On Ice show at Staples Center
Drew Carey eating at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank (he loves eating there)
Marg Helgenberger (CSI) ordering coffee at a coffee shop in Santa Monica
Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) dining at the booth next to us at Mel's Diner in Hollywood
Tom Arnold walking around at an *NSYNC show in Las Vegas and signing autographs and talking to fans who recognized him
Comedian Brian Posehn (Kevin the mailman from Just Shoot Me) standing in line for a movie in Sherman Oaks
Verne Troyer (Mini Me) at the side of the stage at an *NSYNC concert and getting a big wave from Justin Timberlake
David Faustino (Married With Children) walking past us and picking up his tickets at will-call for an *NSYNC concert
Rikki Rockett of the rock band Poison strolling around an Earth festival at Balboa Park in Encino
John Malkovich, in a white convertible Corvette, driving along the PCH in Malibu
Queen Latifah pushing a shopping cart at our local Ralphs grocery store on a Sunday evening
Holly Robinson Peete, musical artist Sade, Vince Neil from Motley Crue, and Gwen Stefani from No Doubt all stopping by a hotel in Beverly Hills at lunchtime
L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant having lunch while we were dining at the Broadway Cafe in Santa Monica
Tom Green walking past us while walking his dogs through Fryman Canyon Park (and not talking to us when the doggies stopped to let us pet them)
Todd Newton from E! waiting to cross the street on Wilshire Boulevard
Owen Wilson walking through the Four Seasons hotel lounge, looking lost on Emmy night

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