Film director Alfred Hitchcock is known for making cameo appearances in his films. He’s seen leaving the pet store with two pups as Tippy Hedren enters in The Birds (1963). Or what about the man missing his bus during the title sequence of North by Northwest (1959)? But did you know that film composers sometimes make cameo appearances as well? Below is a list of a few of my favorites. Next time you watch one of these films, be on the lookout for the composer!
No Reservations (2007) – Philip Glass appears in the café run by the three lead characters at the end of the film.
The Truman Show (1998) – Philip Glass appears playing the piano during the “Truman Sleeps” segment.
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – extended edition (2003) – Howard Shore appears sharing a drink with the group following the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
Son of the Pink Panther (1993) – Henry Mancini hands the baton to the panther in the opening scene.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – James Horner runs down a corridor as preparations are made for battle.
What other composer cameos have you seen in your favorite films?