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One of Us!…One of Us!

“One of us…one of us…” Is a chant that has been co-opted by geeks to convince other people that they too are geeks. It originated in the 1932 horror movie Freaks, where the carnival freaks try to convince beautiful trapeze artist that she too is a freak.

Some celebrities do not need to be convinced that they are geeks. In fact drop dead gorgeous actress Felicia Day has had a payday off her loves for video and table top games, she even penned a comic book based on her ground breaking show Guild.

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Geeky and sexy.

So here are some celebrities that geek out over something, who knows maybe they are the same things you geek about.

Christopher Lee – the Hammer Horror actor in addition to being a commando during World war Two, was a huge fan of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and read it once a year before he died.

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A true Tolkien fan.

Dame Judi Dench DM’s Dungeons and Dragons games for her grandchildren. The rumor that she was introduced to the game by huge D&D nerd Vin Diesel, when they both worked on The Chronicles of  Riddick is untrue, she was into the game before the movie.

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Roll a D20 for Nana.

Diesel who hit mega nerd status with three words “I am Grot”, is so into RPG’s that one of the tattoos he had in xXx was his favorite PC’s name.

Nicholas cage – Was into comic books before the rest of us. His real name is Nick Coppola but took his stage name so people would not think he was ridding the shirttails of his uncle Franky Ford, took his name from Hero For Hire charter Luke Cage. Not only did Nicholas Cage nearly make a Superman movie with Tim Burrton, he once had very own Superman #1 comic.

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A cage and Burton Superman movie sounds good in theory…But…

Charles Stross – OK, so I am not surprised one of my favorite authors, who mixed HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos with James Bond in the Laundry series is a geek. But I was amazed he was the brain behind three of my favorite D&D monsters, the alien and menacing githyanki and githzerai, and the salaad.

chuck stross

Do yourself a favor check out his books.


The father of The Fiend Folio

Steven Swanson – An astronaut is such a big Firefly fan (AKA A Brown Coat) that he added a copy of the box set and Serenity to the International Space Station library.

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Danica McKeller – Winnie the neighbor next door, in The Wonder Years. Grew up not only to look gorgeous but went to UCLA where she developed a mathematical theorem.

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The Wonder Years are yet to come.

Art Garfunkel – To quote my aunt “the best thing about Paul Simon, is Art Garfunkel.” But did you know the famous singer got a PhD in mathematics in 1967. Not to be outdone Queen guitarist Brian May, got a PhD in astrophysics and you may have heard his name thrown around during an couple space probes.

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50xPI/square root of 37 ways to leave your lover.

Adi Noyman – a famous model is one of the original founders of the official Israeli Star Trek fan club


Rosario Dawson – the Sin City actress is also a big Trekie, she has even been interview in Klingon. She also wrote a comic book with her uncle an artist called Occult Crime Taskforce. Strange how the main character looks just like her. Guess who will play the lead detective if OCTF ever becomes a movie?



Robin Williams – The late actor was a big video gamer. He even named his daughter after the video game Zelda.

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Williams with his daughter Zelda.


Hayley Williams – The lead singer of Paramore, is a huge Walking Dead fan, and loves zombie in general. She often wears zombie themed clothing and there is even a picture of her as a zombie on the official Paramore website.

Zombie Halley

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Masi Oka – Who plays Hiro in Heroes was a computer programmer before he started acting.


7 comments on “One of Us!…One of Us!

  1. mitchteemley
    September 9, 2015

    I’m the only person I know who’s actually seen Freaks (on a movie screen, no less!), a supremely odd film with a patently ridiculous ending. So…Freaks and geeks… ;>)

    • davekheath
      September 9, 2015

      Cool it is a classic but not one seen by many.

  2. bookshelfbattle
    September 9, 2015

    So that’s where “One of us?” comes from. Do they say “one of us, gooble gobble in that movie too?” I’ve heard it “One of us, one of us, gooble gobble, one of us!”

  3. maggie0019
    September 10, 2015

    Ah, “Freaks”, I remember that movie well!

  4. starwarsanon
    September 11, 2015

    Great post and thoroughly enjoyed it! I definitely didn’t know that about Judi Dench.

    • davekheath
      September 12, 2015

      I bet she is an awesome GM, and I love love to play Top Secret or Spy Craft with M!

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