Steven Spielberg’s cameo in “The Blues Brothers”
From the list of Greatest Cameos/non-billed roles:
#13: The film is building and building to a climax. Jake and Elwood have to get to the Cook Counter Assessor to pay the tax bill on their “mission from God.” Who is there waiting for them but the biggest director of all time: Steven Spielberg. Plus he’s eating and sandwich and has this rather funny expression on his face that says “oh…didn’t see you there.” I guess Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind weren’t big enough for him and he wanted to be in one of the best comedies of all time, and I’m sure Spielberg’s casting of Belushi in 1941 led to this somehow. A few years later, Spielberg would return the favor with an often overlooked cameo of Dan Aykroyd in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Funny how things are interconnected like that in Hollywood.
Given, Spielberg was a few years away from Raiders of the Lost Ark and ET, but his star was certainly shining bright in 1980, people knew who he was and it’s just completely out of nowhere he would show up in his only acting role of the man’s career (though he did appear in the background of some movies here and there, including Vanilla Sky, The Lost World, Gremlins and Temple of Doom).