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Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young, something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives and they would each achieve notoriety in... See full summary »
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1984  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ned Beatty ...  Otto Leo 3 episodes, 1984
Claude Akins ...  Uncle Bun Luther 3 episodes, 1984
Dinah Manoff ...  Missy Craymore 3 episodes, 1984
Debbie Allen ...  Regina Brown 3 episodes, 1984
Jennifer Warren ...  Martha Dalton 3 episodes, 1984
Hal Holbrook ...  Calvin Sledge 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Beck ...  T.J. Luther 3 episodes, 1984
Joseph Bottoms ...  Mack Crawford 3 episodes, 1984
Ben Masters ...  Kleber Cantrell 3 episodes, 1984
James Whitmore ...  Clifford Casey 3 episodes, 1984
Tess Harper ...  Susan French 3 episodes, 1984
Karen Austin ...  Ceil Shannon 3 episodes, 1984
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Mabel Hofmeyer 2 episodes, 1984
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ...  Laurie Killman 2 episodes, 1984
Jerry Hardin ...  Jonah Job 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Nelson ...  Jeffie Crawford 2 episodes, 1984
Anne Haney ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1984
Stephen Pearlman ...  Arnold Beckman 2 episodes, 1984
Kelli Maroney ...  Joanne 2 episodes, 1984
River Phoenix ...  Jeffie - Age 11 2 episodes, 1984
Benjamin Leighton Armstrong Benjamin Leighton Armstrong ...  The Minister 2 episodes, 1984
Mary Armstrong Mary Armstrong ...  Woman at Houston Playhouse 2 episodes, 1984
Nora Boland Nora Boland ...  Ruth Paine 2 episodes, 1984
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ...  Art 2 episodes, 1984
Kathleen Coyne ...  Bank Teller 2 episodes, 1984
Ted Demers Ted Demers ...  Bud 2 episodes, 1984
James Edgcomb James Edgcomb ...  Sergeant Finn 2 episodes, 1984
Howard Goodwin Howard Goodwin ...  Louie 2 episodes, 1984
Gordon Haight Gordon Haight ...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1984
Annie Heller-Gutwillig Annie Heller-Gutwillig ...  Jennie 2 episodes, 1984
Jay Louden Jay Louden ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1984
Jack Lucarelli ...  Jailer 2 episodes, 1984
John Morrissey ...  A.D. 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Ponzlov ...  Theatre Manager 2 episodes, 1984
John Walsh ...  Newscaster #1 2 episodes, 1984
Lesa Weis Lesa Weis ...  Kate Carpenter 2 episodes, 1984
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Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young, something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives and they would each achieve notoriety in their own way. Kleber would become a journalist. Mack would get by on his looks and would become a movie star. And T.J., who has a dark side, would run all sorts of scams and would somehow become an evangelist. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Power. Passion. Glory. Murder. All in the first degree. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celebrity: Der Ruhm See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA See more »

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NBC Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A TV movie for the NBC network. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) See more »

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A Story as Big as Texas
8 March 2014 | by anthonyehlerSee all my reviews

Growing up in the age Judith Krantz, Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins, I was in love with the blockbuster novel and the inevitable TV miniseries. Thomas Thompson's Celebrity was one of the most enthralling, as both novel and TV spectacular. It was a story that stayed with me forever.

Of course, one could say it is pure schlock, but this is A-Grade schlock, a big sprawling tale of three Texan boys caught in the trap of fame, told with unapologetic bravado.

TJ Luther (Beck) becomes a charismatic preacher at the bizarre City of Miracles. Mackenzie Crawford (Bottoms) becomes a beefcake movie star after a football injury. Kleber Cantrell (Masters) becomes, like Thomas Thompson himself, an award-winning journalist. The bonds of friendship are tested by fame, betrayal and violence.

Most pulpy and fabulous miniseries of the 80s focused on female protagonists – Sidney Sheldon was famous for his strong heroines, Jackie Collins has her set of Hollywood wives, actresses and mistresses, and Judith Krantz had her impossibly romantic female leads – so it was refreshing to see the multi-character blockbuster format populated with three male characters.

Writers would do well to delve into the elements that made it so successful: a central secret, a fascinating historical backdrop, a sensational murder trial and, of course, lashings of sex and scandal. For me, Thomas Thompson was a blue-collar Truman Capote, who told his stories with vigour and without pretension. It's still a damn good story.


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