Steve Guttenberg – star of stage and screen – is now the 2,455th person to receive a star on the walk of fame. With a career that’s spans over thirty years, the reason for his current status as star-worthy is unknown, though he is currently on Broadway in the show “Relatively Speaking”. The IMDb lists him as being in four films in 2011, though only one (A Novel Romance) appears to have been released.
Guttenberg’s big break came from his star-making appearance in Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner, an autobiographical portrait of young men in the late 50′s either about to go to college or get married. Though it would be familiar to anyone who’d seen American Grafitti, it’s a great film, and one of Guttenberg’s best. Two years later he headed up Police Academy, and turned another familiar slobs vs. snobs comedy into a seven film franchise (The Gutte – as he is known by no one – left the series after the fourth entry).
Branching out a bit, he worked with Ron Howard in the huge hit Cocoon, and from there he teamed with Ted Danson and Tom Selleck for Three Men and a Baby, and had one of the biggest films of 1987. Much like Elliot Gould in the 1970′s, Guttenberg was the odd star who had numerous hits and yet was never considered a break-out star. As the 1980′s ended, so did his reign at the top of the box office with a number of star vehicles that made little impression. Such led to a career in roles as the father in kids films.
But Guttenberg seems to have a sense of humor about himself, and has appeared as himself on shows like Party Down mocking himself. Perhaps his career deserves to be resurrected. Then again, the Hollywood walk of fame is littered with names of people that have since fallen into obscurity.
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