The Most Unbelievable Old-School ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest Stars
For a roving gang of mystery-solving, pot-addled hippies living out of a windowless van with some kind of mutant dog, the Mystery Incorporated team sure seems to run into a lot of super-famous people. Recent Scooby-Doo series have found the gang encountering familiar faces like Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi, and maybe most memorably, those aging demon/kitty cat imposters known as KISS.
This is by no means a new trend, even back in the show’s early days, when bell-bottoms, pet rocks and Nixon-induced migraines were plentiful, Scooby-Doo featured a number of random appearances from surprising celebrities. Such as…
Sonny & Cher
Who better to solve a mystery involving some kind of shark monster than 1960s pop duo Sonny & Cher? The Scooby gang randomly finds the famous couple stranded on the side of the road at the beginning of “The Secret of Shark Island.” Clearly, the experience was a positive one for Cher, considering that she rejoined the Scooby-verse to once again battle mutant shark-men in 2021.
The great Knotts joined the Scooby gang for two adventures, playing a detective who looks exactly like Don Knotts in “Guess Who’s Knott Coming to Dinner?” and a barely legally-dissimilar version of his Andy Griffith Show character in “The Spooky Fog of Juneberry.” A risky move, given Andy Griffith’s familiarity with the legal system.
Cass Elliott, the legendary vocalist from The Mamas & The Papas, showed up in “The Haunted Candy Factory,” playing a fictional version of herself who, for some reason, has bought a confectionery production plant overrun by villainous Green Globs and is, even more confusingly, seemingly the lone employee.
The Three Stooges
Laurel and Hardy
The Stooges weren’t the only iconic comedy team to confuse a generation of young cartoon viewers; Laurel and Hardy joined the Scooby gang in the “Ghost of Bigfoot.”
Speaking of g–g–g–ghosts, this show came out seven years after the death of Stan Laurel and fifteen years after Oliver Hardy passed away. Spooky.
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