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Timbo W25 Sep 2016 7:22 a.m. PST

Looking at TMP today I saw the article about Spike Milligan's toy soldier collection. Which celebrities do you know of that wargamed or collected toy soldiers, or did RPGs? (Must be famous in other fields, not wargaming!)

There were previous threads here TMP link and here TMP link which I've just scavenged…

Spike Milligan comedian, author toy soldiers
Winston Churchill Prime Minister toy soldiers
H.G. Wells author early wargames
Robert Louis Stevenson author early wargamer
Jerome K Jerome author early wargamer
Peter Cushing actor wargamer
Christopher Lee actor toy soldier collector
Edward Woodward actor wargamer (or was that just one of his screen characters?)
Derek Guyler actor wargamer
Douglas Hague Conservative politician was a wargamer, or so I've heard
Bryan May guitarist wargamer
Boris Johnson Conservative politician wargamer

Robin Williams actor, comedian Warhammer, apparently did all the voices ;-)
Will Wheaton actor gamer
Jack Black actor, comedian Warhammer
Billy Crystal actor, comedian Warhammer (with Robin Williams)
Richard Pryor -comedian, actor wargamer with Peter Shulman
Jason Mewes actor Warhammer
Vin Diesel actor D&D
Charlton Heston actor wargamer
Curt Schilling baseball player wargamer
Mario Cumo politican gamer
Steve Carrell actor wargamer

Mike Myers actor, comedian WWII models

New Zealand
Peter Jackson director- collector, gamer?

Dermott Brereton Aussie rules footballer napoleonics collector

Dalai Lama Buddhist leader toy soldiers when young

Sundance25 Sep 2016 7:31 a.m. PST

Cory Wells of Three Dog Night played board wargames, mostly air games, though he did play ASL and many others on occasion.

olicana25 Sep 2016 7:42 a.m. PST

I thought Myers was one of Her Majesty's subjects (Canadian?).

Edward Woodward was seriously into war games. He was mate of Peter Gilder. He introduced a TV show called battleground in 1978 featuring six war games including Edgehill and Gettysburg, and you can tell he didn't do it just for the money.

I heard Williams got Bill Murray and Kirsten Dunst into WH. I've also heard somewhere that Will Smith has been seen shopping in WH stores (but who knows who for).

Oh Bugger25 Sep 2016 7:44 a.m. PST

Good stuff Timbo. I never knew about Spike who I met twice but I'm delighted to find out, likewise pleased to hear about Richard Prior who came up the hard way and was very funny.

Timbo W25 Sep 2016 7:46 a.m. PST

Cheers oli, just edited to add a Canadian section,

Very glad to see Woodward wasn't just my fuzzy remembering of Callan.

dBerczerk25 Sep 2016 7:58 a.m. PST

I have heard that Jonathan Winters, comedian, U.S.A., collected painted 54mm toy soldiers.

wrgmr125 Sep 2016 8:34 a.m. PST

Interesting list! Some I had no idea.
Imagine a game with Robin Williams, Jack Black and Billy Crystal, you'd never stop laughing!i

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2016 8:56 a.m. PST

Malcome Forbes owned a toy soldier museum.

I want to say I read somewhere that Tom Selleck was a collector, but it has been too many years for me to say for certain.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2016 9:48 a.m. PST

Stephen Colbert and Amderson Cooper both played Dungeons and Dragons in their youth. They talked about it when Cooper appeared on Colbert's show a week or two ago.

Timbo W25 Sep 2016 10:52 a.m. PST

Cool, keep em coming!

jeffreyw325 Sep 2016 11:04 a.m. PST

Robin Williams was also a big video game player. He came up to our Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter booth and E3 and demanded to play. The guys thought he was kidding, but he turned out to be pretty good.

I've recorded Wil Wheaton for various versions of Ghost Recon, as well.

I worked for Curt Schilling at 38 Studios, and we talked Avalon Hill and SL a bit--he was quite involved with AH when he was younger.

So yeah, I can definitely vouch for these three being gamers.

Red358425 Sep 2016 12:11 p.m. PST

Boris Johnson??? As if our image wasn't bad enough…..

Fat Wally25 Sep 2016 12:37 p.m. PST

Boris….Heck. The little street cred I had has now totally dissipated, whilst my missus laughs her ass off.

Oh Bugger25 Sep 2016 1:00 p.m. PST

Yes and you just know he always borrowed someone else's figures to play while maintaining he was working on an army that never materialised.

Timbo W25 Sep 2016 1:14 p.m. PST

As far as I know Boris and Hague are 'rumoured' can anyone confirm/deny?

evilgong25 Sep 2016 2:28 p.m. PST

Conrad Black, Canadian newspaper tycoon.


Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2016 3:07 p.m. PST

Believe Michael Moorcock is an old school toy soldier collector.

sillypoint25 Sep 2016 3:41 p.m. PST

Matt Damon and Ban Affleck played RPGs – D & D, Ben played the Elf. Matt once said if he woke up with a body next to him, he would call Ben to help dispose it- true friendship. 😜
I suspect Spielberg and Lucas had a few evenings rolling d20s.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2016 4:24 p.m. PST

Where would Douglas Fairbanks fit ? US or UK
collector figures

Walter Cronkheit, board wargames

Buzzkill25 Sep 2016 4:55 p.m. PST

Former Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith (American football) is a civil war buff and gamer.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Sep 2016 6:14 p.m. PST

I can confirm that Jonathan Winters collecte Britains toy soldiers. They were selling off parts of his collection at this weekends OTSN toy soldier show in the Chicago area. I own a set of his French Foreign Legion figures .

Rotundo25 Sep 2016 6:33 p.m. PST

Tom Berenger. Gamer. Historicals.

Militia Pete27 Sep 2016 4:45 a.m. PST

I believe George H Bush collected soldiers as well as Princess Margaret from the U.K. It was in a Britains Collectors Journal that also mentioned Mr. Forbes.

custosarmorum Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2016 7:08 p.m. PST

American game show host Bob Barker (The Price is Right) collects military miniatures. When I was in high school in the mid-70s, my mother -- who was always a big booster of my hobby -- cut an article for the local paper about him as a collector and put it on my bulletin board. The article, as I recall, centered on his 54mm Napoleonic collection.

willlucv29 Sep 2016 7:45 a.m. PST

Paddy Considine, UK actor (Hot Fuzz etc) plays Lord of the Rings with his kids

piper90929 Sep 2016 11:02 a.m. PST

Andy Partridge of the band XTC is an avid historical miniatures painter, collector, and gamer. I remember seeing an article about this long ago showing him with his Marlburian armies. When the group did a radio station live taping in Austin back in 1987 I went and gave him the business card of a local game store, just in case he wanted to nip in and shop before pushing on.

piper90929 Sep 2016 11:05 a.m. PST

Jim Dunnam is an active historical miniatures gamer who served in the Texas state legislature as a representative from the Waco district from 1997 until 2011, and has also organized events in the Austin and San Antonio areas.

Henry Martini29 Sep 2016 6:28 p.m. PST

Andy Partridge also sculpted Irregular's 42mm toy soldier-style Marlburian range, and I believe they made their 10mm Marlburians at his insistence.

Edward Woodward often gets mentioned when this subject comes up. Back in the seventies there was a local publication called TV Guide. I still remember my surprise when reading in an issue of that magazine a profile of Woodward, which included a complete list of his hobbies, that wargaming wasn't cited. I seem to recall that sailing got a mention. But then why should we be surprised? What are the chances that an actor who plays a character with an obscure niche hobby would share that obscure niche hobby (unless some casting agents prioritise actors' pastimes when casting)?

Veteran Aussie stand-up comedian Richard Stubbs still plays at one the Melbourne clubs.

ALP politician Kim Beazley was/is an ACW buff, and according to rumour might also be a wargamer.

COL Scott ret29 Sep 2016 9:05 p.m. PST

You mean MORE famous the citizens of TMP. Compared to the elite TMPers group many of the ones listed are pikers.

chasseur23 Dec 2016 11:18 p.m. PST

Child-actor, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, from the 80s movies The Chocolate War and Weird Science among others, plays historical miniatures and is still quite active in the hobby.

uglyfatbloke24 Apr 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

Scottish singer /actor Fish (ex Marillion) had a load of 25mm Napoleonics.

dualer27 Apr 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

I seem to recall Iron Maiden front man, Bruce Dickinson, is an historical gamer.

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