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The Doors Film Cameos

The Doors

Spring 1990
Various Locations
Los Angeles, California

Oliver Stone
35mm Color Film
Audio: Yes
Length: 2:14:57
Recordings: VID

Filmed in 1990 and released in March 1991, Oliver Stone's movie The Doors takes some liberties with the truth, but in the midst of it, several people connected to the real-life Doors make brief cameos in bit parts and as extras. A few you may have heard about and others you may be surprised to discover.

The first person we hear speak in The Doors (following Jim's "The movie will begin..." introduction) is none other than Doors drummer John Densmore who portrays the studio engineer recording Jim Morrison's birthday poetry session at Village Recorders. In real life, the engineer/producer of that session was John Haeny, but in the film, Densmore is simply credited as "Engineer" — although Kilmer calls him "Jack" at one point. We get a clear shot of Densmore in the studio much later in the film.

The next familiar face we see in the movie can be spotted in the crowd at the London Fog screaming his head off. It's longtime Doors producer Paul Rothchild, who first saw The Doors at the Whisky à Go Go but never at the London Fog. Rothchild did all the music for The Doors film. He pops up again a little while later telling the band they could get rich if they listen to his boss, a smarmy record producer.

Between sets at the London Fog, while The Doors are confronted by the aforementioned smarmy record producer, two Robby Kriegers appear on screen. One is played by actor Frank Whaley and the other is the genuine article. Robby walks by quickly. Blink and you might miss him.

The next '60s icon to make an appearance is Eric Burdon of The Animals who tells Ray (Kyle MacLachlan) that they can smell the joint he's smoking all the way upstairs.

Both Paul Rothchild and Eric Burdon appear again in a crowd of people watching Jim as he jumps on top of a car, proclaiming himself The Lizard King. Oliver Stone also makes a brief cameo as Jim's film school instructor at UCLA. While the movie depicts Jim Morrison quitting, he in fact graduated.

We next see promoter Bill Graham playing the venue owner of the New Haven Arena, telling the audience to clear the aisles before the start of the show. Graham was a producer on the film and owned several venues The Doors once played, including the Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore East, and Winterland.

During the press conference scene in the film, we can see former Doors assistant press agent Chris Boyle playing one of the New York journalists interviewing the band. He asks, "Where do you see The Doors five years from now?" Interestingly, Boyle first met The Doors when he interviewed them before their concert in Tulsa, OK on October 8, 1967. Boyle is also the same person who sold a pair of Jim Morrison's brown leather pants to the Hard Rock Cafe in 1995. Val Kilmer later recounted meeting someone during filming (likely Boyle) who offered to let him try on a pair of Jim Morrison's original leather pants. Kilmer declined, recalling that they didn't look very clean and smelled like mothballs.

The final cameo in the film is by music journalist and author Patricia Kennealy who reportedly wed Jim Morrison in a Pagan Celtic handfasting ceremony at her apartment in New York on June 24, 1970. The real Kennealy plays the sword-wielding priestess who performs the ceremony in the movie. Although today she uses the name Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, when asked by author Victoria Balfour in her 1986 book Rock Wives how seriously she thought Jim Morrison took their handfasting ceremony (there was no marriage license), Kennealy admitted, "probably not too seriously."

If I've missed any cameos, or you think you've seen one that no one's identified, please let me know.

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