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Six TV Stars Who Deserve a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2010 3:30PM
LettermanEvery year the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Hollywood Historic Trust award sidewalk stars to celebrities who have made an impact in the entertainment world. More than 2,500 stars line the streets of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine.

Last week, it was announced that several TV stars would be getting stars in 2011, including Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny DeVito, Ed O'Neill, John Wells, the Muppets, and 'Cops' producer John Langley.

How do you get a star? You have to be in the biz for at least five years (or dead five years, if the award is given after a celebrity is deceased), and there are 20 stars awarded every year.

Any celebrity can be nominated, but the celebrity or his management has to OK the nomination, and it's not free. A star costs $25,000, to pay for the star itself, the ceremony, and clean-up in case anyone urinates on the star or drops a mustard-covered hot dog on it.

Here are six TV personalities who deserve a star, no matter what it takes to get one. You'll probably be surprised that some of these people don't have stars already.

1. David Letterman. The guy has been a staple on late night television for 30 years (and on other shows before that), so he certainly deserves a star. He's one of those guys who would make a wisecrack about the award or talk about how he's just a guy who hosts a TV show, but I bet deep down he'd love getting it, especially if he can have one near his idol, Johnny Carson. I'm surprised he doesn't have one already.

Seinfeld2. Jerry Seinfeld. Who would have thought that Julia Louis-Dreyfus would get a star before the guy whose name was in the title of the classic sitcom (even if they did spell her name wrong)? Of course, Louis-Dreyfus probably got it for her TV work in general, from 'SNL' to 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' and as with a lot of these Walk of Fame star ceremonies, it was pushed by timing and other intangibles.

But for 'Seinfeld' alone, the show that many people consider the best TV show of all-time, Jerry deserves a star.

Andy Rooney3. Andy Rooney. If there's one person who probably has zero interest in a star -- not even in a "faking it" sort of way -- it's the '60 Minutes' veteran. He probably can't be bothered to leave his Connecticut home to visit Hollywood for the ceremony.

But he deserves it. He's been working in television since the 1940s, long before he joined the Sunday night news magazine, working for CBS News and various prime time and daytime entertainment shows, including 'Arthur Godfrey' (he also had a stint at ABC). Rooney is probably the most normal "really famous" person in the world, so he'd probably just sigh if anyone wanted to get him a Walk of Fame star, but he certainly should have one.

Phil Hartman4. Phil Hartman. He has been gone over five years, so it's time he got this honor. He's another person who I thought had an award already.

What an impact he had on pop culture -- from late night to prime time sitcoms to animation, on-screen and voice work -- in such a short time. Just think of what he'd be doing now if he had lived longer. Wouldn't it be great to see him get a star? He deserves it for his body of work, but also as a nice tribute too.

Robert Culp5. Robert Culp. It's too bad the veteran actor passed away before he could join his 'I Spy' co-star Bill Cosby with a sidewalk star.

Culp should get one for his work on that show (as a star, writer and director), his work on 'The Greatest American Hero,' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond' too, not to mention a million guest star roles on TV shows. He deserves a posthumous award.

Holland Taylor6. Holland Taylor. Hey, why not give it to the woman who has been on, well, every single TV show over the past 30 years? She's one of the great character actresses in the history of television -- from 'Bosom Buddies' to the current top sitcom 'Two and a Half Men' -- the go-to pro that is always great in everything she does.

And if you don't think that the above stars deserve a star, keep in mind that the following people already have one:

David Spade
Judge Judy
The Olsen Twins

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James P. Townsend

Barbara Hershey is long overdue for a star. Her career spans almost 50 years in both movies and television.

June 19 2012 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I get the feeling that there's lots and lots of politics behind the nominations and selections of the stars before their "stars" are embedded into the hallowed walks of Hollywood. No reason why any of the listed stars in the article aren't there already. May be they lacked self-promotion. Peter Faulk and David Letterman are noteworthy surprises to me.

August 20 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Professor Zed

Agree with Letterman, Hartman and Culp. And sure, the others mentioned above deserve a Star as well. There are many stars who have no star on the walk of fame. My top choice - and I was surprised when I learned he doesn't have one - Peter Falk. He starred in many films and of course is most well known for playing "Columbo" on TV from 1968 through 2003. Sadly, he's been in ill health for some time now. He certainly deserves a star on the walk of fame.

June 22 2010 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danny Smith

I believe one of the stipulations is that the star can't pay for it. I remember hearing that one of them was paid for with aluminum cans.

June 22 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

David Spade he doesn't deserve shit from anybody he's not as talented as he thinks he is. and While I agree about Letterman he's not the only host who deserves one what about Conan he was not only the host of Late Night for 16 hilarious years but was a writer on SNL and the Simpsons and he will continue to make us laugh when he gets back on TV in the fall he deserves it too

June 22 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Jerry Seinfeld? N-O-O-O-O! Instead of a star on the Walk of Fame, he should get something more appropriate to his television show. Something like a star on the lid of a toilet.

June 22 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to John F.C. Taylor's comment

I agree. How this show is considered one of the funniest ever, I never know. It was STUPID!!!!

March 01 2011 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Walk of Fame Star... laughing.... These ARE NOT given out, but PAID for. And in some cases, the person getting the star IS the one that paid to get it.

...still laughing.....

June 22 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Walk of Fame Star... laughing.... These ARE NOT given out, but PAID for. And in some cases, the person getting the star IS the one that paid to get it.

...still laughing.....

June 22 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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