Now that the quarterbacks are established, we can focus on the real celebrities of the Big Game – those starring in the famous commercials. Typically one would use a commercial break to refill a drink or use the bathroom, but not during the Super Bowl. People look forward to the commercials; more importantly, they look forward to the celebrities who will appear in them.
The SpotBowl team has analyzed celebrity cameos in Super Bowl ads dating back to the first game in 1967, and we’ve decided these five are the best of the best. Granted, not every celebrity appearance in Super Bowl commercials is a fantastic success. Many flop. Check in later this week for the worst celebrity cameos in Super Bowl commercial history.
JOE NAMATH AND FARRAH FAWCETT for NOXZEMA (1973)
Noxzema’s ad is considered one of the Super Bowl’s first famous ads. Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath and “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett share a steamy, lathered moment in the simple but effective spot.
MICHAEL J. FOX for PEPSI (1985)
Fox performs leaps and bounds to fetch his beautiful new neighbor a Diet Pepsi. This ad made NBC’s top ten Super Bowl ads of all time. What happened to that kind of over-the-top chivalry, gentlemen?
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL for REEBOK (1993)
After signing with the NBA, superstar Shaq joined with Reebok to promote the brand. For the 1993 Super Bowl commercial, Reebok enlisted the help of some of Shaq’s predecessors to wow the Super Bowl audience. Shaq lands an impressive slam dunk while sporting a pair of Reebok sneakers in order to impress the basketball legends.
BRITNEY SPEARS, BEYONCE, PINK, AND ENRIQUE IGLESIAS for PEPSI (2005)
The trio of female pop stars belt out “We Will Rock You” in a gladiator-themed ad while Latin sensation Iglesias watches from the stands and drinks a Pepsi. The three ladies were arguably some of the most popular celebrities of the year. Add up four popular artists, little clothing and great singing and you have the perfect recipe for a Super Bowl commercial.
BETTY WHITE for SNICKERS (MARS) (2010)
A backyard pickup football game at its finest, with Betty White portraying a sore loser in the Snickers ad. Betty’s character turns back into a man after his girlfriend feeds him a Snickers, a play on the brand’s tag line: “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”