Roger, Roger: Kareem reprises his Airplane! role for Wisconsin ad

Mar 4, 2014, 11:18 PM | Updated: 11:19 pm

Before Shaquille O’Neal crossed over from the hardwood to the silver screen, where he gave us characters like Neon Bodeaux and (gasp!) Kazaam, legendary Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made the same trek.

Kareem had a supporting role in 1980’s Airplane!, a hilarious spoof of the Airport flight disaster movies of the 1970s.

Abdul-Jabbar played Roger Murdock, a co-pilot who gets the inquisition from a young passenger who recognizes the basketball great. After denying that he’s the hoops star, Murdock explodes when the lad says, “my Dad says you don’t really try, except in the playoffs.” Classic stuff.

Well, Abdul-Jabbar and actor Robert Hayes (who starred as troubled pilot Ted Stryker) have reprised their roles for, what else, a :30 ad for TravelWisconsin.com. The results are so amazing, we just booked a four-day stay in May in Fond du Lac.

Penguin Air

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Haboob

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) plays in the first half during Game 5 of a first...
Jordan Leandre

Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley had a media day highlight reel

It didn't take long for Patrick Beverley to start making highlights in his Lakers career. His media day was full of them.
15 hours ago
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray walks off off the field during the seventh inning of t...
Haboob Blog

Ex-D-backs Robbie Ray, Luke Weaver ejected after marathon anthem standoff

Robbie Ray's Mariners were facing Luke Weaver's Royals, and the two former D-backs put on a show with a national anthem standoff. 
15 hours ago
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries #74 of the Arizona Cardinals is introduced during the NFL game at S...
Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals’ Lecitus Smith pulls back curtain on offensive line room

Thanks to the help of Cardinals rookie Lecitus Smith, we were able to pull back another layer of the offensive line in a rapid-fire setting.
3 days ago
Taylor Swift accepts an award onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 ...
Haboob Blog

Taylor Swift fans think she’s performing in the Super Bowl LVII halftime show

Bear with us a minute so we can explain, but Taylor Swift's fans believe the singer will be the Super Bowl LVII halftime performer.
4 days ago
Arizona Cardinals broadcasters Dave Pasch and Ron Wolfley on the field before the NFL game at State...
Jordan Leandre

Arizona Cardinals radio voice Dave Pasch wins bet with Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard

Arizona Cardinals radio play-by-play broadcaster Dave Pasch won his bet against Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard.
8 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury plays defense during drills during their NFL football ...
Haboob Blog

Kliff Kingsbury ready for a drink — or 5 — after Cardinals shock Raiders in OT

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was most of us after the team's stunning come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
8 days ago
Roger, Roger: Kareem reprises his Airplane! role for Wisconsin ad