Top 5 US Presidents with Cameos in Home Alone 2

By Justin Rizzi

Current President Donald Trump is oft associated with his cameo in the hit 1992 film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.  While Trump’s cameo is still one for the record books, his appearance was not nearly the best by someone who has sat in the Oval Office.

5. Donald Trump

While the 45th President’s cameo in the holiday staple Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is cute and all, it’s expected and hokey. When Kevin first arrives in New York, who else is he going to ask for directions other than business mogul, reality TV host and future President Donald Trump? Not bad by any means, we just think the other Presidents had more to contribute this time, Donny.

4. William Howard Taft

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Now who could forget President Taft’s sizeable cameo in the adored classic Home Alone 2: Lost in New York? Taft had massive shoes to fill, as we all know Taft took over for his good friend and fellow former POTUS Teddy Roosevelt, who played Kevin’s father Peter in the first film. Taft’s hefty performance left an enormous impact on viewers and gave the film a colossal amount of memorable lines.

3. Zachary Taylor

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Here’s one you might have missed. Did you know 12th President Zachary Taylor appears in Chris Columbus’s smash hit Home Alone 2: Lost in New York? Blink and you’ll miss it, but President Taylor actually appears in the film as the hotel employee who brings young Kevin his meal. Just prior to Taylor dying of a stomach ache after eating warm cherries and drinking iced milk, he was able to complete his lone scene in the film. Way to go, Mr. Prez!

2. Millard Fillmore

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And here we thought Joe Pesci was irreplaceable, but that’s not the case as President Millard Fillmore brilliantly steps into his role for one of the most beloved sequels of all time, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. While Milly Filly was mediocre at best at his day job, President of the United States of America, he leapt off the screens and into the hearts of audiences everywhere as Harry Lime, one of the bandits who goes toe to toe with the youngest McCallister boy. Credit where credit is due!

1. James K. Polk

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Wow. What can we say about President James K. Polk’s cameo in the second highest grossing film of 1992, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, that hasn’t already been said? Just 143 years after leaving the Oval Office, Polk absolutely perfected his role as the concierge in New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel. While Polk would go on to make other cameos, like his role in 1994’s The Little Rascals, we look back at this one most fondly. Along with the expansion of the American southwest due to the Mexican-American War, this cameo is just one event synonymous with James K. Polk.

 

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