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From time to time, we can read that actors, sport stars and other celebrities, that play games regularly. This is a list of some of them.

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1. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2190]
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Vin Diesel

When he's not to busy conquering the universe as a nihilistic ex-con or racing exotic cars in illegal street races, he likes to roll his dice.

Yup, 30+ years of D&D under his belt.

When a paper covering the premier of "Clone Wars" asked whether he would be a Jedi or a Sith, Vin Diesel responded "I'd be Chaotic Neutral." Yeah, he took a geeky question and upped the ante by about a magnitude of 1.000.000.
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2. Board Game: Spellfire [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:15164]
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Billy Ray Cyrus

Before he was most famous for being the dad of "Hannah Montana" star and delicious jailbait Miley Cyrus, he toured the country a lot.

And in the back of the band-bus he kept his Spellfire cards. As he said in an interview in the mid 90's "A nice way to kill off hours of boredom going from A to B".
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3. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3144] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Jessica Alba

A self proclaimed "gamer nerd" she prefers computer games, but doesn't shy away from a game of apples to apples, or other party games if given a chance. At least if we should believe her own blog post back in 2007.
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4. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:863]
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Wil Wheaton

Most known for his recurring role as Ensign Wesley Crusher in Star Trek.
He is an avid Poker-player and plays at a semi-professional level
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5. Board Game: Jumanji [Average Rating:4.43 Overall Rank:15273]
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Robin Williams

Stand-up comedian, actor, and avid RPG-player.

Whether he has played the game Jumanji I (Mrs) Doubt(fire), but he played in it at least. (And Vin D already got the D&D spot)

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6. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:414] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Humphrey Bogart

As an avid chess player at the top end of the amateur ranks he often would suggest working a chess play into the movies he starred. Rumour has it he was the one to suggest the famous chess-scene in Casablanca.
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7. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:472]
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Kurt Schilling

Baseball pitcher and Squad Leader-player.
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8. Board Game Publisher: White Wolf Entertainment AB
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Stephen Lea Sheppard

Canadian actor, maybe best known for his role in The Royal Tenenbaums. He has done free-lance work for White wolf, and is a moderator on a RPG internet-forum. Geek allright!
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9. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1331]
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Jason Edward Mewes

Jay in Jay and Silent Bob. Plays Warhammer, and even showed of a work in progress (a vampire counts black coach) on the Conan O'Brian show.
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10. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2190]
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Okay, had to revisit D&D.

When The Chronicles of Riddick was made, Vin Diesel had a lot of input on the fantasy aspects of the movie. (Did I menton Vin Diesel is a HUGE D&D geek? ) Among other things he came up with was the "air elemental" race played by Dame Judi Dench. And to quote Vin from a interview with ugo.com:

"I was literally playing Dungeons and Dragons with Judi Dench and Karl Urban at nights after shooting. I will tell you that I was showing her Dungeons and Dragons books and showing her the different properties of Elementals."

Does a few D&D games make you a gamer? Well, fun anecdote anyway!
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11. Board Game: Grind [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5263]
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Quentin Tarantino

On the Grindhouselanet Terror DVD Robert Rodriguez mentions in an interview that he is often over at Quentins playing board games.
I also read in the book Shooting From The Hip - the biography of Tarantino that he collects games and plays them with actors when he is casting.

I'm guessing he'd be into "Ameritrash" rather than "Euros"

Thoughts?
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12. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1435]
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Standup comic and now successful actor Eddie Izzard has included many knowledgeable references to boardgames in his act. In fact there's a whole Geeklist for him:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17963
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13. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Max Jamelli
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Sandra Oh



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14. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1088]
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Anyone who was famous in the 70s played, it was just the thing to be seen doing.

but more recently there's Tobey Maguire ("Competitive doesn't even describe him," says his friend and fellow gamesman, film director Morgan J. Freeman. "He's intent on annihilating anybody at the table. It gets even worse with backgammon, the game of choice. We've had some 12-hour sessions of pure mental warfare."), Joaquin Phoenix, and Kate Winslet.

And then there's the bit on the Danish Royal Family. I'm told that a TV show on the family included a full 7 minutes of a game between Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, in which she calls him "a lucky bastard."

(I say that as if I've never been in a backgammon game where that hasn't been said.)
 
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15. Board Game: WWE Raw Deal [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:4783]
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Numerous Wrestlers seem to have a gaming past.

Among those I could confirm is Raven which have co-written several RPG-modules and similar stuff for White Wolf Publishing, and Chris Jerico which in his own blog told about fond memories playing D&D as a youngster, and how he picked it up again when a neck injury kept him out of the ring for nearly a year.
 
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16. Board Game: Star Wars Customizable Card Game [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1531]
 
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When Decipher started making the Star Wars CCG, they were allowed to embelish the background of several persons and items in the movies. But as it all was going to be canon, everything had to be subjected to Lucasfilm for approval,

Now the story from Decipher goes that the final approval came down to George Lucas himself, who asked to be teached the game, so he could understand how each card would interact, and give advice on keywords and interaction.

Now that is more of play-tester than gamer, but it would seem he has a gamer at heart as the game is complex, and you would have to play quite a lot to get the full hang of it. It should also be noted that Lucasfilm allowed the player community ruling body the right to make virtual expansions to the game even after Decipher lost the rights. (and Decipher allowed them to use the game mechanics). The virtual expansions would be alternate text to existing card, which the players could print, paste on the original cards and use in tournaments.
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17. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Jenna Fischer: Carcassonne, Lost Cities, Bohnanza

source: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&frie...
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18. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:863]
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Shannon Elizabeth

Best know for her role in as Nadia in the "American Pie" movies. She was also on "Dancing with the Stars"

She plays poker on various TV poker tournaments.

heheheh.... Poker.... hehehehe

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19. Board Game: Moods [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6781]
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Candace Bailey

On the May 4, 2011 episode of Attack of the Show, Candace Bailey said that this is her favorite board game. Based on the ranking here, I'm guessing she's not a gamer, per se.
 
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20. Board Game: War on Terror [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3407]
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Kandyse McClure (aka Anastasia Dualla from Battlestar Galactica) apparently plays (or at least hugs) boardgames as evidenced by this picture:
 
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