The games famous people play (Canonical).
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I wanted to find out what boardgames and cardgames famous artists, actors and pro players play, who are famous outside of the game. I am creating this list for this reason. Please don't list duplicates, and list what games famous people play. If you can think of other individuals who play such a game, add their name. Please contribute to this list.
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1. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:864]
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James Woods runs a Website. Ben Afflek won a California tournament. Chevy Chase also plays. Check this out for a more complete list of players:
http://www.biogs.com/poker/
 
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2. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1087]
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Omar Sharif was particularly remembered for playing this.
 
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3. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:499]
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This is said to be Kissinger's favorite game.
 
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:414] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Large numbers of famous people have played chess:
http://www.chessville.com/misc/History/Famous_Chessplayers.h...
 
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5. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Curt Schilling, who currently pitches for the Red Sox, started Multiman Publishing in order to keep ASL alive.
 
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6. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1917]
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Robin Williams and Wil Wheaton played some years back. I don't know if either kept up with the hobby.
 
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7. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2191]
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Vin Diesel plays. Has his character's name tattoo'd on his back or something.
 
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8. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:489]
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As others commented in Backgammon item, Omar Sharif plays this also.
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9. Board Game: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:13313]
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The Publisher's website mentions that Russell Crowe enjoys playing this game.
 
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10. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3156]
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In a different geeklist, the designer, Dominic Crapuchettes mentions that he played this with Alanis Morrissette for a couple of hours.
 
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11. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:382]
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I remember an Entertainment Weekly article in the late 90s (97? 98?) about how Celebrities were playing 'Celebrities' (the precursor to Time's Up). No doubt a web search could turn up the article, but the phrase "Celebrities" applied to the EW site doesn't narrow it down much.
 
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12. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1961]
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Bette Midler is apparently a big Boggle fan. Or a Big Boggle fan, can't remember which.
 
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13. Board Game: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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This one is fairly obvious I'd think.
 
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14. Board Game: Blackjack [Average Rating:4.57 Overall Rank:15296]
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I played this game at a table with Jimmy Dean of "Pure Pork Sausage" and Nashville fame way back in the early 70's in Vegas..

He was very drunk and smelled vauguely of ground hog lips.
 
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15. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1504]
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I remember reading in a gossip rag that Drew Barrymore played (or plays - not sure now) a lot of Scrabble
 
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16. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15269]
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Igor Stravinsky–composer of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) and many other 20th century masterworks–loved this simple game. He gave copies to friends so he could request a game when he visited their homes.
 
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17. Board Game: Tarock [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:4525]
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Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, was an enthusiastic Tarock player. Also composers Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Mozart were also known to play it.
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18. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14509]
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I have an article from ages ago (Superman days) in my Risk box to remind me that Teri Hatcher (Desp Housewives) has "game nights. Friends come over and we play Risk or some goofy game and whoever loses first goes to make ice cream".

Anyone want to teach her anything else? ;-)
 
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19. Board Game: The Propaganda Game [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Actor Lorne Greene helped design this game. I assume he played it quite a bit as well.
 
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20. Board Game: Heart of Oak [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:7881] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Walter Jon Williams wrote both the Privateers and Gentlemen RPG and the Age of Sail miniatures rules, Heart of Oak, included with it.
 
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21. Board Game: Bezique [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:8306]
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Winston Churchill`s favourite card game.
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22. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Well, to be honest I don't know if he ever played it or not, but one time George Lucas came into our store (to buy model cars with his kid) and we FORCED him to buy a copy of this.

He promised to try it, but you never know.
 
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23. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1402]
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During the NHL playoffs in 2001 (I think) we had a player from the Ottawa Senators come in and pick up a copy of this game. The next night the rest of the team came down to our store (which is open late) and played around with it and all of the Gigamic games for like an hour.

All told, about 70% of the team left with a copy of Abalone...
 
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24. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1351]
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Teddy Roosevelt and his family loved this game. It's a good game for loud, gregarious groups, so I suppose it's appropriate.
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25. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
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I read in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last year that Jason Marquis is a keen Cribbage player, which was popular in the Atlanta Braves bullpen the year before. A man of consummate taste, if I dare say so myself.
 
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