Recently, Alfredo Ortega sent me an email about a celebrity encounter he had. Alfredo is the creator of The Cardboard Don, a cool site mostly about card collecting. The Cardfather recently met Allen Covert and offered to share the story here. I love these sort of submissions and I will let Alfredo take it from here:
Today was a great day at the Ortega household. Not only was it my father-in-law's birthday but the whole family was heading out to the “Greatest Show on Earth” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in West Palm. Well the circus was great, the kids loved it. But after the show was over my wife grabs me and said “That guy looks like someone I know”, so of course by now I’m running all over the place trying to find this man. And I stop and turn around and what do you know…. Sammy the limo driver from The Wedding Singer, aka Allen Covert. I had to do a double take just to make sure, and sure enough it was him. I asked my wife to take a picture of him and me and at first she was like I can’t but she pulled her self together and granted my wish. Then all I had to do was ask him, which I did and he said of course. He also said he loved my Papa Smurf shirt, which I laughed at. I said thank you and went on my way with a great picture and a great day overall. Thank you Allen Covert for making my day!!
A little info on Allen: Covert’s first film role, as a bartender, was in Sandler’s 1989 film Going Overboard. He had minor parts in several subsequent Sandler films before his first prominent role in 1998′s The Wedding Singer alongside Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Covert would continue to have fairly large roles in Sandler’s next four films, including one in Little Nicky for which he gained 40 pounds. He eventually settled back into smaller walk-on and single-scene appearances in Sandler’s films beginning with 50 First Dates in 2004. However, in 2006 Covert starred in the comedy Grandma’s Boy, his first (and only) role as the top-billed actor. Sandler didn’t act in that film but served as an Executive Producer.
I really appreciate Alfredo sharing his story and picture here. I also appreciate Alfredo being a regular reader of Johngy's Beat! Hopefully, we will see Alfredo here again in the future, but until then, make sure to check out his site The Cardboard Don.
Allen Covert and Alfredo Ortega in West Palm Beach, FL-December 2011.