Newt Gingrich’s Parks and Recreation Cameo and 23 More Politicians Who’ve Played Themselves in TV and Movies

Last night Newt Gingrich made a cameo on Parks and Recreation, a show that is this season’s hands-down winner for most cameos by politicians in a sitcom. Previous appearances included Senators Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain, as well as Vice-President Joe Biden, megacrush of lead character Leslie Knope. But many a politician has played a version of him or herself onscreen: Rudy Giuliani got caught up in the fat-free fro-yo scam on Seinfeld, Ed Koch walked a runway in Sex and the City, Tip O’Neill shared a drink with Norm on Cheers, and Patrick Leahy has credits in three Batman films. But who will be the first pol to make an appearance on, say, Homeland? Check out our compilation for those and twenty more (plus a few first ladies, too.)

The Many Cameos of Politicians in TV and Movies