15 Celebrities Who’ve Really Said “Do You Know Who I Am?”


Some people cry when they want to get out of speeding tickets, others begin shaking and ask the authorities, “Do you know who I am?” unable to fathom that their fame can’t solve their problems. Throughout the history of Hollywood, actors and actresses have flaunted their fame whenever police officers, retail workers, or food service workers don’t recognize their faces.

Famous people who have said “Do you know who I am?” run the gamut from girl-next-door-types (Reese Witherspoon) to verified obnoxious losers (Alec Baldwin), but it’s always a treat when a celebrity plays the fame card. It’s hard not to get a rush from hearing about a Hollywood golden child being brought down to Earth by an exhausted police officer at the tail of the Monday morning graveyard shift.

Listed below you’ll find the Hollywood actors, actresses, musicians, and other celebrities who have actually said to a service worker or officer of the law, “Don’t you know who I am?!” and expected it to work.

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Mile Cyrus hasn’t always been a tongue-wagging symbol of adult pleasure, but she’s definitely had a problem holding her tongue. In 2009, she walked into a fastfood restaurant and balked when a cashier asked her name for her order. She said, “You don’t recognize me? I’m Miley Cyrus!”

Age: 26

Credits: Never Say Never, The Last Song, Hannah Montana: The Movie

Video: YouTube

America’s Sweetheart sounded bitter when her husband got pulled over by a police officer for erratic driving. According to the probably-out-of-touch officer who pulled her over, she shouted, “Do you know my name? You’re about to find out who I am.”


Age: 42

Credits: Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde, This Means War

Photo:  American Pie 2/Universal Pictures

In 2013, Reid caused a commotion a clothing store after they wouldn’t give her a discount even though she’s been in movies. She began to scream at the store’s employees and had to be escorted out of the store.

Age: 43

Credits: The Big Lebowski, American Pie, American Pie 2, Van Wilder: Party Liaison

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Despite having daughters Lindsay and Ali in tow, she still felt the need to shout “Do you know who I am?!” when she was denied entry to a Hollywood nightclub by a bouncer.

Age: 56

Credits: Living Lohan, A-List Awards, Entertainment Tonight, E! True Hollywood Story

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In 1987, the British philosopher Sir Alfred Jules Ayer came across a young Mike Tyson forcing himself upon a young Naomi Campbell and tried to break them apart. Tyson warned, “Do you know who … I am? I’m the Heavyweight Champion of the World!” Ayer replied: “And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic. We are both pre-eminent in our field; I suggest that we talk about this like rational men.” 

Naomi Campbell slipped out while they discussed the matter.


Age: 52

Credits: Tyson, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Rocky Balboa

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The Hoff was in a huff when he was denied entry to a private bar at Wimbledon that was reserved for tennis players only. Apparently he said, “All I want is a drink. Do you know who I am?”

Age: 63

Credits: Baywatch, Click, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Piranha 3DD

Photo: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock

This is probably the one and only example of the whole “do you know who I am?” spiel actually working.

In 2012, Rihanna was escorted out of a nightclub for jumping on a table, shattering its glass top. While being hauled away, she screamed, “Don’t you know who I am?” The people carrying her away then recognized her and carried her back inside after most likely swallowing their pride.

Age: 31

Credits: The Hangover, Wreck-It Ralph, 21, I Love You, Man

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Rhymes played the famous card when he and his crew weren’t allowed to cut in line at a Miami fastfood restaurant in 2013. Apparently, one of his crew walked in and said, “Can you take my order first? We’re very important people.” When the request was declined, Rhymes began cursing and spewing homophobic slurs at the store’s employees.

Age: 46

Credits: Music feautred in Mean Girls, Fast Five, Easy A, Fast & Furious

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In 2014, LaBeouf was arrested during the intermission of a Broadway performance of Cabaret after being disruptive during the show. While being ignominiously dragged away, he shouted, “Do you know who … I am?”

Age: 32

Credits: Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Fury

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Everyone’s favorite Na’vi Blue Man was arrested in New York City in 2014 after accosting a paparazzo who got in his girlfriend’s face. Even though he had the right to remain silent, he did have one question for his arresting officers: “Have you seen the movie Avatar?”

Age: 42

Credits: Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation, Wrath of the Titans

Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

After being accosted by officers in New York City for riding his bike against traffic near Union Square, Alec Baldwin reportedly said, “[Screw] this… This is horse[crap]… Don’t you know who I am?”

Age: 60

Credits: The Departed, Beetlejuice, The Aviator, 30 Rock

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After throwing a bong out of her window in the spring of 2013, Bynes asked her arresting officers if they knew who she was.

Age: 32

Credits: Easy A, She’s the Man, What I Like About You, Hairspray

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In 2002, the former Skid Row singer threatened to pull a gun on a New Jersey bartender who wouldn’t let him take his drink outside. According to nearby witnesses who subsequently had to restrain him, Bach asked them, “Don’t you know who I am?”

Age: 50

Credits: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Rock of Ages, Final Rinse, Gone Country

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Faye Dunaway may have won an Oscar for Network, but she still can’t seem to get recognized, not even when getting aggressive at a Banana Republic. According to sources, Dunaway put her foot down when her plea for a card was declined and imperiously asked, “Don’t you know who I am?”

Age: 78

Credits: Chinatown, Network, Bonnie and Clyde, Three Days of the Condor

Photo: George Arriola/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Who would have thought that someone like Margaret Cho would ever play the fame card? Apparently, she was accosted in 2013 for showing off her tats in a Korean spa based in Los Angeles. (Tattoos are taboo in Korea.) When asked to cover up, she said, “Do you know who I am? I’m Margaret Cho!”

Age: 50

Credits: Drop Dead Diva, Face/Off, Notorious C.H.O., It’s My Party

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