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The most embarrassing movie star official websites

Orlando Parfitt
Yahoo UK Movies Features
29 March 2012

Sadly, the official celebrity website has gone out of fashion in recent years, with Facebook and especially Twitter the preferred route for stars to reach out to their fans.

Thankfully though, not every movie star has discovered social networking yet, and there are still some official sites lurking in the ether that pay tribute to a mixture of self-delusion and occasionally less-than-professional web design skills. For example…

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Stephen Baldwin - stephenbaldwin.com

The top of his website (or ‘Stephen Baldwin 2.0’ as it’s called in search results) features a giant photo of the lesser-known Baldwin brother next to a chrome logo for ‘XtreMEDIA Corp. It sounds like a futuristic ‘adult’ DVD publisher but actually it’s a TV/movie/conservative radio/online media empire.

According to the ‘About Me' section, Stephen ‘takes care of business on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’’, and is ‘a multimedia mogul with a vast fan base’.

The best bit:
This photo from the gallery.

Chuck Norris - chucknorris.com

How disappointing would it have been if Norris’ official site was slick and up to date? Prepare to be delighted, as the landing page for everyone’s favourite ‘tached martial artist is as lovably retro (i.e. utterly rubbish) as you’d expect.

The site design is lifted from the mid-90s but certain sections, including the intriguingly named ‘The Chuck Norris Seal of Approval’, are still at the ‘coming soon’ stage.

The best bit:
The shopping section, where you can buy a limited edition ‘Chuck Norris Tribute Revolver’.

William Shatner - williamshatner.com

More gif-heavy shenanigans here from the former Captain Kirk, whose site is more lo-fi than the set of the original USS enterprise.

It seems Shatner himself  stopped updating his personal blog ‘Bill’s Space’ last September, but that hasn’t stopped him flogging a bewildering array of pricey tat, from tricorder replicas to the actual autographed dressing room sign from his appearance on ‘Conan’s tonight show’. A snip at £439.97 ($699.95).

The best bit:
The weird user forums. Thread titles include ‘My Review of Shatnerquake’, ‘Brothels are now legal in Ontario’ and, worryingly, ‘I haven’t seen my daughter in Over 24 Hours’.

Rutger Hauer - rutgerhauer.org

The website of the lovably nutty ‘Blade Runner’ star isn’t the most visually impressive, but the ‘Arts & Crafts’ section more than makes up for it.

Basically it’s a set of links to his mad writings. Our favourite was the aptly named ‘Stream of Conscious’, which features the line “WAKE-UP vibratorgods&goddesses!” (sic).

The best bit:
His unexpected love of American flag jumpers.

Gary Busey - therealbusey.com

This features some of the scariest Photoshop we’ve ever seen. The ‘Lethal Weapon’ star has rocked some strange looks down the years, but he’s never looked like the airbrushed abomination found at the top of his site.

Elsewhere it's slim pickings though, with the site mostly just a collection of links.

The best bit:
In the very brief ‘About me’ section, we learn that one of Busey’s interests, alongside ‘Astrology’, is ‘Helmet Laws’.

Sean Connery - seanconnery.com

It’s appropriate that the man once voted ‘the greatest living Scot’ has a suitably brilliant personal website. One treat for fans is an incredible wallpaper download, but it’s ‘Micheline’s gallery’ where the real action is.

The best bit:
Sir Sean’s wife Micheline Roquebrune is a handy painter, and some of her work is featured on the site, including a devastating portrait of her hubby wearing nothing but a yellow dressing gown. It’s perhaps the most masculine image on the internet.

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