Celebrity Magnet: Tom Murro’s Photos Of Barack Obama & Others

November 18th, 2009 // 14 Comments

It’s a daunting task, gathering up the courage to approach a celebrity
and ask for a photo. After all, they spend all day long smiling for
photographers on the red carpet and the rest of the time, ducking the
paparazzi.

But Tom Murro
is one celebrity enthusiast who obviously has a knack for getting the
money shot. You remember him, don’t you? He’s the guy to whom Daniel Craig offered his watch when the two met just outside of the Broadway theater where Daniel stars in A Steady Rain.

Well,
we found Tom quite charming and as it turns out, his collection of
celebrity photos is quite impressive, including several candid photos
of President Barack Obama,
all of which he assures us are the real deal. As Tom tells it, “Yes the
photo is real… we met him on Martha’s Vineyard one on one all thanks
to Spike Lee
vouching for us with the Secret Service, the president was cool and
gracious, I almost passed out! What an honor. My wife was was so mad
that she didn’t make the trip with us…oh well maybe next time.”

Check
out the gallery, as well as a complete list of Tom’s entertaining
descriptions of his celebrity encounters by clicking the “continue
reading” link!

Gallery Info: President Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, Phil Simms of Neiman Marcus, Joan
Rivers, Christy Carlson Romano, Bill Pullman, Daniel Craig, Dustin
Hoffman, Hugh Jackman, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Meg Ryan,
Stanley Tucci
, Carly Simon and Yogi Berra pose with amateur celebrity photographer Tom Murro.


Tom goes on to say of Barack Obama, “His press pool was nowhere in sight because he likes to play without them throwing off his game.” Ha! Well, done, Mr. Murro! As for the rest, as Tom tells it:Spike Lee: with the president very quiet ,photo with my daughter, much nicer than he is made out to be in the news, after the photo he even took his glasses off!Governor Patrick of MA: He liked my President pics but didn’t like being 2nd to the president.lolPhil Simms: at Neiman Marcus N.J. buying $5,000 suits asked me if I wanted his salesman to help me , not sure he understands average citizens can’t afford $5,000 suits, I think he was joking??Joan Rivers: NYC, pretty funny and vulgar in person.Christy Carlson Romano: (Disney’s Kim Possible) Sitting at the mall, Weird for me and for her too I’m sure-lol  my daughter was happy!Bill Pullman:  NYC He liked that the real president photos and his movie president photo were in the same cameraDaniel Craig: NYC, offered me his watch I think, still not sure if he was kidding, pretty cool , go 007!Dustin Hoffman: just wandering aimlessly in NYC,  he joked and said his picture with me was better than my picture with the president, photo taken by his daughter Alexandra, he was very nice -Don’t we look happy?Hugh Jackman: NYC  also very nice, just smiles allot, for good reason I guess.James Gandolfini: NYC Not too pleasant , It seems like he hates his celebrity or his fans or both-lol My wife jumped into the photo, she has a habit of doing that.Marcia Gay Harden: NYC very cute, quiet and niceMeg Ryan: Marthas Vineyard- refused to be photographed – same day as the president but  obviously busier than the President!Stanley Tucci: Marthas Vineyard, refused photo, maybe he spoke to Meg.Yogi Berra: from my camera in Sept this year. I asked him to sign a photo to give to Spike to thank him for helping us meet the president. He actually did one for Spike and for the president too! Carly Simon: She just stepped out of a portapotti and there we were- lol  Are you old enough to know who Carly is??I’m so mad I can’t find my Dan Aykroid and Bruce Willis photos from this past summer…too bad, they are great!

By Lisa Timmons
  1. Larry

    Real impressive collection! Gandolfini never smiles for fan pics!

  2. Jinx

    OMG, do some people have NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THREIR LIFE than bothering famous people?

    Glad to see some celebs just say no.

  3. Jinx

    Do some people have NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THREIR LIFE than bothering famous people? He probably does it for the money. Saw him selling his stories and photos to various magazines and newspapers.

    Glad to see some celebs just say no.

  4. Rick L.

    Hey Jinx,
    If your going to take the time to post a comment at 12:25 in the morning then maybe you should work on your spelling and grammar. jmo

  5. Tom Murro

    Always for fun and never for money, including this site. So if you are a celebrity and want to be part of my list just Facebook me!

  6. Mike Levin

    I meet Tom Murro in Martha’s Vineyard and he is a class act. Very humble and down to earth. He is just one of those people who are at the right place at the right time.

  7. Mike Levin

    I meet Tom Murro in Martha’s Vineyard and he is a class act. Very humble and down to earth. He is just one of those people who are at the right place at the right time. It may help the he looks like a cross between Matt Damon and Nick Lachey as well. He probably should get a reality show out of this IMO.

  8. john

    I knew Tom when he was younger; it seems to me he hasn’t changed much. I was a GOOD friend, until he did me wrong. You would be surprised to learn what he did that could have ruined my life.
    He always was, and always well be an attention seeker; at any cost.

  9. Jen

    Hey John,

    I happen to know Tom very well and I know about the story that you’re talking about. Dude, that was 25 years ago!!! You seriously need to get over it! Teenagers do very stupid things and him using your name when he got pulled over wasn’t the end of the world for you. I mean seriously, you didn’t even get into trouble and you didn’t do anything that would have gotten you into trouble. My advice to you is to open the door and let it go! Harboring bad feelings isn’t very healthy for you or anyone else. We all mistakes, especially when we’re young and stupid! Just remember, it was 25 years ago.

  10. Jen

    Hey John,

    I happen to know Tom very well and I know about the story that you’re talking about. Dude, that was 25 years ago!!! You seriously need to get over it! Teenagers do very stupid things and him using your name when he got pulled over wasn’t the end of the world for you. I mean seriously, you didn’t even get into trouble and you didn’t do anything that would have gotten you into trouble. My advice to you is to open the door and let it go! Harboring bad feelings isn’t very healthy for you or anyone else. We all mistakes, especially when we’re young and stupid! Just remember, it was 25 years ago.

  11. Jen

    See, I even made a mistake with my typo. (lol) I obviously meant to say that we all make mistakes, especially when we are young.

  12. Jen

    See, I even made a mistake with submitting my comment twice and with my typo. (lol) I meant to say that we all make mistakes, especially when we’re young. I think you get my point.

  13. Jen

    See, I even made a mistake by submitting my comment twice and with my typo. (lol) I meant to say that we all make mistakes, especially when we’re young. I think you get my point.

  14. john

    I appreciate your comment; and yes it was a long time ago, and yes, we all made mistakes in our youth. Not to sound condescending, but how do you know what I went through or how long the repercussions lasted? It was more than using my name; he had a license with his picture and my info on it. Stealing an identity wasn’t much of a big deal back then, and I strongly feel, if he hadn’t got caught, he would have taken the identity theft further. You’re right, I should get over it, in fact I am over it,(the incident) but what bothered me is, we were best friends, most of the time inseparable, and then he betrayed me. I was, or am the kind of person who doesn’t open up to people easily; so betrayal cuts deep and it’s hard to shake it off. Think of being betrayed by your brother, because that’s how I thought of Tom, as a brother, then for no reason, I did what he did.

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