A Really Big Star

Photo: The Stan Mikita statue as it appears in the 'Waynes World' movie

“lt’s a nice likeness, but what the hell would l do with it?” says hockey hall- of-famer Stan Mikita, explaining why he turned down the offer to keep the giant statue of himself that sits atop Wayne and Garth’s favorite hangout, Stam Mikita’s Donuts, in the hit movie Wayne’s World. Mikita, 51, the former Chicago Blackhawk star who now represents plastics manufacturers from an office in Oak Park,Ill., appears briefly in the movie but says of his acting debut, “Don’t blink, or you’ll miss me.” (Mikita is in the movie because star Mike Myers is a major Mikita fan.) So what happened to his oversize double? It sat on a back lot at Paramount’s Los Angeles studio until hockey buff Richard Dean Anderson happened by. The MacGyver star knew a valuable art abject when he saw one; Mikita’s likeness now stands guard at the end of Anderson’s Pacific Palisades driveway.

Suzanne Tenner,  People, 23 Mar. 1992

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