Towson Goes to Tinseltown
We track down some of Towson's cameos in fiction and film
Towson has its fair share of picturesque landscapes and landmarks, but how often do people picture our fair town on the big screen? Not very often, but we thought it would be fun to find a few of Towson's cameos or name-drops in television and film.
- Before she learned to dance, "Seinfeld" character Elaine Benes called Towson home. In the 1992 episode "The Letter," Elaine gets herself, George and Kramer booted from George Steinbrenner's skybox by refusing to take off her Orioles cap during an O's-Yankees game, doing most locals proud. She then fesses up to being from Towson.
- Sam Fisher, the fictional star of Tom Clancy's "Splinter Cell" series of video games and books, also calls Towson home when he isn't spying in exotic locales. Fellow Clancy creation Jack Ryan graduated Loyola Blakefield. As it happens, so did Clancy in real life.
- Towson High School might be best known for giving the world Michael Phelps, but did you know it also served as a crime scene for the John Waters classic "Serial Mom?" When Beverly Sutphin, Kathleen Turner's eponymous murderous matriarch, becomes enraged with her son's Towson High math teacher, she runs him over in the school parking lot (at 1:18 in this trailer). The film is set in central Baltimore County, and Sutphin soon stands trial in the county courthouse.
- The 2007 film "The Invasion" starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and featured scenes shot in Baltimore and Towson, according to IMDB. The trailer clearly shows some Baltimore and Washington-area backdrops.
- "The Curve," a 1998 thriller, was partially shot at Towson University. The film stars Matthew Lillard and Keri Russell and is based on the urban legend that if your college roommate dies during a semester, you get a 4.0. Writer-director Dan Rosen is a TU alum. He didn't test the theory himself while there, as far as we know. His whole film is actually on YouTube.