Accidental Oscars star “Gary from Chicago” has a dark role in his past — as an ex-con who served more than 22 years in prison for attempted rape.
Unsuspecting tourist Gary Alan Coe was aboard a double-decker bus that was detoured to the Dolby Theater in the midst of Tinseltown’s biggest night.
The star-struck Coe emerged as a breakout star when he introduced himself to host Jimmy Kimmel as “Gary from Chicago” while wearing a “Hollywood” sweatshirt and holding his fiancee’s purse.
But Coe was only able to be there because he had been released from the slammer three days earlier, ABC7 reported.
It turns out the 59-year-old was imprisoned in 1994 for attempted rape, the Daily Mail reported.
According to records, he was released from Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison north of Bakersfield, Calif., which has been called “the largest addiction treatment center in the world.”
Coe met his fiancée, Vickie Vines, behind bars, where he turned to religion, the Mail reported.
The couple plan to tie the knot this summer, but Denzel Washington — who Vickie said is her favorite actor — declared them “man and wife” in an impromptu faux wedding in front of the stage.
It was unclear if Academy Award organizers — who already have egg on their faces due to the riotous Best Picture flub — were aware that Coe, who was seen kissing Halle Berry’s and Nicole Kidman’s hands, is a registered sex offender.
Source: Page Six