Academy Award Winners and Their RVs

avoid the drama of the Academy awards and focus instead on

the shared love of rvs

“On the road, some people don’t have any idea who I am;
they just see some old woman doddering around.
I don’t have paparazzi chasing me — I’m not of that ilk.”
—Kathy Bates

Year after year, the Academy Awards presents more drama than it does in golden statues. Low ratings, MIA hosts, and flip-flop decisions continue to plague the ceremony.

Instead of focusing on the drama, here’s a list of past Academy Award winners who love their RVs and the open road.


Robert De Niro at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Photo by: Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0 

The two-time Oscar winner for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974) and Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980) has been nominated many times including for his role in Meet the Parents.

In the Meet the Parents sequel, Meet the Fockers, De Niro drives a 2004 Fleetwood Pace Arrow gasoline powered motorhome.

As a retired CIA operative, De Niro’s character, Jack Byrnes, customizes the RV with:

“a custom-designed, climate-controlled motorcoach with a Kevlar-reinforced hull, 2-inch plexiglass windows, interior and exterior CCTV cameras, a soundproof cockpit, and a horn that plays Puff the Magic Dragon.”

In real life, De Niro owned a customized motorhome not much different from the one in Meet the Fockers. The $2M RV included a retractable second floor, a winding staircase, a pull-out bed, and 11 plasma televisions.

Jack Byrnes would approve!


Matthew McConaughey at the 83rd Oscars
Photo by: David Torcivia CC BY-SA 3.0

In 2013 McConaughey played the role of real-life AIDS patient, Ron Woodroof, in Dallas Buyers Club which won him an Academy Award.

McConaughey also plays the real-life role of an RVer.

Many years ago he was a resident of Pecan Grove RV Park in Austin, TX where he parked his Airstream he named Canoe.

“I mean, the highways are like riverways, they’re just concrete. Highways, brother. We’re all just floatin’ down ’em.”

In 2006 he drove Penelope Cruz to Mexico in his Airstream. But then he met his wife later that year, Camila Alves, who moved into the Airstream with him.

Now with three children, they travel together by RV.

Alves says:

“We all go together. One thing that we decided very early in the relationship is that when he goes, we all go – the whole family. We’re like a traveling circus. But we’re never in one place for too long. We’re always on the go. We’ve been on the road for four years.”


John Wayne, circa 1965
Photo by: Unknown photographer [Public domain]

After appearing in over 150 movies, John Wayne finally won an Oscar for his role in the 1969 film, True Grit.

He may not have owned an RV, but his family owes an RV Park.

Wayne preferred his yacht, the Wild Goose, a 136-foot former WWII minesweeper instead of an RV. He loved tooling around the Northwest in the summers where he frequented Sequim Bay off the Olympic Peninsula. He was so enamored with the area; he purchased land intending to build a marina.

Unfortunately, the John Wayne Marina, operated by the Port of Port Angeles wasn’t built until 1985 (Wayne died in 1979) from land donated by Wayne’s family.

The family developed the remaining area into John Wayne’s Waterfront Resort located across from the marina.

The resort, still owned by the family, is a lasting legacy to the Duke. He might not have stayed in the RV Park, but he would be close by floating in the marina on his beloved Wild Goose.


Kathy Bates at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con
Photo by: Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0

Kathy Bates won Best Actress in the 1990 film Misery, one of the most terrifying roles in movie history where she portrays a psychotic fan holding an author captive.

The Academy also nominated her for Best Supporting Actress in About Schmidt, the 2002 movie with John Nicholson as a depressed retiree who sets out across America in his 30-foot Winnebago.

And Kathy Bates knows something about RVs.

She said in 2009:

“Sometimes I just take off, just get away from L.A. and drive around and see real people. I like getting out at truck stops. I’ve always kind of liked the open road. So I’m often kind of on the lam.”

Imagine relaxing underneath the RV awning and seeing Annie Wilkes next door flushing her black tank!

What a cockadoodie scene!


Tom Hanks in 2012
Photo by: Angela George CC BY-SA 3.0

The two-time Oscar winner for Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994 fell in love with RVing after his wife, Rita, gave him an Airstream for his birthday.

Hanks tweeted this selfie in September 2017 with his Airstream stuck in construction traffic.

Haven’t we all been there?


The retired, the working, the rich, the poor, the young, the old, the healthy, the disabled, Academy Award winners, and Academy Award losers all love to RV.

Let’s celebrate our shared RV love instead of the focusing on the drama surrounding the ceremony.

And you could always skip the Oscars and watch the movie RV instead!

What’s Outside Our Door explores the full time RV life creating inspiration, wonderment, and knowledge for a freer, simpler, and happier way to live. They share inside travel itineraries so you can explore like a pro, and avoid the crowds! They also publish the free Full-Time RV Life bi-monthly newsletter of 8 things worth sharing about full-time RV living you might find interesting.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


3 ripe strawberries arranged in a triangle on a stone surface.

Celebrate February Strawberries at Plant City Florida

February is for strawberries! How did a small Florida town become the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World? See, stay, eat here during the Strawberry Festival.

Fifth-wheel and dually truck parked at RV park under blue skies.

Think You’re Cut Out For Full-Time RV Living?

Take this fun quiz to find out if you have what it takes for full-time RV living. Living in an RV full time is not for everyone. Many variables must come together to ensure full-time RV living is for you. See what category you fall into based on answering this 20 question quiz.

Super-C-RV traveling on ocean view road.

Do You Speak RV? Take This Quiz!

Full-time RVers have a secret lingo that is important to understand, especially when first starting out. Do you know how to speak RV? Take this quiz to find out and then share with your friends!

pine trees

Why the Eastern White Pine is More Patriotic Than You Are

Eastern white pines are messy. But it’s hard to stay mad at the eastern white pine since our country may never have found its independence without it.

full-time RV litter box mod

RV Litter Box Mod

Where does the cat litter box go?? Unfortunately, RV manufacturers don’t have the same concern, so we created the purr-fect solution.