It depends on who counts as a celebrity. A lot of my friends in L.A. had done something, Teen #2 on Family Ties or Party Guest #1 in The Coca Cola Kid.
And what counts as "met." I saw Don Grady at Gay Pride, became a "bookstore friend" of Richard Dreyfuss, bought a love seat from Cesar Romero, worked out in the same gym as Max Gail, had lunch with Michael J. Fox, and talked to Nate Richert at the Gold Coast without realizing who he was. Does that count?
I met Merritt Butrick in 1988, when he was playing a muscular hustler who wreaks havoc on an older man's life in the theatrical play Kingfish.
I didn't know at the time that Merritt was famous as gay-vague slacker Johnny Slash on the high school sitcom Square Pegs (1982-83).
I had never seen any of them (I still haven't). But I knew that Merritt was quiet, intelligent, driven, serious about his craft. And that he wouldn't have time to reach his star potential.
He died on March 17th, 1989, of AIDS-related pneumonia.