Home / E! Online / Viral Oscars Star “Gary From Chicago” Completed 20-Year Prison Sentence 3 Days Before the Oscars

Viral Oscars Star “Gary From Chicago” Completed 20-Year Prison Sentence 3 Days Before the Oscars

While “Gary from Chicago” went viral after his surprise Oscar appearance, the Illinois native is trending for a new reason now. 

The man who took the Academy Award audience by storm as he mingled with the likes of Denzel Washington and kissed the hands of Hollywood’s most celebrated women, the Internet has since learned that Gary Coe recently finished a 20-year prison sentence for multiple felonies. 

As he told ABC 7 Chicago, he was released from a California jail three days before walking into the Dolby Theater.

Gary from Chicago, Ryan Gosling, Jimmy Kimmel, 2017 Oscars, Academy Awards, Show

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

“Change is possible,” he told ABC. “It’s a sad day to be in prison for 20 years and not be able to be a dad, granddad to your children. You know what my son told me today, man, and I almost come to tears. He said he’s proud of me. So to hear your children say that they’re proud of me means the world to me.”

Meanwhile, he and his fiancée Vickie have become the target of free swag since their big moment, including tickets from the Chicago Bulls and deep dish pizza from Gino’s East. Not to mention, Blackish star Anthony Anderson said he was ordained and willing to marry them. 

However, despite being fake married by Washington during the show Sunday, they told ABC they plan to get married in California this summer. 

Check Also

Jimmy Kimmel Blasts Donald Trump Over Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill: He Doesn’t Know the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

Jimmy Kimmel will not be shunned into silence. For three days, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! …

Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Ready to Decorate Your Home–and Michael Douglas Totally Approves

When Catherine Zeta-Jones told her husband she wanted to design a home collection for consumers, …

Audrina Patridge Files for Divorce From Corey Bohan and Seeks Domestic Violence Restraining Order

It’s over between Audrina Patridge and Corey Bohan and their split appears to be ugly. The Hills star on Monday sought …

Dean Unglert Reunites With Kristina Schulman Following Bachelor in Paradise Love Triangle

Not all love is lost in the Bachelor in Paradise franchise. Just when you thought …

Ivanka Trump Has Inspired a $40K Plastic Surgery Trend

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Kylie Jenner has got some competition. At least according to New York-based plastic …