Geico: Washington Crossing The Delaware Turnpike Is Surprising

This is post #1000 on Commercial Society. Initially, I wanted to write a more special post for this momentous occasion, but I ultimately decided to go for a tried-and-true entry: a Geico commercial. George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River was an iconic moment in American history. But if he was around in the present-day and crossed the Delaware Turnpike with his band of men, it would be decidedly less legendary and result in a lot more honking. Washington is played by Jim Meskimen.


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25 Responses to Geico: Washington Crossing The Delaware Turnpike Is Surprising

  1. Bob Wells says:

    We have been trying to determine who the actor portraying Geo. Washington is. (That is the kind of trivia I find myself delving into – actors in commercials, etc.) Do you know?

    • Pen Ward says:

      Jim Meskimen played George Washington. Credits are listed on the GEICO website.

      “Washington Crossing the Delaware”
      George Washington: Jim Meskimen
      Soldier 1: Rick Ingraham
      Soldier 2: Chris Valenti
      Soldier 3: Paul McCarthy-Boyington
      Soldier 4: Andrew Ortiz
      Soldier 5: Dan Salem
      Soldier 6: Jayk Gallagher
      Solider 7: Luke Wright
      Soldier 8: Rob Michael Hugel
      Soldier 9: Lamont Van Hook
      Male Commuter: Geoffrey Blake
      Female Commuter: Monique Edwards
      Voice-Over: Andrew Anthony

      I was looking it up cause I like Jim’s scream. It’s a nice scream!

  2. Mark Campbell says:

    What is the last sentence Washington says in the GEICO commercial about crossing the Delaware Turnpike?

  3. Marjorie says:

    It looks to me that Matthew Mcconaughey is one of the drivers highlighted and raising his hands from his steering wheel at George Washington. I’ve found no mention of him being in the commercial. Curious.

    • JP says:

      That’s what I thought too. Seems like a little cameo with him made up to look a little older. Ended up here while trying to find out if it actually is. I can’t find anything about it.

    • Barb says:

      An above post shows the male computer as Jeffrey Blake. I agree it looks like Matthew McConaughey in disguise. Came here to look it up.

  4. Teres says:

    I love this commercial. Every time it comes on, I love the part where Washington yells “We all have places to go”.

  5. Bcornball says:

    I don’t see were the car drive could be Geoffrey Blake. It totally looks like “Ron Jeremy” Porn actor

  6. reed6376 says:

    I live in Delaware. Where was this filmed or if a green screen was used, where is the background from? Just jave never seen the yurnpike that empty!

  7. Donna McFee says:

    I too live in Delaware and like reed6376 I’d like to know if the actual Delaware turnpike was used in filming this commercial- Thanks😊

  8. Alex says:

    Delaware doesn’t have a turnpike.

  9. Valerie says:

    how does Bryan Cranston figure into this commercial– google Washington geico and you get that it’s a Bryan Cranston commercial

  10. Kevin says:

    I could have sworn it was Liam nessum playing Washington. It looks and sounds like him

  11. I thought george washington was sir patrick stewart. He plays the older professor x in the xmen movies. Commercial is so hilarious when i saw it.

  12. Thomas Molinaro says:

    This is my favorite commercial. Just so funny sort of like a Seinfeld moment.

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