He Got GameDenzel Washington does some of his best work as a prison inmate trying to earn himself an early release by talking his estranged son into playing basketball at the governor of New York's alma mater.
Critic Reviews of "He Got Game"
VarietyMarch 25, 2008
Lacking the moral indignation and militant politics of Lee's former work, this vibrantly colorful father-son melodrama is soft at the center, but it's one of the most accessible films Lee has made and Denzel Washington is terrific.
New York ObserverApril 27, 2007
At the end of Mr. Lee's movie, all you feel is the distraction of Mr. Lee's stylistic exhibitionism, without which, I concede, he might not be regarded as a genius in some quarters.
SlateMarch 25, 2007
[Lee] gets a charming performance from Allen, who, in his acting debut, occupies his pedestal with grace and diffidence.
Chicago ReaderMarch 25, 2007
As usual, Lee tries many kinds of stylistic effects and uses wall-to-wall music (by Aaron Copland and Public Enemy); what's different this time is how personally driven the story feels.
Time OutFebruary 09, 2006
Most scenes play too long, with a surplus of ideas, textures, tones and characters, and after 134 minutes it's clear Lee's problem with closure hasn't gone away.
San Francisco ChronicleJune 18, 2002
Washington's Jake Shuttlesworth looks tough and hard, an odd but refreshing turn for an actor long associated with handsomely heroic roles.
rec.arts.movies.reviewsJanuary 07, 2009
A long, boring, meandering, dog of a movie.
Film4March 25, 2008
Lee's attack on how big business is not only ruining the game he loves but also playing with people's lives is direct and brave, while his passion, insight and intelligence are evident and admirable.
TV GuideMarch 25, 2007
Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch.
Reeling ReviewsApril 09, 2005
Lee paints intimate characters who are about more than the game. Themes of integrity, honesty, loyalty and familial love are woven through the film resulting in a complex, thought-provoking human drama.
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)June 28, 2004
Shrewdly exposes the underbelly of college recruiting and the pressures exerted on talented high school basketball stars.
rec.arts.movies.reviewsJune 07, 2004
Flawed but powerful.
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Denzel WashingtonBirth date: 28 December 1954, Mount Vernon, New York, USADescription: Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis (Lowe), from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University, intent on a career in journalism. However, he caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco and enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater. He left A.C.T. after only one year to seek work as an actor. His first paid acting role was in a summer stock theater stage production in St. Mary's City, Maryland. The play was "Wings of the Morning", which is about the founding of the colony of Maryland (now the state of Maryland) and the early days of the Maryland colonial assembly (a legislative body). He played the part of a real historical character, Mathias Da Sousa, although much of the dialogue was created. Afterwards he began to pursue screen roles in earnest. With his acting versatility and powerful sexual presence, he had no difficulty finding work in numerous television productions.He made his first big screen appearance in Carbon Copy (1981) with George Segal. Through the 1980s, he worked in both movies and television and was chosen for the plum role of Dr. Philip Chandler in NBC's hit medical series St. Elsewhere (1982), a role that he would play for six years. In 1989, his film career began to take precedence when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Tripp, the runaway slave in Edward Zwick's powerful historical masterpiece Glory (1989).Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane (1999), football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007). Malcolm X and The Hurricane garnered him Oscar nominations for Best Actor, before he finally won that statuette in 2002 for his lead role in Training Day (2001).Through the 1990s, Denzel also co-starred in such big budget productions as The Pelican Brief (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Preacher's Wife (1996), and Courage Under Fire (1996), a role for which he was paid $10 million. He continued to define his onscreen persona as the tough, no-nonsense hero through the 2000s in films like Out of Time (2003), Man on Fire (2004), Inside Man (2006), and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Cerebral and meticulous in his film work, he made his debut as a director with Antwone Fisher (2002); he also directed The Great Debaters (2007) and Fences (2016).In 2010, Washington headlined The Book of Eli (2010), a post-Apocalyptic drama. Later that year, he starred as a veteran railroad engineer in the action film Unstoppable (2010), about an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying dangerous cargo. The film was his fifth and final collaboration with director Tony Scott, following Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. He has also been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of director Spike Lee.In 2012, Washington starred in Flight (2012), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in Safe House (2012), and prepared for his role by subjecting himself to a torture session that included waterboarding. In 2013, Washington starred in 2 Guns (2013), alongside Mark Walberg. In 2014, he starred in The Equalizer (2014), an action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name starring Edward Woodward. During this time period, he also took on the role of producer for some of his films, including The Book of Eli and Safe House.In 2016, he was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Pauletta Washington, and their four children.
Ray AllenBirth date: 20 July 1975, Merced, California, USADescription: Ray Allen was born at Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, California, to Flora (Day) and Walter Allen, Sr. He graduated from Hillcrest High school in Dalzell, South Carolina in 1993 after taking the varsity basketball team (the Wildcats) to the State Championships. He was the 1996 Big East Player of the Year. As a junior, he was a consensus All-American First Team selection by numerous writers and organizations. Ray was a unanimous choice for the All Big East First Team. He finished 3rd on the Huskies all-time scoring list with 1,922 points. In 1995-96, he hit 115 three pointers to set a UConn single season record. He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996 with the 5th overall pick. He never played for Minnesota and was traded with Andrew Lang to the Milwaukee Bucks for Stephon Marbury. Ray was an immediate starter and played in all 82 games as a rookie. In his career he won Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award in 2002-2003 season, played four times in All-Star game (2000-2005, won All-Star 3-point shootout) also won "Good Guy" award in 2000 and 2001.
Milla JovovichBirth date: 17 December 1975, Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine]Description: Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as Le cinquième élément (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17, 1975 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now in Ukraine). Her Serbian father, Bogdan Jovovich, was a medical doctor in Kiev. There, he met her mother, Galina Jovovich (née Loginova), a Russian actress. At the age of 5, in 1981, Milla emigrated with her parents from the Soviet Union, moving first to London, UK, then to Sacramento, California, and eventually settled in Los Angeles. There her parents worked as house cleaners for the household of director Brian De Palma. Her parents separated, and eventually divorced, because her father was arrested and spent several years in prison.Young Milla Jovovich was brought up by her single mother in Los Angeles. In addition to her native Russian, she also speaks Serbian and English. However, in spite of her cosmopolitan background, Milla was ostracized by some of her classmates, as a kid who emigrated from the Soviet Union amidst the paranoia of the Cold War. Many emotional scars had affected her behavior, but she eventually emerged as a resilient, multi-talented, albeit rebellious and risk-taking girl. She was coached by her actress mother since her childhood, first at home, then studied music, ballet, and acting in Los Angeles.She shot to international fame after she was spotted by the photographer Richard Avedon at the age of 11, and was featured in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, and on the cover of the Italian fashion magazine 'Lei' which was her first cover shoot. She made her first professional model contract at the age of 12, and soon made it to the cover of 'The Face', 'Vogue', 'Cosmopolitan' and many other magazines. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of 'High Times' in the UK, at the age of 18. The total number of her magazine covers worldwide was over one hundred by 2004, and keeps counting. In 2004, she made $10.4 million, becoming the highest paid supermodel in the world.Milla appeared in ad campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Emporio Armani, Donna Karen, DKNY, Celine, P&K, H&H, and continues her role as the worldwide spokesmodel for L'Oreal. Thanks to their continued success with Milla, Giorgio Armani chose her to be the face of his fragrance, Night. In addition to Armani's fragrance, Milla was the face for Calvin Klein's Obsession and Christian Dior's Poison for over 10 years and has most recently become the new face for Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist fragrance, which debuts in August 2009. Milla continues to shoot with the fashion industry's most sought after photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean and Inez & Vinoodh.Milla made her acting debut in the Disney Channel movie The Night Train to Kathmandu (1988) and she made guest appearances on television series including Married with Children (1987) (in 1989 as a French exchange student), Paradise (1988) and Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990). In 1988, at age 12, she made her film debut credited as Milla in a supporting role in Two Moon Junction (1988) by writer/director Zalman King. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she played several supporting roles as a teenage actress in film and on television, then starred in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In 1997, she co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in the sci-fi blockbuster Le cinquième élément (1997), then she starred as the title character of Joan of Arc (1999).In the early 2000s, Milla had a few years of uncertainty in her acting career due to the uneven quality of her films, as well as some hectic events in her private life. She appeared with Mel Gibson in Wim Wenders' The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She went on to co-star with Wes Bentley and Sarah Polley in The Claim (2000) and in Ben Stiller's spoof of the world of models and high-fashion, Zoolander (2001).Milla achieved box office success in the U.S. and around the world with the action-packed thriller, Resident Evil (2002), based on the wildly popular video game, Resident Evil. It was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Milla reprised her role as the zombie slaying heroine, Alice, in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), and again in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). A sixth resident Evil movie is in pre-production.She received glowing reviews opposite Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and Illeana Douglas in Dummy (2002) which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. In the spring of 2006, Milla returned to the big screen as action heroine, Violet, in the futuristic film Ultraviolet (2006) directed by Kurt Wimmer.Focusing on her personal sense of style, her love of fashion led Milla and her friend and business partner, Carmen Hawk, to launch their Jovovich-Hawk clothing line, which achieved instant acclaim in the domestic and international fashion world. The fresh, unique line garnered the attention of red carpet watchers and fashion magazines, including American Vogue, who featured Jovovich-Hawk on their coveted list of "10 Things to Watch Out for in 2005." A student of voice and guitar since she was very young, Milla began writing songs for her first record at the age of 15.Her first album, "The Divine Comedy", was released by EMI Records in 1994. Informed by her experiences as a child growing up as a Russian emigrant in the Red-bashing Reagan era, the introspective European-folkish debut drew favorable reviews for Milla's songwriting and performing. She continues to write music, and has had songs featured on several film soundtracks. She has been writing music and lyrics to her song-demos, playing her guitar and sampling other sounds from her computer, and allowing free download and remix of her songs from her website.Charitable work also plays a major part in Milla's life. She has served as Master of Ceremonies and co-chaired with Elizabeth Taylor for the amfAR and Cinema Against AIDS event at the Venice Film Festival, and has been heavily involved with The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, as well as The Wildlands Project.For many years Milla Jovovich has been maintaining a healthier lifestyle, practicing yoga and meditation, trying to avoid junk food, and cooking for herself. Since she was a little girl, Milla has been writing a private diary, a habit she learned from her mother. She has been keeping a record of many good and bad facts of her life, her travels, her relationships, and all important ideas and events in her career, planning eventually to publish an autobiography. After dissolution of her two previous marriages, Milla Jovovich became engaged to film director Paul W.S. Anderson; their daughter, Ever Anderson, was born on November 3, 2007.
Rosario DawsonBirth date: 9 May 1979, New York City, New York, USADescription: This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen.A rags-to-riches article entitled "Rosario Dawson: From Tenement to Tinseltown" probably says it all. Rosario was born in New York City on May 9, 1979. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent, is a singer, and her stepfather, who raised her, Greg Dawson, of Irish descent, is a construction laborer. Her parents, who married when both were teenagers, eventually divorced. Rosario and her younger brother, Clay Dawson, had it hard while growing up and was cared for by family members, most of whom were poverty-stricken and some of whom were HIV-positive.Her career actually started as a child when she made a minor showing on the children's show, Sesame Street (1969). As the story goes, she was "discovered" as an adolescent on her front porch step by two photographers. One of them, Harmony Korine, was an aspiring screenwriter who thought the inexperienced sixteen-year-old was ideal for the controversial cult film Kids (1995), in which she would portray a sexually active adolescent. It took time for Rosario's film career to kick in after that, but by the late 1990s, she had nabbed several independent films. Since then, she has moved into main-stream hits (and misses) and has surprised viewers with her earthy, provocative, uninhibited approach to her roles.Reflecting New York's tougher, tawdrier side as assorted streetwalkers, homeless mothers, drug addicts, etc., her film highlights have included Light It Up (1999), Edward Burns' Sidewalks of New York (2001), Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002) and Shattered Glass (2003). For Oliver Stone, she portrayed the duped bride of Colin Farrell's famed B.C. Macedonian warrior, Alexander (2004) (as in "...the Great"), which featured a notoriously violent-tinged nude/sex scene.Expanding her horizons beyond film, she has always expressed interest in singing. She hooked up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit "1999" and appeared in The Chemical Brothers' video for the song "Out of Control" from the album "Surrender". She is also featured on the Outkast track, "She Lives in My Lap". On stage, she co-starred as Julia in a revival of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" and appeared in "The Vagina Monologues".She lucked into and got to show off her singing chops in the film adaptation of the hit New York musical Rent (2005), when Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original Mimi, became pregnant and was unable to reprise her exotic dancer role. Rosario also appeared as a prostitute in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City (2005). Of late, she has turned to producing. One of those, Descent (2007), had her playing a college coed who is brutally attacked and raped by a fellow student. Her more popular ventures have thus far included the role of Valerie Brown in the live-action version of the comic strip Josie and the Pussycats (2001), the Will Smith starrer Men in Black II (2002), Eagle Eye (2008) with Shia LaBeouf and Seven Pounds (2008), again with Smith, in which she offered one of her more tender-hearted performances as a woman with a potentially fatal heart condition.Off-camera, the still-single Dawson is highly active in political, social and environmental causes and has been involved with such organizations/charities/campaigns as the Lower East Side Girls Club, Global Cool, the O.N.E. Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Control Arms, International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino (which she founded), Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy and Save the Children. In October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence.
Hill HarperBirth date: 17 May 1966, Iowa City, Iowa, USADescription: Hill Harper, an accomplished film, television and stage actor, stars in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY (2004). He portrays "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes", a reclusive coroner who walked away from a promising surgical career after the traumatic loss of two patients. This February, he will star in the HBO movie, Lackawanna Blues (2005), which is based on the critically-acclaimed stage play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Recently, "People" magazine selected Harper as one of their "Sexiest Men Alive" (2004).Prior to CSI: NY (2004), Harper co-starred as an ambitious undercover FBI operative on the CBS series, The Handler (2003), alongside Emmy Award nominee Joe Pantoliano. The role earned him a 2004 Golden Satellite Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He has also been recognized by the NAACP Image Awards with a nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the CBS series, City of Angels (2000).Harper received critical acclaim for his performance in the independent film, The Visit (2000), directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman, which tells the story of two brothers who are forced to come together when the younger sibling (played by Harper), who is HIV-positive, is sentenced to death row for a crime he seemingly did not commit. His performance, which Daily Variety called "riveting", earned him a Best Actor nomination by the Independent Spirit Awards. He re-teams with Walker-Pearlman in the upcoming independent feature, Constellation (2005), which chronicles the lives and loves of a family in the Deep South.His recent film roles include the lead in the independent film, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (2003), which was accepted into the Toronto International, Palm Springs, and Pan African film festivals. This intriguing film won "Best Canadian First Feature Film" in the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and both "Best Feature" and "Audience Favorite" in the 2004 Pan African Film Festival. He has also completed work on the independent film, America Brown (2004), which was accepted into the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. Harper's other screen credits include: Loving Jezebel (1999)_, The Nephew (1998) (with Pierce Brosnan), The Skulls (2000) (with Joshua Jackson), In Too Deep (1999) (with Omar Epps, LL Cool J and Nia Long), Beloved (1998), Hav Plenty (1997), He Got Game (1998) (with Denzel Washington), and Get on the Bus (1996). Other films include Zooman (1995) (with Louis Gossett Jr., Charles S. Dutton and CCH Pounder), "Full Court Press" (with Ellen Burstyn and Taye Diggs) and One Red Rose (1995), which he also co-wrote, for Showtime.As a television actor, Harper has had numerous guest-starring roles. He recently appeared on recurring episodes of Showtime's Soul Food (2000) and guest-starred on HBO's The Sopranos (1999). He also starred in the CBS mini-series, Mama Flora's Family (1998) and the UPN Network comedy/drama, Live Shot (1995). Other guest appearances include: ER (1994), NYPD Blue (1993), Murder One (1995), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) and Married with Children (1987).Harper's stage credits include appearances in off-Broadway productions of "Your Handsome Captain", "Freeman", and David Mamet's "American Buffalo". He completed a starring run of Jessica Hagedorn's "Dogeaters" at New York's Joseph Papp Public Theatre.Harper graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated with a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He is a full-time member of Boston's Black Folk's Theater Company, one of the nation's oldest and most respected African-American traveling theater troupes. Harper's Bazaar wrote, "You might expect Hill Harper to be the next actor vying for the presidency... but he has other things on his agenda".
Zelda HarrisBirth date: 17 February 1985, New York City, New York, USADescription: Zelda Harris was born on February 17, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for He Got Game (1998), Crooklyn (1994) and The Baby-Sitters Club (1995).
Ned BeattyBirth date: 6 July 1937, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor Ned Beatty was once hailed by Daily Variety as the "busiest actor in Hollywood".Ned Thomas Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Margaret (Fortney) and Charles William Beatty. He grew up fishing and working on farms. His hometown of St. Matthews, Kentucky, is hardly the environment to encourage a career in the entertainment industry, though, so when asked, "How did you get into show business?" Beatty responds, "By hanging out with the wrong crowd." That "crowd" includes some of the industry's most prominent names, such as John Huston, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Paul Newman, Richard Burton, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando and Robert Redford.Beatty has garnered praise from both critics and peers as a dedicated actor's actor. He started as a professional performer at age ten, when he earned pocket money singing in gospel quartets and a barber shop. The big city and bright lights did not come easy, though. The first ten years of Beatty's career were spent at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. He then moved on to the Erie Playhouse in Pennsylvania, the Playhouse Theater in Houston, Texas, and the prestigious Arena Stage Company in Washington, D.C. He was also a member of Shakespeare in Central Park, Louisville, Kentucky. Later, he appeared in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope". At the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, he won rave reviews when he starred in "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist".In 1971, Beatty was chosen by director John Boorman for the role of Bobby Trippe in the hit film/backwoods nightmare Deliverance (1972). Co-star Burt Reynolds and Beatty struck up a friendship together, and Ned has since been cast by Burt in several other films together, including White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), and the abysmal Stroker Ace (1983). Ned's talents were also noticed by others in Hollywood and he was cast in many key productions of the 1970s turning in stellar performance, including an Academy Award nomination of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Network (1976). Beatty was also marvelous in Nashville (1975), under fire from a crazed sniper in The Deadly Tower (1975), an undercover FBI man in the action/comedy Silver Streak (1976), as Lex Luthor's bumbling assistant, Otis, in the blockbuster Superman (1978)... and he returned again with Gene Hackman to play Otis and Lex Luthor again in Superman II (1980).Beatty continued to remain busy throughout the 1980s with appearances in several big budget television productions including The Last Days of Pompeii (1984). However, the overall caliber of the productions in general did not match up to those he had appeared in during the 1970s. Nonetheless, Beatty still shone in films including The Big Easy (1986) and The Fourth Protocol (1987). Into the 1990s, Beatty's work output swung between a mixture of roles in family orientated productions (Gulliver's Travels (1996), Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990), etc.) taking advantage of his "fatherly" type looks, but he could still accentuate a hard edge, and additionally was cast in Radioland Murders (1994) and Just Cause (1995). His many other films include The Toy (1982), All the President's Men (1976), Wise Blood (1979), Rudy (1993), Spring Forward (1999), Hear My Song (1991) -- for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor -- Prelude to a Kiss (1992), He Got Game (1998) and Cookie's Fortune (1999). Beatty's numerous television credits include three years on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Streets of Laredo (1995), and The Boys (1993).Beatty received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Friendly Fire (1979) opposite Carol Burnett, and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Family Channel's Last Train Home (1989). Other notable credits include The Wool Cap (2004), The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), A Woman Called Golda (1982), Pray TV (1982), the miniseries Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985), Lockerbie: A Night Remembered (1998) and T Bone N Weasel (1992). He also had a recurring role on Roseanne (1988) and performed musically on television specials for Dolly Parton and The Smothers Brothers.In 2001, Beatty returned to his theatrical roots starring in London's West End revival production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Brendan Fraser. He also appeared in the production on Broadway in 2003/2004 with Jason Patric and Ashley Judd. In 2006, Beatty completed three features to be released next year: The Walker (2007); a Paul Schrader film also starring Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily Tomlin; Paramount's Shooter (2007) starring Mark Wahlberg; and Charlie Wilson's War (2007), a Mike Nichols film with Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Blessed with eight children, Beatty enjoys golf and playing the bass guitar. He gives himself until the age of 70 to become proficient at both.Also in the 21st century, Beatty turned out a terrific performance in the popular Where the Red Fern Grows (2003).
Jim BrownBirth date: 17 February 1936, St. Simons Island, Georgia, USADescription: Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film The Dirty Dozen (1967). He was kept busy with additional on screen appearances in other fast paced films including Ice Station Zebra (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and El Condor (1970).Brown's popularity grew during the boom of "blaxploitation" cinema in the early 1970s portraying tough "no nonsense" characters in Slaughter (1972), Black Gunn (1972) and Three the Hard Way (1974). His on-screen work in the latter part of the 1970s and 1980s was primarily centered around guest spots on popular TV shows such as CHiPs (1977) and Knight Rider (1982). However, Brown then resurfaced in better quality films beginning with his role as a fiery assassin in The Running Man (1987), he parodied the blaxploitation genre along with many other African-American actors in the comedy I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), played an ex-heavyweight boxer in the sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks! (1996) and ironically played an ex-football legend in the Oliver Stone directed sports film Any Given Sunday (1999).Additionally, Jim Brown was a ringside commentator for the first six events of the Ultimate Fighting Championships from 1993 through to 1996. A bona fide legend in American sports and a successful actor, he continues to remain busy in front of the camera with recent appearances in various sports shows & TV productions.
Joseph Lyle TaylorBirth date: 20 September 1964, Vidor, Texas, USADescription: Joseph Lyle Taylor was born on September 20, 1964 in Vidor, Texas, USA as Joseph Lyle Taylor Jr. . He is an actor and producer, known for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and He Got Game (1998).
Bill NunnBirth date: 20 October 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Commanding performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's School Daze (1988), but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his second film with Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989), playing Radio Raheem, whose ever-present boom box is at the center of a fight that leads to his death at the hands of an overzealous police officer, the prelude to the all-out riot that follows (Nunn also acted in Mo' Better Blues (1990) and He Got Game (1998) for Lee). Though he made his initial mark playing young street toughs on screen, this veteran of the Atlanta stage showed he could use his impressive size for something other than menace with a critically acclaimed performance as Harrison Ford's sympathetic, high-spirited physical therapist in Regarding Henry (1991). Nunn subsequently has played pretty much every type there is, all the way up to nice, huggable teddy bear guys like Whoopi Goldberg's protector Eddie Souther in Sister Act (1992).His professionalism has made him a favorite of other directors besides Lee. He portrayed a Southern police chief in Bill Condon's White Lie (1991) (USA Network), later reteaming with Condon for Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), and has also acted twice for Michael Apted (Extreme Measures (1996), HBO's Always Outnumbered (1998)) and Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Kiss the Girls (1997)). Nunn also turned in a fine performance as Tim Roth's adoptive father in La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998), Giuseppe Tornatore's first English-language feature, released initially in Italy and then in the United States in 1999. He can also be seen in Spider-Man (2002), People I Know (2002) with Al Pacino and the prison thriller Lockdown (2000).Nunn has also found time to do numerous television pilots and three series. He was in the CBS series Traps (1994) with George C. Scott, sitcom Local Heroes (1995) for NBC and the critically acclaimed The Job (2001) with Denis Leary on ABC. He has appeared on episodes of Chicago Hope (1994), Touched by an Angel (1994) (both CBS), New York Undercover (1994) and Millennium (1996) (both Fox), among others.Nunn resides in Georgia with his wife Donna and daughters Jessica and Cydney.
Michele ShayBirth date: 18 April 1955, USADescription: Michele Shay was born on April 18, 1955 in the USA. She is an actress, known for Another World (1964), Manhunter (1986) and He Got Game (1998).
Thomas Jefferson ByrdBirth date: 1941, Griffin, Georgia, USADescription: Born in Georgia, Byrd earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Morris Brown College and later received a master of fine arts degree in dance from California Institute of the Arts. He has starred in numerous regional stage productions including the San Diego Repertory Theater's award-winning performance of "Spunk". He has also starred in "Home" by Samm-Art Evans, "Two Trains Running", "The Piano Lesson" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at the Alliance Theater, "Flyin' West", "Hamlet" and "Miss Evers' Boys" at the Indiana Repertory, and in other productions of "Flyin' West" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at the Long Wharf Theater.
Roger Guenveur SmithBirth date: 27 July 1955, Berkeley, California, USADescription: Roger Guenveur Smith is an internationally acclaimed actor, writer, and director who has created a prolific body of work on stage and screen.He adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm, directed by his longtime colleague Spike Lee, with whom he continues to collaborate in a relationship which is unparalleled in the American cinema.For Lee's Oscar-nominated Do The Right Thing, Smith improvised the stuttering hero, Smiley, after his debut as fraternity pledge Yoda in Lee's first studio film, school daze. The eclectic range of characters expanded with a Russian roulette-playing gangster in Malcolm X, a guitar-playing cop in Get On The Bus , the street philosopher Big Time Willie in He Got Game, a hardnose detective in Summer Of Sam, and an opportunistic insurance salesman in Chi-Raq.Also among Smith's recent credits are The Birth Of A Nation, and Bitch, which have achieved distinction in three consecutive Sundance Festivals, and the acclaimed indies Mooz-Lum, and Better Mus' Come, in which he plays the Prime Minister of Jamaica.Smith's astonishing range is further demonstrated in the cult classics Deep Cover and King Of New York, Eve's Bayou, Hamlet, All About The Benjamins, and American Gangster, for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors' Guild Award. On HBO, Smith has starred in Steven Soderbergh's K Street, Oz, and Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narrative.Before entering the Yale School of Drama ( into a class which included Angela Bassett, Charles S. Dutton, and John Turturro) Smith studied history, earning an undergraduate degree in American Studies at Occidental College.He has continued to combine his interests through an ever-evolving stage repertoire which includes Frederick Douglass Now, Christopher Columbus 1992, The Watts Towers Project, In Honor Of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Two Fires, Patriot Act, Juan and John, The End Of Black History Month, Who Killed Bob Marley?, Iceland, and, with Mark Broyard, Inside The Creole Mafia, a "not too dark comedy."Smith's work is frequently developed through intense archival immersion and improvisation, a process which informs his performing history workshop, which he currently directs at Cal Arts.Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, Steven Berkoff's Agamemnon, and the Bessie and Ovation Award-winning Radio Mambo, are also among his directorial credits.Smith frequently collaborates with composer/videographer Marc Anthony Thompson (Chocolate Genius Inc.) and presents his work at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.Smith was born in Berkeley, and raised in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife, the writer LeTania Kirkland, and their three children. He has an adult daughter from a former marriage.
John TurturroBirth date: 28 February 1957, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles.Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer, and Nicholas Turturro, a construction worker and carpenter. His brother, also named Nicholas Turturro, is an actor, and actress Aida Turturro is his cousin.Turturro has become a regular in the thought provoking films of Spike Lee and the off the wall comedies of Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. His wonderful performances include as the highly agitated "Pino" in Do the Right Thing (1989), as an intellectual playwright in Barton Fink (1991), a pedophile tenpin bowler in The Big Lebowski (1998), a confused boyfriend in Jungle Fever (1991) and as the voice of Harvey the dog in Summer of Sam (1999).Turturro has continued to appeal to audiences despite his unconventional looks and the often annoying onscreen mannerisms of his characters which he used to great effect in films such as his blue collar tale of warring brothers in the construction business, Mac (1992), as the irate, dumped game show contestant, Herbie Stempel, in Robert Redford's dynamic Quiz Show (1994). One of modern American cinema's gems of acting, Turturro remains in strong demand for his high calibre thespian talents.
Lonette McKeeBirth date: 22 July 1954, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Lonette McKee's career began in the music industry in hometown Detroit, Michigan as a child prodigy, where she began playing keyboards composing music and lyrics, singing and performing professionally at a young age. At fourteen she recorded her first record, "Stop Don't Worry 'Bout It" which became an instant regional Pop/R&B hit.Lonette made her feature film debut playing 'Sista' in Sparkle. Following were starring roles in films Which Way is Up and Brewster's Millions opposite legendary, Richard Pryor, The Cotton Club and Gardens of Stone for renowned director, Francis Ford Coppola. Sundance Film Festival winner, Lift, earned Lonette a Black Reel Nomination. Other films include Cuba, Men of Honor, 'Round Midnight for outstanding French filmmaker, Bertrand Tavenier. Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, He Got Game and She Hate Me for renowned filmmaker and mentor, Spike Lee. Recently, Lonette appeared in films, A Day in Black and White, Honey, ATL, Paper Mache Chase, Fast Food Fast Women, Honey 2, This Narrow Place and LUV, opposite hip hop mega-star, Common. Television films include, Women of Brewster Place, with Oprah Winfrey, for which Lonette received an NAACP nomination; Having Our Say, Queen, To Dance with Olivia, For Love of Olivia, Blind Faith and Dangerous Passions. She also received an NAACP Nomination for her recurring appearances on As The World Turns and has enjoyed a recurring lead role in hit series' Third Watch and The Game. Solo television guest appearances include The Tonight Show, Today Show, Good Morning America and David Letterman. Lonette was recognized in "People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful Issue." Winning the coveted Tony Nomination for her portrayal of the tragic mulatto, 'Julie', in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Showboat, she earned the distinction of becoming the first African American actress to play the coveted role in the U.S. and later reprised the role for great theatrical director Hal Prince on Broadway. Critical praise and a Drama Desk Nomination was earned for her heartbreaking portrayal of Billie Holiday in the one-woman hit drama with music, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.Lonette has written and produced solo CD's entitled, Lonette, Words and Music, Natural Love, Acoustic Tracks, Lonette McKee and Superstar. She has toured throughout the world in solo concert performances including the prestigious JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.Studying film directing at The New School in NYC she also apprenticed film directing under the tutelage of mentor Spike Lee. Lonette continues to write and produce music and screenplays along with television concepts for Lonette McKee Entertainment Inc. To include Dream Street, an original screenplay for theatrical release which was chosen as Finalist in Sundance Film Lab and will mark her directorial debut.A recent concert at Aaron Davis Hall played to a sold-out audience.Lonette is a Blog Contributor for the Huffington Post and teaches the Actor's Workshop at The City College of New York Continuing and Professional Studies. She recently enjoyed rave reviews in New York for her work Off Broadway in Sowa's Red Gravy and A Raisin in the Sun at the prestigious Clarence Brown Theatre, both directed by Woodie King Jr. She was recently nominated for a 2013 AUDELCO Award in Best Actress category.Lonette is an animal lover and outspoken advocate for human and animal rights.
Arthur J. NascarellaBirth date: 18 November 1944, Suffolk County, New York, USADescription: Arthur J. Nascarella was born on November 18, 1944 in Suffolk County, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Running Scared (2006), The Cooler (2003) and Happiness (1998).
Travis BestBirth date: 12 July 1972, Springfield, Massachusetts, USADescription: Travis Best first garnered national attention during his senior at Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Massachusetts - the birthplace of basketball and the location of the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame. He scored 81 points in a game, and was named a high school McDonald's All-America. Ironically, the annual McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game was scheduled to play in Springfield that year, so Travis got to play in the ultimate high school basketball showcase in his hometown. Playing for the east, he scored 11 points in the game, including a game-tying three-pointer down the stretch, although his squad wound up on the losing end. During his high school career, Best won the John Lahovich Award (best player in Massachusetts) three times. Highly recruited, he wound up accepting an offer to go to Atlanta and attend Georgia Institute of Technology. Best's four years at Georgia Tech under coach Bobby Cremins were very productive, as he ended his collegiate career with career averages of 16.6 points per game (2,057 points in total), 5.6 assists per game, 3.1 steals per game and 1.8 steals per game. Three times, he was named to the first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference squad. As a senior, he was also awarded honorable mention All-America honors. The Indiana Pacers made him their first-round selection in the 1995 NBA draft (#23 overall), and he has forged a career as a reliable substitute and occasional starting point guard ever since. As of the end of the 2002-2003 season, in six-and-a-half seasons with Indiana, half of one season with the Chicago Bulls and one season with the Miami Heat, Travis Best has amassed 4,691 points and 2,189 assists. His best season was his final season with the Indiana Pacers, 2000-2001, when he averaged career-highs in points (918 - 11.9 per game), assists (473 - 6.1 per game), rebounds (222 - 2.9 per game) and steals (110 - 1.4 per game.) His NBA head coaches have included Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas and Pat Riley.
Walter McCartyBirth date: 1 February 1974, Evansville, Indiana, USADescription: Walter McCarty was born on February 1, 1974 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Walter Lee McCarty. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), I Love the '80s (2002) and Sixth Man: Bluesanity (2013).
John WallaceBirth date: 9 February 1974, Rochester, New York, USADescription: Born on February 9, 1974 and raised in Greece, New York by his mother, Vanessa, he grew up with his younger brother, "Kippy" a mile from his alma mater, Greece Athena High School.After he led that school to several championships, he went on to become the highest-scoring, multi-record holding teammate of Syracuse University's Mens Basketball history during his time there from 1993-1996, while majoring in sociology. And before assisting in leading them to the 1996 NCAA Championship game (which they lost), he amassed several record-breaking statistics, yet to be threatened by S.U. players since his 1996 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.
Rick FoxBirth date: 24 July 1969, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDescription: Born in Toronto, Rick Fox moved to the Bahamas when he was very young. His father is Afro-Bahamian, and his mother, who is Canadian, is of Italian and Scottish descent. Rick went to Warsaw Indiana high school as an exchange student and played basketball there. A complaint was filed about his eligibility and it was ruled one of his earlier years in the Bahamas was equivalent to a year of high school. As a result, he was banned from playing his senior year. To keep himself sharp and in playing shape, he still practiced with the team every day. Majored in radio, television, and motion picture sciences and played college basketball at UNC, where he left as the all-time school steals leader and games played leader. Upon graduating, he was selected 24th overall in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. After several seasons with the Celtics, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers partly due to its proximity to Hollywood and his interest in acting. While with the Lakers, he helped them win an NBA Championship as a versatile role-player.
Al PalagoniaBirth date: 13 December 1967, New York City, New York, USADescription: Al Palagonia was born on December 13, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006) and Summer of Sam (1999).
Leonard RobertsBirth date: 17 November 1972, St. Louis, Missouri, USADescription: Leonard Roberts was born on November 17, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor, known for American Sniper (2014), Drumline (2002) and Savages (2012).
Saul SteinBirth date: 17 November 1972, St. Louis, Missouri, USADescription: Saul Stein is an actor and producer, known for The Deuce (2017), Open Water (2003) and New Jersey Drive (1995).
Ron Cephas JonesBirth date: 17 November 1972, St. Louis, Missouri, USADescription: Ron Cephas Jones is an actor, known for Half Nelson (2006), Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and He Got Game (1998).
Jade YorkerBirth date: 16 June 1985, New Jersey, USADescription: Jade Yorker was born on June 16, 1985 in New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Gridiron Gang (2006), Music of the Heart (1999) and He Got Game (1998).
Shortee RedBirth date: 16 June 1985, New Jersey, USADescription: Shortee Red is an actor, known for Precious (2009), He Got Game (1998) and Our Song (2000).
Quinn HarrisBirth date: 16 June 1985, New Jersey, USADescription: Quinn Harris is an actress, known for He Got Game (1998) and You, Me and the Kids (1998).
Dean SmithBirth date: 28 February 1931, Emporia, Kansas, USADescription: Dean Smith was born on February 28, 1931 in Emporia, Kansas, USA as Dean Edward Smith. He was married to Linnea Smith and Ann Cleavinger. He died on February 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Lute OlsonBirth date: 22 September 1934, Mayville, North Dakota, USADescription: Lute Olson was born on September 22, 1934 in Mayville, North Dakota, USA as Robert Olson. He has been married to Kelly Pugnea since April 2010. He was previously married to Christine Toretti and Roberta Russell.
John ChaneyBirth date: 21 January 1932, Jacksonville, Florida, USADescription: John Chaney was born on January 21, 1932 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
John ThompsonBirth date: 2 September 1941, Washington, District of Columbia, USADescription: John Thompson was born on September 2, 1941 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as John R. Thompson Jr. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), The Sixth Man (1997) and Bill Russell: My Life, My Way (2000). He was previously married to Gwendolyn.
Roy WilliamsBirth date: 1 August 1950, Biltmore, North Carolina, USADescription: One of the best coaches in college basketball today and possibly ever, Roy Williams was from humble beginnnings. Raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Williams was raised by his mother after his father left them. In Asheville, Williams was on the high school basketball team at T.C. Robertson High School where he was recruited to play at North Carolina by Dean Smith. Although he only played one year of Junior Varsity at North Carolina, Williams stayed to receive his Bachelor's Degree in 1972. The next year, Williams got his M.A.T. from North Carolina and began his coaching career. His coaching career began when he was the coach of the boy's basketball, 9th grade and golf teams at Charles D. Owen Swannanoa High School in North Carolina for five years and served as the athletic director his last two years there. Before the start of the 1978-1979 season, Dean Smith called on Roy to join the coaching staff at North Carolina. During that tenure, the Tar Heels played for two national championships and winning one. Perhaps the biggest coup for Roy Williams as a coach was recruiting a kid from North Carolina who dreamed of having a shoe named after him. The kid: Michael Jordan. Roy's discovery and landing got North Carolina their first national championship under Dean Smith. Carolina continued to have success and Williams was beginning to get consideration for various coaching jobs, but he landed the job at the University of Kansas after the Jayhawks won the 1988 National Championship. Problems awaited Roy when he took the job at Kansas. First, the Jayhawks were placed on probation, yet were able to maintain their status as champions. The other was the graduation of Kansas basketball legend Danny Manning. Despite that, Williams was able to place Kansas in the Final Four twice in his first five years as head coach. Both times, the Jayhawks faced Dean Smith and North Carolina. In 1991, Kansas won, but in 1993, the Tar Heels triumphed. Williams is the fastet coach to win 300 games in NCAA history and may very well be on pace to break his mentor's record for wins in a career. Recently, Williams was offered his dream job at North Carolina when Bill Guthridge resigned as head coach. Career coaching record as of 1/23/2001: 345-83 (.806 Win Percentage)
Nolan RichardsonBirth date: 27 December 1941, El Paso, Texas, USADescription: Nolan Richardson was born on December 27, 1941 in El Paso, Texas, USA. He is married to Rose Davila. They have two children. He was previously married to Helen.
Denny CrumBirth date: 2 March 1937, San Fernando, California, USADescription: Denny Crum was born on March 2, 1937 in San Fernando, California, USA as Denzil E. Crum. He has been married to Susan Sweeney since June 9, 2001. He was previously married to Joyce Phillips and Joyce Elaine Lunsford.
Tom DavisBirth date: 2 March 1937, San Fernando, California, USADescription: Tom Davis was born in Ridgeway, Wisconsin, USA. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998) and A Dream of Color in Black and White (2005).
Clem HaskinsBirth date: 11 August 1943, Campbellsville, Kentucky, USADescription: Former head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He lead the team to an NIT championship, a #1 seed and final four appearance in the NCAA, and many years of continual excellence and competition in the Big Ten conference. However, his reign as head coach ended as temultuosly as it began. When he took over as head coach (after coaching Western Kentucky), the Minnesota program was in scandal and needed a coach that could lead and guide its players/students. Clem did this, however, he did it to well. In 1999, shortly after gaining a #7 seed in the NCAA tournement and just before playing Gonzaga, the roof caved in. 2 players were suspended for the game (and a freashman walk-on depite 20+ points and 10+ rebounds could not save the gophers). Gonzaga's win was no fluke as they continued to the sweet 16 and repeated the same seeding feat the following year. However, Clem Haskins would never coach for the Golden Gophers again. In the biggest academic scandal since before he became coach, allegations of term papers writen for students (over 200), bribes, and Haskin's having knowledge of the incident caused the University to buy out his remaining contract (for fear that a drawn out battle may hinder the U's future--> in the $1 million range). The fact that Clem Haskins had personal approval of these actions does not shed great light on his future. The Gophers basketball program attempted to make ajustments by slapping a 1 year post season ban on itself. Gonzaga's coach was hired as the new Gopher coach and the new reign started. Glen Mason and the rest of the Gopher's staff implemented new rules that went beyond the NCAA GPA minimums and in fact one player was suspended and later quit the team because of it.
George KarlBirth date: 12 May 1951, Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, USADescription: George Karl was born on May 12, 1951 in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, USA as George Matthew Karl. He was previously married to Cathy Cramer.
Jim BoeheimBirth date: 17 November 1944, Lyons, New York, USADescription: Jim Boeheim was born on November 17, 1944 in Lyons, New York, USA as James Arthur Boeheim. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Pardon the Interruption (2001) and Mike and Mike in the Morning (2005). He has been married to Juli Greene since October 10, 1997. They have three children. He was previously married to Elaine.
Rick PitinoBirth date: 18 September 1952, New York City, New York, USADescription: Rick Pitino was born on September 18, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Through the Fire (2005) and Unguarded (2011). He has been married to Joanne Minardi since April 3, 1976. They have four children.
Bobby CreminsBirth date: 4 July 1947, The Bronx, New York, USADescription: Bobby Cremins was born on July 4, 1947 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He has been married to Carolyn since July 4, 1975. They have three children.
Dick VitaleBirth date: 9 June 1939, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USADescription: This New Jersey native is to college basketball what fireworks and watermelon are to the 4th of July. Known as Dickie V to his legions of fans all over America, his coaching career started at East Rutherford High School in the late 60s. As his career progressed he went on to coach the University of Detroit and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. Fired in 1979 as coach of the NBA Pistons he immediately took a job at the start up cable network ESPN, pairing with Jim Simpson to call its first ever college basketball game for $350 that same year. As the popularity of college basketball took off in the 80s, Vitale's fame also soared as ESPN's #1 color analyst. Still working for ESPN, Dick has fan clubs on college campuses all over America and is often more popular with the fans than the game he is covering. He is famous for his catch phrases such as "DIAPER DANDY" (a freshman) or screaming "THATTA WAY" after a great play or slam dunk. Dick is in high demand as a motivational speaker. He is also the author of several books including "Vitale: Time Out, Baby!" and "Campus Chaos: Why the Game I Love is Breaking My Heart". The Seton Hall grad currently lives in the Tampa area, where he has season tickets to the Devil Rays, with his wife Lorraine.
Bill WaltonBirth date: 5 November 1952, La Mesa, California, USADescription: Bill Walton was born on November 5, 1952 in La Mesa, California, USA as William Theodore Walton III. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Celtic Pride (1996) and Bill Walton's Long, Strange Trip (2003). He has been married to Lori Matsuoka since 1991. He was previously married to Susan Guth.
Shaquille O'NealBirth date: 6 March 1972, Newark, New Jersey, USADescription: Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return, etc.), and starred in select movies (Steel (1997), Kazaam (1996), Blue Chips (1994)). He has played for 4 NBA teams: the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, and currently the Cleveland Cavaliers.O'Neal graduated from Louisiana State University and is the only current NBA player with an MBA (Master of Business Administration). Shaq is also one of the few NBA players in history to reach the NBA Finals with three different teams. His charisma on and off the court helped create a worldwide reputation as "Godfather of the NBA."As a result of his father's influence and military background, Shaq has made public service a priority in his life, ranging from donations to charities and organizations across the country to working as a reserve police officer in Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix. He intends to pursue a career in politics and/or sports ownership upon retiring from the NBA.
Reggie MillerBirth date: 24 August 1965, Riverside, California, USADescription: Reggie Miller was born on August 24, 1965 in Riverside, California, USA as Reginald Wayne Miller. He is an actor and producer, known for He Got Game (1998), The NBA on TNT (1988) and Gang Related (1997). He was previously married to Marita Stavrou.
Charles BarkleyBirth date: 20 February 1963, Leeds, Alabama, USADescription: Charles Barkley was born on February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama, USA as Charles Wade Barkley. He is an actor, known for Look Who's Talking Now (1993), The NBA on TNT (1988) and Michael Jordan: Air Time (1993). He has been married to Maureen Blumhardt since February 9, 1989. They have one child.
Scottie PippenBirth date: 25 September 1965, Hamburg, Arkansas, USADescription: Scottie Pippen was born on September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas, USA. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Slam City with Scottie Pippen (1994) and Midgets Vs. Mascots (2009). He has been married to Larsa Pippen since July 20, 1997. They have four children. He was previously married to Karen McCollum.
Michael JordanBirth date: 17 February 1963, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brookyln, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to raise a family, so they moved the family to Wilmington, North Carolina.As a youngster, Michael immediately became interested in sports. However, it was baseball not basketball that was his first love. He would play catch in the yard with his father, who loved baseball. He soon started to play basketball to try and follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Larry, whom he idolized growing up.At Laney High School, as a sophomore, he decided to try out for the varsity team but was cut because he was raw and undersized. The following summer, he grew four inches and practiced tirelessly. The hard work paid off as he averaged 25 points per game in his last two years and was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team as a senior.Following high school, he earned a basketball scholarship from North Carolina University where he would play under legendary coach Dean Smith. In his first year, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year. He would help lead the Tarheels to the 1982 NCAA Championship, making the game-winning shot.After winning the Naismith College Player of the Year award in 1984, Jordan decided to leave North Carolina to enter the NBA draft. Although he decided to leave college early, he would later return to the university in 1986 to complete his degree in geography.In the 1984 NBA draft, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. As a rookie for the Bulls, he made an immediate impact, averaging an amazing 28.2 points a game, including six games where he scored 40+ points. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game and named Rookie of the Year. This would just be the beginning of a career filled with awards and accolades. In the upcoming years, he would go on to win five regular season MVP awards, six NBA championships, six NBA finals MVP awards, three All-Star game MVP awards, and a defensive player of the year award.In 1993, tragedy struck Jordan's seemingly perfect life. On July 23, 1993, his father, James, was murdered off Interstate 95 in North Carolina. Two locals had robbed him, shot him in the chest and threw his body in a swamp.Three months later on October 6, 1993, following a run of three consecutive NBA championships, Jordan announced his retirement from basketball citing that "he no longer had the desire to play." Now "retired" at age 33, it was uncertain what Jordan would do next. Would he take a year off out of the public eye to grieve and then come back to the Bulls? Would he go out and look for a white collar job in the field of geography, his college major? Or would he take up a completely different hobby like golf?In early 1994, Jordan decided to take up a new hobby alright. However, it wasn't golf. It was baseball. Despite not playing baseball since high school some 13 years ago, he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1994. He played one unspectacular season for the Double-A Birmingham Barons.On March 18, 1995, Jordan, a man of few words since his retirement, sent two important words to media sources everywhere: "I'm Back". He celebrated his return to the NBA by doing what he always did best: winning. Although the Bulls would lose in the playoffs to the Orlando Magic, it was obvious that Jordan was still the same superstar player. He would go on to lead the Bulls to three more consecutive NBA championships and etch his place in the history as the "NBA's greatest player of all-time".On January 13, 1999, Jordan re-announced his retirement, saying that "he was 99.9 percent sure that he would never play again". Soon after, Jordan became part owner of the Washington Wizards.Near the start of the 2001-02 season, there were hints that Jordan may try another comeback to the NBA. On September 25, 2001, Jordan confirmed those rumors, announcing that he would once again return to the NBA as a member of the Wizards. His two seasons in Washington were mediocre at best. His statistics were solid and he showed some flashes of his old self but he could not lead the Wizards to the playoffs and missed several games due to injury. He retired for good following the 2002-03 season and was subsequently dismissed as president of the Washington Wizards.In June 2006, he became part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Later that year, he filed for divorce from Juanita, his wife of 17 years. They have three children together.
Robin RobertsBirth date: 23 November 1960, Tuskegee, Alabama, USADescription: Robin Roberts was born on November 23, 1960 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA as Robin Rene Roberts. She is an actress, known for Good Morning America (1975), Love & Basketball (2000) and He Got Game (1998).
Gus JohnsonBirth date: 23 November 1960, Tuskegee, Alabama, USADescription: Gus Johnson is an actor, known for CBS Strikeforce M-1 Global Saturday Night Fights (2009), Madden NFL 11 (2010) and 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl (2012).
Stuart ScottBirth date: 19 July 1965, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Stuart Scott was born on July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Stuart Orlando Scott. He was an actor, known for The Game Plan (2007), Just Wright (2010) and Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003). He was married to Kimberley Alice Emmons. He died on January 4, 2015 in Avon, Connecticut, USA.
Ray ClayBirth date: 19 July 1965, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Ray Clay is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Blink (1993) and Married with Children (1987).
J.C. MacKenzieBirth date: 17 October 1970, Peterborough, Ontario, CanadaDescription: J.C. MacKenzie was a student at Concordia University when he saw his first play. Within two years, he was accepted at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.He has made over 150 appearances in films and television, and on stage. He is best-known for his role as "Ludlow" in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004), "Arnold Spivak" in the Emmy Award TV-Series, Murder One (1995), as well as his portrait of "Reagan "Normal" Ronald" in James Cameron's Dark Angel (2000) series, which won the People's Choice Award. He made his screen debut in the TV-movie, Perry Mason Returns (1985), billed as "John C. MacKenzie" (his birth name).
Coati MundiBirth date: 3 January 1963, New York City, New York, USADescription: Andy (Coati's birth name) was raised in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He has a degree in business from NYU. At college he discovered his passion for the arts thus he would spend most of his free time hanging out with musicians, actors and poets. He worked briefly as a Social Worker prior to his breakthrough with Savannah Band ("Cherchez la Femme").
Avery GlymphBirth date: 3 January 1963, New York City, New York, USADescription: Avery Glymph is known for his work on Madam Secretary (2014).
Ciara A. ShieldsBirth date: 3 January 1963, New York City, New York, USADescription: Ciara A. Shields is an actress, known for He Got Game (1998).
Linque AyoungBirth date: 3 January 1963, New York City, New York, USADescription: Linque Ayoung is an actress, known for Civil Brand (2002), He Got Game (1998) and Who's the Man? (1993).
Angela MerylBirth date: 3 January 1963, New York City, New York, USADescription: Veteran stunt woman and actor. Year after year, Meryl reaps rewards of acknowledgment including a historical two-time, Taurus Award nomination for her performance in the opening scene of Quentin Turentino's blockbuster-- Kill Bill; A Taurus Award for "Best Overall Stunt By A Woman," for the movie Obsessed, and in 2010 an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she from the studio rooftop before jumping down to sit one on one with Winfrey for a candid talk about her life as a stunt woman.Meryl doubles a cadre of A-list babes in Hollywood including Beyonce, Halle Berry and Rihanna and so many more.As a martial artist she trains diligently to maintain optimum fitness and stamina for daily living. But for the advancement of her professional career Meryl studies habitually with some of Hollywood's top acting coaches and stunt training facilities in order to remain on the cutting edge of the ever evolving business of entertainment.Meryl beams with pride and joy when at home with her daughter, her family, dear friends and those she mentors in both the community and industry at large.
Dionne PhillipsBirth date: 20 February 1968, Toledo, Ohio, USADescription: A former makeup artist, model and actress, Dionne Phillips knows beauty. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Naomi Campbell are just a few of the A-list celebrities who credit eyelash extension specialist Dionne Phillips with their glamorous style.Dionne trained in New York, where she worked for 5 years perfecting the art of eyelash extension, and then traveled the country before bringing her unique talent to Los Angeles. With a surgeon's precision, Dionne hand glues individual extensions to each eyelash, creating a fun and fabulous look.She has formulated a technique which can give every woman a new "lash" on life. Whether you are just looking to enhance your natural beauty, are a cancer patient looking to restore one's sense of self, or are a party girl looking to give diva for a few weeks, Dionne can help you "lash" out the competition with a variety of lash styles ranging from natural to ultra glam. D'Lashes last for weeks or months depending on the technique you choose.Once you "lash out" with D'Lashes you will discover why Dionne Phillips is the Queen of Eyelashes.
Gary FrithBirth date: 20 February 1968, Toledo, Ohio, USADescription: Gary Frith is known for his work on He Got Game (1998), Boomerang (1992) and Do the Right Thing (1989).
Jamie HectorBirth date: 7 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Jamie Hector (born October 7, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) is an American actor of Haitian descent who is known for his portrayal of Marlo Stanfield on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. Jamie Hector began acting immediately after high school when he auditioned for a community theater company. He then enrolled in college while he continued to audition and book roles on New York Undercover, Third Watch, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Beat. His film work dates back to Spike Lee's Clockers. From there he went on to appear in He Got Game, Ghost Dog, Prison Song, and Everyday People. In 2002 Hector had a brief role in the movie Paid in Full. Hector attributes a defining moment in his career to the 2003 short film Five Deep Breaths directed by Seith Mann. With Hector in the lead role Five Deep Breaths was an Official Selection of the Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and IFP Film Festivals; it went on to accumulate 16 awards. David Simon, the creator of The Wire, cited Five Deep Breaths as the movie that brought Hector to his attention, and led him to be cast as Marlo Stanfield. Hector starred in the 2007 film Blackout with Melvin Van Peebles and Jeffrey Wright, and was featured as recurring villain Benjamin "Knox" Washington in the third season of Heroes. In 2008, Hector also appeared in the film Max Payne, in which he plays the role of Lincoln DeNeuf, a Haitian crime boss. In 2009 Hector appeared in the movie Just Another Day, playing the up-and-coming rapper Young Eastie, who attempts to make it at all costs. In 2010 he had a role in Night Catches Us and began filming The Gift. He voiced Emile-A239 (Noble 4) in Halo: Reach. He had a minor role in Season 2 of Jericho episode 7 where he played a corporal for the Allied States of America. In 2011, Jamie made an appearance on CSI Miami as Jean Guiton in the episode "Hunting Ground". In 2012, Jamie made a brief appearance on Common Law in the episode "Hot for Teacher". Recently, he has been in the Show Person of Interest As Link of the gang Brotherhood. So far appearing in 2 episodes
Harry PhilippeBirth date: 7 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Harry Philippe is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998).
Kelli-Lin McMillanBirth date: 7 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Kelli-Lin McMillan is an actress, known for He Got Game (1998).
Lamar TookesBirth date: 7 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Lamar Tookes is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998).
Mark BrelandBirth date: 11 May 1963, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Mark Breland was born on May 11, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Mark Anthony Breland. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Summer of Sam (1999) and Morning Breath (2002).
Heather HunterBirth date: 1 October 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: One of the most popular black stars in porn, Heather Hunter began her adult-film career on her 18th birthday, shooting Heather Hunter on Fire (1988) in 1988. Born and raised in New York City, she shot a few adult films there before journeying to Los Angeles. A former dancer on the TV show Soul Train (1971), she was at one time under contract to Vivid Video and became one of that company's select crop of "Vivid Video Girls". She has made small appearances in several "mainstream" films, and has at times dated comedian Bill Maher and actor Charlie Sheen.
Christopher WynkoopBirth date: 7 December 1943, Long Branch, New Jersey, USADescription: Christopher Wynkoop was born on December 7, 1943 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Ghostbusters (1984), Wendigo (2001) and Summer of Sam (1999).
Alonzo ScalesBirth date: 7 December 1943, Long Branch, New Jersey, USADescription: Alonzo Scales is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998).
Lori RomBirth date: 16 August 1975, Red Bank, New Jersey, USADescription: Lori Rom was born on August 16, 1975 in Red Bank, New Jersey, USA as Loren Rom. She is known for her work on BioShock Infinite (2013), He Got Game (1998) and To Save a Life (2009). She is married to Ronnie Steadman.
Kim DirectorBirth date: 13 November 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Kim Director was born on November 13, 1974, in Florida, and later moved to Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania represented the start of her performing career, as she attended Carnegie Mellon University and piled up a solid set of theater credits. Kim managed to stay active in the years since her breakout in 2000. She finds work on a consistent basis, be it on the big screen or on TV. Her career track undeniably states that we're going to see a lot more of Kim Director's talent and piercing eyes.
Felicia FinleyBirth date: 14 December 1971, Charleston, South Carolina, USADescription: Felicia Finley was born on December 14, 1971 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for 25th Hour (2002), He Got Game (1998) and The 67th Annual Tony Awards (2013). She has been married to Paul Stancato since May 5, 2007.
Chasey LainBirth date: 7 December 1971, Newport, North Carolina, USADescription: One of the most classically beautiful women ever to appear in adult films, Chasey Lain has a winning smile, long light brown hair and a trim, dance-sculpted figure. She was working as a stripper in Florida and took note of the kinds of money porn actresses made when they appeared for short dancing engagements. Eventually Alexis De Vell helped convince her to head west and go for the big bucks, which is exactly what she did. She turned in a couple of non-sex performances in County Line (1993) and Real TIckeTS 1 (1994), whetting the appetites of fans and producers alike. Her stunning features promptly landed her an exclusive contract with Wicked Pictures, and stardom awaited. Her first hardcore appearance was a starring role in The Original Wicked Woman (1993).Chasey's scenes are always natural and sensual, and she really seems to savor them. She has maintained her status as one of the most popular starlets around by appearing only in top-flight, big-budget scorchers. Some of her hottest work can be found in Chasey Loves Rocco (1996) and Chasey Saves the World (1996). She is trying to establish a more mainstream film career as well, and has appeared in an episode of HBO's Tales from the Crypt (1989). Her knockout looks are sure to land her more straight roles, so keep your eyes open. Meanwhile, there's plenty of eye-opening heat on hand in any one of her more than 30 features.
Jill KellyBirth date: 1 February 1971, Pomona, California, USADescription: Jill Kelly was born on February 1, 1971 in Pomona, California, USA as Adrianne Diane Moore. She is an actress and producer, known for Orgazmo (1997), He Got Game (1998) and Naked Avenger (2008). She was previously married to Corey Jordan, Julian and Cal Jammer.
Jennifer EspositoBirth date: 11 April 1973, New York City, New York, USADescription: Jennifer Esposito was born on April 19, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer.Esposito launched her career with an appearance on Law & Order (1990) in 1996. She went on to play the character of "Stacey Paterno" in 36 episodes on the hit TV series, Spin City (1996), starring alongside Michael J. Fox.Her first major film was Spike Lee's Summer of Sam (1999). Other famous film credits include the academy award-winning film, Crash (2004), and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).Starting in 2010, she played the role of "Jackie Curatola" in the smash hit television series, Blue Bloods (2010), also starring Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes. She left the cast a few years later, when her celiac disease began to conflict with her work and CBS dropped her.Esposito married the then-little known but now superstar Bradley Cooper in 2006, but they divorced in 2007.
Directors of "He Got Game"
Spike LeeBirth date: 20 March 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Broo...
Creators of "He Got Game"
Spike LeeBirth date: 20 March 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Broo...