Roy Firestone Profile

One of the most compelling sportscasters and interviewers of all time, Roy Firestone is a popular entertainer and speaker on the corporate circuit. The former ESPN sports journalist showcases his ability as a talented singer, impressionist, and humorist.

Firestone won the hearts of America with his engaging interviews that took fans inside the lives of athletic legends such as Michael Jordan and Mickey Mantle. Sports Illustrated claimed not only was Firestone the best sports interviewer in history, he was “one of the best interviewers period.” Even those who don’t follow sports may recognize him from his iconic scene with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the 1996 classic movie Jerry McGuire or his interviews of other high-profile figures including directors, entertainers, and politicians.

Lately Firestone has dedicated his career to writing, singing, and live stage performances. He has published two autobiographical books that delve into his fascinating experiences interviewing more than 5,000 nationally known figures.

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    Impressionist, Entertainer and TV Personality

    Critically acclaimed as a performer, monologist, humorist, musician and impressionist, Roy Firestone is one of the nation’s most sought after live corporate performers, keynote speakers and lecturers.

    Firestone has performed in more than two thousand venues spanning two decades. He recently shared the stage with performers Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, David Foster, Forrest Whitaker and Jon Bon Jovi.

    As an actor, Firestone was featured in the Academy Award-winning film, Jerry Maguire, where he played himself in an unforgettable (and often repeated) scene with Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr.

    His numerous television credits include Everybody Loves Raymond and Married with Children. Fans of The Simpsons remember him as the voice of ‘Bart Starr.’ No stranger to talk shows, Firestone’s appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Later with Bob Costas, Larry King Live and The Tonight Show.

    Firestone is also an accomplished musical vocalist. He recently released his first CD, Another Voice, produced and backed by Grammy Award-winning fusion band, Hiroshima.

    Firestone is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning and seven-time cable ACE Award-winning host, interviewer, narrator, writer and producer. As the ground-breaking, original host of ESPN’s legendary Up Close, Up Close Classic and Up Close Primetime, Firestone has interviewed more than 5,000 athletes, musicians, actors and political figures, as well as scores of writers and filmmakers.

    Sports Illustrated calls Firestone “The best interviewer in the business.” The late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jim Murray once said, “Roy Firestone isn’t just the best sports interviewer I’ve ever seen, he′s the best interviewer period. That includes, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, any and all of them.”

    Firestone currently hosts Up Close Classic, which is broadcast on ESPN daily. Other shows hosted by Firestone include: HDNet′s Face to Face with Roy Firestone and AOL′s Time Out…with Roy Firestone.

    Not limited to television, Firestone is also prolific on the printed page—as the author of two best-selling books, Up Close with Roy Firestone, and most recently, Don’t Make Me Cry, Roy.

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Roy Firestone offers a highly energetic mixture of storytelling, music, humor, uncanny vocal impressions, unforgettably moving video clips, and heart rendering observations. His programs are a celebration of life not just through the prism of sports, but his 20-year association of the greatest names in American public life. Whether he’s evoking laughter or tears, Firestone delivers a show worthy of a standing ovation.

    Mr. Firestone performs his multi-media review before audiences in Las Vegas, at major sporting events, meetings, formal events and conventions throughout the world. He is an accomplished singer, impressionist, and humorist.

    Suggested Programs:

    • An Evening of Sports History, Music and Comedy with Roy Firestone
    • Champions Against All Odds

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    “Roy was fabulous! He was hysterically funny, extraordinarily talented and inspirational. We laughed and cried…I would hire him again in a heartbeat!”
    – Lynne Royek, Meeting Planner, Meeting Masters

    “Roy was a smashing success at the AAP meetings! Thank you for all of your efforts in making this happen in such a short time frame. We will certainly keep you and Roy in mind for all future opportunities.”
    – Advance Auto Parts

    “Your involvement was an integral part of the process that helped insure the success of a very stimulating and educational program. This year′s Conference book was informative and provided instructional papers which the membership will find beneficial. Your contribution to this effort is most appreciated.”
    -David N. Finnman, President, Institute for Professionals in Taxation

    “In a word Roy Firestone was GREAT!!!!!! … he sang, he spoke, he used videos…. He even did a special piece highlighting Houston athletes. He was one of the most accommodating entertainers I′ve ever worked with and a lot of fun to be with!”
    – Susan Jacobson, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

    “On behalf of the PLUS board of directors, the membership and me personally, please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your outstanding contribution to the success of our conference. Your performance enhanced our conference immeasurably.”
    -William R. Mullin, President, Professional Liability Underwriting Society

    “Please accept my thanks on behalf of the membership of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association for a motivating presentation during our recent annual meeting. I know that all in attendance enjoyed your humor, style, and energy. I personally appreciate your willingness to join us for this meeting. You were just the right presentation to put some substance behind our theme.”
    -Marlene K. Hulteen, CAE, Group Vice President, Michigan Health & Hospital Association

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