Dick Vitale Biography (1939-)

Full name, Richard Vitale; born June 7 (one source says June 9), 1939, in East Rutherford (other sources cite Garfield or Passaic), NJ; son of John (a clothing press operator and security guard) and Mae (a seamstress) Vitale; married Lorraine, 1971; children: Terri, Sherri. Addresses: Office: ESPN Sports, ESPN Plaza, Bristol, CT 06010.; Agent: Roy Judelson, IMG, 22 East 71stSt., New York, NY 10021-4911.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Sports commentator, writer
Birth Details
June 7, 1939
New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Appeared in the regular segment "Dick Vitale's Fast Break," SportsCenter, ESPN.
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, ESPN 25: Who's #1?, ESPN, 2004
  • Movies
  • (Uncredited) Himself, A Season on the Brink, ESPN, 2002
  • Specials
  • The Game of Life, ESPN, 1991
  • Game Plan for Life, ESPN, 1994
  • Awards Presentations
  • Commentator, Mercedes-Benz Presents the Basketball Writers' Player ofthe Year Awards, ABC, 1990
  • Presenter, The America's Choice Awards, TBS, 1990
  • The 1997 ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1997
  • Episodic
  • Dan Vincente, "The Getaway," The Cosby Show, CBS, 1992
  • Reader of list "Top 10 Signs Dick Vitale Is Nuts!," The Late Show withDavid Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, 1996
  • Arli$$, HBO, 1996
  • Real Sports, HBO, 1999
  • Himself, ESPN Sports Century, ESPN, 2002
  • Himself, Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2004
  • Himself, "Best of Cheap Seats," Cheap Seats, ESPN Classic, 2005
  • Himself, Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, ESPN2, 2005
  • Appeared in episodes of other series, including ESPN Hollywood, ESPN2.
  • Film Appearances
  • Baseball announcer, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!(also known as The Naked Gun), Paramount, 1988
  • Himself (television sports commentator), Hoop Dreams, Columbia, 1993
  • Himself, Blue Chips, Paramount, 1994
  • Hal Gibson, Jury Duty, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1995
  • Himself, The Sixth Man (also known as The 6th Man), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Himself, He Got Game, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Himself, Love & Basketball, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Himself, Complete Guide to Guys (also known as Dave Barry's "Complete Guide to Guys"), Labrador Pictures, 2005
  • Radio Appearances
  • Commentator for a radio show hosted by J. P. McCarthy, WJR (Detroit, MI);appeared in a regular segment on Mike & Mike in the Morning, ESPNRadio.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Host, Time Out Baby! Dick Vitale's College Hoop Superstars, ESPN Home Video, 1991
  • Host, Dick Vitale's "Dreamtime, Baby" (also known as Dreamtime,Baby!), Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 1996
  • WRITINGS
  • Teleplays with Others
  • Specials
  • The Game of Life, ESPN, 1991
  • Game Plan for Life, ESPN, 1994
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Curry Kirkpatrick) Vitale: Just Your Average, Bald, One-Eyed Basketball Wacko Who Beat the Ziggy and Became a PTP'er (also known as Vitale), Simon & Schuster, 1988
  • (With Dick Weiss) Time Out, Baby!, Putnam, 1991
  • (With Mike Douchant) Tourney Time--It's Awesome Baby, Masters Press, 1993
  • (With Charlie Parker and Jim Angresano) Dickie V's Top 40 All-Everything Team, Masters Press, 1995
  • (With Weiss) Holding Court: Reflections on the Game I Love, Masters Press, 1995
  • (With Weiss) Campus Chaos: Why the Game I Love Is Breaking My Heart, TimeOut Publishing, 1999
  • (With Weiss) Living a Dream: Reflections of 25 Years Sitting in the Best Seat in the House, Sports Publishing, 2003
  • Sports columnist for Basketball Times and Eastern Basketball, both beginning 1979; author of "Final Four," a column in USA Today;also a contributor to ESPN The Magazine. Affiliated with the magazineDick Vitale's Basketball. Also affiliated with computer games.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Playboy, March, 1996, pp. 128-32
    • Sport, April, 1998, pp. 78-84
    • Sporting News, November 17, 2003, p. 14
    • Sports Illustrated, November 19, 1986, p. 114; November 11, 1991;February 10, 1992; June 14, 1993; March 7, 1994, p. 72; December 28, 1998, p.87; March 4, 2002, p. 20; February 16, 2004, p. 13

    User Contributions:

    Caleb
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    Sep 6, 2011 @ 10:10 am
    "Your Awesome! Baby!" famous catchphrase by Dick Vitale.

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