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Critically acclaimed for his work in broadcast journalism, Roy Firestone has won seven Emmy® Awards and seven Cable ACE Awards, he has interviewed more than five thousand people, including nearly every major sports figure. The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Murray called Firestone, "the best interviewer I've ever seen. That's not the best interviewer in sports, that's the best interviewer period."

Curiosity and passion drive Firestone to interview people beyond the realm of sports and in the world of art, music, politics and popular entertainment. His interview subjects are an eclectic mix including former president Richard Nixon, legendary actor James Stewart, jazz great Miles Davis, comedian Jerry Lewis and pop icon Madonna.

Firestone performs his multi-media review before audiences in Las Vegas, The Grand Ole Opry, at major sporting events, meetings, formal events and conventions throughout the world. The accomplished singer, impressionist and humorist has shared the bill with notables such as Frank Sinatra, Loretta Lynn, Vic Damone, Gladys Knight, the Four Tops and Frankie Valli. Appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Later with Bob Costas, The Arsenio Hall Show, Nightline, Larry King Live and Married with Children.

Firestone has performed for hundreds of corporate clients including: AT&T, Cadillac, Quaker Oats, Pepsi, Nike, Toyota, Avia, General Foods, Delta Airlines, Mayflower Movers, Sun Computers, Prudential, Thrifty Car Rental, Northwest Airlines, Russell Athletic, Fujitsu, Anheuser Busch, The Sports Authority, OfficeMax, Chevron, Transamerica, Sara Lee, Frito-Lay, Pontiac and Quaker State.

Firestone is the author of Don't Make Me Cry, Roy, a whimsical, pointed, opinionated and funny look at Roy's most memorable interviews and experiences during the last 25 years. Roy features chapters on Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Bob Knight, Kobe Bryant, Tom Cruise (as Jerry Maguire) and dozens of major sports personalities and issues. It includes dozens of personal and never-been-published photos.

In his hometown of Miami Beach, Florida, Firestone began his career as a sports reporter and anchor before moving to Los Angeles as a sports anchor for KCBS-TV (1977-85). He was host of ESPN's SportsLook (1980-90) and long time host of Up Close Prime Time. He hosts Mark Cuban's HDNet Face To Face With Roy Firestone and AOL's Time Out With Roy Firestone. Firestone currently lives in Los Angeles.


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  • Roy Firestone...A One Man Show - Roy Firestone's show is a highly energetic mixture of storytelling, music, humor, uncanny vocal impressions, hilarious and unforgettably moving video clips and heart rendering observations. The show is a celebration of life not just through the prism of sports but in his 20-year association of the greatest names in American public life. Whether it's Firestone's witty and satiric look at American sports or his touching story telling that evoke both laughter and tears, Firestone delivers a standing ovation winning One Man Show that is truly unprecedented in both keynote speaking and entertainment circles. Roy Firestone's One-Man Show . . . Up Close Live is like the champions he interviews . . . a winner!

Don't Make Me Cry, Roy Up Close
Don't Make Me Cry, Roy Up Close and in Your Face With the Greats, Near-Greats and Ingrates of Sports

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