Humanitarian, actor, and Golden Globe® winner, Richard Gere is known for his roles in films such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Days of Heaven, American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, First Knight, Primal Fear and Chicago.
In his most recent role, Gere appeared alongside Susan Sarandon in Arbitrage, directed by Nicolas Jarecki. Gere played a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading. His performance in Arbitrage brought him Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations.
In 2009, Gere starred in Fox Searchlight's Amelia, opposite Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor. In addition, he was seen in Lasse Hallstrom's Hatchi: A Dog's Tail, a drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. In the same year, he starred in Brooklyn's Finest alongside Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.
In 2007 he starred in Lasse Hallstrom's critically acclaimed film The Hoax based on the true story of Clifford Irving (Gere) who sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s. That year, he starred The Hunting Party, which tells the story of two journalists in post-war Bosnia and in I'm Not There, a film that provides a view into the life and songs of the legendary Bob Dylan as told through seven-characters. The all-star cast includes Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger.
In 2003, Gere won his first Golden Globe® award as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of the infamous lawyer Larry Flynn in Chicago.
Other notable credits include Shall we Dance with Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez; Unfaithful with Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez; Mothman Prophecies, Runaway Bride, Looking for Mr. Doodbar, Blood Brothers, Yanks, and Internal Affairs.
Bronx-born and raised Academy Award Nominee® Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the Italianate torch in film. In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale and Joe Pesci, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood.
After forging a career of playing tough-talkers, slick attorneys, unflinching hoods and hard-nosed cops in such TV shows and films as Wiseguy, Matlock, Hill Street Blues and Oscar, Palminteri broke out as an "overnight" star when his 1988 one-man play A Bronx Tale was brought to the silver screen by his film idol Robert De Niro in 1993. Still considered an unknown film commodity at the time, Chazz refused to sell his stage property unless he was part of the package as both actor and screenwriter. De Niro, who became his mentor, backed him up all the way, and the rest is history.
Other important projects quickly fell his way. He received a well-deserved Oscar nomination the following year for his portrayal of a Runyonesque hit man in Woody Allen's hilarious jazz-era comedy Bullets Over Broadway. Other notable work includes The Perez Family, The Usual Suspects, Diabolique, Faithful, Analyze This, One Eyed King, Poolhall Junkies, Fix, Running Scared, Yonkers Joe, and Mighty Fine. Occasionally he has lightened up and flexed his comedic muscles in his recurring role as Shorty on Modern Family.</li
A legendary self-starter and national treasure, this versatile actor was 37 when he debuted as a baseball teammate of Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty in the film Bang the Drum Slowly. Danny has received unanimous acclaim including Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for Best Supporting Actor and has been named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago Film Critics Associations. His many roles, including his portrayal of Cher's jilted fiancé in Moonstruck to his award winging role as "Sal" in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, in over 100 different films and countless stage performances have endeared him to audiences worldwide.
Other film credits include: The Godfather Part II, Fort Apache on the Bronx, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Jacob's Ladder, Once Around, Hudson Hawk, 29th Street, Ruby, Mojave Moon, The Professional, Ready To Wear, The Cemetery Club, Mistress, 2 Days in the Valley, and Lucky Number Slevin.
When Danny is not performing in theater or making movies, he's touring with his swinging jazz band he affectionately refers to as "Joe Geary & the Guys."
In addition to his film and music credits, Danny Aiello has received many awards for his numerous philanthropic endeavors and contributions to film and television; including his work with Major League Baseball's Stand Up to Cancer Campaign, The Lustgarten Foundation on behalf of pancreatic cancer research (his son Danny III passed away in 2010 of pancreatic cancer), his PSAs for various police and fire organizations, including post 9/11 events, and his work with Public Television, just to name a few.
Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City, Luis Guzman has built an over 3 decade long career as a versatile and renowned character actor.
A favorite of director Steven Soderbergh, who cast him in Out of Sight, The Limey, and Traffic, and Paul Thomas Anderson, who cast him in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love — Guzman has also made notable appearances in such films as: The Count of Monte Cristo, Welcome to Collinwood, Anger Management, Runaway Jury, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Waiting..., Yes Man, The Taking of Pelham 123, Turbo, We're the Millers, and The Last Stand.
He has also appeared on the TV shows Homicide: Life on the Street, Frasier, Oz, Luis, John From Cincinnati, How to Make It in America and has had roles in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Other than his film and television work, Guzman spearheads fundraisers and other such charitable efforts as the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a children's cancer fund, and a producer for The NIMBY Project (Not In My Backyard) a reality docudrama with the mission of making-over homeless shelters across America.
For the past 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling — and surprising — her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music's most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million albums (and 14 Grammy nominations) and has won countless awards, from a Grammy®, and Emmy® and a Tony® to numerous honors for her tireless activism.
Cyndi has written the Tony® Award winning original score (music and lyrics) for the smash hit Broadway adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots. The new musical recently won 6 Tony® Awards — including Best Musical — and brings together a powerhouse team: Cyndi, legendary producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (who wrote the book) and venerable director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.
An unwavering advocate for equality long before she became famous, Cyndi co-founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 to further her commitment. The organization works to inspire everyone to get involved in advancing equality for all through its Give a Damn Campaign and to bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness through its newly launched Forty to None Project.
Looking to the near future, Cyndi will once again turn back to her first love — music. For now, she's mum on the details of her next album and tour, but one thing is for sure: it's yet another invigorating challenge for this ever-changing artist — a woman who is never afraid to push herself creatively, and take her many fans along for the ride.
During his distinguished career, Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (Bridge over Troubled Water, Still Crazy after All These Years, and Graceland) were albums of the year. In 2003 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Simon is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of its Johnny Mercer Award. He has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song "Mrs. Robinson," from the The Graduate, was named in the top ten of the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Songs.
Simon was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World" in 2006. In 2007 Simon was awarded the inaugural Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. And in 2012, he was named the recipient of the prestigious Polar Music Prize along with Yo-Yo Ma.
In 1998 Simon's performance on center field at Yankee Stadium celebrating the unveiling of Joe DiMaggio's monument is a treasured memory for his lifelong Yankees fan. Simon joined a distinguished roster of authors when he presented the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University.
Simon's philanthropic work includes the co-founding of the Children's Health Fund (CHF) with Irwin Redlener. The CHF donates and staffs mobile medical vans that bring health care to poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations around the United States. Since its inception in 1986, it has provided more than 3 million doctor/patient visits. In the wake of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, it was the primary health care source for those communities decimated by the storms. Simon also has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes as varied as AMFAR, the Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa, Autism Speaks, and the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation.
David Mantle voices the role of his father, the legendary Mickey Mantle. With his brother Danny, David created the Mickey Mantle Fund which supports the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge which offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in Manhattan.
David and Danny, who have been touched directly by cancer, are proud to support a cause that helps pay for family expenses during their loved one's cancer treatment. Mickey Mantle was a great supporter of many charities, including Make a Wish Foundation, and David and Danny view their support of Hope Lodge as a way to keep their father's legacy alive.
Since debuting at the age of 8 in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepard, Austin has impressed viewers with leading roles including the precocious son of George Clooney in Michael Clayton, a bully to Elle Fanning in Phoebe in Wonderland, the disturbed son of Adrian Pasdar in Home Movie, a troubled child in Burning Palms, a young Clive Owen in Blood Ties, and as a homeless teen struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles in the upcoming feature Sugar.
Austin has also made TV appearances as an abused teen on A Gifted Man, a murder accomplice on Law & Order, a student on Rescue Me, and as bully and cancer victim Shane Morasco in 275 episodes of the daytime drama One Life To Live.
When not on set, Austin lives with his parents, grandparents, and younger sister. He is a MENSA member with a genius IQ. He will be studying Physics and Engineering as member of Princeton University's Class of 2018 this fall.
Lucie Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over 45 years in show business. She has starred on the New York stage in They're Playing Our Song (Theater World, LA Drama Critics ad Outer Critic's Circle Awards), Lost In Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grace and Glorie; in the London premiere of The Witches of Eastwick; in the coconut Grove Playhouse premieres of Once Removed and A Picasso; in national tours of Seesaw, Whose Life is it Anyway?, Social Security and My One And Only (Sarah Siddons Award); and in regional theater productions of Wonderful Town, Master Class, Cabaret, The Guardsman, Annie Get Your Gun, I Do! I Do!, Educating Rita, Vanities, and Mack And Mabel, to name just a few.
She has appeared on television in The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons And Daughters, The Black Dahlia, The Mating Season, Who Gets The Friends?, Washington Mistress, Death Scream and six season's of Here's Lucy; on the big screen with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Oliver in The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe® nomination), Down To You, Second Thoughts, Billy Jack Goes To Washington, The Pack and Wild Seven.
Lucie has performed at the opening number on the Academy Awards® (1981) and at The White House several times. She was Executive Producer of the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special (Emmy® nomination), and Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie (Emmy® winner 1993). She recorded her first album for Concord Jazz "Just In Time," and her newest CD, "Latin Roots," is a celebration of just what the title says. Lucie has been traveling the country and the world with her various concerts for over 20 years.
Joseph A. Gian is an actor and singer best known for his role as Detective Tom Ryan in the television series Knots Landing. He appeared on the program from 1989 - 1991 an again in 1993. Gian was the male vocalist champion in the 1986 edition of Star Search.
He played openly gay police officer Rick Silardi in the short-lived series Hooperman during the 1987-1988 television season. He also played Kenny Bannerman in several episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1996.
In more recent years, Gian has been performing his own show in Vegas, and for fun has opened up and shared the stage with some of his all-time favorite performers including R&B legend Ruth Brown, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, jazz legend Jimmy Scott as well as his idol, Mr. Ray Charles.
Serena, daughter of NY Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, makes her feature film debut in "Henry & Me" playing Sissy the young girl who helps Jack find his way. Outside of acting, Serena's biggest passions are cheerleading, education, giving back to her community and serving God through others.
Scott Clark plays various roles in the film, including Bobby Murcer. Scott retired from ABC News after 24 years as its main sports anchor. Scott was a natural broadcaster, and could weave a tale and tell a story with natural aplomb.
Out of the broadcast booth, Scott supports many causes, including Alcoholism Council of New York. With a compassionate yet no-nonsense take, Scott delivers a never-ending commitment to the public awareness of alcoholism.
In his 16 year career patrolling centerfield for the New York Yankees, Bernie Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All Star. Williams has more post-season RBI's to his credit than any other player in Major-league history and his resume also boasts four gold-glove awards, six American League pennants, the 1996 ALCS MVP award, and the 1998 American League batting title. Bernie is also among the Yankees all-time leaders in every major batting category, with his performance statistics often standing alongside such legends as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.
Throughout Williams' years with The Yankees, his passion for music never waned and in 2003 his debut album, The Journey Within was met with strong critical praise and instant chart success – reaching #3 on Billboard's "Contemporary Jazz Chart." His second album, Moving Forward debuted #2 on Contemporary Jazz album in the country and was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2009.
The current first baseman of the Yankees, Mark joined the team in 2009 and promptly helped them win the World Series. A legendary defensive player, Mark's greatest play can be seen off the field, where he supports a number of charities, including Harlem RBI, which provides inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow.
Reggie was already a star before he joined the New York Yankees. However, it was as a Yankee that Reggie earned his nickname, "Mr. October", by hitting three home runs on three successive pitches in the 1977 World Series. Reggie's star is even brighter off the field. He created the Mr. October Foundation for Kids to enable students of under-represented minorities to thrive in a world that is driven by science, technology and innovation. By inspiring and nurturing kids at an early age and supporting their academic and early career pursuits, the Mr. October Foundation for Kids enables students to define their future and to help ensure our country's economic and innovation leadership.
Greatest closer, EVER! Mariano played nineteen years with the Yankees and has five World Series rings on his fingers. His accomplishments on the field are legendary, but his accomplishments off the field are just as amazing, including his winning the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to the MLB player "who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community". His charity, The Mariano Rivera Foundation, helps provide underprivileged children with an education.
Mariano opened a church in New Rochelle, New York in March 2014, named Refugio de Esperanza ("Refuge of Hope") that his foundation renovated.
The Yankee catcher, Jorge played for the team from 1995 – 2011, and was a member of four World Series teams. Jorge established the Jorge Posada Foundation which was formed to bring emotional support and financial assistance to families and children affected by craniosynostosis.
Jorge and his wife, Laura, closed their charity in 2013, but continue to support the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.
The Yankee "Ace" in more ways than one. CC joined the team in 2009 and was instrumental in helping them win the World Series that year. Off the field, CC's charity, PitCCh In Foundation, focuses on developing a long term platform for inner city youth to provide them with the belief in their abilities to make their dreams become a reality.
A fifteen time World Series champion as player and coach, Yogi was the definition of "It ain't over 'til it's over". The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is located on the campus of Montclair State University and is dedicated to teach children important values such as sportsmanship and dedication, both on and off the baseball diamond.
Willie played for the Yankees from 1976 – 1988 and was a two-time World Series champion. Willie also coached for the Yankees from 1994 – 2004, during which time they won four World Series titles. Willie is in an elite group, being one of eight people to be named captain of the Yankees. Willie established the Willie Randolph Foundation which supports programs and initiatives for improving athletic opportunities for boys and girls in the New York metropolitan area.
Nick played for the Yankees from 2009 - 2012 and was a huge part of the 2009 World Series championship season. Nick is currently with the Cleveland Indians and has a charity, Swish's Wishes, that supports children who are facing heath crisis.
Curtis played for the Yankees from 2010 – 2013 and was a prolific home run hitter. Off the field, Curtis is an even bigger hit, providing educational assistance to inner city children through his charity, Grand Kids Foundation.
Goose was one of the manifestations of the dominating closer, with wild facial hair and a gruff demeanor to go along with his blistering fastball. He holds the New York Yankees career record for ERA (2.14) and hits per nine innings (6.59). One difference between Goose and more recent closers is that Goose often pitched as many as three innings to finish a game, while modern closers typically pitch the ninth inning only.
Goose lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is active in the community promoting and sponsoring youth sports. In 1995, the City of Colorado Springs dedicated the Rich "Goose" Gossage Youth Sports Complex, which features five fields for youth baseball and softball competition.
In 2009, "Godzilla" led the Yankees to the World Series, in which he was named Most Valuable Player. Hideki became the first Japanese-born player to win the award, as well as the first player to win it as a full-time designated hitter in the Series. He also became the third player in Major League history to bat .500 or above and hit 3 home runs in the same World Series, joining only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Off the field, Hideki has made significant contributions to relief efforts for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.
Joe Girardi has had enormous success with the Yankees, having managed and played on the five World Series champion teams. Not only is he a champion on the field, but off it as well.
"I think the most important thing is that, obviously, there's a lot of joy in what we do, but we can't forget to be human beings when we help others out." To that end, Joe and his wife Kim founded Catch 25 Foundation which provides support in the form of scholarships, financial aid and charitable donation to both individuals and families who are challenged with medical issues and economic strain.
With a compassionate approach toward raising awareness and helping to find treatment and cures, Catch 25 assists many including those affected by Alzheimer's and Cancer. Dedicated to serving both children and adults, the Catch 25 Foundation gives financial and emotional support to those who may not otherwise receive it.
The Yankee General Manager not only builds teams on the field, but he helps create them off the field as well. Brian has parachuted out of planes, scaled buildings, and slept outside in winter to support various charitable initiatives, including the Wounded Warrior Project and Covenant House.
While there can only be one "Boss", Hank, and his brother Hal, have honored the legacy of their father by continuously striving to put a championship caliber team on the field. Off the field, Hank, Hal, and the entire Yankee organization are champions as well, supporting multitudes of children's charities through the Yankee Foundation.