Roy Firestone is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning and seven-time cable ACE Award-winning host, interviewer, narrator, musician, impressionist, corporate performer, 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.
He has shared the stage with performers Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, David Foster, Forest 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.
Firestone has also authored three best-selling books, That’s What I’m Talking About, Up Close with Roy Firestone, and most recently, Don’t Make Me Cry, Roy.