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Firestone in July 2009
December 8, 1953 |
Miami Beach, Florida
Firestone began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Miami, working briefly at WTVJ, before moving to Los Angeles as a sports anchor for KCBS-TV from 1977–85. From 1980-94, he was the host of ESPN's interview program SportsLook, later renamed Up Close. He also served as a color commentator for the network's first season of Sunday Night Football telecasts in 1987. Currently, he is the host of HDNet's Face to Face with Roy Firestone and AOL's Time Out with Roy Firestone.
He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Super Dave Osborne and Nightline. He has also performed for numerous corporate clients including Anheuser Busch, Chevron, Nike, Whirlpool and Toyota.
Firestone also provided the voice of the classic cartoon character Egghead in the 1988 Warner Bros. compilation film Daffy Duck's Quackbusters, and appeared in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. He starred in a Married... with Children episode and presented the Al Bundy Sport Spectacular. Firestone also made an appearance as himself in a 1997 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, and the "Bart Star" episode of The Simpsons.
Firestone is a lifelong fan of the Baltimore Orioles and served as a spring training batboy for the team as a teenager. He spoke on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the unveiling of Brooks Robinson's statue at the ballpark.
- http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3753900 ESPN
- http://www.filmreference.com/film/34/Roy-Firestone.html Film Reference
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