Famous People I've Seen On The Upper West Side
Chris Fowler


Chris Fowler (born August 23, 1962) is a sports broadcaster for ESPN known best for his work on College GameDay for college football. Since 1989, Fowler has been the primary studio host for college football and men's college basketball on ESPN. He started anchoring College GameDay in 1990 and then expanded to ESPN's other Saturday college football segments in 1991. Fowler has also worked with ESPN's Summer X Games from 1995–2000 and the Winter X Games from 1998–2000 as well as occasional horse racing broadcasts, including the Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championship on ESPN. In addition, he is the head studio anchor for tennis tournaments broadcasted on ESPN, including Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open and most likely for the US Open being broadcasted for the first year in 2009 on ESPN. He has also covered NASCAR races for SportsCenter and will be one of two studio hosts for its NASCAR coverage, beginning in 2007, along with Brent Musburger.

"I was walking on 72nd Street one evening in January with Jess at my side and we passed Riposo 72 and there was Chris Fowler inside, sitting by the window. A nice guy!"

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Jorge Posada


Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball catcher who plays for the New York Yankees. He is a switch hitter and has been to five All-Star Games over his 12-year career. He is the only Major League catcher to ever hit .330 or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs and 85 RBIs in a single season. Posada and Yogi Berra are the only Yankees catchers to hit 30 home runs in a season. Since 2000, Posada has more runs batted in, by far, than any other catcher in baseball (603).

"I was walking in front of the American Museum of Natural History and he was walking toward me with his son. A nice guy!"

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Alec Baldwin


Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe Award-winning, American actor. He is the eldest and most famous of the Baldwin brothers, and has starred in many movies and TV shows. He is also noted for having hosted Saturday Night Live multiple times. He is currently playing television executive Jack Donaghy in the NBC situation-comedy 30 Rock.

"I was walking across Broadway one morning and he was walking across too. A nice guy!"

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Richard Kind


Richard J. Kind (born November 22, 1956) is an American actor known for his roles in the sitcoms Mad About You and Spin City.

"I was up in Fairway on the second floor and there he was... shopping! A nice guy!"

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Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, known sometimes as Robin, (born January 19, 1931) is currently a novelist and formerly was a television news anchor and journalist who had paired with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1975.

Born in Montreal and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacNeil graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955. He began working in the news field at ITV in London, then for Reuters and then for NBC as a correspondent in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Beginning in 1967, MacNeil also covered American and European politics for the BBC and has served as the host for the news discussion show Washington Week in Review.

"I was jogging across Broadway and he was walking toward me. A nice guy!"

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Robert Allan Caro (born October 30, 1935, New York, New York) is a biographer most noted for his studies of United States political figures Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson. After working years as a reporter Caro wrote The Power Broker (1974), a biography of New York urban planner Robert Moses. Then he began the biographical series of the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, known as The Years of Lyndon Johnson (1982, 1990, 2002). Caro is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

"I was about to walk into Barnes & Noble at 66th Street and he was right there on Broadway. A nice guy!"




Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in multiple movies, including Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13.

Bacon, the youngest of six children, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in a close-knit family in Philadelphia. A former Park Avenue debutante, his mother, Ruth Hilda (née Holmes), taught elementary school and was a liberal activist, while his father, Edmund Bacon, was a well-respected urban planner. In characterizing their parents' approach to raising children, Bacon's older sister Karin explained in Premiere: "We were all given the sense that we should be independent, that we were never to feel needy." Knowing that he wanted to be an actor by age 13, Bacon left home four years later to pursue a theater career in New York, where he was one of the youngest students ever admitted to the Circle in the Square Theater School. "I wanted life, man, the real thing", he later recalled to Nancy Mills of Cosmopolitan. "The message I got was 'The arts are it. Business is the devil's work. Art and creative expression are next to godliness.' Combine that with an immense ego and you wind up with an actor."



Bernadette Peters (born February 28, 1948) is an American actress and singer. Over the course of an enduring career starting at a young age, she has performed in musical theatre, films and television, as well as in solo concerts and recordings. Peters first performed on the stage in the 1960s and in the 1970s in film and television. In the 1980s she returned to the theatre, where she has been, for over two decades, one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway stars. Peters also continues to act in films and on television, where she has been nominated for Emmy Awards for three of her appearances. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she is starred have won Grammy Awards.

Peters is particularly noted for her starring roles in the stage musicals Song and Dance, Annie Get Your Gun, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods, becoming closely associated with the composers Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and in films including The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven.



Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich (born August 20, 1946) is an American journalist who has appeared on many USA television news networks.

The youngest of ten children (of whom she and four others survived of a high-ranking Republic of China diplomat from Taiwan, she was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and went on to receive a degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1969. She has been married to talk show host Maury Povich since 1984. Chung converted to Judaism upon her marriage to Povich. Chung announced that she was reducing her workload in 1991 in the hopes of getting pregnant. Together, they have one son, Matthew Jay Povich, adopted on June 20, 1995.



Jamie Farr (born Jameel Joseph Farah on July 1, 1934) is an American television and film actor and popular game show panelist. He is perhaps best known for playing the role of cross-dressing Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Klinger in the 1970s and 1980s U.S. television sitcom, M*A*S*H.

Farr was born in Toledo, Ohio, U.S., to Lebanese-American parents Jamelia and Samuel N. Farah, a grocer. His family's religion was Antiochian Orthodox Christian. Farr's first acting success occurred at age eleven when he won $2 in a local acting contest. After a stellar high school career at Woodward High School, where he was one of the standouts among his class, Farr attended the Pasadena Playhouse where an MGM talent scout discovered him, offering him a screen-test for Blackboard Jungle. He won the role of the mentally challenged student, Santini.



Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is well known for playing Neo in the action film trilogy The Matrix. He is also well known for playing Ted in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. Other notable roles include Scott Favor in the drama My Own Private Idaho alongside River Phoenix, Kevin Lomax in the supernatural thriller The Devil's Advocate, Buddha in Little Buddha, and starring roles in the action films Speed and Constantine. He has played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar during the 1990s, and more recently in the band Becky. In an ETonline survey in 2006, he is in "Top Ten of America's Favorite Stars." He is of Chinese, Polynesian, English, Portuguese, and Irish descent.

Reeves was born to Patricia Taylor, an English showgirl and costume designer who was working in Beirut when she met Reeves' father (Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., born 1942) at a local nightclub. His father was born in Hawaii, the son of Charles Reeves, an Irish American from Tennessee, and Rose Miguel of Portuguese, Chinese and Hawaiian ancestry.[1] Reeves' father worked as an unskilled laborer and earned his GED while imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at the Hilo airport. Reeves does not currently have any relationship with his biological father.



Mark John Douglas Messier (born January 18, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former ice hockey centreman of the National Hockey League. He spent a quarter of a century in the NHL (1979-2004) with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks. He also played professionally with the World Hockey Association's Indianapolis Racers and Cincinnati Stingers. At the time of his retirement, he was the last former WHA player still active in professional hockey, as well as the last active player who had played in the NHL in the 1970's.

Mark Messier played Tier II Alberta Jr. Hockey with the St. Albert Saints. In 54 games, Messier had 74 points and 194 Penalty Minutes. Messier also played a few games with the Portland Winter Hawks. Mark’s father Doug once played junior hockey with Pat Stapleton, the coach of the Indianapolis Racers. Doug called him and got Mark a contract to play hockey in Indianapolis for $30,000. Mark signed the 5-game tryout contract at the age of 17. He failed to register a point and was released just before the Racers folded.



Peter Scolari (born September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American television, film and stage actor who was seen early in his career in the television programs Bosom Buddies (1980 - 1982), Newhart (1984-1990), and later in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997 - 2000).



Tommy Tune (born February 28, 1939) is an award-winning American actor, dancer, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. Born Thomas James Tune in Wichita Falls, Texas, he attended Lamar High School in Houston. In 1965, Tune made his Broadway debut as a performer in the musical Baker Street. His first Broadway directing and choreography credits were for the original production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1978. Off-Broadway, Tune has directed The Club and Cloud Nine. Tune toured the United States in the Sherman Brothers musical Busker Alley in 1994-1995 and in the stage adaptation of the film Dr. Doolittle in 2006. Tune also appeared in a 1975 TV special along with Lucie Arnaz and Lyle Waggoner to promote the Walt Disney World Theme Park.

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