Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale is a college basketball color commentator, an author of nine books, a pitchman for numerous companies, as well as a pop culture icon. He is perhaps even better known for his boisterous personality and ... Read more »
Born: 06/09/1939 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys 2004 (Movie)

(cameo) (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Jury Duty 1995 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hoop Dreams 1994 (Movie)

Himself--Television Sports Commentator (Actor)

The America's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

Baseball Announcer (Actor)

Biography

Dick Vitale is a college basketball color commentator, an author of nine books, a pitchman for numerous companies, as well as a pop culture icon. He is perhaps even better known for his boisterous personality and catchphrases - such as "baby," "PTP'er" and "diaper dandy" - as he is for his in-depth knowledge of the game of college basketball. Vitale's hall-of-fame-level mark on both the profession of sports-casting and on generations of fans is unrivaled among his contemporaries.

EDUCATION

William Patterson College

Seton Hall University

1963

Milestones

2008

Elected into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

1985

Started calling college basketball games for ABC

1979

Started broadcasting college basketball games for ESPN

1978

Hired as Head Basketball Coach for the NBA's Detroit Pistons

1973

Became the Head Basketball Coach/Athletic Director for the University of Detroit

Bonus Trivia

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Known for the popular catchphrases, "PTP'er," "Diaper Dandy," and "Awesome Baby!"

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Lent his voice and image to the Sega Genesis video game, "Dick Vitale's 'Awesome Baby' College Hoops."

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Serves as a spokesperson for Hooters restaurants and DiGiorno pizza.

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