These stars are down to earth.
It’s no wonder golfers and tennis players of every skill level look forward to participating in the American Airlines Celebrity Golf & Tennis Weekend. The event offers a rare opportunity to golf, play tennis, mingle and dine with celebrities and notables from the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics.
After starting his film career in smaller, character-actor style roles, Jonathan increased his visibility with roles in Frances and in 48 Hours with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. He worked with Murphy again in the classic comedy Beverly Hills Cop. He has made TV appearances on The District, Designing Women, Wiseguy, Diagnosis Murder and Tales From the Crypt. Jonathan also starred on AMC TV’s hit drama, Breaking Bad, which earned him an Emmy nomination. He can currently be seen on NBC TV’s sitcom, Community, playing the role of a college professor.
Wendie is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee. You’ve seen her on Frasier and Dream On. For seven seasons she starred in Just Shoot Me as Nina Van Horn. She has won four Cable Ace Awards and a Gracie Allen Award. Currently she stars in the hit TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland with Betty White. Wendie’s feature film work includes Racing Stripes, Scrooged, The American President, Bugsy and Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. She and husband, Richard Erickson, live in the Santa Monica Mountains with two horses and numerous pets.
After a successful seven-year run on the Denis Leary’s FX show Rescue Me, Lenny starred in the NBC sitcom Are You There Chelsea? starring Chelsea Handler and based on her best-selling books. He played Melvin, Chelsea’s father. Lenny continues to donate his time and talents to many charitable causes. He and his wife Jennifer, live in Martha’s Vineyard.
Besides being a two-time Super Bowl champion, Matt has quite a list of other athletic accomplishments. As a member of the Sports Medicine Council, Matt has encouraged over 800,000 kids to stay in school, off drugs and to find a balance between athletics and academics. He and other pro athletes have reached over two million children and asked them to Dare to be a Champion, through the Go For It! Roadshow. Matt and wife, Maresa, have three kids.
Vijay isn’t just India’s living tennis legend but a successful entrepreneur, actor, TV commentator and United Nations Messenger of Peace. Formerly Asia’s top-ranked player and a world top-10, he competed in 17 consecutive Wimbledon tourneys. Since 1991, he has been lead anchor and host of all the Grand Slam events coverage for ESPN Star Sports, broadcast in more than 70 countries. Currently, Vijay is Chairman of First Serve Entertainment, Inc.
Fred’s MLB career spanned five teams over 17 years. He played on USC’s NCAA Championship team three years in a row. Fred’s awards include NCAA All-American, MLB Rookie of the Year and A.L. MVP, Gold Glove recipient, A.L. Batting Champ and Centerfielder of the 70’s. He has been inducted into the USC, Red Sox and College Baseball Hall of Fames as well as the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame. Fred now works with various corporations as a consultant and spokesperson. He lives with his wife Natalie in La Costa.
Known as The Human Vacuum Cleaner, Brooks played his 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. Considered the best third baseman who ever played the game, he earned numerous awards and was elected in a landslide election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Brooks serves on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and civic groups. He has four children with wife, Connie, and lives in Baltimore.
Kimberlin is best known for her award-winning performances as Sheila Carter on TV’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Her feature film work includes Who’s That Girl, Eighteen Again, Eye Of The Tiger and Five Hour Friends. Kimberlin is currently hosting and starring in her own interior design show called Dramatic Designs on the Design Network (TDN). She and husband Gary Pelzer have a wonderful daughter and son.
Hansen is the host of the upcoming Discovery (ID) TV series Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen. He is the creator of Dateline NBC’s To Catch A Predator. Hansen has covered virtually every breaking news story for the last 20 years and has used hidden cameras to investigate everything from child sex trafficking, to terrorist groups, to counterfeit drugs being smuggled into the U.S. from China. Hansen has received numerous awards for his reporting, including eight Emmys.
Chris is an American Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame jockey who competed professionally for 28 years. He won nine Breeders’ Cup races, including five Breeders’ Cup Classics, and rode six winners in the U.S. Triple Crown Races. He finished as thoroughbred racing’s all-time leader in purse earnings with more than $264 million in winnings. Chris is the founder and Executive Director of the North American Racing Academy in Lexington.
Known as The Rocket, Rod is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time. He’s the only player in history to win the Grand Slam twice – in 1962 and 1969. You can see Rod today, pleasing crowds, on the Grand Masters and ATP Senior Tours. Off court, he is a consultant for Pro Kennex and Adidas. He and his wife Mary live in Carlsbad, CA.
Known for his consistency, durability and dominance, Murray was one of baseball’s most productive hitters from the late 1970s through the 90s, when he retired. He is a former 1st baseman and designated hitter with the Baltimore Orioles. Murray was the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1977, an 8-time All-Star, a 3-time Gold Glove winner, a 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a World Champion in 1983. He is one of only four players to have 3,000 career hits and 500 home runs. Murray was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003.
Rene first came to national prominence as co-host of the CBS Early Show 2002–2006. Right after leaving The Early Show, Rene had a very successful preventive double-mastectomy. Shortly thereafter, she published her first book, Good Enough Mother for Simon & Schuster which helped launch her very popular website, GoodEnoughMother.com. And now, Rene is back on TV too, in a big way! She’s the host of the LiveWell Network’s #1 show, Sweet Retreats, and one of the headliners of the Aspire Network’s talk show, Exhale.
Jim wowed fans for 15 years during his Major League Baseball career. He pitched for the Red Sox, Brewers and Phillies. Since retiring from baseball, Jim is a dentist in Hanover, Massachusetts. He contributes endless hours to various charities in the Boston area including the Jimmy Fund, helping children with cancer.
3,000 commercials, 15 feature films,350 TV shows, numerous emceeing roles, theatre roles and endless philanthropic work just begins to describe Ron’s stellar career. He starred as Sheriff Mort Metzger in the hit TV series Murder, She Wrote. Future projects include starring in a film as Mark Twain in Mark Twain’s Greatest Adventure, which he will co-produce. Ron’s new book is titled All My Heroes From A-Z, featuring stories and photos of folks he’s met. His favorite role remains that of husband to his lovely wife Kay, and father of six children.
James has an exciting face that has given us drama, comedy, tragedy and hilarious farce. He has guest-starred in more than 200 primetime TV shows and five series. Recently, he guested on Major Crimes, The Closer and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He starred in four Steven Bochco series: Brooklyn South, Doogie Howser, M.D., on the critically-acclaimed Hill Street Blues and Turnabout. He also did a three-year stint on ABC’s General Hospital. James’ TV movies and feature film credits include Nowhere to Land, Doing Time on Maple Drive, Brotherhood of the Rose, The Jesse Owens Story, Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Golden Land, Made of Honor, Fever Pitch, The Pelican Brief, Star Trek III, The Electric Horseman, Capricorn One, The New Centurions and Point Blank.
Following Jane’s highly successful 18-year professional golf career where she amassed 27 LPGA titles, two World Championships, two Triple Crown titles and set the record for most consecutive cuts made in all of golf at 299, she founded her namesake company in 1987. Today, JBC Golf is the only national, woman-owned golf-event management and marketing firm. Jane also serves as the CEO of The LPGA Legends Tour.
John has appeared in the feature films, Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Bear and By God’s Grace. His TV credits include Even Stevens, Veronica Mars, Drake and Josh, and Fox TV series Werewolf. General Hospital chose him 24 years ago to play the role of Mac Scorpio where he still sometimes appears in the sleepy town of Port Charles. He is a long time supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. He lives in L.A. with his wife Vicki.
During his 13 star-studded seasons playing guard for the L.A. Rams, Tom never missed a game and the Rams won their division eight times. During his career, the Rams played in four NFC championship games. By the time he retired, he had played in 11 Pro Bowl games. Tom was inducted into Pro Football Hall of fame in 1999 and currently works for Jacobs Engineering.
Rolf was the placekicker for the San Diego Chargers for 10 seasons and retired as the thirdmost accurate kicker in NFL history. He played while battling Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis) and had surgery midway through his third season. He was named Comeback Player of the Year, as well as NFL Man of the Year. Rolf is actively involved in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Married with four children, he enjoys golf, tennis, skiing, roller hockey and diving.
During his pro tennis career, Bates won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles – Wimbeldon in 1987 and Australian Open in 1991. As a singles player, he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon twice – in 1992 and 1994. After retiring from the pro circuit, he has served as the coach from 2000-03 and captain from 2003-06 of Britain’s Davis Cup team. Bates was appointed Director of Tennis at Sutton Tennis Academy in 2007.
After an illustrious college career, Wehrli, a 1st round NFL Draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, played cornerback for 14 seasons. He racked up 40 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries. Wehrli was a five-time All Pro, played in seven Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL All- Decade Team in the 70s. In 2007, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and the Cardinals’ Ring of Fame.
Grich is a 17-year MLB veteran, seven with the Orioles and ten with the Angels. Although he is known for being one of the greatest fielding 2nd basemen the game as ever seen, Grich’s 224 lifetime home runs is 2nd only to the former Yankee and Indians great Joe Gordon for the all-time A.L. mark. In 1981, he led the league in both home runs and slugging percentage as an Angel and was a sixtime All Star. Grich is a member of both the Orioles’ and Angels’ Halls of Fame.
Richard’s acting career began in a succession of Off-Broadway roles, resulting in the starring role in The Great White Hope. His life would change forever when he was cast in the role of private detective John Shaft in the legendary Shaft movie franchise. In the over 100 film and TV projects that followed, Richard worked with many of Hollywood’s most legendary actors. He has also appeared on several hit TV shows, winning several prestigious awards. Richard will soon be seen on the hit TV series Being Mary Jane for BET network. An advocate in the fight against breast cancer and a 25-year male breast cancer survivor himself, Richard has participated in events that help raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for this disease.
Selected in the third round of the 1968 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers, Bethea played defensive end for 16 seasons. An 8-time Pro Bowl selection, he was both durable and dependable. Bethea didn’t miss a game in his first nine seasons and held team records for most seasons (16), most career regular season games played (210) and most consecutive regular season games played (135). Although quarterback sack stats were not recorded in the NFL until 1982, his 105 career sacks is still an Oiler record. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2003.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Pudge played pro baseball for over 24 years and statistically is considered the greatest defensive catcher in MLB history. His many achievements and awards include MLB’s all-time games leader as catcher, 7-time silver slugger winner, 2003 World Series champion (Florida Marlins), 2003 NLCS MVP, 1999 AL MVP, 14-time All-Star, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Latino Hall of Fame. Since retiring as a player, he remains involved as the Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Texas Rangers and is also a sports analyst for Fox Sports Southwest. Pudge is also a partner and executive with z9 Capital. He enjoys donating and giving his time to many different charities and non-profit organizations.
Rollie is one of the all-time great pitchers in MLB history. A former Cy Young and MLB MVP Award winner, he was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1992. Rollie recorded 341 saves and was a member of seven All-Star teams, as well as being the MVP of the 1974 World Series with the Oakland Athletics. He was voted Relief Pitcher of the Decade for the 1970s.
Reed has had a legendary career to say the least, playing 16 NFL seasons, 15 with the Buffalo Bills. He was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, ranking near the top in nearly all NFL career statistical receiving categories. As a Bill, Reed played in four consecutive Super Bowls (1991-1994) and was selected to the Pro Bowl in seven consecutive seasons (1988-1994). In 2010, he established The Andre Reed Foundation to help underprivileged children reach their full potential and become responsible contributors to their communities. In 2015, Reed was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame, after joining the Boys and Girls Club as a child.
A second round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1988 NFL draft, Dawson started five games his rookie year at offensive guard, moving to center the next season. He enjoyed a 13-year career with Pittsburgh, earning co-AFC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 1993. In 1992, Dawson received the first of his seven straight Pro Bowl invitations. Named a center on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, he started in three AFC Championship games and in Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys. In all, Dawson played in 184 regular season games and his 170 consecutive games played ranks second in club history.