Rank #1: (Episode 116) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" Director: Michael Pressman
Michael Pressman began acting professionally at age 12 and studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University before becoming a director and producer in film and television. Among his feature directing credits are The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Boulevard Nights, Some Kind of Hero, Doctor Detroit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, and most recently, the independent feature Frankie and Johnny are Married, which he also wrote and starred in. His extensive episodic television credits include directing and producing the pilot for Chicago Hope, serving as co-executive producer of the award-winning series Picket Fences and executive producing and directing episodes of Chicago Hope; Picket Fences; The Practice; The Guardian and most recently, Blue Bloods. He received Emmys for his work on Picket Fences in 1993 and 1994 and was nominated for an Emmy and a DGA Award for Chicago Hope. Michael has also directed many movies for television, among them The Imposter, To Heal a Nation, and A Season for Miracles. Meet: Michael Pressman.
Rank #2: (Episode 113) "New England Patriots" Defensive Back: Tyrone Poole.
As a man of humble beginnings who went on to lead an extraordinary life, Tyrone Poole is committed to giving back. Tyrone is a former professional athlete, and current author, speaker, inventor, entrepreneur and fitness evangelist. However, his greatest passion is the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation, and its three pillars: Education, Fitness, and Humanitarianism Despite attending Fort Valley State University, a small historically black university, Tyrone’s athletic ability caught the attention of the highest ranks of professional football. Drafted in the first round of the National Football League (NFL) Draft. Tyrone went on to play 14 years in the NFL — 12 of those years as a starter — and won two Super Bowls XXXVIII (38) & XXXIX (39) with the New England Patriots under legendary coach Bill Belichick. As the saying goes, “To whom much is given, much is required.” Tyrone lives out this message in countless ways — from hosting “Ultimate Success Life Skills Seminars” for underserved youth, to teaming with The Disability Channel to offer “virtual walk” fundraisers throughout the globe. Regardless of the charitable endeavor, Tyrone ensures that education and fitness are incorporated into his philanthropic outreach. From funding academic scholarships, to underwriting fees for his football camps, Tyrone’s heart for youth is boundless. And when it comes to humanitarianism, Tyrone is always there — from supporting global natural disasters, to sponsoring food drives in his own, small town of LaGrange, GA. He graduated from Lagrange High School, where he lettered in both football and track and field. Tyrone was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round (22nd overall). He was the first Defensive Back taken in the 1995 NFL Draft. Tyrone played collegiate football at Fort Valley State University. While at Fort Valley, Tyrone was a four year starter and became the first player from the university to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Tyrone also competed in Track and Field, setting school records in the 100 and 200 meters. He placed in the Track and Field Outdoor National Championship his sophomore, junior and senior years. Tyrone is 1 of 2 athletes in Fort Valley State history to obtain All-American status in two sports (Football and Track and Field). Poole is an inductee of the Division II Football Hall Of Fame and SIAC Conference Hall Of Fame. Tyrone is the Author of “Ultimate Success In The Game Of Life” and the inventor of the "T38 Multi-Training Sled". He believes that, “All things are possible with God”. Meet: Tyrone Poole.
Rank #3: (Episode 114) "Boston Bruins" Defenseman, The Captain: Zdeno Chara.
At 6'9", Zdeno Chara is the tallest person ever to play in the NHL. Chara was born and raised in Trencin, Slovakia. At the age of 17 he played Junior B hockey with Dukla Trencin. The following year he was picked up by Piestany of Division II in Slovakia while also spending some of his playing time with the national junior team and HC Sparta Praha. At the age of 19, Chara decided to move to North America, where he still had one year of major junior eligibility remaining. He suited up for the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. In 49 contests, he had three goals and 22 points. Chara wanted to familiarize himself with the North American game and to adjust to the smaller ice surface, having been selected 56th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. In 1997-98, Chara played 25 games with the New York Islanders, picking up one assist. He followed that with a 59-game effort the next year, scoring two goals and eight points. Chara played two more years on Long Island before being sent to the Ottawa Senators for the start of the 2001-02 season. Chara credits several of his junior coaches in Slovakia and Stan Butler in Prince George as being the people who were most influential in his development as a player, which has seen him rise all the way to a regular performer in the NHL and to his first NHL All-Star performance in 2003. In 2003-04, Chara established himself as one of the premier defensemen in the league while setting career highs in goals with 16 and points with 41 and was named runner-up for the Norris Trophy as league's top defenseman. As the following season ended, so did Chara's contract and tenure with the Sens. July 1, 2006 Zdeno Chara was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins and named captain of the club. In his first full season as a Bruin, Chara matched his career-high in points (43) and helped establish a rugged blueline corps in Beantown. The following season he established new career season-highs in goals, assists and points with 17-34-51 totals and was voted a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman. In 2009, not only did Zdeno Chara break Nicklas Lidstrom's strangle-hold on the Norris Trophy, but he joined exclusive company by becoming just the third Bruin, along with Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque to win the prestigious award as the NHL's top defenseman. The Bruins captain anchored a defense corps that allowed the fewest goals against (2.32) in the league and led his club to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference with 116 points, the third best total in franchise history. Also a 1st Team All-Star, Chara set career-high marks for goals (19), assists (31), points (50) and plus/minus (+23). He would lead the Bruins and finish sixth among all players by averaging just over 26 minutes of ice time per game and was a force on the Bruins power play, recording 11 goals for third best among all NHL defensemen. In February 2010, Chara was captain of the Slovakian squad at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The 2009-10 season was a difficult one for Boston. The team struggled to find the net, ranking dead last in the league for goals scored and Chara saw his offensive production drop to just seven goals for the season. Chara and the Bruins rebounded in 2010-11, finished the regular season in third place in the Eastern Conference and rode a wave of emotion into the playoffs. Anchored by Chara on the back end, the Bruins accomplished what no Bruins club had done in almost 40 years when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. Chara would record 17 goals and 23 assists during the 2013-14 season. He would also represent Slovakia once again at the Olympic Games. This time held in Sochi, Russia, Chara would serve as captain and was his nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. In the summer of 2016, Chara would represent Team Europe at t
Rank #4: (Episode 115) "Boxer" Adam "Babyface" Kownacki
Adam Kownacki emigrated from Poland with his family to America at the age of 7, settling in the predominantly Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Adam’s parents worked long shifts trying to make ends meet so their three children could have a better future. To pass idle time, Adam joined a karate program, but it wasn’t until 1999, when Polish star Andrew Golota fought Michael Grant, that Adam fell in love with boxing. Adam started boxing to stay in shape (by the age of 15, he weighed a whopping 270 pounds). Adam eventually joined the legendary Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, winning the super heavyweight New York Daily News Golden Gloves in 2006 and 2009. AKBABYFACE turned pro in October of 2009, knocking out his first opponent in just 22 seconds of the first round. After winning his first 4 bouts AKBABYFACE suffered an accident in which he fractured his left hand and put his career on hold for 2 years. Ready to keep advancing, AKBABYFACE went to camp with Wladimir Klitschko as a sparring partner but after tearing his left bicep, he was sidelined for another year. Making his return after 3 years, Adam focused on becoming the first Polish-American world champion boxer. He racked up two wins and signed with boxing’s top manager Al Haymon. With the support of his team, family and fans AKBABYFACE is ready to make his AMERICAN DREAM come true. Meet: Adam Kownacki.
Rank #5: (Episode 75) Comedian: Jim Florentine.
JIM FLORENTINE is a stand-up comedian, TV host, actor, podcaster and voice artist. He is best known for co-hosting VH1 Classic's heavy metal talk show series "That Metal Show" that ran from 2008-2015. JIM FLORENTINE is also known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher. Recently, JIM FLORENTINE has appeared in the hit movie Trainwreck as the one night stand guy and on the critically acclaimed TV series Inside Amy Schumer and Louie on FX. He was submitted for an Emmy for best supporting actor for his role of Kenny on Louie. JIM FLORENTINE appeared on an episode of Girls in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE also appears in the feature film "A Little Help" starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office). JIM FLORENTINE plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer's love interest in the film. A Little Help won best film in several different film festivals. JIM FLORENTINE played a pimp on an episode of Californication in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE played a Cop on an episode of Red Oaks on Amazon in 2015. Meet: Jim Florentine.
Rank #6: (From the Vault) Actor: Tom Berenger.
A few minutes with iconic actor Tom Berenger.
Rank #7: (Episode 74) Actor: Robert C. Treveiler
Robert C. Treveiler is an extremely talented actor who has been in some of the best movies in history. These include The Mist, The Accountant, Prisoners and Sully. Robert's TV resume is quite length and includes amazing series like Banshee and Ozark. Meet: Robert C. Treveiler.
Rank #8: Actor: Lennie James. "The Walking Dead"
Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they remain very close. Within a year Lennie began writing plays (Storm Damage was broadcast by the BBC in 2000 and won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award in 2001). Lennie received his training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from which he graduated in 1988. Lennie has an amazing and lengthy filmography and his portrayal of Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead remains one of the best performances of a character in Television History. Meet the Iconic and Amazing: Lennie James.
Rank #9: (Episode 69) "Wrong Turn" Director: Rob Schmidt.
Rob Schmidt is an American film director and writer. His film credits include Wrong Turn and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia. Meet: Rob Schmidt.
Rank #10: (Episode 76) Cindy Healy.
"While working on the Mars Pathfinder mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, I came to a fork in the road. It was a moment when I had to decide whether to move out of my comfort zone and take a risk. NASA was putting together a 25-person launch team that would temporarily move from California to Florida near the Kennedy Space Center. All of my best buddies were going to be on this team. I knew it was going to be a “work hard, play hard” scenario, and I really wanted to go. Up until that point I had been working as the lead for the simulation software that was used to prepare for the mission. At one point, a colleague and I were tasked with fixing the flight simulation code, including the star scanner—the eyeball of the spacecraft. The flight simulation code fakes out the spacecraft so it thinks it’s flying to Mars when it’s really sitting in the lab in Pasadena. The work had fallen nine months behind schedule, and my teammate Miguel and I had been given eight weeks to complete the code. Neither of us had ever written this kind of code before, but failure was not an option. In one way, the entire Pathfinder mission was a risk—it was an attempt to reinvent space travel, an experiment to see just how cheap and how fast we could put a spacecraft on another planet. And we didn’t want to disappoint America. Working night and day, we got the code written and meeting performance targets, and then it was time for some folks to head to Florida to prep for the launch. I really wanted to go. But, I wasn’t on the list because my role was not critical to the Florida operations. My coworker was the UNIX system administrator, and he was on the list. But, he and his wife were having a baby, and he didn’t want to go. In one moment, I had to make a critical decision: would I take a risk? I had no idea how to do the job. But I love a challenge, and I really wanted to go to Florida. I raised my hand and said, “I’ll do it, just teach me how to be the UNIX system administrator.” As if it’s so easy. So my coworker trained me, and I was just writing everything in a notebook, scribbling down as much as I could. Those notes were all I would have to help me do the job." Meet: Cindy Healy.
Rank #11: (Episode 73) Ultra-Endurance Cyclist: Lael Wilcox.
Lael Wilcox is an Ultra-Endurance Cyclist who has won both the Trans Am Bike Race and The Tour Divide. She was the first American to win the Trans Am and the first woman to win the Tour Divide. She also set world records for her time on the Baja Divide route. She is considered by many to be the best endurance cyclist in the world. Meet: Lael Wilcox
Rank #12: Breaking Down 8: Five Fantastic Actors Never Nominated for an Academy Award.
Doug and I compose a list of 5 fantastic actors that have never been nomintaed for an Academy Award, plus a Wild Card! Enjoy, Breaking Down 8!
Rank #13: (Episode 70) "The Walking Dead" Cosplayer: Cecil Garner.
Cecil Garner quit his job as an ISGN mortgage loan processor to pursue a unique career: He hauls a mock-up prison set featuring a 16-foot guard tower, hires a zombie (so to speak), and poses for photos with fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead." Garner boasts the genetics to pull it off. The 43-year-old professional cosplayer is a dead ringer (pardon the pun) for Rick Grimes, the star of the smash television series "The Walking Dead" played by British actor Andrew Lincoln. Meet: Cecil Garner.
Rank #14: (Episode 72) "Ozark" Actor: Michael Tourek.
Michael Tourek was Born in Charleston, SC, raised in Omaha, NE, Michael came about acting at young age. Some of his fondest memories are performing with his local community theatre. After spending a number of years in NYC, Michael moved to Greensboro, NC where his career took an interesting turn. Michael is still extremely active in his acting, however, he now finds his greatest successes in raising his two beautiful children Grace and Isaac. Some of Michaels credits include: Ozark, Office Christmas Party, Logan Lucky and Boss Level which will be released later in the year. Meet Michael Tourek!
Rank #15: "Summer of Solo" Summer Movies 2018!
A look at the latest in movies, televison and streaming servies! Welcome to the Summer of Solo Special!
Rank #16: (Episode 77) "Hell on Wheels" Actor: Phil Burke.
Phil Burke attended the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York, on a Board of Trustees Scholarship. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 2003. Burke continued his acting training at various performing workshops and studios throughout New York. On stage, Phil Burke holds a noticeable list of leading-roles to his credit while holding mixed work in leading and supporting roles on the screen. Burke's screen debut was in 2005 and since that year, he has performed in various films and on numerous television series. Notable television series of the latter 2000s include The Good Wife (2009) and Hell on Wheels (2011) on which he held a recurring role. Meet the very funny. Very cool: Phil Burke.
Rank #17: (Episode 78) "Stranger Things: Actor: Randy Havens.
Randy Havens is an actor and a life long resident of Georgia. His portrayal of Scott Clarke remains one of the most beloved on television in recent memory. Randy's other credits include Halt and Catch Fire and Archer. Randy has some amazing projects on the Horizon which include Godzilla King of The Monsters, Boy Erased, The Front Runner and Instant Family. Meet the affable: Randy Havens
Rank #18: Special Edition: Mr. McFeely: "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"
David Newell is an American television actor known primarily for his portrayal of Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on Mister Rogers Neighborhood and works in the public relations department of the Fred Rogers Company (the entity responsible for all rights relating to the program, and other series currently in production from the company). His character's most famous catchphrase was "Speedy Delivery!" He toured the country until he retired in 2015, promoting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as Mr. McFeely.
Rank #19: (Episode 80) Wrestler and Motivational Speaker: Marc Mero.
Marc Mero, Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment success – then lost it all — but in the process discovered what’s most important in life. Everyone faces adversity. “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up. You can do anything you set your mind to!” Marc shares his captivating journey with audiences worldwide and inspires people to examine their life choices. Listeners feel a greater sense of appreciation toward their relationships and the “gift of time” – and are empowered to make a difference in their personal life, school, career, and community. Meet Marc Mero.
Rank #20: (Episdoe 86) Actor: Peter Stormare.
With a cool stoic gaze suggesting unmentionable thoughts lurking somewhere deep behind those deep, blank eyes, popular character actor Peter Stormare offered American audiences slightly discomforting comic relief in Joel and Ethan Coen's popular dark comedy Fargo (1996), though his versatility and adaptability have since led him to major Hollywood blockbusters. One of the best actors of our generation, known for one legendary role after another... Meet: Peter Stormare.