Known for movies

Short Info

DiedAugust 5, 2002, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseMarge Jeffers
MarkWitty quips during basketball game
FactCoined the terms "slam dunk", "air ball" and "no harm, no foul".

Chick Hearn was an American sportscaster. He was born in 1916 in Aurora, Illinois. His parents were John and Margaret Hearn. He had four siblings: two brothers and two sisters. Chick Hearn was educated at East Aurora High School and Bradley University. He began his career in broadcasting in 1939, working for a radio station in Peoria, Illinois.

He then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for several radio and television stations. Chick Hearn began working for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1961, and he became the team’s play-by-play announcer in 1965. He held this position until his death in 2002. Chick Hearn was also the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Rams from 1973 to 1979. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Chick Hearn was married to Marge Hearn. They had four children: two sons and two daughters. Chick Hearn died in 2002 at the age of 85.

General Info

Full NameChick Hearn
DiedAugust 5, 2002, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Sports commentator, Radio personality
EducationBradley University


SpouseMarge Jeffers
ChildrenSamantha Hearn, Gary Hearn


MoviesBig Business, Sport Goofy in Soccermania, The Gambler, The Love Bug

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#Marks / Signs
1Witty quips during basketball game


1When basketball game is in bag: This game is in the refrigerator, the door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard and the Jello's jiggling.


1Following his death, he was interred next to his children, Gary Hearn and Samantha Hearn, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
2He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 24, 1986.
3Recipient of the Curt Gowdy Award (awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to basketball by the Basketball Hall of Fame) in 1992.
4Inducted into the National Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
5Received his nickname while, as an amateur basketball player, he was handed a box of sneakers only to be surprised to find a chick inside.
6Coined the terms "slam dunk", "air ball" and "no harm, no foul".
7Would jokingly claim to have lost his birth certificate whenever he was asked how old he was.
8Hearn began his career covering Bradley University (which he attended), and the Peoria Caterpillars basketball team. He moved to Los Angeles in 1956 to announce football and basketball games for the University of Southern California. He was hosting a popular daily radio sports show when the Lakers, who had moved from Minneapolis in 1960, asked him to join their new broadcast team during the 1961 NBA playoffs.
9His widow, Marge Jeffers, was his high school sweetheart.
10His son, Gary Hearn, died of a drug overdose on June 1, 1972. His daughter, Samantha Hearn, died of pneumonia May 24, 1991, brought on by anorexia.
11Had only missed two Laker games, both times due to poor weather.
12Host of the television game show Bowling for Dollars (1972).
13Long-time play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers.



Arli$$1999TV SeriesChick Hearn
Wrongfully Accused1998Basketball Announcer
Dharma & Greg1998TV SeriesBasketball Announcer
Life with Louie1996TV SeriesAnnouncer
Time Trax1994TV SeriesAnnouncer
Airborne1993Basketball Announcer
White Men Can't Jump1992N.B.A. Announcer
Garfield and Friends1989TV Series
Big Business1988Sports Announcer
Matlock1987TV SeriesAnnouncer
1st & Ten: The Championship1987TV SeriesSportscaster
Sport Goofy in Soccermania1987ShortThe Announcer (voice)
Body Slam1986Booth Announcer #1
Fletch1985Chick Hearn
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesAnnouncer
Simon & Simon1982TV SeriesCal
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesSportscaster
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island1981TV MovieSportscaster #2
Lou Grant1981TV SeriesClarence Harvey
The White Shadow1978-1979TV SeriesAnnouncer / TV Announcer
Heaven Can Wait1978Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Police Woman1977TV Series
The Gambler1974Radio Announcer
Busting1974Laker Sportscaster on Radio (voice, uncredited)
Hawkins1974TV SeriesBasketball Announcer
The New Perry Mason1973TV SeriesTV Announcer
Here We Go Again1973TV SeriesAnnouncer
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesChuck Henry
Mod Squad1969TV Series
The Love Bug1968Announcer
Gilligan's Island1967TV SeriesRadio Announcer / Commentator
My Favorite Martian1965-1966TV SeriesAnnouncer / Radio Voice
The Loved One1965Announcer at Condor's funeral launch
The Fugitive1964TV SeriesTV Newscaster
McKeever & the Colonel1963TV SeriesAnnouncer
Alcoa Premiere1962TV SeriesAnnouncer
My Three Sons1962TV SeriesAnnouncer
Cry for Happy1961Commander (uncredited)
Burden of Truth1957Fight broadcaster


ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Proud Family2001TV SeriesHimself
Three Sisters2001TV SeriesHimself
Love & Basketball2000Himself
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesHimself
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault1996TV MovieHimself
Hang Time1995TV SeriesHimself
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesHimself
Rugrats1992TV SeriesHimself
The Simpsons1991TV SeriesHimself
New Kids on the Block at Disney-MGM Studios: Wildest Dreams1991TV SpecialHimself
21 Jump Street1990TV SeriesHimself
Heart Condition1990Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1989TV SeriesHimself
Prime Ticket: Los Angeles Lakers Basketball1988TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Hardcastle and McCormick1983TV SeriesHimself
...All the Marbles1981Himself - TV Reporter
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh1979Himself
The Way It Was1975TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
Run for Your Life1966TV SeriesHimself
1961 Rose Bowl1961TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Phillies Jackpot Bowling1960TV SeriesHimself
1960 Rose Bowl1960TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1959 Rose Bowl1959TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1958 Rose Bowl1958TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator

Archive Footage

Kobe Bryant's Muse2015TV Special documentaryHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1979TV SeriesAnnouncer


Won Awards

1989ACECableACE AwardsSports Play-by-Play AnnouncerPrime Ticket: Los Angeles Lakers Basketball (1985)
1986Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioAwarded on September 24, 1986 at 6765 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1995CableACECableACE AwardsSports Play-By-Play AnnouncerPrime Ticket: Los Angeles Lakers Basketball (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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