Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$18 million dollars
Date Of BirthMay 10, 1955
SpouseKathy Berman
MarkGives nicknames to almost all sports athletes he talks about
FactHis trademark nicknames actually started by accident. According to him, he and his buddies used to drink what they called "Frank Tanana Daquiris", and one day on camera, when he mentioned Frank Tanana, he ended up saying Frank Tanana Daquiri without even thinking about it. This caused the technical director to shout "What?!" in his ear, and one of the camera men starting laughing so hard he was actually shaking the camera up and down.


Chris Berman is an American sportscaster. He is best known for his work on ESPN, where he has been a mainstay since the network’s launch in 1979. Berman has also worked for ABC Sports and NBC Sports.

Berman was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on May 10, 1955. His father, Jim, was a longtime sportscaster for CBS Radio. His mother, Peggy, was a homemaker. Berman has two older sisters, Susan and Ellen.

Berman began his broadcasting career while still in high school. He worked as a weekend sports anchor for his local radio station, WDGC-FM. After graduating from high school in 1973, Berman enrolled at the University of Connecticut. He continued to work at WDGC-FM while in college.

In 1979, Berman graduated from college with a degree in communications. That same year, he was hired by ESPN. He has been with the network ever since.

Berman is best known for his work on ESPN’s NFL coverage. He is the host of NFL Countdown, the network’s pregame show. He also calls play-by-play for NFL games on ESPN Radio. Berman has also been the host of ESPN’s coverage of the World Series and the Super Bowl.

In addition to his work on ESPN, Berman has also worked for ABC Sports and NBC Sports. He has called play-by-play for Major League Baseball games on ABC and NBC. He has also been a studio host for both networks’ coverage of the Olympics.

Berman has won numerous awards for his broadcasting work. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sportscasters Association.

Berman has been married twice. His first marriage, to Kathy Levinson, ended in divorce. He has two children from that marriage, Douglas and Meredith. Berman married his second wife, Katherine McManus, in 2017.

Berman is known for his catchphrases, including “back back back,” “he gone,” and “that’s why they play the games.” He is also known for his love of cigars and his trademark aviator sunglasses.

General Info

Full NameChris Berman
Net Worth$18 million dollars
Date Of BirthMay 10, 1955
Height1.95 m
ProfessionJournalist, Sports commentator, Commentator, Actor, Newscaster
EducationHackley School, Brown University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseKathy Berman
ChildrenMeredith Berman, Douglas Berman
ParentsJames Keliner Berman, Peggy Shevell

Accomplishments

NominationsSports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
MoviesTracktown
TV ShowsSportsCentury, NHL on ABC, SportsCenter, Monday Night Football, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, Baseball Tonight, Boardwalk & Baseball's Super Bowl of Sports Trivia

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Football running call: "Whoop!"
2Touchdown call: "He-could-go-all-the-way!"
3Home run call. "Back, back, back, back. Gone."
4Gives nicknames to almost all sports athletes he talks about

Quotes

#Quote
1Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.
2[on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers] This is the franchise that invented losing.

Facts

#Fact
1Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6259 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 24, 2010.
2Is an avid fan of the Canadian Football League (CFL); he is known to cover CFL games on a regular basis.
3Is a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills and best friends with Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
4Winner of the 2010 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, given annually by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football".
5His trademark nicknames actually started by accident. According to him, he and his buddies used to drink what they called "Frank Tanana Daquiris", and one day on camera, when he mentioned Frank Tanana, he ended up saying Frank Tanana Daquiri without even thinking about it. This caused the technical director to shout "What?!" in his ear, and one of the camera men starting laughing so hard he was actually shaking the camera up and down.
6Inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame (1991). He was ranked No. 90 on The Sporting News' Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports (1995).
7Received his Bachelor's degree in History from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1977).
8Attended and graduated from Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York (1973).
9Has two children with Kathy Alexinski: Meredith (born 1987) and Douglas (born 1988).

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tracktown2016Sports Announcer (voice)
Draft Day2014/IChris Berman
Grown Ups 22013The Great Renaldo
The Longest Yard2005Chris Berman
Sesame Street2005TV SeriesChris Berman Muppet
Even Stevens2000TV SeriesSportscaster
Arli$$1997-1999TV SeriesChris Berman
Ellen's Energy Adventure1996VideoSports announcer (voice)

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunday NFL Countdown1993-2016TV SeriesHimself - Studio Host / Himself - Host
Boston Strong an Evening of Support and Celebration2013TV MovieHimself
Lombardi's Legacy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
60 Minutes Sports2013TV Series documentaryHimself - ESPN Anchor (segment "Boomer") / Himself - ESPN Host (segment "Boomer")
America's Parking Lot2012DocumentaryHimself - ESPN
SportsCenter2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest Game Ever Played2008TV MovieHimself - Host
2007 NFL Draft2007TV SpecialHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Minister of Defense: The Reggie White Story2006Video documentaryHimself
Baseball Tonight2006TV SeriesHimself
Super Bowl XL2006TV SpecialHimself - Halftime Host
Super Bowl XL Pre-Game Show2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Super Bowl at XL: The Ultimate Super Bowl 40-Man Roster2006TV MovieHimself (Host of show)
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
ESPY Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
ESPN 25: Silver Anniversary Special2004TV MovieHimself - Host
The Complete History of the Philadelphia Eagles2004Video documentaryHimself
ESPN NFL 2K52004Video GameHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Cardinals Kids2003TV SeriesHimself
ESPY Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2003TV SeriesHimself
Super Bowl XXXVII2003TV MovieHimself - Halftime Show Host
Second String2002TV MovieHimself
Clone High2002TV SeriesHimself
2001 NFL Draft2001TV SeriesHimself - Host
2000 NFL Draft2000TV SpecialHimself - Host
Spin City1998-1999TV SeriesHimself
1999 NFL Draft1999TV MovieHimself - Host
1998 NFL Draft1998TV MovieHimself - Host
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon1998TV MovieHimself
1997 NFL Draft1997TV SeriesHimself - Host
My Oh My!1996DocumentaryHimself
Coach1996TV SeriesHimself
Kingpin1996Himself
Eddie1996Himself
1996 NFL Draft1996TV MovieHimself - Host
1995 NFL Draft1995TV MovieHimself - Host
Little Big League1994Himself - Cameo appearance
1994 NFL Draft1994TV MovieHimself - Host
Berman's Best: The Nickname Show1993TV MovieHimself - Host
The Program1993Himself
1993 NFL Draft1993TV MovieHimself - Host
Monday Night Countdown1993TV SeriesHimself
1992 NFL Draft1992TV MovieHimself - Play-by-Play Announcer
Necessary Roughness1991Himself
1991 NFL Draft1991TV SpecialHimself - Host
1991 NFL Pro Bowl1991TV SpecialHimself - sideline reporter
1989 NFL Draft1989TV MovieHimself - Host
1988 NFL Draft1988TV MovieHimself - Host
NFL Primetime1987TV SeriesHimself
1987 NFL Draft1987TV MovieHimself - Reporter
1986 NFL Draft1986TV SpecialHimself - Reporter
1985 NFL Draft1985TV MovieHimself - Reporter
1984 NFL Draft1984TV SpecialHimself - Reporter
1983 NFL Draft1983TV SpecialHimself - Host
1982 NFL Draft1982TV MovieHimself
1981 NFL Draft1981TV MovieHimself - Reporter
1980 NFL Draft1980TV SpecialHimself - Reporter

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike & Mike2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - ESPN
30 for 302010-2016TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Anchor

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2010Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 24 May 2010. At 6259 Hollywood Blvd.
1995CableACECableACE AwardsSports HostSunday NFL Countdown (1985)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsSports HostSunday NFL Countdown (1985)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2011EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
2009EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
2001EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1999EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1998EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1996EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1995CableACECableACE AwardsSports HostSunday NFL Countdown (1985)
1995EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1994CableACECableACE AwardsSports HostNFL Primetime (1987)
1994EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1989ACECableACE AwardsSports Host
1988ACECableACE AwardsSports Host
1987ACECableACE AwardsSports HostSportsCenter (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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