Herman Badillo

Herman Badillo, B.B.A, J.D., was appointed by Governor George Pataki as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York on June 1, 1999. Prior to this, Mr. Badillo served as a member of the Board from 1980 to 1982 as an appointee of Governor Hugh Carey, and in July 1990 he returned to the Board as an appointee of Governor Mario Cuomo. He was re-appointed in July 1994 and from February 1997 served as Vice Chairman of the Board. Mr. Badillo, a founding partner in the New York City law firm of Fischbein, Badillo, Wagner, Harding, became the first full Commissioner of Hispanic origin in New York City in 1962, when he was appointed to lead the Department of Housing Relocation. With his successful 1965 election campaign in the Bronx, Mr. Badillo became the City's first Borough President of Hispanic origin. He also became, in 1970, the first U.S. Congressman of Puerto Rican origin when he won the 21st Congressional District, which included portions of the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. He was reelected three times. A native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Mr. Badillo has lived in New York City since he was 11. He graduated magna cum laude from City College in 1951 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 1954. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1956 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1956. He is the author of A BILL OF NO RIGHTS: ATTICA AND THE AMERICAN PRISON SYSTEM, published in 1972. Mr. Badillo serves on many civic and community organizations.

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Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis was born in Cogdell, GA. He graduated high school in Waycross, GA, then attended Howard University. He began his career as a writer and an actor with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem in 1939. He recently appeared in the films DR. DOLITTLE with Eddie Murphy; GET ON THE BUS for Spike Lee; I'M NOT RAPPAPORT with Walter Matthau; 12 ANGRY MEN for Showtime Network; and on the CBS television series PROMISED LAND. In 1946, Mr. Davis made his Broadway debut in "Jeb" and went on to perform in many Broadway productions, including "Anna Lucasta," "The Wisteria Trees," "Green Pastures," "Jamaica," "Ballad for Bimshire," "The Zulu and the Zayda," and the stage version of "I'm Not Rappaport." In 1961, Mr. Davis wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed "Purlie Victorious." He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1994. After making his film debut in NO WAY OUT (1950, with Sidney Poitier), Mr. Davis appeared in such films as THE CARDINAL, THE HILL, and THE SCALPHUNTERS. In 1970, Mr. Davis directed his first feature film, COTTON COMES TO HARLEM. He went on to direct four others: GORDON'S WAR, KONGI'S HARVEST, BLACK GIRLS, and COUNTDOWN AT KUSINI, which he also co-produced with his wife, Ruby Dee. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee have produced several television specials, including the N.Y. Urban League Frederick Douglass Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the author of three children's books: ESCAPE TO FREEDOM (honored by the American Library Association and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award), LANGSTON, and JUST LIKE MARTIN. He and Ruby Dee recently marked their 50th wedding anniversary with the publication of their joint autobiography, WITH OSSIE AND RUBY: IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER.

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Ruby Dee

You may remember Ruby Dee for her roles on stage and in film as Ruth in RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry, as Lutiebelle in Ossie Davis's satire PURLIE VICTORIOUS, in Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING and JUNGLE FEVER, or as Mother Abalail in Steven King's THE STAND. She was Ruth again in the Sidney Poitier-directed film BUCK AND THE PREACHER with Harry Belafonte, Rachel in the movie COP AND A HALF with Burt Reynolds, and also appeared in JUST CAUSE with Lawrence Fishburne and Sean Connery. Recent credits include PASSING GLORY, a film for TNT, produced by Quincy Jones, David Salzman, and Magic Johnson; BABY GENIUSES with Dom DeLuise; and HAVING OUR SAY, produced by Camille Cosby and Judy James for CBS. She is also a writer. MY ONE GOOD NERVE is a compilation of some of her short stories, humor, and poetry, published by John Wiley and Sons. She and her husband, Ossie Davis, recently completed a joint biography, WITH OSSIE AND RUBY: IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER, published by William Morrow. In 1988, Ms. Dee was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, and in 1989, into the NAACP Image Hall of Fame. Dee was awarded an Emmy for her role in DECORATION DAY, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. In 1994, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were given the Silver Circle Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and in 1995, they were recipients of the prestigious National Medal of Arts Award bestowed at the White House by President and Mrs. Clinton. Through their company, Emmalyn Enterprises, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis produced, in conjunction with PBS, some of their best work: MARTIN LUTHER KING: THE DREAM AND THE DRUM; A WALK THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY WITH BILL MOYERS; and for three seasons, the critically acclaimed series, WITH OSSIE AND RUBY, which they co-produced with KERA/Dallas and WHMM/Washington, DC. Significantly, they co-produced the film COUNTDOWN AT KUSINI in Nigeria with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and for CBS, TODAY IS OURS, a program for young people based on Ms. Dee's anthology of mostly junior-high school poets, GLOWCHILD. Although born in Cleveland, OH, Dee considers herself a product of Harlem, where she grew up, studied theatre arts, began her career, and became a member of the American Negro Theatre. She later studied acting with Paul Mann, Lloyd Richards, and Morris Carnovsky. Ruby Dee has a B.A. from Hunter College. She and Ossie Davis have three children, Nora, Guy, and Hasna, and seven grandchildren.

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Bryan Hull

Bryan Hull, playing Henry Albertson, the Old Actor, in "The Fantasticks," is in his record-breaking 20th year. Hull has thus become New York's longest-running actor in the same role. He has, in fact, had more consecutive performances than "Cats." Hull plays the role of an ancient absent-minded Shakespearean actor in "The Fantasticks," and has his audience in stitches every night, despite the fact that he's donned the same powdered wig and tattered cape and spoken the same lines every night since 1980. How does he stay fresh in the role? "I'm aging into the part. Whereas the actors playing the boy and the girl, for example, can grow away from their characters, the older I get, the more natural the character feels to me. In fact, I do better and better with less and less makeup." says Hull. A New Mexico native, Bryan Hull has appeared in such diverse roles as Prospero in "The Tempest," Cassius in "Julius Caesar," Bernard Shaw in "Dear Liar," and George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" In addition, he appeared as Van Helsing in "Count Dracula" and was in the Broadway productions of both "Something's Afoot" and "War and Peace." Hull has also toured the country in the national production of "Cabaret" and with his own one-man show, "Boz! Charles Dickens in America," by John M. Benders.

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Ed Koch

Edward Irving Koch was born in the Bronx on December 12, 1924. He served as the 105th Mayor of New York City for three terms, from 1978 to 1989. In 1989, he ran for a fourth term as Mayor and was defeated by David Dinkins in the Democratic primary. Prior to being Mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a Congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. In his last years of college, he was drafted into the Army where he served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. In that year, he also attended the New York University School of Law. He received his L.L.B. degree in 1948, and began to practice law immediately thereafter. In 1981, CCNY awarded Mr. Koch a B.A. degree. Mr. Koch is credited with many major achievements as Mayor. First and foremost, he restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, and was responsible for placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget basis, with 10 such balanced budgets during his administration. Mr. Koch is currently a partner in the law firm of Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LPP. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University. In addition to writing political columns, Mr. Koch is a commentator for Bloomberg Television and writes films, books, and restaurant reviews. His movie reviews are published weekly in several papers located throughout the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Koch's movie reviews also appear on Metro Guide, a cable television channel that can be viewed on cable systems throughout the tri-state area. Mr. Koch is also the author of several books and articles. His book titles include: MAYOR (1984), POLITICS (1985), HIS EMINENCE AND HIZZONER (1989), ALL THE BEST (1990), CITIZEN KOCH (1992), ED KOCH ON EVERYTHING (1994), MURDER AT CITY HALL (1995), MURDER ON BROADWAY (1996), MURDER ON 34TH STREET (1997), THE SENATOR MUST DIE (1998), GIULIANI: NASTY MAN (September 1999), and I'M NOT DONE YET: REMAINING RELEVANT (January 2000).

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Kenny Kramer

Kenny Kramer is the model for SEINFELD's Cosmo Kramer, the unpredictable and affable bachelor who has trouble staying on his feet. Prior to serving as Cosmo's model, Kenny had a long career as a stand-up comedian and was the manager of a British reggae band. During the disco years, Kenny created an electronic jewelry item that sold so well that he was able to live comfortably after disco died. For six years, SEINFELD co-creator Larry David lived across the hall from Kenny. One day, Jerry Seinfeld asked Larry for help creating a TV show. Jerry became famous, Larry became the character of George Costanza, and Kramer became Kramer. Kenny is the host of Kramer's Reality Tour and Kramer's Reality Road Show. Here, Kenny relies on his stand-up experience to entertain people from all over the world with the behind-the-scenes SEINFELD story. In New York, the tour has a bus portion that goes to sites made famous by the show. SEINFELD even did an episode spoofing Kenny's tour when Cosmo Kramer started the Peterman Reality Tour in the episode "The Muffin Top." Kenny has toured Australia, colleges, and state fairs with the Road Show version of his tour. He has been written about in thousands of newspapers and magazines. He has been on OPRAH, THE TODAY SHOW, DATELINE NBC, MAURY POVICH, CNN, ET, CNBC, MSNBC, INSIDE EDITION, EXTRA, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, and every other tabloid show imaginable. Recent TV appearances include A&E's BIOGRAPHY of Jerry Seinfeld, THE TODAY SHOW, as a defendant in Judge Judy's courtroom, and as a celebrity Karaoke judge on MTV. In his spare time, he has run for Mayor of New York, served as a correspondent for HARD COPY, written, produced, and hosted "Kramer's New York" segments for Fox5's GOOD-DAY NY, and appeared in the original New York company of "Tony and Tina's Wedding" playing himself. Since Jerry Seinfeld announced he was quitting, Kenny has made it clear that he has no such intention. Kenny Kramer will continue to entertain and live his life -- it's worked so far. Visit Kenny's home page: http://www.kennykramer.com

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Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller made his legitimate stage debut in "The Silver Whistle" with Burgess Meredith. Early credits include six productions at the Phoenix Theater including "Coriolanus" for John Houseman. On Broadway, Mr. Stiller has appeared in "The Golden Apple," "Unexpected Guests," "The Ritz," "Passione," "Hurlyburly" for Mike Nichols, David Mamet's "Prairie Du Chien," "Three Men on a Horse" with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman for the National Actors Theater, Donald Margulies's "What's Wrong With This Picture?," and Chekhov's "The Three Sisters." He was a charter member of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival and appeared in the first season at Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Connecticut. At the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, he created the role of Launce in John Guare and Galt MacDermott's musical "Two Gentlemen of Verona," and also Dogberry in "Much Ado About Nothing" with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner. Off-Broadway credits include "Boubouoche" for Walt Witcover's Masterworks Laboratory Theater. Mr. Stiller recently appeared opposite his wife, Anne Meara, in her award-winning comedy "After-Play" at Theater Four and the Westport and Cape Playhouses. Regional theater highlights include "I Ought To Be In Pictures" at the John Drew Theater and "Beau Jest," also at the Westport and Cape Playhouses. Both productions were with his daughter Amy. Jerry got to play Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" in the first musical produced at the Guthrie Theater. On National Public Radio, Mr. Stiller recorded John Sayles's "At the Anarchists Co." and is currently featured as Arthur Spooner, a series regular on the CBS sitcom THE KING OF QUEENS. Other television credits include SEIZE THE DAY and THE HOLLOW BOY for Bob Geller on PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, NBC's TATTINGER'S, CBS's JOE AND SONS, HBO's SUBWAY SERIES, and 36 appearances on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW with his wife. Film credits include THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, AIRPORT '75, THE RITZ, HAIRSPRAY, THE PICKLE, and the Oscar-nominated short-subject film SHOESHINE, which co-starred his son Ben. Stiller has appeared in more than 200 radio commercials, including the legendary Blue Nun and United Van Lines commercials and the on-going Amalgamated Bank commercials, all with his wife Anne Meara. His Television commercial credits include Vince Lombardi in the Nike ads, AT&T, and the New York Marriot ads with Estelle Harris. Stiller's training includes a BS in Speech and Dramatic Art from Syracuse University and study with Uta Hagen at HB Studios and Walt Witcover. Mr. Stiller has also taught at HB Studio. Mr. Stiller credits as his mentors Professor Sawyer Falk and Frederic Schweppe at S.U., Esther Porter Lane at Henry Street Playhouse, and Barbara Buloff, his therapist. Mr. Stiller would also like to mention the Boys and Girls Brotherhood Republic for getting him through his early childhood days.

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