Coronation and induction of celebrities (click for full size photos)
The husband and wife comedy team of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were crowned King and Queen of Brooklyn at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival on June 11,2000. Meara and stiller are famous for their wry but affectionate bantering. Their sense of comic timing and teamwork has earned them a loyal following of all ages.
Married for more than 40 years, the two met at an audition and have mixed work and romance ever since. They began their careers as part of the improv group that later became famous as the Second City Players.
Stiller & Meara worked every major nightclub in the country, played regional theatres together, and made countless appearances on television -- including 36 spots on The Ed Sullivan Show alone.
Stiller & Meara also boast impressive solo careers. Anne Meara has graced the stage on and off Broadway, picking up a Tony nomination for her performance in the Roundabout's production of Anna Christie. She has also been featured in films including Fame, The Boys from Brazil, and most recently the award-winning independent film, Judy Berlin.
Anne has received five Emmy nominations for her work in television. Currently, she appears as Peggy Moody on ABC's All My Children, but her most famous roles on television include Rhoda and Archie Bunker's Place. This multi-talented woman is also a playwright, and her script for After-Play won an Outer Critic's Circle award. Her second play, Down the Garden Paths, recently completed a run at the Long Wharf Theatre.
Jerry Stiller currently stars as Arthur on the hit CBS series, King of Queens. But he is perhaps best-known to TV fans as Frank Costanza on the now-legendary NBC series, Seinfeld He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1997, and won the 1998 American Comedy Award for his work on the show.
Like his partner, Jerry Stiller is no stranger to the stage. He has appeared on and off-Broadway; he toured all five boroughs in the very first season of Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. And his film career includes roles in Hairspray and Subway Stories.
Show business is a family business for Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Their children, Ben and Amy Stiller, are both actors. Jerry has played opposite Amy on stage, and also appeared in Ben's short film Shoeshine, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988. Anne Meara appeared in Ben's feature debut as a director, Reality Bites.
Off-camera, Mr. Morales works tirelessly for causes close to his heart, including preservation of the environment and wildlife, help for refugees and for those suffering with AIDS. Please welcome Esai Morales.
In 1969, Ms. Roberts opened the first Lucille Roberts Health Club on 34th Street, across from Macy's. Her business has grown to a $30 million empire with 50 health clubs and over 750 employees. After 30 years in business, Lucille Roberts is a household name -- but you'll still find the CEO in the clubs teaching aerobics classes.
Acting is apparently a family business - Mr. Turturro's wife, son, and two brothers are also actors. Mr. Turturro, was fascinated by movies as a child. After studying acting at SUNY New Paltz, he won a scholarship to the Yale School of Drama. After winning an Obie Award for his work in Off-Broadway theatre, he made his film debut in Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece, Raging Bull. Mr. Turturro has gone on to star in some of the most important independent films made in the past two decades, including Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and He Got Game; Joel and Ethan Coen's Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink; and Robert Redford's Quiz Show.
In 1998, Mr. Turturro wrote, directed, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed film Illuminata. He has won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, and the Best Actor and Golden Camera awards at Cannes.
Mr. Viterelli was a late bloomer in his acting career. For more than 25 years he turned down parts offered to him by a host of filmmakers, including his longtime friend Leo Penn. Then, in 1981, Sean Penn called to say they couldn't find anyone to play a character from the Lower East Side. The film was shooting on location in Viterelli's old neighborhood on Mott Street. He took the screen test and won the part. He's been acting ever since, including a featured role in Bullets over Broadway, written and directed by fellow Brooklynite Woody Allen.
Lenny Wilkens was a tenacious, hot-shooting guard in the NBA for 15 years, and ranks among the all-time leaders in assists, games played, and free throws made. Wilkens is one of just two men honored in a sports Hall of Fame as both player and coach. He made the transition to coaching in 1975, and in 1979 he led the Seattle Sonics to the NBA Championship. Wilkens also coached the gold-medal-winning USA men's basketball team in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
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