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Top 10 People I Respect or Admire


The following people are artist that have shaped my life in some way or another. They are people I respect and admire. Not only are they great entertainers who excel in their chosen profession, but they are also great humanitarians and have made a difference not only in my life, but in the lives of others.

  1. Steven Spielberg: A very accomplished Hollywood film producer and director famous for movies like E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and many, many more. I admire Steven for his creative vision and his ability to make movie magic come to life along with his incredible talent to bring out the best in actors.
  2. Roger Ebert: One of the most respected film critics of all time. He writes a film review column in the Chicago Sun Times and he’s the first film critic to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. I admire Roger for his ability to judge film fairly and for his eloquent writing that I have enjoyed for the past 20 years. I respect him both as a movie critic and as a humanitarian.
  3. Amy Adams: A young and very talented actress whose short movie career have earned her two Academy Award nominations and has been critically acclaimed by critics for her work in many different roles. I admire Amy for her incredible talent to bring other wise 2 dimensional characters to life in a way that no one else can. She reminds me a lot of myself. She’s passionate and not afraid to work hard to excel in her line of work.
  4. Misty May-Treanor: An Olympic athlete in the sport of Beach Volleyball. I admire Misty for her sportsmanship spirit which I have never seen on anybody else ever. She is a true champion. Her ability to re-collect herself when she is down then turn it around and make it work for herself is amazing.
  5. Leo Laporte: The god of the geeks! Otherwise known as the Tech Guy. He is the one of the most sought out podcasters on iTunes. He has been a very prosperous radio talk show host and TV personality in the field of technology. When it comes to technology no one knows more. He has a way of explaining the most difficult computer or technical tasks to the average person in such way that not only does it makes sense to them, but it is not condescending in any way.
  6. George Carlin: He is a stand-up comedian who’s won several Grammy Awards for his comedy Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. I admired him for his words, his vision and his courage to say what was on his mind in such a way that would make you laugh, but also make you think.
  7. Bill Maher: He is a political commentator and Talk Show host who is known for speaking his mind. Although he can be a little extreme at times, Bill is a good humanitarian, he believes in equal rights even when his supporters disagree with his views. He is able to have conversations with people who disagree with him and keep his composure. I envy that.
  8. Gene Roddenberry: Creator of the very popular Star Trek world. I admire Gene for his vision of a perfect future. Regardless of whether his vision was naïve or not, his vision represents a state that humans could potentially achieve, no matter how improbable it can be, it is nice to know that there is a glimmer of hope.
  9. Dr. Dre: He is a very talented rapper, and music producer. I admire him for his contribution to hip hop and his achievement in life against incredible odds. Dr. Dre came from nothing and he accomplished the American dream, he is still working and grounded in reality.
  10. Tina Fey: She’s an actress, comedian and creator of the 30 Rock show. I admire her for being one of the funniest woman on TV and movies. She is not afraid to be outrageous with her comedy, but never inappropriate.
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