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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 November 1916Aurora, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 5 August 2002Northridge, California, USA  (injuries suffered in a fall)
Birth NameFrancis Dayle Hearn
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the most recognizable voices in Los Angeles, Francis Dayle Hearn, better known as "Chick" was the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Lakers for from 1960 to 2002. Known for his witty comments during the game and lightning-quick reactions to the play on the court, Hearn was as well-known a personality as some of the past Laker greats including Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Originally from Illinois, Hearn came to Los Angeles in 1956 and did radio and TV work in a variety of sports before getting his gig with the Lakers. He was also the long-time host of "Bowling for Dollars." Hearn has also done the play-by-play for other sports including the 1992 Summer Olympics.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson; updated by Daniel Frank Webster

Spouse (1)

Marge Jeffers (13 August 1938 - 5 August 2002) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Witty quips during basketball game

Trivia (13)

Long-time play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Host of the television game show Bowling for Dollars (1972).
Had only missed two Laker games, both times due to poor weather.
His 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.
His widow, Marge Jeffers, was his high school sweetheart.
Hearn 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.
Would jokingly claim to have lost his birth certificate whenever he was asked how old he was.
Coined the terms "slam dunk", "air ball" and "no harm, no foul".
Received his nickname while, as an amateur basketball player, he was handed a box of sneakers only to be surprised to find a chick inside.
Inducted into the National Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Recipient 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.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 24, 1986.
Following his death, he was interred next to his children, Gary Hearn and Samantha Hearn, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

When 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.

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