NBA baller turned actor Rick Fox settles in at Melrose Place! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Rick Fox, NBA star, actor, “Melrose Place”

Rick Fox
Rick Fox

Think about seeing your life flashing before your eyes.

Got the picture?

Now think about Rick Fox’s life flashing before your eyes. First round NBA draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 1991.  Seven years—and three world championships—with the Los Angeles Lakers, playing elbow-to-elbow with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Marriage to the most beautiful and most famous Miss America ever, Vanessa Williams. Fatherhood with the same Miss Williams, now a star on ABC’s “Ugly Betty” as Wilhelmina Slater.

Did you see the part of his life flashing by in which the tall, handsome former athlete became an actor?

It started with a few small parts here and there—an inmate on “Oz,” a recurring role on Courtney Cox’s “Dirt” and Angela Bassett’s love interest in Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.

RICK FOX podcast excerpt: “When you live in the bubble that is celebrity here in L.A., (everything) is reported upon. (Eliza Dushku and I) wanted to take the time to see if being in a relationship together was something we both wanted. We got past that point. We kept getting photographed together and people wanted to know. Now the curiosity, the intrigue is removed and we can go forward in life.”

And while  Rick and Vanessa did divorce, he did appear as a guest star on her show, “Ugly Betty,” playing her bodyguard Dwayne.

Next week, he debuts in the recurring role of a restaurant owner on The CW’s new version of “Melrose Place.”

Speaking of actors—the latest issue of TV Guide has a picture of Fox with his long-time friend and new girlfriend, Eliza Dushku, star of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” on Fox.

And now he’s preparing for one more role: celebrity host of ACME Saturday Night at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles this Saturday night, Oct. 24, @ 8 p.m. You can order tickets or watch it stream online at

So Rick’s life or your life? Whose do you want to see in your final moments? I’m going with his.

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