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The Speakers Who Inspired Hollywood Blockbusters

by Steve Bagshaw
The Speakers Who Inspired Hollywood Blockbusters

Ahead of the Oscars on Sunday night, I wanted to share a list of Leading Authorities’ film-related speakers. Some of Hollywood’s most engaging stories were born from the real-life actions of these awe-inspiring speakers. They’re incredibly popular, getting great reviews from audiences, and have the name-draw appeal you’re looking for at your event.

Scott MooreCaptain Phillips – is the retired commander of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group who was involved in many of the marquee moments of our nation’s history – including the daredevil rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates.

Michael Durant – Black Hawk Down – is a best-selling author of In the Company of Heroes and the helicopter pilot who was brought down during a combat operation in Mogadishu, Somalia. His story inspired the best-selling book and Academy Award-winning movie Black Hawk Down.

Larry Brudnicki – The Perfect Storm – was the Captain of the Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in more than 100 years, which became known as “The Perfect Storm” and inspired the best-selling book and blockbuster movie of the same name.

Chris Gardner – The Pursuit of Happyness – is an entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and philanthropist who struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son. His story – played by Will Smith – inspired award-winning The Pursuit of Happyness.

Greg GadsonBattleship – is a decorated and disabled Army commander and the New York Giants honorary captain who was sought out to play Battleship’s Mick Canales, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who grapples with aliens and struggles to overcome the loss of his legs in war.

Peter GuberThe Color Purple, Batman, Flashdance, and more– is the CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group, a No. 1 best-selling author, and an influential figure in the entertainment industry. Audiences appreciate his insights on using purposeful storytelling to motivate.

Jim CraigMiracle – is best remembered for his outstanding goaltending in the 1980 winter Olympics, also known as the “Miracle on Ice,” which was named the top sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. Now, he helps motivate audiences to their own gold-medal moments.

Mike EruzioneMiracle – served as the captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory at Lake Placid with his winning goal against the Soviet Union in the game that stunned the world and inspired the movie Miracle on Ice.

Vinny PapaleInvincible – is a former professional American football player and the inspiration for the movie Invincible after becoming the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. A cancer survivor, he motivates audiences with his astounding tale of resilience and perseverance.

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