Cast and Crew
APPEARANCES AND COMMENTARY BY:
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player
Dennis Walters’ dream was always to play successfully on The PGA TOUR and he was on the verge of beginning that dream when at the age of 24, he was in a tragic golf cart accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
As he laid in a bed in a Morristown, New Jersey hospital, he made a promise to himself that if he ever got out of that bed he would figure out a way to play golf again. His love for golf was so strong that he knew he could not live without it in his life. Dennis’ journey from that hospital bed and the depths of despair to The World Golf Hall of Fame represents the greatest comeback in sports history.
With the help of family, friends, and five rescue dogs, Dennis became recognized as one of golf’s top ambassadors through his trick shot golf shows and his dedication to the game. He has given over 3,000 performances and travelled over 3 million miles delivering his message of hope and encouragement. His show is great golf, great fun with a message that is educational and motivational. He has inspired people with disabilities, golfers of all ages, and anyone with a dream to keep going and to never give up in the pursuit of that dream.
Jim Nantz is a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the youngest to ever be inducted into both the Pro Football and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Jim is a three time Emmy Award-winner and five time National Sportscaster the Year since joining CBS in 1985.
In addition to being the lead play-by-play announcer for the Network’s NFL and college basketball games, Nantz anchors CBS’s golf coverage. Nantz joined the CBS golf team in 1986 and became the lead anchor of the Network’s golf coverage in April 1994 partnering with Ken Venturi until June 2002. Sir Nick Faldo has partnered with Nantz since assuming the lead analyst role in 2007. Nantz has hosted broadcasts of the Masters since 1988 and the PGA Championship since 1991.
Nantz was honored in 2019 with the Arnie Award, presented to golfers who give back and reflect the values and generosity of Arnold Palmer by the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, and Golf Digest.
Wayne Warms is a PGA Professional and a 12 time New Jersey PGA Junior Golf Leader Award winner. In 1995, Warms was awarded the PGA of America’s National Junior Golf Leader Award.
Wayne Warms is a PGA Professional and a 12 time New Jersey PGA Junior Golf Leader Award winner. In 1995, Warms was awarded the PGA of America’s National Junior Golf Leader Award. Wayne is currently the Teaching Professional at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in New Jersey. He was inducted into the New Jersey PGA Hall of Fame in 2018. Wayne has been Head Golf Professional at Manasquan River Golf Club and Due Process Stable Golf Club.
Wayne is Dennis Walters swing coach and his best friend. Even though Wayne is based in New Jersey and Dennis in Florida, they talk at least twice a day. They both went to Neptune High School (New Jersey) and they’ve known each other for 60 years.
Ralph Terry played 12 seasons of Major League baseball including 2 stints with the NY Yankees. Ralph played in 5 World Series and was selected for 2 All-Star teams. He led the American League with 23 victories in 1962 and was selected as the MVP of the 1962 World Series. After baseball, he became a professional golfer and played in many PGA TOUR events and PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS events. He played baseball with and against such Yankee greats as Mickey Mantle, Roger Marris, and Yogi Berra. He also played with and against golf greats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. According to sportswriter Bob Ryan, he is the only player in major league history who knows what it feels like to throw the final pitch in both a losing and winning cause during a World Series. Today Ralph lives in Larned, Kansas with his wife of 59 years, Tanya, and they have 2 sons Raif and Gabe.
When he was 15, Dennis met Ralph for the first time when they paired together in the New Jersey State Open Championship and they have remained close friends ever since. He and Dennis practiced and played many rounds of golf together, and Dennis loves being around this Yankee great. Ralph was on the golf course when Dennis had his accident and was one of the first on the scene.
Barbara Walters Herman
Cast Member and Associate Producer
Barbara traveled many miles assisting Dennis at his inspirational trick shot shows, and together they collaborated to write his book “In My Dreams I Walk with You”. She has been his tireless advocate for gaining recognition for the work and remarkable achievements Dennis has accomplished. Her efforts and dedication were rewarded when Dennis received golf’s highest honor, induction into The World Golf Hall of Fame. She remains his biggest fan!
As Associate Producer, Barbara has provided many background facts about Dennis. As he has said many times, “Barbara remembers things that have happened to me along the way that I have forgotten about”. She has also provided insights on Dennis’ many friends and sponsors.
Alexander Vishno began his career working on large televised concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Alex is the founder of A2V Media, a company offering full video services from pre-production through post-production and his work has taken him all over the world.
His video work includes documentaries, music videos, corporate impact stories, government messaging, business profiles, non-profit productions and more.
Alex has a BFA from Berklee College of Music, an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MBA from Babson College in Boston, one of the top programs in the country for entrepreneurial studies. Alex lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.
Tim McEneny is an entrepreneur who co-founded an internet software company and was the CEO for 28 years. He then wrote a book about entrepreneurship (“Unlocking Your Entrepreneurial Potential”), mentored a number of entrepreneurs, and began his search for a good story to make into a film.
“I know a good story when I hear one, and the Dennis Walters story will inspire people that have suffered a setback and anyone else with a dream. Everyone loves a comeback story, and I believe Dennis’ story is the greatest comeback in sports history”.
“I’ve grown up around the TV and Entertainment industry. My mother was a Broadway actress, my father a Broadway and TV stage manager, and later a videotape pioneer, and my brother, Tom, won two Emmy awards at CBS for producing/editing special news reports”.
“Now it’s my turn, and I have an opportunity to make a great film about a great man”.