Golf Channel's ARNIE Features 100-Plus Interviews Paying Tribute to Arnold Palmer



More than 100 notable personalities shared their experiences with Arnold Palmer for Golf Channel’s three-night television event, ARNIE, premiering Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET following Live From the Masters, and continuing through Tuesday, April 15. The production team responsible for ARNIE, whichhas a collective 36 Emmy Awards, spent the past year gathering interviews, and also sat down with Arnold Palmer to capture the recollections of his remarkable life. The documentary will air with limited commercial interruptions, backed by the support of Insperity and Callaway Golf.

Actor and producer Tom Selleck, star of more than 50 film and television roles, has signed on to narrate the three-part documentary film.  He will help tell the story of the legions of Palmer’s fans affectionately known as “Arnie’s Army,” including Hollywood celebrities, professional golfers, U.S. presidents, sporting icons, journalists and business leaders – along with family and friends who helped shape Palmer’s life as a young man growing up in Latrobe, Pa. 

Notables among the more than 100 interviews (complete list below):

Leaders – U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, Royal & Ancient Golf Club Chief Executive Peter Dawson, business entrepreneur Donald Trump, Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnston, Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan O. Hatch, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation President Michael Landes.

Golf – Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, Sir Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Billy Casper, Ben Crenshaw, Annika Sorenstam and Lanny Wadkins, as well as current PGA TOUR stars Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan to name a few; USGA historian Michael Trostel, and golf broadcasters Peter Alliss and Jack Whitaker.

Pop Culture & Sports –Actor Kurt Russell, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton, NFL star Peyton Manning, broadcaster Al Michaels, Major League Baseball icons Johnny Bench, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Joe Torre.

Family & Friends – Wife Kit Palmer; sisters Sandy Sarni and Lois Jean Tilley; brother Jerry Palmer; daughters Amy Palmer Saunders and Peg Palmer; longtime personal assistant Doc Giffin and Russ Meyer, business advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Cessna Aircraft Company.

ARNIE: 3-Part Golf Channel Event

  • Arnie & His Army

Sunday, April 13, 10 p.m. ET (following Live From the Masters)

  • Arnie & His Majors

Monday, April 14, 10 p.m. ET

  • Arnie & His Legacy

Tuesday, April 15, 10 p.m. ET


Interview List:

Geano Agostino

Member, Latrobe   Country Club

Dr. Gregor Alexander

Neonatologist, Winnie   Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Peter Alliss

BBC Golf Commentator

Dave Anderson

Award-winning   journalist, New York Times

Al Barkow

Former   editor-in-chief, Golf Magazine

Johnny Bench

Former major league   baseball player / Hall-of-Famer

Randy Bisi

Head golf   professional, Latrobe Country Club

Dave Bockorny

Chairman & CEO,   Bockorny Group

Sir Michael Bonallack

5-Time British Amateur   Champion

John Bozard

President, Arnold   Palmer Medical Center Foundation

Brad Brewer

Author, “Mentored By   The King”

Cori Britt

Vice president, Arnold   Palmer Enterprises

George W. Bush

43rd President, United   States

Billy Casper

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 3-time major champion

Hollis Cavner

Executive Director 3M   Championship / CEO, Prolinks Sports

Bobby Clampett

Former PGA TOUR   professional

Bill Clinton

42nd President, United   States

Ben Crenshaw

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1984, 1995 Masters Champion

Peter Dawson

Chief executive,   R&A

Frank Demeo

Former executive   director, March of Dimes

Jaime Diaz

Editor-in-chief, Golf   World

James Dodson

Author, “Arnold   Palmer: A Golfer's Life”

Bob Drum

Former golf writer, Pittsburgh   Press

Suzie Eiseman

Friend/neighbor to   Arnold Palmer

Sir Nick Faldo

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 6-time major champion

John Feinstein

Award-winning author,   sports writer

Richard Ferris

Co-chairman, Pebble Beach Company

Bill Fields

Senior editor, Golf   World

Tim Finchem

Commissioner, PGA TOUR

Dow Finsterwald

Former PGA TOUR   professional, finished T-3 in 1960 U.S. Open

Bob Ford

Director of golf,   Oakmont Country Club

Harry Frye

Former staff photographer,   Latrobe Bulletin

Robert Garrigus

PGA TOUR professional

Doc Giffin

Arnold Palmer's   administrative assistant

Marty Hackel

Fashion director, Golf   Digest

Gil Hanse

Golf course architect

Ken (Hawk) Harrelson

Commentator, Chicago   White Sox / former major league baseball player

Dr. Nathan O. Hatch

President, Wake Forest   University

Thomas Hauser

Author, “Arnold   Palmer: A Personal Journey”

Angela Howe

Director, British Golf   Museum

Hale Irwin

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 3-time major champion

Peter Jacobsen

Former PGA TOUR   professional / analyst, NBC / Golf Channel

Don January

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1967 PGA Championship winner

Gordon Jeffrey

Former captain, Royal   Birkdale Golf Club

Dan Jenkins

Author, sportswriter -   Sports Illustrated, Fort Worth Press

Rand Jerris

Managing director   public services, USGA

Alastair Johnston

CEO, Arnold Palmer   Enterprises

Rees Jones

Golf course architect

Gary Koch

Former PGA TOUR   professional / analyst, NBC / Golf Channel

Michael Landes

President, Eisenhower   Medical Center Foundation

Rich Lerner

Host/commentator, Golf   Channel

Nancy Lopez

Former LPGA Tour   professional, 3-time major champion

Davis Love III

PGA TOUR professional,   1997 PGA Championship winner

Pete Luster

Arnold Palmer's   co-pilot

John Mahaffey

Former PGA TOUR   professional / analyst, Golf Channel

Hunter Mahan

PGA TOUR professional

Roger Maltbie

Former PGA TOUR   professional / on course reporter NBC / Golf Channel

Peyton Manning

Super Bowl champion   NFL Quarterback

Rob Marciano

Executive VP, chief   sales and marketing officer, Arizona Beverage Company

Dave Marr

Commentator, Golf   Channel

Terry McCann

Director of   operations, City Brewery Latrobe

Graeme McDowell

PGA TOUR professional,   2010 U.S. Open champion

Rocco Mediate

PGA TOUR professional,   paired with Arnold Palmer in 1994 U.S. Open

Russ Meyer

Chairman emeritus,   Cessna Aircraft Company

Al Michaels

NBC Sports commentator

Phil Mickelson

PGA TOUR professional,   5-time major champion

Johnny Miller

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1973 U.S. Open champion  /   lead analyst, NBC Golf

Gabe Monzo

Executive director,   Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

Tim Neher

Friend to Arnold   Palmer / former president, Seminole Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 18-time major champion

Greg Norman

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Andy North

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Jim O'Brien

Attended 1960 U.S.   Open

Ian O'Connor

Author, “Arnie &   Jack”

Geoff Ogilvy

PGA TOUR professional,   2006 U.S. Open champion

Arnold Palmer

Documentary subject

Jerry Palmer

Arnold Palmer's   brother

Kit Palmer

Arnold Palmer's wife

Amy Palmer Saunders

Arnold Palmer's   daughter

Peg Palmer

Arnold Palmer's   daughter

Gary Player

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 9-time major champion

Nick Price

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 3-time major champion

Dana Quigley

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 11-time Champions Tour winner

Tom Ridge

Former secretary of   homeland security / Pennsylvania governor

Chris Rodell


Justin Rose

PGA TOUR professional,   2013 U.S. Open champion

Kurt Russell


Sandy Sarni

Arnold Palmer's sister

Sam Saunders

Arnold Palmer's   grandson

Ron Sirak

Executive editor, Golf   World / senior writer, Golf Digest

Brandt Snedeker

PGA TOUR professional

Annika Sorenstam

Former LPGA Tour professional,   10-time major champion

Matthew Squire

Publisher &   founder, KINGDOM Magazine

Dave Stockton

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Curtis Strange

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Dan Sullivan

Friend to  Arnold Palmer, fellow pilot

Kathy Swanson

President, Arnold   Palmer Medical Center

Judy Swigart

Superintendent,   Greater Latrobe school district

Kelly Tilghman

Host/commentator, Golf   Channel

Lois Jean   "Cheech" Tilley

Arnold Palmer's sister

Joe Torre

Former major league   baseball player/manager

Lee Trevino

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 6-time major champion

Steve Trivett

Sports writer, The   Villages Daily Sun

Michael Trostel

Curator/historian,   USGA Museum

Donald Trump

Chairman & CEO,   The Trump Organization

Kate Upton

Model, actress

Andy Wada

Commentator, Golf   Channel (Japan)

Lanny Wadkins

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1977 PGA Championship winner /    analyst, Golf Channel

Tom Watson

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 8-time major champion

Ron Wellman

Athletics director,   Wake Forest University

Jack Whitaker

Award-winning sports
  commentator, CBS Sports

Dunlop White III

Chairman, Old Town   Club (Winston Salem, NC)

Dan Whitney (Larry the   Cable Guy)

Founder, Git-R-Done   Foundation

Tiger Woods

PGA TOUR professional,   14-time major champion

Fuzzy Zoeller

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion