Celebrity Heroes

The California Fire Foundation is honored to have the support of the following charitable actors and actresses:


José Andrés

Twice named to Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list, and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in America, he is known for his avant-garde cuisine and award-winning group of 31 restaurants throughout the country and beyond, including two-Michelin starred minibar by José Andrés. His work with his non-profit World Central Kitchen has earned global respect – notably, his team served over 3.6 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.


Lauren Ash

Lauren Ash is a Canadian-born actress. She has won several awards as a comedian and has appeared on TV shows like Howie Do It, Hotbox, The Dating Guy, Almost Heroes, The Ron James Show, and Scare Tactics. She currently stars on the NBC sitcom, Superstore.



Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr. is an American actor and environmentalist who has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is most recognized his role at Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series, St. Elsewhere.




Jaime Camil

Jaime Camil is a Mexican actor, singer and host. He is best known for his roles as Fernando Mendiola in La Fea Mas Bella and Rogelio de la Vega in Jane the Virgin. He recently finished a two month run on Broadway starring as Billy Flynn in the hit musical, CHICAGO.



Eddie Cibrian

Edward Carl “Eddie” Cibrian is an American actor. He has starred in The Young and The Restless, Sunset Beach, and rose to fame on Third Watch as firefighter, Jimmy Doherty.




Andrea “Drea” Donna De Matteo

Andrea “Drea” Donna de Matteo is an American actress, known for her roles as Angie Bolen on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Joey Tribbiani’s sister Gina on the NBC sitcom Joey, Wendy Case on FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Adriana La Cerva on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, a role for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She currently stars as Det. Tess Nazario in NBC’s Shades of Blue.


Billy Eichner

Actor, comedian, and writer, Billy Eichner is a multifaceted force to be reckoned with. Eichner was recently seen in a recurring role on the seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series, American Horror Story: Cult. His critically acclaimed series, Billy on the Street, recently wrapped its fifth season on truTV and has garnered over 50 million views online. The show was recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. This was the second Primetime Emmy nomination for the series, which was also nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program in 2015. Eichner can also be seen in Hulu’s critical darling Difficult People and the Netflix comedy series, Friends From College. He regularly lends his voice to FOX’s popular animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. He appeared as a series regular on the final two seasons of NBC’s acclaimed comedy series, Parks & Recreation.  Eichner’s film credits include the Universal Pictures sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising and the Sony Pictures animated film adaptation The Angry Birds Movie.

Johnny Galecki

With a professional acting career that spans more than 25 years, Johnny Galecki is best known for his roles on two hugely popular television series, Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory. He currently stars on the CBS sitcom, which is airing Season 11. As socially awkward physicist Leonard Hofstadter, Galecki has garnered an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination, along with those from the Critic’s Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards and four consecutive ensemble nominations by the Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others.

Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor and professional poker player. After achieving success with stand-up comedy, Garrett switched gears and made his way into the world of television. He is known for his long-time supporting role on Everybody Loves Raymond, and has also done voice-overs and appeared in a few films.


Kelli Giddish

Kelli Giddish is currently starring as “Detective Amanda Rollins” on the hit NBC series LAW & ORDER: SVU.  Previously, she could be seen on Jerry Bruckheimer’s series CHASE, in the lead role of “Annie Frost.”  She has had a significant recurring role on CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE. Kelli got her start on the popular daytime drama ALL MY CHILDREN and the hilarious cult web series THE BURG.  Kelli is a native of Cumming, GA.


Dwight Hicks

Dwight began his career in athletics as a defensive back on the University of Michigan’s football team. He signed with the San Francisco Forty Niners and his outstanding play led him to four consecutive Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl Championships.

Dwight is now creating a successful career in the entertainment business. Film credits include THE ROCK; ARMEGEDDON; JACK; VIRGINIA; CARTEL WAR. Some television credits are SCORPION, REBEL, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE; HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and BODY OF PROOF.

Dwight debuted at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in 2014 with the World Premier of X’s and O’s and the following year he traveled to Center Stage Theater in Baltimore for a run of X’s and O’s as well. Dwight reprised the role of Charles from the theater production of Pieces in a new 2017 production titled Piece Be Still at The Lee Strasberg Theater in Hollywood.


George Lopez

George Lopez is a Mexican American actor whose multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. He is most recognized for his groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez which he co-created, wrote, produced, and starred in. Additionally, he has released three GRAMMY nominated standup CDs, authored two memoirs, and been featured in four HBO specials.  Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down.


Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe’s iconic career spans 4 decades in film, television, and theater. He is also an acclaimed author. Rob has been nominated for two Emmys, six Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild awards in which he won two. He has starred in the ‘80s classics St. Elmo’s FireAbout Last Night, and The Outsiders, as well as television classics such as The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. Rob’s incredibly diverse career also includes scene stealing work in Behind CandelabraAustin Powers, and Tommy Boy. His two memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life are both New York Times Best Sellers. Rob most recently wrapped season three of the CBS medical drama Code Black and is currently starring in and directing a remake of the 4-time academy award nominated film, The Bad Seed.

Lowe has been married to designer, Sheryl Lowe, since 1991. They have two sons, Matthew and Johnowen, who attend Loyola Law School and Stanford University, respectively.

Wendi McLendon-Covey

Wendi McLendon-Covey  (Carol Tschundy) stars as family matriarch “Beverly Goldberg” on the ABC series “The Goldbergs.” She has been nominated for two Critics Choice awards for her portrayal of fan favorite “Beverly.” McLendon-Covey is best known on the big screening for her starring role in the hit comedy BRIDESMAIDS.  She was also recently seen in Michael Showalter’s HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, Larry Charles’ ARMY OF ONE, opposite Nicolas Cage, and will soon be seen in Scott Speer’s comedy STATUS UPDATE.  Her other film credits include: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall; and BLENDED, opposite Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.  Comedy fans will recognize her from her five year arc on “Reno 911,” as well as roles on “Lovespring International,” and “Rules of Engagement.”  She got her start at the world famous “Groundlings Theater” in Los Angeles, where she excelled at both improv and sketch comedy.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, with her husband.


Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn is an American actress and model. She made her Hollywood career debut in 2004 with a small part in the horror movie, Scarecrow Gone Wild. She later joined G4 TV as host of Attack of the Show!, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as a correspondent. Munn is known for her film roles in Date Night, Iron Man 2, The Babymakers, Deliver Us From Evil and X-Men: The Apocalypse.


Brian White

Brian White recently wrapped a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan,” and NBC’s “Taken.” At the start of the year, Brian starred opposite Gary Dourdan in the corporate drama MEDIA from Producers Cathy Hughes and Sheila Ducksworth.  Also, there were 3 film projects Brian both starred in and Produced, including the musical HOWARD HIGH, the romantic suspense thriller ONLY FOR ONE NIGHT and the romantic comedy 36 HOUR LAYOVER. White is most recognizable to television audiences as Detective Tavon Garris on the award-winning FX crime drama “The Shield.” He also held down 3 Major Recurring Roles on 3 of TV’s hottest shows: on NBC’s hit show CHICAGO FIRE; on ABC’s hit show, SCANDAL; and on ABC’s MISTRESSES. Brian is a native of Boston, MA.