Renowned actor and film star Dwier Brown, best known for his role as Kevin Costner's father in the classic film "Field of Dreams," will make a special Buffalo appearance as part of an ongoing national tour for his book, "If You Built It...A Book About Fathers, Fate, and Field of Dreams."
Dwier will be making a special book signing appearance at Chef's Restaurant from noon until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Buffalo restaurant, 291 Seneca St. (at Chicago ). The public is invited to attend.
"Since the release of the movie in 1989, I have been recognized by fans around the world for that five-minute clip when Kevin Costner asks, 'Hey Dad, you wanna have a catch?' " Brown said. "However, it's not just people asking for my autograph. They also want to share poignant stories about their fathers, and express the ways in which watching the film has changed their lives. All of those touching memories of my Midwestern childhood, that led to my unlikely life as a Hollywood actor, together in one special book."
Brown has become a popular figure on the book tour circuit as much for baseball-related experiences, often incorporated with his signings, as for his heartfelt book. On baseball fields across America, Brown has re-enacted his famed game of "catch" with fans of all ages, proving America's devotion to that magical "Field of Dreams" moment between father and son.
In talking about his Buffalo appearances, Brown noted a personal connection. "I was actually invited to come to Buffalo by a college roommate, Bryan Wittman," he said. "Bryan and I have stayed in close contact over the years, and when he suggested getting together, he asked if I would like to set up some book signings as well. Based on all 'If You Built It...' has come to mean to so many, it seemed like the perfect plan to schedule signings in the hometown of a lifelong friend on the weekend before Father's Day."
The public is invited to bring baseball, or "Field of Dreams" memorabilia to sign. Brown will also have books and photos available for purchase at Chef's Restaurant.
For over 90 years, Chef's has been recognized as one of Western New York's most popular Italian restaurant. Since the 1950s, generations of the Billittier family have owned and operated Chef's. The family has been recognized for their philanthropy, supporting dozens of hometown charities.