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Dwier Brown, Costner’s father in Field of Dreams, set for Book Signing at Chef’s

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 several Buffalo appearances as part of an ongoing national tour for his popular book, “If You Built It… A Book About Fathers, Fate, and Field of Dreams.”

Dwier will make a special book signing appearance at Chef’s Restaurant, 291 Seneca St. at Chicago on Saturday June 10, from noon-1:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged 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 during a recent interview about his book tour. “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 stories gave me a perspective on my father’s unexpected death a month before filming on the movie began.

“The stories have also inspired me to document them, along with insider moments from the filming, and memories of my Midwestern childhood that led to my unlikely life as a Hollywood actor. We put it all together into one very 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,” Brown 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.”

Wittman, recently retired from a long, distinguished career with the Walt Disney Company returned to his hometown of Hamburg, is excited to have his former college roommate come to town this weekend.

“I am so happy for Dwier because he is truly a down to earth guy who will interact and listen to all the stories at the book signing on Saturday,” Wittman said. “What a great gift for a son to give to his dad on Father’s Day—a personalized, autographed book from Kevin Costner’s father in the legendary film, “Field of Dreams.”

The public is invited to bring baseball, or “Field of Dreams” memorabilia to sign. Dwier Brown will also have books and photos available for purchase at his Chef’s Restaurant appearance.

For more information about Dwier Brown, go to and follow this link to view a recent Today Show interview on the 25th anniversary of “Field of Dreams”.

Written by Michael J. Billoni

Michael J. Billoni

A journalist for nearly 50 years who was an award-winning sports reporter for the Buffalo Courier-Express until it closed in 1982. He was the former vice president/general manager of the Buffalo Bisons and a member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. Handled the promotions and publicity for Buffalo’s undefeated heavyweight boxer, “Baby Joe” Mesi. Founder and is managing partner of Billoni Associates. He authored and managed “Robert E. Rich—Memoirs of an Innovator,” the biography of the founder of Rich Products Corp; published 'All In," the memoir of businessman Ronald Zoeller and is currently publishing The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball, the most comprehensive history of professional baseball in the city. It will be released April 17, 2020.

Mike and is wife Debbie love Western New York and always try to help others and encourage positive thoughts

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