Chris Bashinelli is an Actor/Activist from Brooklyn, New York, whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos. He has traveled from Tanzania to Thailand hosting the internationally recognized TV Series Bridge the Gap TV with Chris Bashinelli (broadcast into 45M homes in 80 markets).
He’s a celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for the United Nations, at Jane Goodall’s National Leadership Retreat, and at events in Qatar, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi.
After years of reading headlines about world hunger, human suffering and extreme poverty, Chris traveled to Tanzania with a Sony handy cam and came home with a new found meaning for life.
He returned to New York to face tragedy and within two years would bury his father due to cancer. These turbulent times forced Chris to find meaning, and he did so in Bridge the Gap.
He now travels to impoverished areas worldwide to find out first-hand how the other half of the world lives. Chris is the producer and host of Bridge the Gap, an internationally recognized travel series that fosters intercultural dialogue by highlighting stories of every day life from around the world.
Chris is the founder of the socially-conscious production company, Bridge the Gap TV. He has interviewed everyone from Ben and Jerry to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, and has formed partnerships with the world’s leading non-profit organizations, including the Jane Goodall Institute and Do Something.
Chris’ experience is in the world of film, with credits ranging from The Sopranos (HBO), to An Inconvenient Truth Special on MTV. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Cum Laude) from Marymount Manhattan College. He is an Eagle Scout and a United Nations Guest Speaker. He has spoken at international youth conferences and Emceed in the UN General Assembly Hall with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Chris is determined beyond measure to produce wide-reaching, socially conscious media.
“Chris made us laugh. He made us cry. He nailed it! He knew our company better than any other public speaker we’ve ever hired. I’ve had… of our 2,000 people that attended today, no less than a dozen come up in tears and say the message they heard in terms of connection, the message they heard in terms of empathy and caring, is a message that will resonate with them for the rest of this show and probably for the rest of their lives. He was one of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.”
-Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO
Wyndham Hotel Group
“Chris Bashinelli is an inspiration to youth worldwide. He speaks with passion and his message is one of hope, cultural tolerance and call to action. He knows how to reach young and old alike. Bridge the Gap shares exciting and inspirational stories of daily life from the developing world and encourages us to realize that at the end of the day, we really are all the same and every single one of us makes a difference. We need more people like Chris in the world.”
-Jane Goodall PhD, DBE,
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & United Nations Messenger of Peace
“What I love most about Chris is that he treats everyone exactly the same- be it the United Nations Secretary General or the hotel consierge. He does not distinguish between rich people, poor people, famous people, and everyday people. For Chris, everyone is equal. He has a great deal of respect for the ‘human being’ and this is a rare quality. Chris embodies what we say in Germany, ‘Wir sind alle gleich’, which means, ‘We are all the same’.”
-Milena Pighi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility