‘This Is Us’ star finds heroes in unexpected places

Story highlights The 2017 CNN Hero of the entire year will be announced in ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’ about December 17

Celebrity presenters include Sterling K. Brown, Diane Lane, Alfre Woodard and Jim Gaffigan

(CNN) Emmy award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown frequently turns in three-tissue performances on NBC’s “This Is Us.” Now he’ll support present the emotionally stirring tales of 10 regular people working to improve the world one network at a time.

Brown joins Oscar-nominated actress Diane Lane, Emmy-winning actor John Lithgow, Emmy-nominated actress Samira Wiley, Oscar-nominated actress Alfre Woodard and Emmy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan to commemorate the 11th total annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” about Sunday, December 17.

ABC’s Kelly Ripa might sign up for CNN’s Anderson Cooper to web host the display, which airs go on CNN in 8 p.m. ET from New York’s American Museum of Natural Record.

Actors Amber Tamblyn of “Paint It Black,” Gaten Matarazzo of “Stranger Items,” Brooklynn Prince of “The Florida Project” and Iain Armitage of “Big Little Lies” are actually among the celebrity presenters supporting celebrate this year’s CNN Heroes.

The function will be capped off by Grammy-nominated soul singer Andra Day and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Common, who’ll perform their hit song “Stand Up for Something.”

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