Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, chances are you know who Ryan Seacrest is. Not only is Seacrest the host of one of the world’s most-watched television shows, “American Idol,” but his radio show is heard around the world.
Ryan John Seacrest was born on Dec. 24, 1974, in Dunwoody, Ga. His parents are Gary Lee and Connie Seacrest, and like so many celebrities Seacrest was somebody who knew what he wanted to do with his life from an early age. Instead of playing with the typical toys while he was a child, he would pretend he had a microphone and spend hours “hosting,” then while he was attending Dunwoody High School became the “voice” of its public address system although he was teased about it.
This soon led to him earning an internship at WSTR-FM where several members of the staff noted that despite his age (he was 16) he was a pure professional and was soon filling in for regular hosts who were away from work, and then he was asked to host a regular weekend show.
In 1992 Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia and soon gained a radio job with a local station in Athens. At the age of 19 Seacrest left the university and decided to move to Hollywood and focus on getting work there.
The move was one that certainly paid off. Soon Seacrest was hosting shows such as “Radical Outdoor Challenge,” “Gladiators 2000” and “Click.” Such was Seacrest’s flair for hosting the producers of “Beverly Hills 90210” even got him to play a host on a fictional game show that feature him in one episode.
Seacrest’s career went from strength to strength and soon he was hosting both “Ultimate Revenge” and “NBC Saturday Night at the Movies.” He became an international celebrity when in 2002 he was chosen to co-host a new show called “American Idol.” The show became an international success, so much in fact that when Seacrest signed a new deal to continue hosting the show in 2009 he was given $45 million, which made him the highest-paid reality television host in the world.
As a television host, Seacrest has found further fame as a co-host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and doing guest stints on “E! News” and “The Today Show.”
Seacrest has also emerged as an influential producer in America. In 2006 he set up Ryan Seacrest Productions, a company that has produced “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Khloe and Lamar,” “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “Shahs of Sunset” and “Married to Jonas.” His second company, Ryan Seacrest Media, also launched AXS TV, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at major events.
With this many television projects going it is not surprising that Seacrest has found success at award ceremonies. As a presenter he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “American Idol” and won a Daytime Emmy Award for his co-hosting role on the 2005 “Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade.” As a producer he won an Emmy for “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
Seacrest keeps his private life off the front page of papers. But it is known that he has set up the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which helps a number of different charities. When it comes to his love life he dated “Amazing Race” contestant Shana Wall from 2003-2005 and is dating Julianne Hough a singer/actress/dancer known for her work on films such as “Footloose,” “Rock of Ages” and “Safe Haven.”
While still hosting the international juggernaut that is “American Idol,” Seacrest has also kept his love for radio going and he has been the host of “The American Top 40” and “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” which is not only heard on 150 radio stations in the United States but around the world.
Now that Seacrest is considered one of Hollywood’s most natural talents his fans wait with baited breath to see what this talented young star chooses to do next.