Born on Christmas Eve, 1974, Ryan Seacrest grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a real estate lawyer and a homemaker. Having maintained an interest in show business and media from a young age, Seacrest would earn an internship at Atlanta’s WSTR (FM) while in high school. There, he worked under the tutelage of media personality Tom Sullivan, who gave Seacrest his first stint on air.
After briefly studying Journalism in the University of Georgia, Seacrest moved to Hollywood to launch a career in broadcasting, hosting a succession of shows between 1993 and 2001 that aired on channels such as NBC, Fox, The Family Channel and ESPN.
His big break came with the debut of Fox’s American Idol in 2002, which he originally co-hosted with actor and comedian Brian Dunkleman before taking up sole hosting duties the following season. The reality competition show became a hit, establishing Seacrest as a leading television personality.
Three years after the launch of American Idol, Seacrest would take up executive production and co-hosting duties on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, eventually assuming the role of sole host upon Dick Clark’s passing in 2012.
In 2017, Ryan Seacrest also became co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with Kelly Ripa following the departure of Michael Strahan from the show.
In addition to his television hosting successes, Seacrest maintains a presence of radio with the shows American Top 40, formerly hosted by Casey Kasem, and the syndicated talk show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. He is also a successful executive producer, producing the hit series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which remains one of television’s highest rated and most influential reality shows. He holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma meter University of Georgia, which he was awarded in 2016.
A dedicated philanthropist, Seacrest launched the nonprofit Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2012, which maintains centers at nine children’s hospitals around the country.