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Also Known As: Ryan John Seacrest Died:
Born: December 24, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: radio personality, TV host, television personality

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As one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003, it may have surprised some that perennial media presence Ryan Seacrest began his career in radio. Beginning in high school, Seacrest yearned to be behind a microphone, which eventually led to work as a nationally syndicated radio show host at the Los Angeles-based 102.7 KIIS FM. Although velvet smooth on the airwaves, even listeners could not have predicted his meteoric rise. While still working the mic, his camera-friendly looks and affable manner helped him land the mother of all hosting gigs: being the go-between for the harsh judges and the wannabe contestants on the international ratings sensation, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-2016; ABC, 2018- ), a singing competition that placed the decision of who became America's next pop idol into the hands of viewers. Thanks to his "Idol" gig and successful morning radio show, "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," he was able to branch out into a multitude of media ventures, including as co-host and producer of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" (ABC, 1972- ), substitute host on "Larry King Live" (CNN, 1985-2010), and executive producer with E! Networks on a variety of reality programming - not to...

As one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003, it may have surprised some that perennial media presence Ryan Seacrest began his career in radio. Beginning in high school, Seacrest yearned to be behind a microphone, which eventually led to work as a nationally syndicated radio show host at the Los Angeles-based 102.7 KIIS FM. Although velvet smooth on the airwaves, even listeners could not have predicted his meteoric rise. While still working the mic, his camera-friendly looks and affable manner helped him land the mother of all hosting gigs: being the go-between for the harsh judges and the wannabe contestants on the international ratings sensation, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-2016; ABC, 2018- ), a singing competition that placed the decision of who became America's next pop idol into the hands of viewers. Thanks to his "Idol" gig and successful morning radio show, "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," he was able to branch out into a multitude of media ventures, including as co-host and producer of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" (ABC, 1972- ), substitute host on "Larry King Live" (CNN, 1985-2010), and executive producer with E! Networks on a variety of reality programming - not to mention co-hosting "E! News Live" nightly and a high-profile gig as the new co-host of popular morning show "Live with Kelly and Ryan" beginning in 2017, opposite Kelly Ripa. A veritable jack-of-all-trades, Seacrest commanded respect for his ability to not only rise from radio to TV stardom, but to successfully and humorously juggle a mini-media empire of his own creation.

Seacrest was born on Dec. 24, 1974 in Atlanta, GA. His first exposure to entertainment was in the fourth grade, where Seacrest sang his heart out as King Winter in a grade school musical. It would be the first and last time Seacrest would sing before an audience. But the youngster remained bitten by the entertainment bug. While attending Dunwoody High School, he read the morning announcements, pretending that he was host of his own radio show. He was also a staff writer on the school newspaper and a member of the model UN club. At age 16, Seacrest interned at WSTR/Star 94 in his native Atlanta, where he recorded a demo and gave it to the station's program director. Impressed with his talent, the program director offered Seacrest a job filling the seven o'clock p.m. to midnight shift.

Even though he was still only in high school, Seacrest's show became one of the highest-rated for the station. He continued the show while attending the University of Georgia. During freshman year, ESPN offered him his first TV hosting job on the sports game show, "Radical Outdoor Challenge" (ESPN, 1993), a series that pitted three children against each other in various outdoor competitions. Then in 1995, Seacrest moved to Los Angeles to further his radio career and landed the afternoon drive on Star 98.7/KYSR. In short order, he turned "Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home" into a No. 1-rated show. Seacrest also hosted the nationally syndicated "Live From the Lounge," a celebrity interview program.

After several hosting gigs on TV specials, Seacrest landed the job of a lifetime with "American Idol." Though initially sharing duties the first season with Brian Dunkelman, Seacrest returned for season two as sole host. Alongside pop diva Paula Abdul, Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson and record executive Simon Cowell, Seacrest held things together amidst a seemingly endless stream of awful singers, as the show tried to find a rare diamond in the rough. The host also dutifully performed "synergysticly," frequently bringing "Idol" chatter and its personalities into his daily radio show and traveling across the country for cross-promotional purposes for both Fox and his corporate radio boss, Clear Channel Communications. This eventually allowed Seacrest to guest-host Rick Dees' nationally syndicated morning show on 102.7/KIIS-FM in 2003, despite being in direct competition with his own station's L.A. morning team; a show he eventually took over after Dees was unceremoniously let go by the station in 2004.

While on "American Idol," Seacrest put an amiable facade on events, though backstage there were tensions which occasionally surfaced in public, thanks to the outspoken Cowell. While Cowell was publicly musing about whether or not to return for a third season, Seacrest commented that Cowell was "posturing." Cowell snapped back, saying Seacrest was "thick," being unable to remember two names without having to write them down. Often, however, it was difficult to tell if Seacrest and Cowell's catty interplay was entirely for the media or the result of a genuine dislike. Seacrest was also ridiculed for his vanity and excessive grooming habits, which included regular facials, massages and trips to the tanning salon, leading to routine questions about his sexuality, which he denied alongside rumors of having Botox injections. But Seacrest typically handled the on- and off-air problems with his trademark amiability and charm; the same characteristics that made him a popular personality.

His contagious affability led to a deal to host of his own short-lived syndicated daytime talk show, "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" (syndicated, 2004). At the same time, Seacrest also assumed the hosting duties for the venerable "American Top 40" weekly syndicated radio broadcast as longtime host Casey Kasem focused on the show's sister adult contemporary broadcast. Suddenly, it appeared that Seacrest was elbowing his way into just about every gig imaginable, culminating in co-hosting duties alongside an ailing Dick Clark on his return to his annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" (ABC 1972- ). Seacrest did the lion's share of hosting duties on the 2005 broadcast, thanks to the debilitating stroke Clark suffered the previous year. In 2006, Seacrest made himself even more ubiquitous when he replaced Star Jones as E! Entertainment's lead anchor on various Hollywood awards galas. After signing a lucrative deal with the entertainment network, Seacrest also began co-hosting "E! News Live" with Guiliana DePandi.

After winning a Daytime Emmy Award for hosting the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade and executive producing the popular E! series, "Keeping up with the Kardashians" (2007- ) and "Denise Richards: It's Complicated" (2008-09), media-mogul Seacrest earned his first-ever Emmy nod for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program while also co-hosting the prestigious show with his four fellow nominees in 2008. But the hosts earned considerable derision from critics, who lambasted the lame jokes and awkward silences. Regardless, Seacrest went on to earn Emmy nominations as the host of "American Idol" in the following years, from 2009-2011. Possessing a plate that was seemingly never full, Seacrest, in addition to his ongoing duties, added work as a voice actor in the third sequel to the hit animated fairy tale "Shrek Forever After" (2010), in the role of 'Father of Butter Pants.' He also piled on more executive producer credits with a pair of reality programs; "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (ABC, 2010-11), which won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2010, and "Khloe & Lamar" (E! Networks, 2011-12). The latter program, a by-product of the ever-fruitful Kardashian franchise, followed the exploits of Kim's newly-wedded sister and her husband, NBA star Lamar Odom, as they endured the presence of perpetual houseguest, Robert, Jr. - Khloe's younger brother. The series ended around the same time that the Odom-Kardashian marriage did. Another reality series, "Shahs of Sunset" (E! 2012- ), about a prominent Iranian-American family in Los Angeles, performed better in the ratings. The following year, Seacrest hosted a unique multi-platform game show "The Million Second Quiz" (NBC 2013). Another format experiment, "Knock Knock Live" (Fox 2015) followed, in which Seacrest and a variety of celebrities appeared, unannounced and live on the air, at the homes of viewers. The show was canceled after only two episodes.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
2.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
3.
4.
 Get Smart (2008)
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2002:
Became a part time correspondent on "Extra Weekends"
1995:
Became the afternoon drive time DJ on local radio station Star 98.7
2008:
Co-hosted the 60th Emmy Awards with fellow reality show hosts
2007:
Hosted the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (September)
1999:
Made appearances on the Fox primetime soaps "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place"
2005:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (radio)
2003:
Hosted NBC's "2003 Radio Music Awards"
2006:
Signed a three year, $21-million contract with the E! cable network to develop, produce and host a variety of programs; also became co-host of E! news
2005:
Announced that he would executive produce and co-host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and that he would be the legendary producer-host's eventual successor
2004:
Hosted syndicated talk show "On Air With Ryan Seacrest"; show cancelled after nine months
2003:
Served as host of Fox's spin-off program "American Juniors"
2008:
Executive produced the E! reality show "Denise Richards: It's Complicated"
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At age 16, applied for an internship at one of Atlanta's top radio stations WSTR/Star 94
2007:
Created and executive produced the popular E! reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" about socialite Kim Kardashian and her family; produced the equally successful spin-offs "Khloé & Lamar" and "Kourtney & Kim Take New York"
1999:
Guest hosted for the E! channel's "Talk Soup"
2007:
Made a memorable cameo in the comedy "Knocked Up," playing himself opposite Katherine Heigl
1995:
Hosted ESPN's "Radical Outdoor Challenge," while a freshman in college
1995:
Moved to Los Angeles to further his radio career
2004:
Replaced disc jockey Rick Dees as host of the popular morning radio program on KIIS-FM; the show's new title was "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest," the same name of his syndicated TV show
2004:
Replaced radio icon Casey Kasem as host of the weekly pop countdown show "American Top 40"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
2012:
Partnered with Mark Cuban, entertainment company AEG, and CAA to create pop culture-based channel AXS (short for "access")
2012:
Signed on as NBC's Olympics correspondent as well as a correspondent for the "Today" show
2012:
Started executive producing the reality series "Shahs of Sunset"
2013:
Appeared as himself in the documentary "Justin Bieber's Believe"
2016:
Started executive producing the NBC cop drama "Shades of Blue"
2016:
Hosted the final season of "American Idol"
2016:
Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Georgia, the same school he dropped out of at the age of 19 to pursue a broadcasting career in Hollywood
2002:
Hosted the Fox reality competition series "American Idol" alongside judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul; earned Emmy (2008, 2009, 2010) nominations for Outstanding Host of a Reality-Competition Program
2010:
Executive produced "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" for ABC
2010:
Voiced the character Father of Butter Pants in the animated feature "Shrek Forever After"
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Education

University of Georgia: Athens, Georgia -
Dunwoody High School: Atlanta, Georgia - 1993

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companion:
Shana Wall. Actress. Dating since June 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Gary Seacrest.
sister:
Meredith Seacrest. Younger.
mother:
Connie Seacrest.

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