Ryan Seacrest is the host of American Idol. He was raised in Atlanta. His parents are from Pennsylvania. Father is Gary Lee Seacrest, mother is Constance Marie and sister is Meredith Seacrest. Most people know Ryan Seacrest as the energetic host of American Idol, which boosted his career. "When I was 10, 11, 12 years old, I would pretend to be on the radio," Seacrest tells ABC News in 2007. "I bought a mixer and these big, ugly headphones and I would literally broadcast the cassette tapes in my bedroom." At 16, Seacrest scores an internship at Atlanta radio station WSTR/Star 94, eventually landing a job filling the 7:00 PM-midnight shift. After high school, he enters the University of Georgia, where he majors in journalism. During his freshman year, he captures the attention of ESPN, which hires him to host a weekend TV sports game show called Radical Outdoor Challenge. By the end of 1994, he quits school and moves to L.A.
Seacrest has dated numerous Hollywood women including Renée Hall, Shayna Taylor, Sophie Monk and Teri Hatcher. He was linked to entertainer Julianne Hough for three years - they parted ways in 2013.
Height 5' 7½" (1,71 m)
Zodiac symbol - capricorn
Most people think of Ryan Seacrest as a man who got lucky when he became an overnight sensation after he landed the job as host of “American Idol.” In reality, he’d been preparing for success most of his life.
Resourceful – Throughout his life, Ryan had been complimented on the sound and quality of his voice. Recognizing this asset at an early age, he proactively sought out opportunities to use that talent to help him become successful.
Easy-Going & Charming Personality – Although he started out as a co-host along with comedian Brian Dunkelman in the first season of American Idol, his easy-going personality and charm allowed him to effortlessly relate to the contestants, audience and judges and to then become the show’s only host from the second season on.
Confident – While many people feared former “Idol” head judge, Simon Cowell, Ryan was always willing to go toe-to-toe with the often cranky and opinionated judge when he felt Simon had come down on a singer too harshly.
However, he almost always did it in a way that wasn’t too confrontational, but rather witty and relaxed. Cowell would quickly calm down and the contestants and audience would be spared from a potentially nasty verbal fight between Cowell and Seacrest.
Hard-Working – In addition to his duties as the host of “American Idol,” Ryan also has developed his own successful television production company (Ryan Seacrest Productions) and hosts other highly successful TV and radio shows.
Charitable – Along with his diverse philanthropic efforts, Ryan uses his influence as a popular spokesman to negotiate with major corporations to help sponsor his favorite charity, “Operation Smile,” which provides dental services to children in third world countries.
Great conversationalist and communicator – not only has he been able to host TV shows and radio shows, but is also a great interviewer when the time calls for it. If you’ve ever overheard him talking to women at parties or events, you will have noticed that he definitely knows how to put on the charm and attract women when he wants to.
From an early age, Ryan was told how pleasant the sound of his voice was and he recognized that this was a talent that could one day prove profitable. (Each of us has a talent. You just have to find yours and decide how you’re going to use it to your advantage).
So instead of playing with toys as a kid, Ryan began practicing with a microphone and was eventually asked to make announcements over the loudspeaker at his high school.
One of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (2003).
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $14 million.
Was bitten by a small shark on July 28, 2008.
Co-owns a Los Angeles sushi bar called Katana.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 13, 2005.
Was a starting linesman on his high school football team.
Quotes from others about the person
Of her son's passion for announcing, Connie Seacrest tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, [Ryan] would always have a little microphone and do shows in the house."
In L.A., Seacrest, 20, lands a $15-an-hour job hosting KYSR-FM 98.7's afternoon show, called Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home. It becomes the station's No. 1 show and is nationally syndicated. He also hosts TV shows Click, Gladiators 2000 and Wild Animal Games (left). Veteran TV mogul Merv Griffin, who produces the children's series Click, tells The New York Times that Seacrest's energy "just baffled me. I couldn't keep up with him...He had this spiky haircut, and we knew all the little girls in the audience would love him, and they did."
Seacrest assumes hosting duties for Casey Kasem's popular weekly radio show American Top 40:
"There are people in this business who are as comfortable in front of the camera as they are behind it. Ryan is a real pro," Kasem tells L.A.'s Daily News. He continues his takeover pattern, replacing 22-year host Rick Dees on the daily morning-drive show for 102.7 KIIS-FM in L.A. The program is renamed On Air with Ryan Seacrest and goes from 10th to 5th place in the ratings.
Seacrest cohosts Dick Clark's long-running New Year's Rockin' Eve (right), helping out the 75-year-old Clark whose speech and movement are severely limited after his 2004 stroke. "I have never seen anyone work so hard at so many different things,"
Clark tells Time:
"You've got to have brains to make it look easy."
Of his success, Simon Cowell says:
"I'm going to hate reading this, but Ryan has a tremendous work ethic. He wants all the glory, but he's prepared to work for it, and I've never heard him complain."
Rancic confides to ABC News:
"[Seacrest] actually is a very nice person,"
"You want to hate him because he's pretty and he makes a lot of money, but you can't hate him."
Sport & Clubs:
music, radio, television, film, surfing.
Seacrest dabbled in the both the fashion and restaurant industries.
Favorite shows: The X-Files, Chips Fave.
celebs: Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Soliel Moon Frye, Bill Clinton
Music & Bands:
The Four Tops, Dave Matthews Band, Enigma.