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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington, the lovable home design guru and sometimes off-the-wall hunk-of-a-carpenter, has moved to Network Primetime as the team leader of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The series is one of the highest rated network programs on Sunday night, and most recently won a People's Choice Award.

First known as the playful carpenter on Trading Spaces, Pennington has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Sears, partnering with them in a broad range of activities, including product design and development, merchandising and advertising, and serving as ambassador for the Sears American Dream Campaign.

Each week on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, dozens of fans (mothers, grandmothers, toddlers and teens) stand by, desperately hoping to catch a glimpse of Pennington in action. Beyond cracking jokes, though, he really does enjoy designing and building, working with contractors and designers though the numerous challenges that arise -- and sometimes conflicting personalities that clash -- to create magical homes for deserving families.

A self-proclaimed Jack of all Trades, Master of None, Pennington can add bestselling author to his vast list of skills: His first book, Ty's Tricks, published by Hyperion last fall, was a New York Times bestseller.

Pennington has appeared on the covers and pages of numerous publications. He was recently on the cover of TV Guide, has been one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive and Most Eligible Bachelors, and was also on Entertainment Weekly's It List.

Pennington spent most of his childhood in Atlanta. Following high school, he attended Kennesaw College, focusing on art and history. After one year, his art professor suggested a career in graphic design, so he started working as a carpenter by day and attending classes at the Atlanta Art Institute by night. After graduation he continued his education at the Atlanta College of Art, studying painting and sculpture while honing his carpentry skills to pay for his education.

During his final semester, Pennington was approached by a modeling scout and soon began an exciting and lucrative career. He traveled the world and landed print jobs for J Crew, Swatch and Sprite, and television spots for Diet Coke, Levi's and Macy's just to name a few.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Ty Pennington Facts

Birth Name Tygert Burton Pennington
OccupationTV Host
BirthdayOctober 19, 1965 (57)
BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Ty Pennington compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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