American television show presenter who was one of the original MTV video jockeys from 1981 until 1987 and is the co-owner of his production company, Hunter Films. He is also known as the host of the reality show Looking for Stars on the Starz channel.
He earned a BA in Psychology from Millsaps College in 1979 and performed as a professional actor at the Birmingham Children's Theatre.
He co-founded Birmingham's Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival which was named as one of the top ten "Festivals for the Rest of Us" by Time Magazine.
He created the entertainment facility WorkPlay with his brothers.
He was one of the original MTV video jockeys along with Martha Quinn.by blog Admin
Ellen DeGeneres is a renowned name in the world of television especially in the category of stand-up comedians. When she was a teenager, her parents divorced, and as quoted by her she applied innovative tricks to make her mother laugh in order to help her deal with the rough phase. Her mother remarried, and thereafter, she lived with her mother and step-father. Ellen travelled to New Orleans and enrolled at the university there. However, she soon dropped out from the university and engaged in many odd jobs until she found her true calling. She began to perform stand-up comedy at public places like clubs and coffee houses. Soon her popularity spread far and wide. One of the major turning points in her life can be regarded as her appearance in the show ˜The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'. This remarkable comedienne was also cast in a few movies before she signed her first sitcom ˜Open House' for the ˜Fox' network. Although the show went off air after few episodes, it earned Ellen due recognition. This was followed by a few more sitcoms where her performance turned out to be exceptional and catapulted her to the zenith of American stand-up comedy. Her most notable show entitled ˜The Ellen DeGeneres Show' has been amusing people for more than a decade.
Oprah Winfrey is an internationally influential self-made billionaire African-American woman. Born to an unwed mother who had a short relationship with a soldier stationed nearby, Oprah grew up in dire poverty, and was primarily raised by her grandmother. Sexually abused and mistreated as a child, Winfrey rose above adversity to focus on her primary and high school education. After developing a close relationship with a young man and winning a local beauty pageant got her a chance to shine at a local radio station, Winfrey knew that she wanted to work in the broadcast industry. Despite failing one key interview, she persevered and moved across the country to secure a job as a television reporter. Although she never quite adapted to the job, and was later fired, she gained enough experience to be given her own morning talk show. After Winfrey delivered solid ratings, she moved across the country to host a new talk show. After the ratings exploded, she was given control over her own show, which soon became a wildly popular national phenomenon. Winfrey rapidly expanded her media network, launching a magazine, television channel and radio network, and is now considered to be one of the most influential and powerful women on the planet
A caption under his kindergarten photo in his school magazine read, ˜Most likely to take over for David Letterman'; and so it was! Jimmy Fallon is celebrated for his raw political satire and observational comedy, which is a unique quality he employs in his late night talk show. ˜Late Night with Jimmy Fallon', an award-winning talk show on NBC, is currently one of the highest-rated shows in the ˜Late Night' franchise and is even more popular among the ladies because of his dapper-good looks and his impeccable comic timing. Prior to his own talk show, he was a cast member on ˜Saturday Night Live' and has also appeared in a number of films. Some of the films he has worked in include ˜The Entrepreneur', ˜Taxi', ˜Arthur and the Invisibles' and ˜Whip It'. His career in stand-up comedy began in high school. Initially a hobby, the talent soon became his true calling, as he landed in his dream job when he was cast in ˜Saturday Night Live'. When he is not working, Fallon keeps himself occupied with writing. He co-authored ˜I Hate This Place: The Pessimist's Guide to Life' with his sister, Gloria and has also written a children's book, ˜Snowball Fight'. He has also released the music albums, ˜Blow Your Pants Off' and wrote the song, ˜Car Wash for Peace'.
William Sanford ˜Bill' Nye, is an American television artist, host and entertainer, known popularly as ˜Bill Nye the Science Guy'. He was born and brought up in Washington D.C. to World War II veterans. His interest in science was initiated by his father who was a sundial enthusiast. He graduated from the Cornell University in mechanical engineering and began his science career at Boeing, Seattle where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor. He is a big fan of speading science education through entertainment and for that he began his entertainment career with small gigs at the comedy theatres, working as an assistant on the show ˜Back to the Future: The Animated Series' and eventually bagged the most famous role of his life, ˜Bill Nye the Science Guy'. Besides these shows on the television and doing science miniseries for The Discovery Channel, Nye partook in every opportunity to spread the message on restoring energy and environment and teaching small children and sometimes the mature audience the importance and role of science in day to day life. He has been honored by many universities with several doctorates because of his contribution to science with his acting skills and talent on the television.
Dr. Phil McGraw is a well-known mental health professional, author, and TV personality best known for his TV show ˜Dr. Phil'. Born in Vinita, Oklahoma, in the US, he used to play college football as a youngster. He eventually obtained a Ph. D. degree from the University of North Texas and soon joined his father's private psychology practice. However, he gave up his private practice to eventually start ˜Pathways', a self-motivation seminar, and a company ˜Courtroom Sciences'. He also used to appear regularly on <a title='Oprah Winfrey' href='/famous/oprah-winfrey.htm'>Oprah Winfrey</a>'s show until he began his own program ˜Dr. Phil' in 2002. While the show is extremely popular, it has faced its share of criticisms as well. McGraw has also authored several self-help books that have become best-sellers. Besides hosting his own show, he has made guest appearances in multiple TV shows and movies. He portrayed himself in the horror comedy film ˜Scary Movie 4' as well as in the comedy drama film ˜Madea Goes to Jail'. He was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world in 2015.
RuPaul Charles is perhaps the most famous drag queen in the US. Known for his cross-dressing personality, RuPaul has been in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. He is an actor, producer, model, singer, songwriter, and author. He is most famous for hosting the reality competition show ˜RuPaul's Drag Race,' which is still going strong and has welcomed various spin-offs, such as ˜RuPaul's Drag U' and ˜RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars.' He has won two ˜Emmy Awards' for the show in 2016 and 2017. He also hosted ˜The RuPaul Show' on ˜Vh1.' The show ran for more than a hundred episodes. He has interviewed celebrity guests such as Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Bea Arthur, and the ˜Backstreet Boys.' RuPaul became an international personality after the release of his debut single ˜Supermodel (You Better Work)' from his debut album ˜Supermodel of the World' (1993). His other notable albums are ˜Foxy Lady' (1996), ˜Champion' (2009), ˜Glamazon' (2011), ˜Born Naked (2014)', and ˜American' (2017). He is an intense supporter of LGBT rights. He has also been named as one of the hundred most influential people of 2017 by ˜Time' magazine.
Tyra Banks is an American former supermodel, actor, author, producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. She is best known for creating, producing and presenting the long-running reality television series 'America's Next Top Model'. She also created and hosted the twice Emmy winning daytime talk-show, 'The Tyra Banks Show', for five years. Banks, who gained recognition as a supermodel, originally wanted to be a writer or producer working in the film industry. Being teased by her older brother as well as her peers for her disproportionate body shape and dark skin color, she hardly ever imagined modeling as a career option until she was encouraged by a classmate and became aware of her potential. Despite initial discouragement from professionals, she eventually bagged a high profile modeling assignment after a French scout spotted her. She went on to model for every leading clothing line and was featured on the covers of prestigious magazines like 'GQ' and 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue' as the first black woman. Over the years, she has dabbled at everything from writing, singing, acting, to teaching. However, it is her genuine personality, rather than her outward beauty, that helped her make into 'TIME' magazine's list of most influential people.
Andrea Espada is a Colombian television presenter, actress, Instagrammer, YouTube star and social media influencer. She has become famous for hosting ˜UFC Now'. Born and raised in Colombia, Espada has always harboured aspirations of becoming a television personality. After graduating from college, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream of success in the entertainment industry. In 2009, Espada began her career by appearing in the short film ˜Jack the Reaper'. She also worked as a member of the production crew of the horror film ˜City of Dead Men'. Espada served as the host of the game show ˜Estrella TV presenta: Esto es Guerra' in 2013. Her tenure as the host of ˜UFC Now' began in 2016. She is very popular on various platforms of social media. She has more than six million followers on Instagram, more than 320 thousand followers on Twitter, and over five million followers on Facebook. Furthermore, she has accumulated about 240 thousand subscribers on YouTube. Espada is also a successful entrepreneur and runs her own clothing and fashion apparel brand named By Drea.
Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile, popularly known as Jimmy Savile, was an English DJ, radio and television personality, and fundraiser. Jimmy was one of Britain's biggest stars who started his career playing records, followed by managing dance halls and later becoming a DJ on radio and television. He rose to fame after he started presenting the ˜BBC' show ˜Jim'll Fix It,' which ran for more than 15 years. In the show, Jimmy arranged ways to fulfill the dreams of regular people, mostly, children. That clearly exhibited his love for mankind. Being a philanthropist, he was associated with several fundraisers and charity shows for which he was later awarded the ˜OBE' in 1971. He was also knighted in 1990 for his efforts to change people's lives. At the time of his death, he was praised for his fund-raising efforts, but hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse were made against him after his death. The police made investigations into the allegations and described him as a ˜predatory sex offender,' who had allegedly abused more than 500 people from 1955 to 2009, most of them children and young girls.
Quick-witted, amusing and down to earth, Jimmy Kimmel is one of the wealthiest and most successful American talk show hosts. With an estimated net worth of $35 million, he earns an aggregate of $8 million a year for his talk-show ˜Jimmy Kimmel Live!' alone. He started out as a radio jockey and appeared as the popular ˜Jimmy the Sports Guy' in the Los Angles based radio show ˜The Kevin and Bean Show'. Soon after, he bagged the Daytime Emmy Award for his sharp-edged humour as the co-host of the game show ˜Win Ben Stein's Money'. He reached the highpoint of his career and achieved great success in the field of late-night talk shows with his hit show ˜Jimmy Kimmel Live!' It soon became one of the longest running late night talk shows in the History of ABC network, breaking all records of other talk shows. This established his status as one of the most popular and favourite personalities on American television. He is currently riding a wave of popularity and his new show ˜shock-talk' has tapped quite a few audiences.
Declan Donnelly or 'Dec' Donnelly is a British television presenter, producer, and actor. He is best known as one half of the ˜Ant & Dec' duo, who are much popular for hosting the reality TV series ˜I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!' and ˜Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.' After launching their respective careers through the children's drama series ˜Byker Grove', both 'Dec' Donnelly and Anthony ˜Ant' McPartlin proceeded to form a duo and work together. Their collaboration has been very successful so far. Donnelly is also popular as one half of the pop music duo PJ & Duncan. The media refers to him as a national treasure for contributing to British television for over 20 years, and he was honored with an OBE for his services to broadcasting in 2016. He has also shared the British Academy Television Award for Entertainment Performance with his partner <a title='Anthony McPartlin' href='/famous/anthony-mcpartlin.htm'>Anthony McPartlin</a> many times.
Ayesha Alexander Curry is a Canadian-American celebrity chef, cookbook author, model, actress and a vlogger. Her culinary journey started in the year 2014 with her YouTube channel ˜Little Lights of Mine'. Ayesha is building an empire by posting recipes for her innumerable social network followers all over the world. She has recently published a cook book The Seasoned Life which has achieved rave reviews. She is a gifted actor and has amassed accolades for her acting skills. Recently, she has become a presenter of cooking and lifestyle tips. She also shares parenting tips in her YouTube channel and on her Food Network show ˜Ayesha's Homemade'. The show is a compilation of her cooking segments and glimpses of her life as the spouse of <a title='Stephen Curry' href='/famous/stephen-curry.htm'>Stephen Curry</a> (NBA player) and the proud mother of two adorable daughters. She constantly endeavors to bring positive vibes to her subscribers through her vlogs.