Famous American TV Presenters

What is the hottest thing on American TV now? Buy it or not, it's the TV presenters. That's right! Love them or hate them, you surely can't ignore America TV's hosts who besides pumping up the X Factor of any show, are actively redefining the way the world views television entertainment as. There is no denying that America has given the world some searing hot television presenters who have taken prime time entertainment as well as late night shows to a whole new level. From Simon Cowell to Oprah Winfrey and from Donald Trump to Jay Leno, America surely has given the world some dollar-worthy TV presenters who have kept America awake and glued to their TV screens, thanks to their sheer presence and panache. No wonder, networks have overcome their urge of throwing any pseudo-celebs in front of the camera to see what sticks to the wall. Here, we bring you a collection of some of the most famous American TV presenters. Read on to explore the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.

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 1 Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Welch, West Virginia, United States

Comedian, businessman and entertainer Steve Harvey has been active in the entertainment world since 1985. Born to parents who were avid movie lovers, he developed an early love for performing. He began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and soon started performing in TV shows and films. Also an entrepreneur, he founded Steve Harvey Global (SHG).

 2 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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Famous As: Talk Show Host
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

 3 Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bay Ridge, New York, United States
Jimmy Fallon began as a stand-up comedian and an SNL cast member and then got his own show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He succeeded Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show. He has also starred in movies, written a few children’s books, and released two comedy albums.

 4 Bill Nye

Bill Nye
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Bill Nye is an American mechanical engineer, television presenter, and science communicator. He is known for hosting the live-action science program Bill Nye the Science Guy. He is credited with inventing a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube, which is used on the Boeing 747 airplanes. He also helped develop MarsDial, a sundial that became part of the Mars Exploration Rover missions.

 5 Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

 6 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

 7 Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Alyson Hannigan is one of the most recognized celebrities, thanks to her role in the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother and her role in one of the most popular sex comedy film series of all time - American Pie. She has been presenting the television show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, since 2016.

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 8 Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart
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Famous As: Comedian, Writer, Producer
Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Jon Stewart is an American actor, writer, political commentator, television host, and filmmaker. He is credited with popularizing Comedy Central's satirical news program The Daily Show. Also a prominent comedian, Jon Stewart has influenced and inspired several other comedians like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Hasan Minhaj, Jordan Klepper, Samantha Bee, and Bassem Youssef.

 9 Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Television presenter and political commentator, Tucker Carlson, is both a popular and controversial figure. His support for Donald Trump has made him popular among Republicans while his racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigration stance has earned him the ire of progressive citizens. He is the author of two books, one of which is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

 10 Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan
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Famous As: American Football Player, Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Michael Strahan is a journalist, television personality, and former professional American football player. Strahan helped the New York Giants, where he spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career, win the Super Bowl XLII. After retiring from football, Michael Strahan co-hosted the talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, for which he received a couple of Daytime Emmy Awards.

 11 Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
Died: February 17, 2021
Mostly known for his controversial comments on the LGBT community, sexual consent, and climate change, Rush Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, one of the highest-rated in the U.S. He has also hosted a TV show, written several books, including two bestsellers, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 12 Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 13 Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest
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Famous As: Radio Personality
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunwoody, Georgia, United States

Ryan Seacrest is an American television host, radio personality, and producer. He gained national recognition after hosting the popular singing competition TV series, American Idol. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Seacrest established the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. He is also credited with producing a men's skincare line called Polished.

 14 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.

 15 Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland

Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-American comedian, television host, and author. He helped popularize The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which he hosted and received the prestigious Peabody Award for the same. A recovering alcoholic, Craig Ferguson has stayed sober since 1992 and is an inspiration to those trying to quit drinking.

 16 Dean Cain

Dean Cain
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States

Dean Cain is an American actor best known for playing Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. As a television presenter, Cain is credited with popularizing the show Ripley's Believe It or Not! Dean Cain also proved to be a responsible citizen by swearing-in as a reserve police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho, USA.

 17 David Letterman

David Letterman
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Famous As: TV Presenter, TV Host
Birthdate: April 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Starting off as a radio weatherman, David Letterman has come a long way. He has been the longest-serving American late-night talk-show host and ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. He later dabbled in production, with hit sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond.

 18 Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Pat Sajak went from being a weatherman to the host of the cult game show Wheel of Fortune. His long stint on the show fetched him three Emmy Awards. He has also hosted The Pat Sajak Show and The Price Is Right, and has written columns for Human Events.

 19 Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Henry Rollins is an American musician. Rollins is credited with forming the Rollins Band, which was active from 1987 to 2006. He is also credited with founding the publishing company and record label 2.13.61, Inc. Also a well-known activist, Henry Rollins has campaigned for various causes, including the promotion of peace movement and LGBT rights.

 20 Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

 21 Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Seth Adam Meyers is best known as the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live and won several awards for his work, including a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He also hosted SNL’s Weekend Update segment.

 22 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Cook
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is best known for her Food Network show 30 Minute Meals. She also made waves with her talk show Rachael Ray and her culinary shows such as Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. She has also authored several cookbooks and launched the magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray.

 23 John Barrowman

John Barrowman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

John Barrowman is a Scottish-born author, comic book writer, presenter, singer, and actor. Barrowman is also known for his charity work and activism. Over the years, he has been a strong supporter of the LGBT community and has worked with organizations like Stonewall. He also has his own skincare line named HIM.

 24 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

 25 Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 26 Jay Leno

Jay Leno
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: April 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
Emmy-winning stand-up comedian Jay Leno is best known for his shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Jay Leno Show, both on NBC. The Television Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid car collector and is associated with several charitable initiatives, such as the Love Ride.

 27 Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 28 Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

NBC News anchor and broadcast journalist Savannah Guthrie is best known for co-anchoring the show Today. She appeared in the series finale of 30 Rock. She has penned two children’s books, too. She is also a practicing lawyer and has worked with domestic abuse victims.

 29 Oliver North

Oliver North
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Famous As: Political Commentator and Television Host
Birthdate: October 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Antonio
Former U.S. marine lieutenant Oliver North was convicted in the Iran-Contra case, which involved selling weapons to Iran illegally. After the charges were dropped, he hosted a radio talk show and War Stories with Oliver North. He has also been the president of the National Rifle Association

 30 Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace
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Famous As: Former White House Communications Director
Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange County, California, United States

Nicolle Wallace has been Jeb Bush's press secretary, the White House communications director under George W. Bush, and John McCain’s senior political advisor. She has also hosted Deadline: White House and The View, and written three political novels, including Eighteen Acres. A self-proclaimed “non-practicing Republican,” she supports same-sex marriage.

 31 Jonah Falcon

Jonah Falcon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 32 Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: March 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States

 33 Al Roker

Al Roker
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Famous As: Weather Forecaster
Birthdate: August 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Al Roker is best known as the weather anchor of Today on NBC. He is also a co-host on shows such as 3rd Hour Today. He set a Guinness world record by reporting non-stop for 34 hours. He has co-authored several books, including a set of murder mysteries. 

 34 Julie Chen

Julie Chen
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Famous As: Television personality, News anchor
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 35 Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, United States

Ricki Lake is an American television presenter and actress known for her talk show. Well-known for her struggle with obesity and hair loss, Lake has been working hard on maintaining her weight, thereby serving as an inspiration to those struggling with obesity and eating disorders. Not surprisingly, she has been mentioned in popular songs, such as Strong by Robbie Williams.

 36 Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

Tomi Lahren is an American TV host-turned-conservative political commentator. Tomi Lahren, who currently hosts a talk show on Fox Nation, has made controversial comments in the past, attracting criticisms and support from all over America. She supports women's empowerment, abortion rights, and LGBT rights.

 37 Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: March 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore County, Maryland, United States

Mike Rowe is an American narrator, television host, and former opera singer. He has narrated popular programs on the Discovery Channel, such as How the Universe Works and Deadliest Catch. Also an activist, Rowe joined hands with the 'Association of Equipment Manufacturers' in 2010 in order to create jobs in the manufacturing sector through a campaign named "I Make America".

 38 Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States

 39 John Walsh

John Walsh
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Famous As: television presenter, actor
Birthdate: December 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auburn

 40 Action Bronson

Action Bronson
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States

 41 Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.

 42 Christine Chubbuck

Christine Chubbuck
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Famous As: TV Reporter
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hudson, Ohio
Died: July 15, 1974

Christine Chubbuck was an American TV news reporter. She was working for WXLT-TV when she shot herself with a revolver, becoming the first person to take one's own life on a live television broadcast. Her suicide was attributed to depression and loneliness. In 2016, Rebecca Hall portrayed Chubbuck in the biographical drama film Christine, which was directed by Antonio Campos.

 43 Gayle King

Gayle King
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 44 Katherine Timpf

Katherine Timpf
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: October 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 45 Alton Brown

Alton Brown
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 46 Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: November 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

A former basketball and tennis player, Rubin Roberts began her career as a sports anchor and reporter for a Mississippi channel, WDAM-TV, eventually joining ESPN as sportscaster, concurrently serving as a featured reporter for Good Morning America. In 2005, she left ESPN to become a co-anchor for Good Morning America, currently serving as an anchor for the same program.

 47 Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo
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Famous As: TV Journalist
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Maria Bartiromo, who has worked with CNN, CNBC, Fox, is best known as the host of On the Money with Maria Bartiromo and Closing Bell. She is the first journalist to report live from the NY Stock Exchange and has earned two Emmys and an Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award.

 48 Dick Clark

Dick Clark
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: November 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Died: April 18, 2012
Emmy-winning radio and TV personality Dick Clark is best remembered as the host of American Bandstand for more than three decades. He had also hosted shows such as The $10,000 Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. He also appeared in movies and co-owned theaters and music-themed restaurants.

 49 Carson Daly

Carson Daly
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: June 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 50 Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman
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Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist, Linguist, Wrangler, Machinist
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall