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Tygert Burton (Ty) Pennington (born October
19, 1965 and raised in Marietta, Georgia) is a carpenter, TV
personality, and former male fashion model.
He is most famous for being the host of
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which currently airs on ABC. Previously,
Pennington was a carpenter on the TLC reality show Trading Spaces.
Pennington was considered an unruly child
and had difficulty performing throughout school. It wasn't until he was
seventeen years old that he was tested for and diagnosed with
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is now a
spokesperson for the organization ADHD Experts on Call, and manages his
condition with Adderall XR. Additionally, his mother, Dr. Yvonne V.
Pennington, is a psychologist who focuses on the treatment of ADHD and
A self-described "Jack of all trades,"
Pennington learned woodworking early in life. He received his
undergraduate degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Atlanta
while working his way through school as a carpenter, and continued to
work in carpentry after graduation while taking classes in painting and
sculpture at the Atlanta College of Art. During his final semester,
Pennington was approached by a modeling scout, and soon began a
lucrative career. He traveled the world and landed print jobs for J.Crew,
Swatch and Sprite, and appeared in television spots for Diet Coke,
Levi's, and Macy's, among others. According to the TV Guide Channel,
Pennington is the highest paid endorser in America.
Pennington parlayed his hands-on skills and
design acumen into a career in the entertainment industry, becoming a
set designer, including for the critically acclaimed film Leaving Las
Vegas in 1995. However, his professional breakthrough came through The
Learning Channel’s innovative hit show Trading Spaces. He quickly became
known for his off-the-wall sense of humor and creative style during four
years as the show's playful designer and carpenter.
When ABC began developing a show that would
transform the homes of deserving families in seven days or less,
Pennington was chosen as the leader of the eight person design team.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition went on to be a huge hit, and catapulted
Pennington into the mainstream. This led to an endorsement deal with
Sears, a sponsor of the show.
Prior to his partnership with Sears,
Pennington was the owner and designer of his own online furniture
company, Furniture Unlimited, which is based in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Today, however, he lends his design skills to Sears, personally guiding
the design of every item in the Ty Pennington Style line of bedding,
tabletop items, and bath accessories. In addition to his involvement in
design, marketing promotions and public relations activities for Sears,
Pennington is also active in community outreach through the Sears
American Dream Campaign.
Pennington is also an author, who (in 2003)
published the book Ty's Tricks: Home Repair Secrets Plus Cheap and Easy
Projects to Transform Any Room, a do-it-yourself guide on home
In January of 2005, Pennington fell ill and
underwent an emergency appendectomy, taping an episode of Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition while in the hospital.
Modeled in Sassy Magazine.
In 2002, People named Pennington one of its
top 50 bachelors.
In 2006, Country Music Television or CMT,
named Pennington one of its 20 Sexiest Southern Men on the "20 Sexiest
Southern Men" countdown.
In 2006, an animated parody of Pennington
appeared in the Drawn Together episode "Alzheimer's That Ends Well".
In the 2003 book Trading Spaces Behind the
Scenes: Including Decorating Tips and Tricks, Pennington is the only
member of the Trading Spaces cast not to have a date of birth listed.
This information was also omitted from the TLC website while he was on
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