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Host of the ABC Television Network's "The Bachelor"
Chris Harrison began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Dallas, Texas native went to Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship, and then made the natural transition to sportscasting with a local station. During his six years there, he worked his way up the ranks from part-time sportscaster to weekend sportscaster. He also had the opportunity to cover hard news stories, including the 1995 tragedy at the Federal Building, an event which profoundly affected his perspective on life and career.
A visit to L.A. in 1999 for an audition for a horseracing network led to a permanent move. Later that year, Harrison landed the job as host of HGTV's "Designer's Challenge," which has consistently been one of the network's highest rated shows. In 2001 he became host of ABC's hit romance/reality series "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." He also hosted ABC's new reality show, "Bachelor Pad," the first "all-star" reunion from previous seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," in 2010.
Harrison continues to advance in the entertainment industry through a variety of professional endeavors. He will return to co-host ABC's live coverage of the 90th Miss America Pageant with Brooke Burke in January 2011. He first hosted the iconic broadcast on ABC in 2004.
Harrison hosted the live television coverage of the final championship rounds of The 2010 "Scripps National Spelling Bee" on ABC, co-hosted ABC's 2008 "American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!," and hosted "Road to the 60th Primetime Emmy(r) Awards," ABC.com's daily coverage leading up to the 2008 "Primetime Emmy Awards." In 2008 he moved to TV Guide Network to not only cover all the major awards shows, but also to host the network's one-hour weekly entertainment show, "Hollywood 411." In 2010 Harrison announced the creation of his own production company, Harrison Productions, and that he will continue to host and executive-produce all of TV Guide's red carpet shows, which started with the Emmys in 2010.
The versatile host has done his fair share of acting as well, having garnered roles in the popular television series "Alias," "The Practice," "Six Feet Under" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." His feature film appearances include "Bounce," "Showtime" and portraying himself in the comedy "Date Movie."
In his spare time, Harrison still plays soccer and has become addicted to golf. He has developed a great appreciation for the weather and lifestyle of Southern California, and spends as much time as possible outdoors with his college sweetheart and wife of 17 years, Gwen, nine-year-old son Joshua and seven-year-old daughter Taylor.
HOMETOWN Dallas, TX
BIRTHDATE July 26