Ty Pennington Biography
Ty Pennington born Gary Tygert Burton, is an American television host, artist, and carpenter. He was born on October 19, 1964, in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was born as the second son of school psychologist Yvonne Burton. Yvonne separated from Ty’s father when he and his older brother Wynn were very young and spent several years as a single parent before she remarried. Her new husband adopted both boys, giving them his surname Pennington.
He attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. After high school, he attended Kennesaw State University, graduating from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a diploma in commercial art, and attended the Atlanta College of Art while working his way through school as a carpenter. Shortly after Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ended, Pennington received from the Savannah College of Art and Design an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.
Ty Pennington Age
He was born on October 19, 1964.
Ty Pennington Wife – Ty Pennington Married
Ty Pennington and Andrea Bock have been dating for over a decade. They reside in their own home in Venice Beach, California. They are not officially married.
Ty Pennington Kids
He has no kids.
Ty Pennington Career
He is most notable for having been the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which aired on ABC in the U.S. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was consistently rated among the top 20 of all television programs. It has won two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program and two People’s Choice Awards.
In the fall of 2010, Pennington expanded his international appeal with two new series. Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, for Canada’s W Network, matches two amateur interior designers in a contest to decorate a room using only the contents of a mystery crate put together by Pennington. As part of his ongoing relationship with Great Britain’s UKTV Home, his latest series Homes for the Brave focuses on improving the homes and lives of soldiers who served in Afghanistan for the British Army.
Pennington first took his talent for mobilizing volunteers overseas to Great Britain for Ty’s Great British Adventure, a community-improvement series airing on UKTV Home. In addition to hosting, he was executive producer. Seasons 1 and 2 went on to become UKTV Home’s two highest-rated television series ever.
Pennington launched a new fabric line, Ty Pennington Impressions with Westminster Fabrics. He continues his partnership with industry leader Howard Miller, designing new pieces for his Signature Home Furnishings by Ty Pennington.
Pennington’s latest book, How Good Design Can Change Your Life (Simon & Schuster) is an intimate look at Ty’s design inspirations with décor advice and tips. It followed up his New York Times bestseller Ty’s Tricks (Hyperion), which is a part reference and part behind-the-scenes in Ty’s own home, which he completely remodeled himself.
He also serves as an ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series Trading Spaces.
Ty Pennington Arrest
While Pennington was helping out families on national television, he was clearly on a path of self-destruction. On May 5, 2007, Pennington was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles, reports People. His blood-alcohol level was .14 percent, well over the legal limit of .08 percent. He apologized for his actions saying, “I made an error in judgment. We all make mistakes; however, this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call.
“He also apologized to his employer ABC for his behavior saying, “I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”
People later reported he plead no contest to DUI charges and received 36 months probation, fined $1,500, and was ordered to undergo a 90-day alcohol education program. After enduring embarrassing court procedures and countless headlines pointing to his mistake, Pennington said, “I’m happy to bring closure to my recent court proceedings… Drinking and driving are never acceptable. I have pleaded no contest and will abide by the court’s ruling. I hope this experience can help others as much as it has helped me.
Ty Pennington Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
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