February 22. 2013 9:05PM
(Tom Bergeron - COURTESY PHOTO)
Emmy-Award winner Tom Bergeron, the host of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, and Dancing With the Stars, divides his time between Hollywood and his home in Greenwich, CT. Yet he considers Portsmouth, New Hampshire his "emotional home," perhaps because it's where he got his early start. He has a wife and two daughters. Bergeron has always been a Yankee; he was born in Haverhill, MA in 1955.
Though he is best known for the time he spent as the host of Hollywood Squares, Bergeron has appeared on both radio and television since the early seventies. One of his first televisions gigs was as host of the Granite State Challenge, a trivia game comprised of New Hampshire high school teams competing in categories like math, science and social studies. The Granite State Challenge is now in its 25th year on New Hampshire Public Television.
But before appearing on television, Bergeron was a radio man. He started out as a disc jockey at the age of 17, for Haverhill radio station WHAV. He was the youngest DJ in the state and became popular on a New Hampshire seacoast radio station, Portsmouth's WHEB. In 1980, Bergeron created and became the host of The Tom Bergeron Show, a late-night comedy talk radio show. He moved to television in 1982, when he joined Boston's WBZ-TV, where he worked as a host for several programs. He also anchored the popular People Are Talking, which won an Emmy. By 1994, he was hosting Breakfast Time on FX. The show eventually developed into Fox After Breakfast on the FOX Network. The show only lasted a year but Bergeron was able to fit the role of "fill-in" anchor on ABC's Good Morning America quickly after.
By 1998, Bergeron became the host of ABC's Hollywood Squares, a game show that he hosted until 2004 when the series ended. In 2001, he joined America's Funniest Home Videos as host of the show. He hosted the 49th Miss America Pageant in 2003. By 2005, Tom had been picked to co-host ABC's popular Dancing with the Stars with E! Television's Samantha Harris, starting in 2005. He is also a fill-in host for the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Bergeron was elected as the national vice-president to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2006, and became the spokesperson for 2007's March of Dimes WalkAmerica. He was the first to be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 2007.
On May 30, 2008, Tom hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ABC. In addition to his regular Dancing With the Stars and America's Funniest Home Videos hosting duties, he also took on a hosting spot for the Discovery Channel's Planet Green: Supper Club. "It's a dinner party at an eco-friendly house in Venice, California. And every week I have a celebrity chef come in and prepare an organic, green meal. And I have four dinner guests who are drawn from entertainment and politics and the environmental movement and the occasional contrarian who thinks that we're all getting way too hysterical about this Global Warming hooey - and it makes for a fascinating hour," Bergeron told ABC News about the new show. "Unlike a talk-show, it's really a conversation."
Bergeron was nominated for an Emmy for "Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Show Competition," along with Jeff Probst, Heidi Klum, Ryan Seacrest, and Howie Mandel. The five nominees co-hosted the 60th Annual Emmy Awards Show on September 21, 2008.
In 2009, Tom released his first book, I'm Hosting As Fast As I Can: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood, a memoir that chronicles his career and life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of the television series Castle.