Ty Pennington - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 28, 2020

Ty Pennington
Profession: TV host, Reality TV star, Actor, Carpenter, Author
Best Known For: Extreme Makeover (TV show)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $12 million

Personal Details

Born on : October 19, 1964 (age 56)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Gary Tyler Burton Jr.
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Horoscope: Libra
Father's Name: Gary Burton Sr.
Mother's Name: Yvonne Burton
Siblings: 1

Wynn (older brother)

High School: Sprayberry High School
University: Art Institute of Atlanta
Ethnicity: Cherokee
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: In Relationship
Girlfriend Name: Andrea Bock

Body Measurements

Height: 1.83 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: 77 kg (169.76 lb)
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: 11.5 US
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Ty Pennington?

Ty Pennington is a TV host, carpenter, author, philanthropist, an actor by profession. The American national is well known for hosting TV shows Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, On the Menu, etc.

Ty Pennington – Age, Parents, Siblings

Ty Pennington’s birth name is Gary Tyler Burton Jr. He was born on October 19, 1964, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His mother is Yvonne Burton, a school psychologist, and father Gary Burton Sr., a musician. He also has an older brother named Wynn. His parents separated when he was just three years old.

They were raised by their single mother for several years before she remarried. Her new husband Nick Pennington, who was the bass player in Ty’s father’s band, adopted both boys. Ty decided to take his step-father’s last name on his own and considers him to be his real father.

Ty Pennington with his older brother (Image: People)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Ty Pennington attended Sprayberry High School. Following graduation, he went on to study art and history at Kennesaw State University. However, following advice from one of his professors, he transferred to the Art Institute of Atlanta. He graduated from the same with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. Pennington got through college by taking night classes and working during the day.

His ethnicity includes Cherokee.

Ty Pennington – Girlfriend, Wife, Children

Ty Pennington is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend Andrea Bock, a manager. The couple has been together for the past 20 years but is yet to tie the knot. The couple does not have any children together.

Ty Pennington, Andrea Bock (Image: nickiswift)

He has never been married before and sans (ex)wife.

Ty Pennington – Career

Early Days

Pennington learned woodworking early in life. He taught himself carpentry and home improvement and while in college worked in landscaping before moving into construction. During his final semester, he was approached by a modeling scout and soon began his career as a model. In his years of a modeling career, Ty Pennington worked for brands J.Crew, Swatch, Sprite, Diet Coke, Levi's, Macy's, and Bayer.

Ty Pennington worked as a model (Image: Typennington.com)


He then went on to work as a set designer in TV shows including Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Finally, his breakthrough came with TLC’s show Trading Spaces. And in 2003 he was chosen as the leader of the eight-person design team for the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and was a major hit. He worked on the series for nine seasons, ending in 2011.

Ty Pennington also hosted Ty's Great British Adventure, partnered with Sears, a chain of department stores in America, and Marketplace Events. He has also appeared in the episode(s) of Wow Wow Wubbzy, Take Two With Phineas and Ferb, etc.


Pennington is also a writer. His book Ty's Tricks: Home Repair Secrets Plus Cheap and Easy Projects to Transform Any Room was published in 2003 and Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories in 2008. Moreover, he has become a spokesperson for Abbott Nutrition, Guaranteed Rate, a residential mortgage company.

Ty Pennington (Image: NOLA)

Ty Pennington – Awards, Nominations

Ty Pennington has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for hosting the reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Ty Pennington – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Pennington is estimated to be around $12 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Ty Pennington – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Ty Pennington is followed by thousands of followers. He also has an official website- typennington.com. He often features his mother, niece, and friends of his social media.

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