GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Tom Bergeron!
Bergeron, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 61 on Friday. The television personality and game show host was born May 6, 1955, in Haverhill, Mass.
His first job in broadcasting was as a disc jockey at radio station WHAV, in his hometown of Haverhill. He became a popular radio DJ in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire in the early 1980s on Portsmouth's WHEB, where he played comedy records along with music and offbeat interviews.
One of his first jobs on television was as host of a local game show, "Granite State Challenge," on New Hampshire Public Television. He moved to the Boston market in February 1982, joining WBZ-TV as a general on-air personality. One of his early roles at the station was as a contributor on "Evening Magazine" (1982–87),
In June 1994, Bergeron left WBZ for the new FX cable network to co-host a morning talk show for them, called "Breakfast Time."
Bergeron later signed to a contract with ABC News as guest host on "Good Morning America."
Beginning in 1998, he became the host of "Hollywood Squares." He was nominated for five Emmys and in 2000, he won his first of two Emmy Awards. After "Hollywood Squares" ended its six-year-run in 2004, he continued to host "America's Funniest Home Videos" and is credited as the show's senior producer.
He appeared twice on "Star Trek: Enterprise" as an alien trader named D'Marr and as a Coridan Ambassador. He also appeared in an episode of "The Nanny" in 1998. In 2005, he began hosting the ABC series "Dancing With the Stars."
In 2012, Bergeron was selected to host "A Capitol Fourth," an annual Independence Day concert shown on PBS.
On Nov. 30, 2012, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters presented its Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Bergeron at a luncheon in his honor at the famed Sportsmen's Lodge in Los Angeles.