Host of Overhaulin
TV HOST & ACTOR
Chris Jacobs was born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. In 1988 he made the move to California where he earned a degree in English from Whittier College and then a JD from Western State College of Law. After passing the 1995 California Bar Exam on his first try, his education was complete. It was then that he decided to pursue his dream of making it in Hollywood…
For eight years he achieved moderate success in the entertainment business, finding roles in numerous movies and television shows as well as scores of commercials. But it was in 2003 when he received his first big break, landing the hosting job on Overhaulin’. His first ever job as a host, Chris quickly realized that this was his comfort zone. He was much better suited at being a host than he ever was as an actor.
Overhaulin’ quickly became the most popular show in the automotive world, with legions of faithful fans tuning in every week. The success of the show was largely due to the talents of design legend Chip Foose and the easy going chemistry between Chip and Chris. Over the next 10 plus years and 100 plus episodes, Overhaulin’ has become one of the most venerable shows in the genre.
The exposure Chris received from Overhaulin’ opened many doors in the hosting world. Chris proved that he could host a variety of shows, including a 4 year run in the entertainment news world, where Chris served as a host and correspondent for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight from 2009-2012. He also has experience in radio, serving as a regular co-host for two years on the motorsports show SpeedFreaks.
Because of his popularity and familiarity on the network, Chris became Discovery Channel’s go-to host for special events. He lent his hosting skills to such specials as SEMA Battle of the Builders, Chopper Live, Gold Rush Live, Klondike Live and the ratings record breaking Nik Wallenda specials Skywire Live and Skyscraper Live. Chris is currently the co-host of TLC TV’s Long Lost Family, where he helps reunite adopted children with their birthparents. As a child that was adopted at 22 months old, this project is special for him.
Chris is also the Host for the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, seen on both Velocity Channel and Discovery, and serves as host of Velocity Live at the annual SEMA convention in Las Vegas.
Chris is an avid sports fan, especially teams from his hometown of Chicago. He has worked extensively for NFL Network, hosting several episodes of NFL AM and regularly contributes as an on-air news host.
Chris likes to spend his downtime golfing, sporting a single digit handicap. He lives with his girlfriend Jessica and their dog Cahuenga in Toluca Lake, California.