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Michael Strahan    

Two-time Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan is currently co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” as well as “GMA Day,” the new third hour of “Good Morning America” which debuted in September 2018. Strahan hosts season 3 of the top-rated primetime game show favorite “$100,000 Pyramid” on ABC, produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television. In addition to serving as an analyst of “Fox NFL Sunday,” Strahan headlines the new Thursday Night Football Pregame Show live from New York City for the 2018 NFL season alongside fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long. The new Thursday Night Football Pregame Show airs at 7:30pm ET on the FOX Broadcast network and NFL Network, taking viewers up to kickoff.

Now partnered with longtime friend Constance Schwartz to form SMAC Entertainment, Strahan brings his skills, determination, leadership, experience and humor to the multi-dimensional talent management, music, branding, and production company. As Executive Producer, Strahan teamed up with entertainment icon Snoop Dogg to refresh and update the classic game show “The Joker's Wild”, which premiered in Fall 2017 on TBS. Strahan also co-produces “Religion of Sports,” an original documentary series that examines unique examples of sports’ cultural and spiritual impact in regions around the world. The series airs exclusively on AUDIENCE Network on both DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse and is currently on its third season.

Since 2014, Strahan and SMAC have produced the highly rated and critically acclaimed Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, which returns for its fifth installment this summer. Additional projects have included the HBO documentary series “State of Play: Happiness,” which explored athletes’ retirement transition in relation to larger society, and “Play It Forward,” a documentary about famed football tight end Tony Gonzalez and his brother, which premiered as the opener of the 2015 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival and was acquired by Showtime. Strahan also co-executive produced “Tackle My Ride,” a series about current NFL players helping to restore dream rides for fellow auto enthusiasts. SMAC Entertainment recently inked an exclusive overall production partnership with ITV America. Through this partnership, the company will develop and produce a wide range of unscripted projects for television, OTT and digital platforms under the ITV America banner.

Prior to joining the ranks of the top sports broadcasters in the country, Strahan’s entire 15-year football career was typified by the charisma and sportsmanship that made him a seven-time Pro-Bowler and one of only four players ever to lead the NFL in sacks for two seasons. His spectacular NFL career resulted in Strahan being named to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the sport’s highest honor.

Strahan lead the New York Giants to a dramatic Super Bowl victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in 2007. In 2001, Strahan completed what is widely considered to be one of the greatest seasons ever for a defensive player, breaking the 18-year-old NFL single season sack record with 22.5 sacks. His record still stands today. The charismatic leader of the New York Giants was named the NFL’s 2001 Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, making him the first New York Giant to win the award since Lawrence Taylor.

From 2012-2016, Strahan co-hosted the top-rated, nationally syndicated entertainment talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”  Strahan and co-host Kelly Ripa were the co-winners of the 2015 and 2016 Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.”  In addition, Strahan was nominated for a 2014 Sports Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst.”

Strahan also tackled the world of scripted network primetime television as the star of “Brothers,” a 30-minute sitcom on Fox from Sony Pictures Television.  Strahan made a memorable cameo appearance in the hit film “Magic Mike XXL,” and lent his voice to the animated film “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

In 2015, Strahan released his best-selling book, “Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life,” which includes personal stories and motivational advice to inspire readers to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of their personal ambitions.  The paperback edition was released in October 2016.

Acting on his entrepreneurial spirit, Strahan introduced COLLECTION by MICHAEL STRAHAN in the fall of 2015, a men’s clothing and accessories line and the recent addition of shoes, available exclusively at JCPenney.  Capitalizing on the success of his partnership with JCP, Strahan launched MSX by Michael Strahan, a men’s Athleisure line, in May 2016, which is now also available for kids and has plans to expand into additional categories. In September 2017, Strahan partnered with JCP again to launch the Collection by Michael Strahan Luggage Set. Strahan recently launched a denim line in November 2018, perfecting an “every guy” straight fit in a wide range of washes and high-quality stretch material.

Born in Houston, Texas, Strahan spent most of his youth in Germany, where his father Gene was stationed in the U.S. Army. Strahan returned to the U.S. for a portion of high school and soon was recruited to play football at Texas Southern University. As a senior at Texas Southern, Strahan was selected first team All-America by the Associated Press when he recorded a school-record 19 sacks and 62 tackles, 32 of which cost opposing teams 142 yards in combined losses.

Strahan recently launched MichaelStrahan.com, an immersive destination that highlights the unique world of Michael Strahan. The website showcases a behind the scenes tour that embodies the spirit and charisma of Michael himself, giving fans another piece of connective tissue to his alluring personality through news, photos and video series, as well as various wellness, fitness and health articles and more. The website is also home to “Strayland,” a weekly video series where Strahan takes fans on a tour of his mancave warehouse, highlighting his significant career memorabilia and accolades. You can join Strahan’s community and keep up with all his various projects, news and endeavors at http://www.michaelstrahan.com

Dedicated to many charitable works, Strahan donates his hands and heart to numerous charities including St. Jude Children’s hospital, The USO and HELP USA. 

 A father of four, Strahan currently spends his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Season 5 Finding Your Roots

 

Season 5 

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 25 fascinating guests, including Marisa Tomei, Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney, S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael K. Williams, Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny, Kal Penn, George R.R. Martin, Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison, Lisa Ling, Sheryl Sandberg, Seth Meyers, Michael Strahan and more in season five of Finding Your Roots. Learn more here.

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