Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick

Active - 1998 - 2022  |   Born - May 15, 1957 in Zanesville, Ohio, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Sports & Recreation, Drama

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Renowned sportscaster Dan Patrick was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1957. Although he played high-school basketball, a career in broadcasting beckoned. After working at CNN and Headline Sports, Patrick hired on at ESPN where he was teamed with fellow anchor Keith Olbermann and together they helped establish Sportscenter as the most popular sports broadcast of its time. During that era, Patrick coined the catchphrase "en fuego" that he used whenever an athlete was having a very good night.

He left ESPN in 2007 and eventually developed his own morning radio show. He also became a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated, and began a professional relationship with NBC that led to Patrick co-hosting Football Night in America, as well as hosting portions of the network's Olympic coverage in 2012 and 2014.

Though not an actor, Patrick has made cameo appearances in a number of Adam Sandler's movies including The Longest Yard, Jack and Jill, That's My Boy, Just Go With It, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and Blended.

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  • Played basketball in high school and was an Ohio all-state selection his senior year.
  • Won a Sports Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host.
  • Was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2000. 
  • Was a possible replacement for Bob Barker to host The Price Is Right, but declined the offer to audition for the position.
  • Left ESPN in August 2007, after working for the network for 18 years.
  • Began hosting the syndicated radio show The Dan Patrick Show in October 2007; starting in 2010, it was simulcast on various sports networks.
  • Became a senior writer with Sports Illustrated in 2007.
  • Named to NBC's coverage team for the 2012 Olympics in London.