Tygert Bruton "Ty" Pennington (born Gary Tygert Bruton on October 19, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American television host, model, philanthropist, and carpenter. He is most notable for being the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which currently airs on ABC in the US and Ty's Great British Adventure, which airs on UKTV home in the UK. Previously, Pennington was a carpenter on the TLC reality show Trading Spaces. Currently, he manufactures a line of furniture with the Howard Miller Company.
Tygert Pennington was born on October 19, 1964 as Gary Tygert Bruton, the second son of school psychologist Yvonne Bruton. Yvonne separated from Ty's father when he and his older brother Wynn were very young, and spent several years as a single parent before she eventually remarried. Her new husband adopted both boys, giving them both the Pennington name. Pennington grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily in his hometown of Marietta. He was also diagnosed with ADHD when he was 17.
A self-described "Jack of all trades", Pennington learned woodworking early in life. His interest in home improvement started when he and several neighborhood kids built a three-story treehouse in their neighborhood, which Ty designed at the age of 12. From there, he began teaching himself about carpentry and home improvement. After attending Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia, he attended Kennesaw State University, following which he received his undergraduate degree in graphic design from the Atlanta College of Art while working his way through school as a carpenter.