Jack Hanna

TV personality, Pet shop owner, Zoo director
Jack Hanna worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. He born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1985, he made the first of numerous appearances on CBS' "Late Night with David Letterman." He ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1947 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

The Late Late Show With James Corden 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

All New Bloopers No. 4 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

At Home With... 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Boone and Crockett: The Hunter Heroes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

An Ocean Runs Through It 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Hanna's Animal Bloopers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Sea World/Busch Gardens Party For the Planet 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Sea World/Busch Gardens Party For the Planet 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

A Busch Gardens/Sea World Summer Celebration 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoolife With Jack Hanna 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Sea World/Busch Gardens Summer Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Koalas in My Backyard 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Busch Gardens-Sea World Summer Safari 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures: The Thrill of the Hunt 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Jack Hanna worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. He born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1985, he made the first of numerous appearances on CBS' "Late Night with David Letterman." He moved to Florida and served as director of the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford. In 1983, he began making regular appearances on the ABC morning program "Good Morning America." In 1996, he hosted a series of specials on Family Channel, "Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures." He appeared in a number of television specials, including "A Busch Gardens-Sea World Summer Safari" (1991-92), "A Sea World/Busch Gardens Summer Celebration" (CBS, 1992-93) and "A Busch Gardens/Sea World Summer Celebration" (CBS, 1993-94). He also appeared in "Sea World/Busch Gardens Party For the Planet" (CBS, 1994-95). He also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures: Africa's Heavyweights" (1996-97), "Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures: Underwater Predators" (Family Channel Studios, 1996-97) and "The World's Greatest Animal Outtakes: Unleashed 2" (Fox, 1996-97). Hanna had a number of different projects under his belt in the nineties and the early 2000s, including "At Home With..." (HGTV, 1998-2001), "The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (CBS, 1998-99) and "An Ocean Runs Through It" (ION Television Network, 1999-2000). His credits also expanded to "Jack Hanna's Animal Bloopers" (ION Television Network, 1999-2000), "All New Bloopers No. 4" (ABC, 2000-01) and "Boone and Crockett: The Hunter Heroes" (History, 2000-01). Most recently, Hanna appeared on "The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" (CNN, 2011-12).

Relationships

Julie Hanna

Daughter

Kathaleen Hanna

Daughter

Suzanne Hanna

Daughter

Suzi Egli

Wife
college sweethearts married on December 20, 1968

EDUCATION

Muskingham College

New Concord, Ohio 1969

Muskingham College

New Concord, Ohio 1969

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee
took graduate courses

Milestones

1996

Hosted a series of specials on Family Channel, "Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures"

1993

Served as host of the syndicated series "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures"

1992

Became director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1985

Made the first of numerous appearances on CBS' "Late Night with David Letterman"

1983

Began making regular appearances on the ABC morning program "Good Morning America"

1978

Settled in Columbus, Ohio when appointed director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee

After college operated a pet shop and petting zoo

At age 12, was befriended by a local veterinarian who allowed him to travel around on rounds

While in college, reportedly raised ducks in his dorm room and a donkey in back of a fraternity house

Moved to Florida and served as director of the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford

Bonus Trivia

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Has been awarded honorary doctorates from Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and Muskingham College in New Concord, Ohio

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