Chris Hardwick
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Chris Hardwick is a man of many talents and I don’t mean that in a clichéd manner. There is probably no aspect of the creative industry that he is not involved in. He is not just an award-winning TV host and comedian, but also an accomplished producer. Additionally, he is also a chart-topping podcaster as well as the founder of a thriving media empire. Read on to find out more about his endeavors and achievements.

Chris Hardwick Bio (Age)

Christopher Ryan Hardwick was born on the 23rd of November 1971 in Louisville, Kentucky. His education background suggests that his family must have moved around a bit while he was young. This is because he had his education in different cities. They include the St Benedict High School in Memphis, Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado, and Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

The young Hardwick was raised in the Catholic faith, which explains why he attended mostly catholic schools. For college, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles. It seems he wasn’t really sure of which field of study to pursue as he initially studied Math but later changed it to Art before finally deciding to go for Philosophy. He graduated in 1993.

Upon graduating, Chris Hardwick threw himself into his career and got his first TV hosting gig just a year after leaving school. This was on the MTV show Trashed, in which participants either answer a question correctly or have their stuff trashed. Hardwick hosted all 50 episodes of the show before moving on to yet another MTV show, Singled Out. Hardwick served as co-host of the dating show between 1995 and 1998.

Whilst working as a TV host, Hardwick was also busy forging a career in comedy. He formed a comedy/music duo with Mike Phirman known as Hard ‘n’ Phirm. They started performing at UCLA in 1994 and by 1995, had won the UCLA’s famous spring sing competition. From this humble beginnings, Chris Hardwick has expanded his horizons.

Is He Married, Who Is His Wife?

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Chris Hardwick is married to Lydia Hearst, an actress, blogger, and model. She is also an heiress to the Hearst Family’s fortune. Her family owns media giants, Hearst Corporation.

Hardwick and Hearst got engaged in September 2015 and tied the knot on the 20th of August 2016. Their wedding attracted more than 500 guests and the bride wore a custom-made pink gown. Prior to getting married, Hardwick dated a number of high profile actresses and models. They include Jacinda Barrett, Janet Varney, and Chloe Dykstra.


Chris Hardwick is the only child of his parents; Billy Hardwick and Sharon Hill. His dad was a well-known professional bowler during his lifetime while his mom worked in real estate.

Sharon Hill is highly supportive of her son whom she describes as an overachiever. According to her, he made her laugh with all the funny things he would say when he was a child. She has also become a popular social media personality in her own right. The avid sports fan uses her Twitter account to offer her passionate take on various sports such as American football, baseball, tennis etc. Her twitter account, @NerdistMom, has at least 30,000 followers.

Net Worth

Chris Hardwick has a net worth of $15 million. His fortune is not surprising given the multiple sources of income that he has. He has served as the host, as well as executive producer, of several TV shows such as The Wall, Talking Dead, and Talking Saul. Talking Dead serves as an accompaniment to the zombie TV series, The Walking Dead. It features interactions with fans of the show as well as cast members.

Another source of income for Hardwick is acting. He has appeared in movies and TV series such as Johnson Family Vacation, Guys Like Us, CSI, Courting Courtney, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Aside from his creative pursuits, he is also a successful entrepreneur.

Hardwick is the founder and creative director of the multimedia company, Nerdist Industries (now part of legendary entertainment). The company has a popular YouTube channel as well as a website ( which is the go-to source for all things pop culture. The company also encompasses Hardwick’s personal podcast, ID1OT (formerly known as The Nerdist Podcast). The podcast attracts more than 6 million downloads a month and has featured prominent guests such as Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Paul McCartney.

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The Kentucky native is 5 feet 11 inches tall (1.78m) and his weight is given as 163 lbs (74 kg). His charismatic good looks are rounded off by a set of blue eyes and blonde hair. There is certainly no doubt that the aforementioned good looks, combined with his intelligence and wit, has helped further his career.

Is He Gay?

We can conclusively say that Chris Hardwick is not gay. This is because all his past and present relationships have been with women and he has never been in a relationship with a man. Hardwick, however, joked that he wished he were gay in a 2011 video. This is because he would then be able to invest more time in his looks; both his clothes and physique.

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