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Chris Jacobs is a host and television personality best known for his automotive makeover show Overhaulin’ which premiered in 2004, and the hit TLC series Long Lost Family which debuted in 2016. He also serves as host for the Mecum Collector Car Auctions and as co-host of SEMA Live, both seen on Motor Trend Network. 

Jacobs was born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago.


In 1988 he made the move to California where he earned a degree in English from Whittier College and then a JD from Western State College of Law. After passing the 1995 California Bar Exam on his first try, his education was complete. It was then that he decided to pursue his dream of making it in the entertainment industry. 


For eight years he achieved moderate success in the Hollywood, finding roles in numerous movies and television shows as well as dozens of commercials. But it was in 2003 when he received his first big break, landing the hosting job on Overhaulin’. His first ever job as a host, Jacobs quickly realized that this was his comfort zone. He was much better suited at being a host than he was as an actor. 


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