Phil Keoghan

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Phil Keoghan
Keoghan in February 2015
Born Philip John Keoghan
(1967-05-31) 31 May 1967 (age 48)
Lincoln, New Zealand
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1990 – present
Notable credit(s) The Amazing Race (CBS)
No Opportunity Wasted (Discovery Channel)
Spouse(s) Louise Rodrigues (? – present)
Children Elle Keoghan (b. 1995)
Parent(s) Elizabeth "Beth" Keoghan
John Keoghan
Relatives Andrew Keoghan (brother)
Ruth Keoghan Cooper (sister)

Philip John "Phil" Keoghan MNZM (/ˈkɡən/; born 31 May 1967) is a New Zealander television personality, best known for hosting the U.S. version of The Amazing Race on CBS, since its 2001 debut. He is also the creator and host of No Opportunity Wasted, which has been produced in the United States, New Zealand, and Canada. He has won ten Emmy Awards for his work.[citation needed]


Born in Lincoln, a satellite town of Christchurch, New Zealand, Keoghan spent a considerable part of his childhood in Antigua and Canada. He attended St Andrew's College, Christchurch.[1]

While completing a TV cameraman apprenticeship, he successfully auditioned for New Zealand children's show Spot On at age 19. After a series of further presenter work on television in New Zealand television, including as a reporter on That's Fairly Interesting, he set off to further his career abroad. Before joining The Amazing Race, he was considered, but not selected, as a host for Survivor.[2][3] For his hosting of The Amazing Race, Keoghan was nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in the second year of the award's creation but lost to Jeff Probst of Survivor.[4] In a 2002 interview, he admitted that his pay for a single episode of The Amazing Race is more than an entire year on Spot On.[5]

According to his book, No Opportunity Wasted, Keoghan set out to live his life to the fullest by accomplishing exotic goals and taking risks after a near-death experience at the age of 19. Since then, he's broken a world bungee jumping record, gone diving in the world's longest underwater caves, eaten a meal on top of an erupting volcano, and renewed his vows underwater while feeding sharks. He was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he shared with Oprah his list of things he wants to do before he dies.[citation needed]

Keoghan in 2006

In 2008, Keoghan was awarded the World Class New Zealand award in the 'Creative' category.[6]

From 28 March to 9 May 2009, Keoghan performed in "Ride Across America", in partnership with several organizations including GNC, to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Keoghan and others biked 3,500 miles from Los Angeles to New York City, averaging 100 miles per day. Keoghan stopped in 39 cities en route, attending various events and participating in casting for season 15 of The Amazing Race; the ride culminated a day before the finale of season 14. The event raised $500,000, with over $400,000 coming from in-store donations during the ride.[7][8] His documentary movie The Ride about his ride across America, premiered on 3 February 2011.[9]

Shortly after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Keoghan traveled to his hometown to ensure his family was safe but also to record segments for The Early Show to implore viewers to provide aid to the New Zealand Red Cross and to promote continued tourism, a fundamental part of New Zealand's economy, to the country.[1]

At the same time, he participated in recording Air New Zealand's new safety video for its domestic jet fleet.[10] Keoghan has hosted over 1,000 different programme episodes.[11]

In June 2010, it was announced that Keoghan would host and produce a new reality series about the VELUX 5 Oceans Race.[12] He told TMZ in 2010 that during the 10th season of The Amazing Race he was detained in Ukraine for two days until the U.S. ambassador in Ukraine worked all night to free him.[13]

Keoghan sponsors a line of products with the brand name "No Opportunity Wasted" (NOW), including the NOW Energy Bar, the NOW A3 Bar, the NOW snack bar, and a topical ointment called NOW Road Rash, which is going on sale in the spring of 2013.


Keoghan was recognized in 2012 as one of six "Emerging Leaders" during the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards, due to his use of his celebrity status to support efforts such as Christchurch earthquake relief and efforts for multiple sclerosis.[14]

Keoghan was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year's Honours, for his services as a television presenter and to tourism.[15]


Keoghan lives with his wife, Louise Keoghan (née Rodrigues), and their daughter, Elle. They currently reside in Los Angeles, California. They also have two homes in New Zealand, one in Matarangi (on the Coromandel Peninsula) and the other in Westport.[16]

Dr. John Keoghan, Phil's father, is an agricultural scientist involved with conservation in New Zealand.[17] He appeared alongside his son as a Pit Stop greeter during the 13th Season of The Amazing Race when the racers stopped in New Zealand. John Keoghan and his wife Elizabeth "Beth" run a bed and breakfast in Rolleston, New Zealand.[1]

His brother, Andrew Keoghan, was a television reporter on Television New Zealand's One News and is a successful jazz singer. His sister, Ruth Keoghan Cooper, is an MBA graduate of Sydney's Macquarie University. She specialises in coaching, training and development programmes for professional women who wish to combine successful careers with motherhood.[18]


Keoghan has worked in more than seventy countries as a television host, producer, writer, and cameraman. Some of the shows Keoghan has been involved with include:


  1. ^ a b c Gadd, David (27 February 2011). "Spirits 'will not be crushed'". Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Upfront:Phil Keoghan". Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Phil Keoghan, Host of 'The Amazing Race 12'". Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards and 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ Keoghan profile[dead link]
  6. ^, Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Koeghan Wraps Up Amazing Bike Ride". CBS News. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  8. ^ Karlovits, Bob (19 June 2009). "Keoghan's bike ride raises $500,000". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Paul Henry, Richard Simmons in new Air NZ video". The New Zealand Herald. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Biography for Amazing Race Host Phil Keoghan". 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  12. ^ "Phil Keoghan Sets Sail with New Reality Series". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  13. ^ "Keoghan tells TMZ about his two day detention in Ukraine". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  14. ^ Cairns, Lois (2012-06-24). "Keoghan turns celebrity into tool for good". Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  15. ^ "New Year Honours List 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand). 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Q & A with Phil Keoghan". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  17. ^ "Dr. John Keoghan". New Zealand Department of Conservation. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  18. ^ "". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. 

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