One of MTV's most recognizable personalities grew up wanting to be a priest, but Carson Daly eventually abandoned his religious aspirations to pursue professional golfing. While training in California, he interned at a radio station and embarked on a DJ career, which eventually lead to his on-screen work. By the late 1990s the good-looking host became a teen tastemaker on Total Request Live, which he also executive produced. After a successful run at MTV, Daly landed a deal with NBC in 2002 and shifted his focus to a more adult audience with his own late-late-night TV talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly. He also picked up additional hosting duties for the network's annual New Year's Eve specials. In 2009 Daly hit another significant milestone when he had a son, Jackson, with girlfriend Siri Pinter. When he's not working, Daly supports breast-cancer research, as his mother is a survivor of the disease.
- Told Entertainment Tonight in 2000 that he stayed home and watched 60 Minutes with his dad the night of the prom.
- Played against Tiger Woods in the American Junior Golf Association and won a partial golf scholarship to Loyola Marymount University, where he was a theology student.
- Credited as the first person in the U.S. to interview Canadian singer Alanis Morissette.
- Discovered by MTV while working as a DJ for KROQ.
- Learned his two-year romance with girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt was over when he heard it on the radio in 1999.
- Received the Lifetime Achievement Award at MTV's 2004 TRL Awards.
- Ranked No. 24 on TV GUIDE's 2005 list of TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols.
- Has his own production company, Carson Daly Productions, and co-founded the record label 456 Entertainment.
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
- 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Reality Show Host: Nominee
- 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Reality Host: Nominee
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- 2017, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: Winner
- 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Winner
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Winner
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Winner
- Siri Daly — Wife
- Jackson James Daly — Son
- Patty Caruso — Mother
- Richard Caruso — Stepfather
- JD Daly — Father
- Tara Reid — Ex-fiancée
- Quinn Daly — Sister
- Jennifer Love Hewitt — Ex-significant Other
- London Rose Daly — Daughter
- Etta Jones Daly — Daughter
- Attended Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, United States; attended College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, United States
- Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, United States
- Profession: TV host, Disc jockey, Veejay, Radio host, Actor