Celebrity American Ninja Warrior 2017: Meet the Contestants

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Tonight, for the first time ever, some of your favorite celebrities will be tackling the famed American Ninja Warrior course.

The event is in honor of Red Nose Day, a global campaign to raise awareness and money for impoverished children across the world. Nine stars will be paired with some of the best ninjas in the country as they test their agility, strength, and speed on obstacles that few people have proven capable of completing. Their ninja coaches will serve as mentors– helping guide them through specific obstacles and serving as a personal cheerleader, too.

Read on to find out which celebrities will be part of Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day, airing tonight at 8pm ET/PT.


Ashton Eaton (Coached by Kevin Bull)

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American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Ashton Eaton — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Ashton Eaten is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who holds the world record in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events. Now retired (in an announcement made on January 3), Eaton is the second person to ever break the 9,000-point barrier.

Born and raised in Oregon, Eaton trained for decathlons at the University of Oregon, where he also met his future wife, multi-event athlete Brianne Theisen. The couple married a year after both competed in the London Olympics. In August 2011, Eaton won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. One year later, he took home the gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Stephen Amell (Coached by Kacy Catanzaro)

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“American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Stephen Amell — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Canadian actor Stephen Amell is perhaps best known for playing Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) in the Arrow. He also played Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Amell is athletic by nature, and is a huge fan of WWE. His television credits include The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, New Girl, 90210, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, among others.

Nick Swisher (Coached by Drew Drechsel)

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THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL — “American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Nick Swisher — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Nick Swisher is a former professional MLB player who played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Yankees, Indians, and Atlanta Braves. In 2009, he won the World Series with the Yankees against the Phillies.

Born and raised in Columbus Ohio to a father who was a former major leaguer, Swisher played baseball at Ohio University in the Big Ten Conference and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2000. Swisher was drafted in 2002 by the Athletics.

Mena Suvari (Coached by Natalie Duran

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THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL — “American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Mena Suvari — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Mena Suvari is an actress, model, and fashion designer perhaps best known for playing Heather Gardner in the American Pie franchise. Her role as Angela Hayes in American Beauty earned her a BAFTA Award nomination.

Suvari started her professional career in the series Boy Meets World at age 15. She made a number of guest appearances in shows like High Incident and Chicago Hope before booking larger roles in independent films. Sam Mendes’ American Beauty co-starred Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, and Thora Birch, and won the Oscar for Best Picture. In the film, Suvari played the young fantasy of Spacey’s character.

Derek Hough (Coached by Daniel Gil)

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THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL — “American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Derek Hough — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Derek Hough is a professional dancer and choreographer who became known for his role on the ABC dance-competition, Dancing with the Stars, which he’s won six times. In 2006, he starred in the stage production of Footloose: The Musical on London’s West End, and in 2013, he played a role in Make Your Move.

Last year, Hough received critical acclaim for his role of Corny Collins in NBC’s live production of Hairspray. He is currently slated to star as Don Lockwood in Broadway’s ‘Singing’ in the Rain’.

Nikki Glaser (Coached by Jessie Graff)

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THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL — “American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: (l-r) Jessie Graff, Nikki Glaser — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Nikki Glaser is a stand-up comedian, and podcast host. She’s also the TV host of Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. Glaser started performing stand-up when she was just 18. She’s performed on talkshows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. 

Nikki was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Kansas with a degree in English literature.

Natalie Morales (Coached by Grand McCartney)

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Actress Natalie Morales attends the premiere of A24’s ‘Free Fire’ at ArcLight Hollywood on April 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

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Natalie Morales starred in ABC Family’s The Middleman in a main role and starred on season one of USA’s White Collar. She also had a recurring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In 2006, Morales appeared CSI: Miami and in 2010, she appeared in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Her other notable television and film credits include Freeloaders, Battle of the Sexes, CSI: Miami, Parks and Recreation, and 90210.

Erika Christensen (Coached by Flip Rodriguez)

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“American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Erika Christensen — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Erika Christensen is an actress who has won the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her role in Traffic in 2000. In 2006, Christensen starred in the ABC drama Wicked City.

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