Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe

Television personality
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Mike Rowe

Michael Gregory Rowe (born March 18, 1962) is an American television host, narrator, and former opera singer. He is known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and the series Somebody's Gotta Do It originally developed for CNN. He currently hosts a series produced for Facebook called Returning the Favor in which he finds people doing good deeds and does something for them in return. He also hosts the podcast The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe, which he describes as "short stories designed specifically for the curious mind plagued with a short attention span". Rowe has narrated programs on the Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and National Geographic Channel such as Deadliest Catch, How the Universe Works, and Shark Week. He has also appeared in commercials for firms such as the Ford Motor Company.

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Full name at birth
Michael Gregory Rowe
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Claim to fame
Dirty Jobs, Somebody's Gotta Do It
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Date of birth
18 March 1962
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Place of birth
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Age
59
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Television host, Narrator, Actor, Voice over actor, Opera singer, Activist
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6' (183 cm)
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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Residence
San Francisco, California, U.S.
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Net worth
$35,000,000 USD
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High school
Overlea High School, Baltimore, MD (1980)
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University
  • Towson State University
  • Essex Community College
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Talent agency
  • The Lavin Agency Ltd
  • NOPAC Talent
  • Grand Productions
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We passed, we shared the ball and we were unselfish. I thought that today would have been `me, me, me.` I`m glad it wasn`t. There were a lot of kids passing the ball, being unselfish, which for our program is huge.
  • On Labor Day 2008, Rowe launched a website, mikeroweWORKS.com, which is focused on the decline in the blue collar trades and the crumbling state of the infrastructure. A trade resource center has been launched and provides information, resources, and forums for people interested in learning about, or pursuing a career in, the trades, as well as a new blog aggregator for the trades and construction industry called the "Trades Hub", which launched in April 2011.
  • Rowe sent a letter to President Obama at the start of his first term but did not receive a reply. During the 2012 Presidential elections, Rowe contacted GOP candidate Mitt Romney and appeared with him on September 26, 2012, at a campaign event in Ohio. Despite appearing at Romney's campaign appearance, Rowe argued he was not technically endorsing Romney.
  • Credits Fred King, his choir teacher, for introducing him to S.B.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (Now the Barbershop Harmony Society) which introduced Mike to selling Karaoke Machines' on QVC.
  • Worked as a host selling over $100 million of "simulated" diamonds on QVC. (From 1990-1993.).
  • Mike Rowe sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera.

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