Stephen Gilchrist Glover, born on June 13, 1974, and better known as Steve-O, is an American artist, television personality, and stuntman. His career is primarily centered on his stunt performance in the reality comedy television series “Jackass” (2000 — 2002); its related movies “Jackass: The Movie” (2002), “Jackass Number Two” (2006), “Jackass 2.5” (2006), “Jackass 3D” (2010), “Jackass 3.5” (2011), and “Jackass Forever” (2022); as well as its spin-off series “Wildboyz” (2003) and “Dr. Steve-O” (2007). Join fans of Steve-O worldwide to celebrate his special day.
History of Steve-O
Stephen Gilchrist Glover, born June 13, 1974, better known as Steve-O, is an American artist, television personality, and stuntman. His mother, Donna Gay Glover, was Canadian, and his father, Richard Edward ‘Ted’ Glover, is an American of English descent. When he was six months old, his family moved to Brazil because of his father’s work as president of the South American division of Pepsi-Cola. His family moved to Venezuela from Brazil when he was two, where he learned Spanish fluently; at age four, he moved to Darien, Connecticut; at age six, he moved to Miami, Florida; at the age of nine he returned to England; at age 12, he moved to Toronto, Ontario; and at age 13, he returned to England again, staying there for four years of high school at the American School, London, until he graduated.
He attended the University of Miami to study at the School of Communications but dropped out after a year owing to low grades and acts of disobedience. He also attended the University of New Mexico from 1996 to 1997 and graduated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997. Upon graduation, he was not selected to join the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, but worked as a clown in a circus at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop flea market. He filmed his stunts, including his clown performances, throughout this period.
While performing at the flea market circus, Steve-O began sending videos of himself to Jeff Tremaine, the then editor of “Big Brother” magazine and current director of “Jackass.” Once the connection was made, Steve-O began work on the M.T.V. television series “Jackass,” which became an instant hit. Steve-O spoke about his family’s life on the September 2, 2020’s episode 261 of the “TigerBelly” podcast with Bobby Lee and Khalyla Kuhn. Steve-O revealed that his mother suffered an aneurysm in 1998, before his rise to fame. She suffered a major cognitive and physical disability as a result of the aneurysm and died in 2003. And despite being divorced from Steve-O’s father, Donna Gover returned from England when she suffered an aneurysm. Steve-O’s father, Richard Gover, is still alive and proud of his success.
Steve-O graduates from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College but is not selected to work at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, so he goes to work as a clown at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop flea market, where he begins filming his stunts.
Steve-O starts sending videos of himself to the editor of “Big Brother” magazine, and once the connection is established with the editor and his future director, "Jackass" premieres on M.T.V. and is an immediate hit.
"Jackass" on M.T.V. is a huge success and leads the squad to produce a movie, where they wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a golf court, and even do stunts involving alligators.
Steve-O and Chris Pontius, stars of "Jackass: The Movie," "Jackass Number Two," and "Jackass 3D," perform stunts with animals, put themselves in situations they are not trained for, and travel to different parts of the world performing their stunts in exotic environments while educating their audiences about the local wildlife and culture.
Steve-O begins his own show, "Dr. Steve-O," where he works as a doctor to help men overcome their fears.
"Killer Karaoke" premieres on November 23, 2012, is hosted by Steve-O, and features contestants trying to sing in front of a live audience while various bizarre attempts are made to interrupt their performances.
Steve-O goes on a tour (“the Bucket List Tour”), where he tells stories and performs stunts he couldn't do for "Jackass."
Why does Steve-O's voice sound like that?
A specialized throat doctor inserted a camera into his throat, and the medical professional noticed that Steve-O used his throat muscle instead of his vocal cords in speech.
What is the craziest thing Steve-O has ever done?
One of his most infamous stunts was ‘Wasabi Snooters,’ where, as the name implies, Steve-O snorted lines of wasabi up his nose for laughs.
How many injuries has Steve-O had?
Steve-O explains that he has lost count of how many bones he has broken exactly, but he estimates over 20.
5 Surprising Facts
Heartbreak motivated him
Steve-O revealed that he was dumped by his girlfriend for dropping out of school because of his low grades, which made him turn to filming and videotaping his stunts, eventually landing a role in “Jackass.”
Some of his stunts ended in arrests
At least two of his stunts led to his being arrested for “presiding over” a stunt that led to an injury.
He has a hip hop album
In 2011, Steve-O dropped an album titled “The Dumbest in Hip Hop,” with an additional cover text that read, “Never before has a rapper been so … dumb.”
His dogs helped him quit drugs
For many years, he relied on drugs and alcohol to perform his crazy stunts but in 2008, he decided to go sober, and his dogs were instrumental throughout his sobriety.
One of his first stunts in "Jackass"
One of his first and most dangerous stunts was setting fire to his own head while doing backflips.
Why We Love Steve-O
Steve-O became a vegan for both health and compassionate reasons. After the "Jackass 3D" stunt involving a ram (during which he injured his hand), he has expressed some concern about doing stunts in the future that 'mess with animals’ — so thoughtful of him.
“Killer Karaoke” fired him for speaking his mind
He was fired for expressing his discomfort with the way the show treated the animals featured in it. Though the singer Mark McGrath took his place in that show, Steve-O’s compassion continues to attract more love from fans.
He’s a loyal friend
Ryan Dunn died in 2011 in a car accident, leaving family and friends behind. He was Steve-O's best friend. To date, Steve-O continues to honor and speak kindly of his late friend.
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