Steve O has been enjoying a very lucrative career in a unique style of comedy that combines the art of pulling off the wall and sometimes offensive pranks with his pals from the Jackass cast. He's built up a net worth of $2.5 million. Although there are quite a few skeptics who don't take his brand of humor seriously, the fact that he's a multi-millionaire right now suggests otherwise. How did he come to be so wealthy? We were wondering the same thing so we looked through his history and career and here is what we learned about Steve O.
His early life
Steve O was born on June 13th of 1974 in London England. He's a native of the United Kingdom. His early years were characterized by multiple moves to various different countries because of his father's own successful career as a business executive. Steve O had already lived in five different countries by the time that he was just 12 years old. It was hard for him to really set down any kind of roots and establish long lasting friendships because of the frequent relocation of the family, but he did have one major coping mechanism that served him well. Wherever Steve went, he was the class clown and he's had a great sense of humor since he was quite young. Part of his clowning around was a bid to gain attention and the acceptance of the other students in his schools. When he was 15, Steve discovered his father's camera and this marked a new interest in his life. He took videos of himself doing some daring and often dangerous stunts.
After high school
When Steve finished high school he attempted college at the University of Miami, but after a year he discovered that it wasn't really what he wanted to do with his life. He traded in his college education for a course in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. He graduated from the clown college and then began to send his videos in to producers trying to gain recognition. His big break came when he met Jeff Tremaine who was the producer, director and creator of the show "Jackass." Tremaine had been working with Johnny Knoxville on a show that was based on stunts and this was something that was right up Steve O's alley.
Signing on for "Jackass"
Steve O signed on with the crew as a cast member of the MTV reality comedy series "Jackass" in 2000. Within a year of first appearing on the show he had his own tor that was titled "Steve O don't try this at home." It was from this point forward that his popularity as an actor and a comedian began to escalate. He became known as a comedian throughout the world. "Jackass" ended in 2002, but a different company picked up the franchise and a film was released later that year and it was followed by another show that starred Chris Pontius and Steve O titled "WILDBOYZ." Steve went on to work with the gang in few more "Jackass" films.
A few career highlights
Steve O has become synonymous with the Jackass crew and Johnny Knoxville because of all of the outrageous and often offensive stunts and pranks that they pulled and aired. Viewers either loved it or hated it and obviously there were a great deal more who found his brand of humor to be entertaining. In addition to co-starring in multiple films and television series, he wrote a book of his memoirs titled "Professional Idiot." It went on to become a best seller. Steve O was a nominee for MTV Movie Awards for the Best Jaw Dropping Moment in 2011 and for Best On Screen Team in 2003. Today he is one of the best known comedians in the world. The past decade has brought his dreams to fruition and he's achieved many of the goals that he established when he started recording his first skateboard stunts. Steve O is a successful and talented professional actor and comedian. His fortune of $2.5 million has been earned in the comedy, film and television industry and it's been through perseverance and dedication to his craft that he's become a multi-millionaire.
Written by Dana Hanson
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