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Mike Rowe Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Gregory Rowe
Birth Place:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Actor, TV host

Fast Facts

  • Sang professionally with the Baltimore opera
  • Sold man-made diamonds as a QVC host and claims to have sold more than $100 million in merchandise
  • Hosted in-flight video features, On Air TV, for American Airlines
  • Spent three years as host of Evening Magazine in San Francisco
  • Has appeared in commercials for Tylenol, Ford, Lee Jeans, Caterpillar and, with his parents, Viva paper towels
  • Voice of Discovery's Deadliest Catch Alaskan crab-fishing series
  • Estimated that he's narrated 1000 hours of television, including TBS's Worst Case Scenario, History Channel's The Most, and as a Discovery Channel staple involved with Egypt Week Live, Deadliest Catch and now Dirty Jobs
  • Launched a website, MikeRoweWorks
  • com, in 2008 to bring attention to the decline of the blue-collar trades and the deteriorating American infrastructure


  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated


  • John Rowe -- Father
  • Peggy Rowe -- Mother