- Date of Birth:
- March 18, 1962
- 6' 0"
Mike Rowe (born Michael Gregory Rowe on March 18, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American television host, actor and narrator. While growing up, Mike pursued his Eagle Scout badge by reading aloud to students at the Maryland School for the Blind. He cites this as the reasons he became interested in narrating and writing. After graduating from high school, Mike sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera. On a bet from a fellow opera singer, Mike auditioned for QVC. He landed the role of an on-air host in the early 1990s. During 2001-2005, Mike hosted Evening Magazine in San Francisco. He started a news segment, Somebody’s Got To Do It, which would later grow into the highly successful Discovery Channel show, Dirty Jobs. Dirty Jobs ran from 2005 until 2012. Mike has also worked extensively as a narrator, lending his trademark voice to Discover Channel series American Chopper, Deadliest Catch, Ghost Labs and others. From 2009 to 2012, he was also the announcer for ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. He launched his new show, Somebody’s Got To Do It, in 2014.
Best Known For:
Mike Rowe is best known as the host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and for his distinct voice.
Mike launched mikeroweWORKS in 2008, an initiative to reinvigorate the skilled trades in the United States, promoting trade schools and improving America’s infrastructure. He has two younger brothers. Though he is not married, he claims to be romantically involved with “a very understanding woman” in San Francisco.