Steve-O

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Steve-O
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Steve-O in August 2011
BornStephen Gilchrist Glover
(1974-06-13) June 13, 1974 (age 39)
London, England
OccupationStunt performer, radio personality, comedian
Years active1999–present
 
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Steve-O
Steve-O by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Steve-O in August 2011
BornStephen Gilchrist Glover
(1974-06-13) June 13, 1974 (age 39)
London, England
OccupationStunt performer, radio personality, comedian
Years active1999–present

Steve-O (born Stephen Gilchrist Glover; June 13, 1974) is a British-American-Canadian stunt performer, comedian, and TV personality. His entertainment career is mostly centered on his performance stunts on the American TV series Jackass, and accompanying movies.[1]

Early life[edit]

Steve-O was born in London, England.[2] His mother, Donna Gay (née Wauthier), was Canadian, and his father, Richard Glover, was American.[3] His paternal grandfather was English and his maternal step-grandfather was voice-over announcer Wayne Howell.[4] His family was based in England for many years due to his father's presidency of the South American division of Pepsi-Cola. During his childhood he lived in a number of countries, including Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, and Uganda, where he spent two years before moving to the United States.[5]

His first hometown in the United States was Darien, Connecticut, at the age of four. He moved to Miami two years later. When he was nine his family returned to London where Steve-O attended the American School in London in St. John's Wood for four years.[citation needed] As a child, he was an avid Mötley Crüe fan. In 1987, Motley was playing at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto where his family was living in at the time. He phoned every hotel within and outside the vicinity until he found the name that the band usually checked in under, manager Doc McGhee. He did not speak to Doc, but rather his brother Scott, but McGhee was so impressed with the resolve of Steve-O to meet Motley that he brought him out for their show, let him meet them, and hang with them backstage, as told in Tommy Lee's autobiography.[6]

He attended the University of Miami but dropped out after one year due to poor grades and acts of disobedience in school. He then attended and graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997.[7] After 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.[5]

Career[edit]

Jackass and tours (2000-2003)[edit]

While performing in the flea market circus, Steve-O began sending videos of himself to Big Brother Magazine editor and future Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. Tremaine recruited Steve-O for MTV's television series Jackass, which became an instant hit.[8] MTV has subsequently released five movies based on the series: Jackass: The Movie (2002), Jackass Number Two (2006), direct-home release Jackass 2.5 (2007), Jackass 3D (2010), and Jackass 3.5. Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two and Jackass 3D all became box office hits.

In 2001, he released Don't Try This at Home on DVD, which contained material MTV censored.[9] It went on to sell 140,000 copies.[10] He toured promoting the DVD doing stunts, which was filmed and released as Don't Try This at Home Volume 2: The Tour[11]

On July 31, 2002, Steve-O was arrested on obscenity and assault charges for stapling his scrotum to his leg, and for being a principal to a second-degree battery, during a performance at a nightclub in Houma, Louisiana on July 11, 2002.[12][13][14] After several delays, in March 2003 Steve-O made a deal with Louisiana prosecutors placing him on supervised probation for one year, requiring him to make a charitable donation of $5,000 to a shelter for battered women and children and forbidding him from ever performing in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana again.[15]

In 2003, Steve-O toured Europe with Bam Margera, a friend and costar of Jackass. On May 22, 2003 Steve-O was arrested and jailed while in Sweden due to footage of himself swallowing a condom containing cannabis to get it past authorities while flying on a plane. He then regurgitated it live on stage, which he showed in his DVD Steve-O: Out on Bail (aka Don't Try This At Home - The Steve-O Video Vol. 3: Out on Bail) (2003). Steve-O reached a deal with the Swedish prosecutors and was released on May 27, 2003 after paying a 45,000 kronor (about 6,700 USD) fine. As part of the plea bargain Steve-O admitted to possessing one ecstasy tablet and five grams of marijuana, although he claimed he had no knowledge of where the ecstasy came from.[16] The Swedish arrest was included in the third installment of the DVD series titled Steve-O: Out on Bail. Two months later on July 19, 2003, Steve-O was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct for urinating on potato chips in public during a Lollapalooza tour concert in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Steve-O claimed he was kicked off the tour by Lollapalooza producers because of the incident.[17]

After Jackass (2004-2007)[edit]

After the Jackass show ended, he co-starred with Chris Pontius on MTV's Wildboyz, which lasted four seasons until 2006. The two performed stunts and acts with animals, often putting themselves in situations for which they were not trained.

In mid-2005, he launched his own shoe company called Sneaux Shoes.[18] Television commercials promoting the shoe company include such acts as Steve-O jumping into garbage, getting his foot bitten by an alligator (simulated) and drinking rotten milk. His slogan is "They're darn good shoes."

On March 27, 2006, he and Jackass co-star Chris Pontius visited The Dean Blundell Show, a morning show on Toronto radio station CFNY (102.1 The Edge), to promote their "Don't Try This At Home" tour. He urinated on the floor and performed a stunt called "Unwrapping the Mummy" all in front of a live studio audience. Hosts Dean Blundell, Jason Barr, and Todd Shapiro were suspended for the week following the appearance, after many complaints.[19] In April 2006, Steve-O later sued manager Nick Dunlap and attorney Jason Berk, accusing them of lying to him to fund their lavish lifestyles.[20]

On July 18, 2006, Steve-O became a late contestant on the British reality show Love Island broadcast on ITV from Fiji in an effort to boost ratings. Despite stating he had stopped drinking, he asked for beer while on the show. On July 19, 2006 he abruptly left Love Island because he was not allowed the beer and chocolate which he had requested.[21]

In November 2006, he went on a drug binge after being misdiagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition.[22] He was later examined by heart specialists who concluded he was in good health.[22]

In 2007, Steve-O starred in his own television show called Dr. Steve-O on the USA Network. In the show, he helped make his guests cool and "de-wussify" them. That same year he appeared in Jackass 2.5, which mainly consisted of material that did not appear in the second Jackass movie. Additionally, he appeared with some Jackass alumni in National Lampoon's TV: The Movie.

On February 5, 2008, he appeared on The Howard Stern Show with Howard Stern, Robin Quivers and Artie Lange on Sirius Satellite radio to promote his upcoming rap album Hard As a Rock. Another mix-CD released by Steve-O is called The Dumbest Asshole In Hip Hop.[23]

Psychiatric problems and rehab (2008)[edit]

On February 23, 2008 Steve-O joined the rest of the Jackass crew for the Jackass MTV 24 Hour Takeover, which promoted JackassWorld.com. He participated in several stunts, and even debuted his rap music video, to which for the first time in years, Mike Judge brought back the duo of Beavis and Butt-head to criticize. Later, during the live broadcast Steve-O was kicked out of MTV studios on the request of executives for his behavior and intoxication.[24] Eventually, he was allowed back in the MTV Studios.

On March 9, 2008, after receiving an e-mail from Steve-O that suggested his possible suicide, Steve-O's friends, including co-star Johnny Knoxville, became concerned he was a danger to himself and consulted with physician Dr. Drew Pinsky, who told them to get Steve-O to a hospital immediately. Steve-O was placed on a 72 hour psychiatric hold which was later lengthened to 14 days due to an alleged suicide attempt.[1] In a mass e-mail addressed to his friends, Steve-O expressed that he previously had thought of his drug use and bipolarity as a "good thing", but that he now realizes that his drug use was apparently hurting those he loved most.[25]

On June 4, 2008, Steve-O pleaded guilty to felony possession of cocaine. He avoided jail by the successful completion of his treatment program.[26] In July, after 115 days of sobriety, Steve-O announced he was "back in the loony bin".[27] He returned to the mental institution, he said, because "I've had horrible mood swings and severe depression. My brain is fucked up from using so much cocaine, ketamine, PCP, nitrous oxide, and all sorts of other drugs."[28]

Post-rehab, Jackass reprised and comedy tours (2009–2012)[edit]

In March 2009, Steve-O was on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Lacey Schwimmer. After the first week, he complained of pinched nerves and back spasms and did not compete in the second week after injuring his back further by falling on his microphone pack during dress rehearsal. The judges based their scores on his performance at the dress rehearsal.[29] He was eventually eliminated in the sixth week of the competition.

On May 3, 2009, MTV premiered a documentary titled Steve-O: Demise and Rise about how his life was affected by the use of drugs and alcohol.[24] The show featured home-made video footage of Steve-O using drugs and vandalizing his apartment. In an August 2009 interview with Johnny Knoxville for The Times-Picayune, Knoxville on the topic of Steve-O's recovery and rehabilitation said "He's taking to sobriety like he took to drugs and alcohol, I'm very proud of him. I think we'll see him doing some stuff here really soon. As a matter of fact, I know we are."[30] He later stated "Something's coming. We're pretty excited ... I think it'll be a big year next year, but I don't want to talk about it yet."[30]

Steve-O later told Comedy Digital Radio station Barry that he's never seen the MTV documentary. "When I saw the footage of myself doing drugs I felt like I could see them, I could taste them. It made me crave them and as embarrassing as that footage is, that just seemed like another reason to get high. I couldn't watch it; I haven't watched it since then. The producers put it all together and finished it up without any input for me, it's better that way.”[31] Then in January 2009, Steve-O announced on his website the release of a new DVD titled Steve-O: Pounding Out Randoms, of which only 1000 copies have been made.[32]

Steve-O was part of Jackass 3D, the third installment of the Jackass series, released in October 2010.[33] The movie was in 3D and began production on January 25, 2010,[34] In late May 2010, Knoxville has stated that Steve-O's sobriety is at its best and “There is no beer on set this time around even if some of us wish there was”. He also said “And to be honest it's going great. Everyone has had different injuries throughout which is a good sign and Steve-O is probably getting the best footage out of everybody. He is really going for it. He wants to prove to everyone he can do these stunts sober. It's been two years since he had a drink now. Everyone has been real supportive of him.”.[35] Steve-O is now 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."[6]

When Jackass 3D was released in 2010, the movie broke box office records.[36] In promoting the movie, he appeared on The Howard Stern Show, lighting himself on fire. In reaction, Howard Stern yelled: "Put him out! Put his head out! Fucking maniac! Oh my god, you're a maniac! You're a goddamn maniac!"[37]

In November 2010, Steve-O began touring the United States performing stand-up comedy on what he called "Steve-O's Entirely Too Much Information Tour". In early 2011, he announced a nine-month long American comedy tour.[38] He appeared in Jackass 3.5, which was released in April 2011. In March 2011 Steve-O brought his Stand up comedy tour to Canada, where he ended each show by lighting his head on fire and having fellow stuntman Ryan Stock spit a mouth full of lamp oil at his head, resulting in a huge fireball.

On Sunday March 27, 2011, Steve-O was arrested by Canadian authorities at Calgary airport. Officers found an arrest warrant filed in 2003. Steve-O was accused of assault with a weapon. He was released after paying a caution of $10,000.[39] Before his arrest, Steve-O spoke about "how he outran police after a fan was, according to authorities, beaten on stage eight years ago."[40]

In May 2011, he brought his stand-up show to Australia, playing a show in all the major cities.[41] In an interview with Comedy Digital Radio station Barry Steve-O explained the genesis of his comedy tour, "Someone invited me to a famous comedy club in Los Angeles and they asked that I get on stage and do something outrageous. When I got to that comedy club I looked around and it occurred to me that the craziest thing I could possibly do by far would be to try stand-up comedy. Like, that was genuinely the most terrifying, outlandish just crazy thing that I could do.”[31]

In June 2011, Steve-O released an autobiography entitled Professional Idiot: A Memoir, co-written with David Peisner. He has stated that he follows only a strict vegan diet and is one of the many celebrities that got involved in the NOH8 project. In July, he received PETA's Nanci Alexander award for his "voice against cruelty."[42][43]

On September 13, 2011, during a taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, Steve-O joked, "The last time this many nobodies were at a roast, at least Great White was playing". Steve-O has since apologized for the comment and requested that it be removed from the broadcast of the roast.[44] During the taping of the roast, Steve-O attempted to run into the fist of boxer Mike Tyson, but the first attempt didn't work. Later, at the end of the roast, Steve-O made another attempt and this time connected, resulting in Steve-O getting a broken nose.[45] He also claimed to have been sober and clean for three and a half years.

It was announced on October 3, 2011 that Steve-O will be hosting truTV's new reality game show Killer Karaoke, the American version of the British competition show Sing If You Can. The show first aired at 9 p.m EST on November 23, 2012.[46]

On March 14, 2012 a remix of MGK's song "Wild Boy" was released with Steve-O providing the intro. Steve-O was also featured in the music video for the remixed version of the song.

He told US Weekly in November 2012 that he credited his two rescue dogs, Walter and Bernie, with helping him to maintain nearly five years of sobriety.[47]

2013[edit]

Steve-O narrated a short video titled "What Came Before, featuring Steve-O: The Truth About Meat and Modern Farms" about some of the individual animals rescued by Farm Sanctuary and he also reveals the life of the less fortunate animals that are born into modern farming in the US.

Steve-O currently tours performing stand-up comedy.

In September 2013, Steve-O launched a YouTube channel, where he posts random videos that he makes himself and with other YouTube stars, usually focusing on pranks and stunts.

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2002Jackass: The MovieHimselfWriter
2003Blind HorizonMan with Hat in Final SceneAs Stephen Glover
2006Jackass Number TwoHimselfWriter
The Dudesons Movie
2007Jackass 2.5Writer
National Lampoon's TV: The MovieVarious
2009Passenger SideBar PatronAs Stephen Glover
2010Jackass 3DHimselfWriter
2011Jackass 3.5

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000-2002JackassHimself20 episodes
2002-2003MADtvGuest star, 2 episodes
2003-2006WildboyzHost, 32 episodes
2003The Bronx Bunny Show1 episode
2004-2006Totally Busted25 episodes
2006Love Island2 episodes
The O.CFirst MarineEpisode 4.2, "The Gringos"
24 Hours with...Himself1 episode
2007Bam's Unholy Union2 episodes
Dr. Steve-ODr. Steve-O7 episodes
2008Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour TakeoverHimself
2009Dancing with the StarsFinished 8th
Nitro Circus1 episode
Steve-O: Demise and Rise
Glenn Martin DDSSteve-O from JackassEpisode 1.10, voice-over
2011Germany's Next TopmodelHimselfEpisode 6.12
Minute to Win It
The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen
2012–presentKiller KaraokeHost, on slice
2013RidiculousnessGuest host, S03EP3

DVDs[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Don't Try This At Home - The Steve-O Video Vol. 1Himself
2002Don't Try This At Home - The Steve-O Video Vol. 2: The Tour
2003Steve-O: Out on Bail
2004Steve-O: The Early Years
2005XYZ: Decade of Destruction
Steve-O: Gross Misconduct
2007Pinnernation
2009Pounding Out Randoms

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004ESPN NFL 2K5Himself
Tony Hawk's Underground 2Guest appearance
2007Jackass: The Game

Discography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ mtv: Steve-O Arrested Again - News Story
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  40. ^ Jackass star Steve-O recalls running from Calgary police, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2011
  41. ^ http://www.barry.com.au/2011/04/21/steve-o-australian-tour/
  42. ^ China Despain Freeman,"Steve-O Receives Animal Rights Award," Ecorazzi 18 July 2011.
  43. ^ "Steve-O Snags Top PETA Award," PETA.org July 18, 2011.
  44. ^ http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo2011090912_station-fire.158a40186.html
  45. ^ Steve-O Runs Into Mike Tyson's Fist, Breaks Nose During The Charlie Sheen Roast
  46. ^ truTV Greenlights New Series 'Killer Karaoke', Hosted by Steve-O, TV by the Numbers (released October 3, 2011)
  47. ^ Kathleen Perricone,"Steve-O: How My Dogs Helped Me With Sobriety," US Weekly, 28 November 2012.

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