Childhood & Early Life
Steve-O was born Stephen Gilchrist Glover, on June 13, 1974, in Wimbledon, London, to Richard Edward and Donna Gay Glover. His mother was Canadian, and his father was half-English and half-American. He holds citizenship of three countries: Canada, the UK, and the USA.
His father worked as a top-level management employee at ‘Pepsi-Cola’ and acted as the president of the South American market of the company. Hence, Steve was 2 years old when his family moved to Brazil. English was his first language, but Steve spoke Portuguese as his first language while in Brazil.
Throughout his childhood, he continued to move to different places along with his family. He lived in Venezuela and the US. He briefly moved back to England when he was 9 years old. Later, at the age of 12, he settled in Toronto, Canada. A year later, he was back in England. He graduated from the ‘American School in London.’
Spending almost his entire childhood moving around different countries had a profound impact on Steve. When he approached his teenage years, he was already fluent in languages such as English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
He was highly interested in music and was a huge Mötley Crüe fan. Once, when the band was playing in Toronto, he called every hotel in the city to find out where they were staying and eventually managed to meet Tommy Lee.
Following his high-school graduation, he attended the ‘University of Miami’ in the US. By then, he had become disinterested in academics. He was a natural prankster and looked for something similar to do.
He eventually enrolled at the ‘Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.’ However, following his graduation, he was not selected for his college’s circus. Instead, he started working as a clown at flea markets. He recorded his performances, which eventually led to his first break in the entertainment industry.
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He recorded his videos performing at flea markets and sent the video clips to Jeff Tremaine, editor of the magazine ‘Big Brother.’ When Jeff presented the idea for ‘Jackass’ to MTV, Steve was his first choice.
The show had Steve performing daring stunts and dangerous pranks. It premiered in October 2000 and became an instant hit. The successful series ran for three seasons, covering 25 episodes. Despite being criticized for being “too dangerous,” the series was highly popular.
The series ended in 2002, after which its film rights were bought by ‘Paramount Pictures.’ The film ‘Jackass: The Movie’ was released the same year. The film was successful, and Steve now became a much more recognizable name.
He then appeared in small roles in films such as ‘Blind Horizon,’ ‘Passenger Side,’ and ‘Barely Lethal.’ In addition, he also starred in other films of the ‘Jackass’ franchise, such as ‘Jackass 3D’ and ‘Jackass Number Two.’
Subsequently, he also became a TV star, with appearances on shows such as ‘MADtv’ and ‘The Bronx Bunny Show.’
He appeared as a host in 32 episodes of the show ‘WildBoyz,’ between 2003 and 2006. In addition, he also appeared as a regular cast member of the show ‘Totally Busted.’
In 2007, he came up with his own show, ‘Dr. Steve-O.’ The show was, however, not too successful and ran for seven episodes.
Over the next few years, he also made several small appearances on reality TV shows such as ‘Love Island,’ ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ In the 2009 season of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ he finished at the eighth spot.
In 2011, he made an appearance as a guest on ‘Germany’s Next Top Model,’ and in the same year, he appeared on shows such as ‘Minute to Win It’ and ‘The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.’
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Apart from film and TV, he has also appeared in commercials over the years. In 2005, he became the brand ambassador of ‘Sneaux’ footwear. The ad showed him jumping into garbage, getting bitten by an alligator, and drinking rotten milk.
In 2014, he was seen as a contestant on the show ‘The Jump.’ He was eliminated as the ninth contestant on the show.
He released a mixtape in 2008, titled ‘The Dumbest Asshole in Hip Hop.’ The album contained 11 singles and a bonus DVD. The self-mocking lyrics of the album prevented music lovers and the critics from taking it seriously.
Of late, Steve has appeared in web series such as ‘The Slo Mo Guys,’ ‘Game Grumps,’ ‘Hot Ones,’ and ‘Ultimate Expedition.’
He has also released several DVDs of his antics, such as ‘Don’t Try This At Home- The Steve-O Video Vol. 1,’ ‘XYZ: Decade of Destruction,’ and ‘Pinnernation.’
He has also done regular stand-up tours all around the world.
He has written his autobiography, ‘Professional Idiot: A Memoir,’ along with David Peisner.
Steve-O has often received a lot of criticism for performing extremely dangerous stunts and for indirectly encouraging people to try them out.
In July 2002, he was arrested for performing a stunt in which he had stapled his scrotum to his leg. In 2003, he was arrested in Sweden for recording himself swallowing a condom with marijuana in it, to safely bypass airport authorities.
Toward the late 2000s, he faced severe psychological problems, which also led to drug abuse.
In March 2008, Steve-O’s friends received a mail from him that was more of a suicide note. He was immediately hospitalized and was kept under scrutiny for 14 days. He confessed that he had been bipolar.
In June 2008, he was arrested for possession of cocaine. He, however, checked into a rehabilitation center to avoid being jailed.
Family & Personal Life
Steve-O has suffered from depression for a long time in his adult years. He later confessed that most of it had stemmed from heavy usage of cocaine.
His autobiography, ‘Professional Idiot: A Memoir,’ states that he is strictly vegan.
In January 2018, Steve officially announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend, Lux Wright.
He has been previously married to Candy-Jane Tucker and Brittany McGraw. Both his marriages ended in divorce.