Is Mike Rowe married? Everything you need to know about his wife and children

Is Mike Rowe married? Everything you need to know about his wife and children

Mike Rowe, an American television host and narrator, became famous from History Channel's The Most show (2000–2004). More people worldwide learned about him from Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs series. As a successful TV host, Mike's private life has often fascinated fans, more so his romantic lifestyle. Is Mike Rowe married?

Mike Rowe posing for a photo
TV host and narrator Mike Rowe. Photo: @mikerowe (modified by author)
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Mike Rowe's distinct masculine voice has been key to his career success. It is among the main reasons millions tune into the CNN series Somebody's Gotta Do It and other shows he participates in.

Profile summary

Full nameMichael Gregory Rowe
Date of birth18 March 1962
Age62 years old (as of 2024)
Zodiac signPisces
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland, United States
Current residenceSan Francisco, United States
Height6'0" (183 cm)
Weight185 lbs (84 kgs)
Eye colourBlue
Hair colourBrown
MotherPeggy Rowe
FatherJohn Rowe
Marital statusDating
SchoolOverlea High School
UniversityTowson University and The Community College of Baltimore County
ProfessionTelevision host, narrator
Net worth$30 million
X (Twitter)@mikeroweworks
YouTubeMike Rowe

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Is Mike Rowe married?

Mike has never been engaged or married. Rumours about Rowe dating Danielle Burgio turned out to be false because people discovered she was married to Robert Merrill.

Danielle is a renowned actress, stuntwoman, and film producer. She is known for acting in The Matrix Reloaded, Army of the Dead, and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Sandy Dotson is an executive at a data management company. People believed she was dating Mike when they spotted them on vacation. Rowe revealed he was seeing a woman from San Francisco but never said the lady was Sandy.

Is Mike Rowe married to Mary Beth Rowe?

Mary Beth's third name is Roe and not Rowe, as many assume. The American TV host works for QVC network and is not Mike Rowe's wife. Mary Beth's husband is Mark Roe. They met for the first time on Valentine's Day in 1982 and married in 1983.

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Is Mike Rowe gay?

Mike is not gay. Fans have romantically linked him to several female celebrities in the past, including Danielle Burgio and Sandy Dotson. Rowe has never confirmed or denied that he dated them.

Did Mike Rowe have kids?

There is no information about Mike Rowe's children. The American TV host does not have children as of now. Mike admitted that he has nothing against kids but has never had a convincing reason to have one. Therefore, rumours about Mike Rowe's son are false.

Is Mike Rowe still alive?

The American TV host is alive and currently resides in San Francisco with his longtime girlfriend. In a virtual interview with Kara Mayer Robinson, Mike Rowe disclosed that he was in a committed relationship.

He shared that his partner is not affiliated with the entertainment industry and that they jointly decided to maintain their privacy from the outset. Additionally, Rowe indicated his admiration for his girlfriend's independence, expressing a preference for a partner who prioritizes self-care.

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Top 5 facts about Mike Rowe
Top 5 facts about Mike Rowe. Photo: Slaven Vlasic (modified by author)
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Mike Rowe's early background

Michael Gregory Rowe was born on 18 March 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Growing up, he went to schools in Baltimore and attended Kenwood Presbyterian Church in Nottingham, Maryland, with his parents.

How old is Mike Rowe today?

The American television host is 62 years old as of 2024. His zodiac sign is Pisces.

Who are Mike Rowe's parents?

Mike Rowe's parents, John and Peggy Rowe, were both teachers, and he has two siblings, brothers Scott and Phil. Mike's mum has written several books.

Her first book, All About My Mother: True Stories About a Horse-Crazy Daughter and her Baseball-Obsessed Mother, was a bestseller in 2018.

Peggy Rowe's other book, About Your Father And Other Celebrities I Have Known, is based on emails and texts sent to Mike.

Educational background

Mike pursued singing and theatre studies at Overlea High School in Baltimore County. He graduated from high school in 1980 and joined Essex Community College before moving to Towson University, where he graduated with a degree in communication studies in 1985.

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Career history

Rowe became an Eagle Scout in 1979 in Troop 16 in Overlea. Reading for students at the Maryland School for the Blind during his service as an Eagle Scout encouraged him to build his career around narrating and writing.

Mike's earliest TV job after graduating from university in 1985 was hosting Your New Home on WJZ-TV, which ran for 15 years. In the 1990s, he hosted a CD-ROM trivia game and worked for QVC (a home-shopping channel).

In the late 1990s, Rowe hosted an instructional guide for a satellite TV service. Afterwards, most of his shows, including American Chopper and Dirty Jobs, feature the plight of workers in the US.

Mike Rowe's shows film sewer workers, roadkill collectors, coal miners, chicken sexers, and other jobs. The programs rarely touch on care work, service work, and dirty/dangerous jobs immigrant workers do. Below is a list of Mike Rowe's shows from 2000 to date.

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Television showNetworkYearRole
The MostHistory Channel2000–2004Host & narrator
Worst Case ScenariosTBS2002Host
American ChopperDiscovery Channel2002–2010Narrator
Incredible BasementsHGTV2003Host & narrator
Dirty JobsDiscovery Channel2003–2012,2020–presentHost
American Hot RodThe Learning Channel & Discovery Channel2004Narrator
Ghost HuntersA&E Discovery+2004–2010, 2021–presentNarrator
Deadliest CatchDiscovery Channel2005–presentNarrator
The Ultimate FighterSpike TV2005–2010Narrator
Shark WeekDiscovery Channel2006Host
After the CatchDiscovery Channel2007–2012Host
American Dad!Season 3, Episode 22007Meter Maid
Ghost Hunters InternationalSyfy2008–2010Narrator
Wild PacificDiscovery Channel2009Himself
How the Universe WorksSeasons 1, 3, 4, 6–92010, 2014–2021Narrator
Human PlanetDiscovery Channel2011Narrator
How Booze Built AmericaDiscovery Channel2012Himself
Last Man StandingEpisode 182012Jim Baxter
Bering Sea GoldDiscovery Channel2013–2014,2019–presentHost
Airplane RepoDiscovery Channel2013–2015Narrator
2Bering Sea Gold: Under The IceDiscovery Channel2013Host
C.R.A.P.web series2013–presentHost
Building AmericaTheBlaze2014Host & narrator
Somebody's Gotta Do ItCNN & TBN2014–2015,2018Host
America's Greatest MakersTBS2016Guest judge
Returning the Favor Facebook Watch2017–2021Host
Six Degrees with Mike RoweDiscovery+2021Host

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Mike Rowe's awards

  • Rowe won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2011. He was the first person to get this award.
  • The Boy Scouts of America gave him the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in June 2012.
  • Mike became an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2017.
  • During the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards, he received the Outstanding Host (a Daytime Program award for Returning the Favor).

Where does Mike Rowe live?

Mike Rowe's home in San Francisco. He once described his home's location in an interview. Mike said:

I live in San Francisco, so there's the Golden Gate Bridge off to the left, and there's Alcatraz off to the right, and I've got a pile of pulp fiction next to me, and a decent bottle of red wine next to the fireplace.

What is Mike Rowe doing now?

Besides hosting TV shows, he runs his mikeroweWORKS Foundation. The organization gives scholarships to students pursuing careers in the skilled trades. Mike is also closely associated with Skills USA, Future Farmers of America, and the Boy Scouts of America.

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What is Mike Rowe's net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mike Rowe's net worth is estimated to be approximately $30 million. Most of his wealth comes from being a TV voice-over artist and appearing in commercials.

Mike Rowe on Today's show season 71
Mike Rowe on Today's show season 71. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC
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Who is Mary Sullivan to Mike Rowe?

Mary Sullivan and Mike Rowe are business partners. She has produced 14 episodes of Dirty Jobs and 80 episodes of Returning the Favor.

Facts about Mike Rowe

  • He sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera, an opera company based at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House.
  • Fans sent Mike death threats in 2014 because of the voice-over advert he did for Walmart that year.
  • Gossips had it in 2016 that he described his death. As a result, Mike quoted the famous line from Mark Twain, "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
  • He has written a book called The Way I Heard It.

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Is Mike Rowe married? The American television host is unmarried and does not have children. He is majorly concentrating on his career and has kept his personal information under wraps.

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