|Glenn Beck Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||February 10, 1964|
Glenn Beck is an American radio talk-show host, TV host, entrepreneur, artist, actor, screenwriter, TV producer, political commentator, and author, best known for his Glenn Beck Radio Program, syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, as well as his TV program titled Glenn Beck. His TV program went through a lot of changes, mainly regarding the networks that hosted it. It ran on HLN from January 2006 to October 2008, and then he transferred it to Fox News Channel on January 2009 where it ran until June 30, 2011. The reason for the split with Fox was because Glenn had other entrepreneurial goals, and stopped focusing entirely on it. This led him to transfer the TV show to the subscription-based Internet TV network he founded, initially titled GBTV, and then TheBlaze TV, and present it in a 2-hour format. Some estimations showed that he made more than $27 million in the 1st year of operations after the premiere of the 1st episode on September 12, 2011. On the exact date that the 1st episode premiered, only a year later, Glenn announced that TheBlaze TV would be carried by the Dish Network, and thus become available via more than 90 TV providers.
He had his early career start on the radio as a DJ and a comedian, 1st on the KZFM radio station in 1983. In 1985, Glenn moved to WRKA station to host a show called Beck and the A-Team, but had a dispute with them and left in 1987. Between 1992 and 1999, he hosted a show on the WKCI-FM radio station in New Haven, Connecticut. After his contract expired and wouldn’t be renewed in 1999, he started his own radio show, The Glenn Beck Program in early 2000, which 1st aired on the WFLA (AM) radio station in Tampa, Florida. In early 2002, he created the media platform Mercury Radio Arts to help unite all of his broadcasting and publishing endeavors. The same year, his radio show’s popularity skyrocketed after it was launched by Premiere Radio Networks on 47 stations. By May 2008, his radio show was broadcast over 280 terrestrial stations and even an XM Satellite. In July 2013, his show was tied for the 4th place based on ratings. He is also an accomplished author, and has written more than 25 books between 2003 and 2016, and reached number 1 in 4 different categories on The New York Times Bestseller List by 2010.
Glenn Lee Beck
Everett, Washington, United States
- Westlake, Texas, United States
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- New York City, New York, United States
Glenn attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Mount Vernon, Washington, United States. After he and his older sister moved to Sumner, Washington, Glenn enrolled in a Jesuit school in the nearby town of Puyallup, Washington, United States.
After his mother’s death in 1979, Glenn and his older sister moved to Bellingham, Washington, United States, and he enrolled in Sehome High School in the city and graduated in June 1982.
Around 1994, Glen was accepted by Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States, as a Theology major. However, his divorce and addiction problems ultimately led to dropping out after only 1 semester.
Radio Talk-Show Host, TV Host, Entrepreneur, TV Producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Political Commentator, Author, Artist
- Father – William Beck (Former City Bakery Owner)
- Mother – Mary Clara (née Janssen) Beck (Former City Bakery Owner) (Deceased, 1979)
- Siblings – He has an older sister.
- Others – William A. Beck, Sr. (Paternal Grandfather), Sarah Edith Francis (Paternal Grandmother), Edward Lee Janssen (Maternal Grandfather), Clara Eckholt (Maternal Grandmother), Jacob M. Beck (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Christina Margaret Kost (Paternal Great-Grandmother), Noah Filbert Francis (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Ruie Grace Brooks (Paternal Great-Grandmother), Jaretino Corneal Janssen (Maternal Great-Grandfather), Veitke/Wake Mary Poppen (Maternal Great-Grandmother), Joseph Nicholas Eckholt (Maternal Great-Grandfather), Clara Theresa Emanuel (Maternal Great-Grandmother)
Glenn Beck is represented by –
- Mercury Radio Arts (Company) in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
- TheBlaze TV (Company) in Irving, Texas, United States
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
90 kg or 198.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Glenn Beck has dated –
- Claire (1983-1994) – After he took the job in Washington, D.C., United States at the WPGC radio station in February 1983, he met Clarie, and the two got married by the end of the year. She and Glenn also welcomed 2 kids into the world, daughters Mary and Hannah. The older daughter, Mary, developed cerebral palsy due to a series of strokes she suffered at birth in 1988. After he turned 30, in 1994, Glenn was absolutely decimated – financially, physically and mentally, primarily due to his alcohol and drug addiction, which led to his divorce from Claire. At that time, he also experienced repeated suicidal thoughts and even imagined shooting himself while listening to the music by Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.
- Tania Colonna (1999-Present) – In 1999, he married his 2nd wife, Tania, and the two moved to Tampa, Florida, United States, leaving his 2 daughters behind in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. After he turned to an addiction recovery program, Glenn also found new light in religion, got baptized Mormon in 2000, and started pursuing talk radio. He also gave up drinking and smoking marijuana completely, which was the 1st time he had done so, as he claimed he was getting high every single day for the last 15 years. He didn’t leave his kids from a previous relationship hanging and promised they would come back to Connecticut to live closer to them after Glenn gave his radio talk-show hosting a chance for at least 2 years. Glenn and Tania later had a kid of their own, daughter Cheyenne Beck, and also adopted a boy named Raphe. Up until April 2011, Glen and Tania lived together with all of 4 of the children in a house in New Canaan, Connecticut, United States. In July of that year, the whole family moved to Westlake, Texas, United States, and Glenn moved all of his TV and radio studios to Dallas, Texas, the United States the following year so that he can stay close to family while working.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of purely German descent on his maternal side and has a mix of German and English/British Isles ancestry on his paternal side.
Due to advancing age, his hair color has turned ‘White.’
- Slicked-back, white haircut
- Towering height
Glenn Beck has endorsed brands such as –
- Patriot Mobile
- Liberty Safe
- American Financing
- Real Estate Agents I Trust (Mercury Real Estate Services LLC.)
- Relief Factor
- Palm Beach Research Group
- My Patriot Supply
- Brick House Nutrition
He founded a non-profit organization Mercury One in 2011, with the intent to help various causes close to his heart, such as relocating Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria. In 2017, through his The Nazarene Fund, he and his organization also brought food, clothes, and toys to children of illegal Mexican immigrants who sought refuge at the United States-Mexico border.
Best Known For
- His radio talk-show hosting skills on The Glenn Beck Radio Program, on the WFLA radio station (2000-2002), WPHT (2002-2011), and also carried by Premiere Radio Networks starting in 2003
- Being the founder and lead host of the TV talk-show program Glenn Beck on HLN network (2006-2008), which was moved over to Fox News Channel (2009-2011) after which Glenn started hosting it via his own paid content-streaming platform TheBlaze TV, starting in September 2011
- Having written more than 25 books in the time period between 2003 and 2016, in the genre such as fiction, non-fiction, control series, children’s, and comic books, many of which debuted or peaked on the 1st spot on The New York Times Bestseller lists by 2010
- His social media fanbase with more than 3 million followers on Facebook and more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter
Glenn Beck made his theatrical film debut as Commentator 5 in the comedy movie Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? in 2014.
First TV Show
In 1990, Glenn Beck made his first TV show appearance as a customer in the Severe Crane Damage episode of the comedy-drama series, Cheers. However, he was uncredited for his role.
In May 2006, Glenn Beck made his first TV show appearance as ‘Himself’ in an episode of the talk-show, Glenn Beck.
Glenn Beck Favorite Things
- Personal Quote – “Have joy. Speak truth.”
- Songs – Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Bublé, Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Source – Twitter Bio, IMDb
Glenn Beck Facts
- His mom and another person who had taken her out on a small boat drowned in a boating accident on May 15, 1979. A police report stated that there were indications that she tried to jump overboard, and Glenn himself addressed the tragedy as suicide in the later years.
- His step-brother also committed suicide, which led him to start drinking whiskey to overcome the pain. These unfortunate situations were the trigger for his long-term alcohol and drug addiction.
- He got his 1st job in his dad’s bakery and also started a job on the radio at the age of 13 in Seattle, Washington, United States.
- He was raised as a Roman Catholic, attended a Jesuit school, and at one point, declined to acknowledge Mormon Christianity worldviews from Pat Gray, his friend. However, after his addiction problems violently increased in 1994, and he also got divorced, Glenn started visiting churches and reading books about theology. The things he heard from Pat Gray, Mormon himself, “touched him strongly” and he was baptized Mormon himself in 2000.
- In 2006, in a speech, Glenn stated that the “healing power of Jesus Christ” transformed his life. He also released a CD titled An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck to help others undergo the same transformation.
- The Glenn Beck Program was the 3rd most-listened-to radio program in the United States in 2009. The same year, his TV program on Fox News Channel had more than 3.5 million views at its peak.
- On November 3, 2009, while he was in New York, United States, he had to be hospitalized with appendicitis, or an inflammation of the appendix.
- Between 2009 and 2016, he appeared in 8 episodes of the news, talk-show The O’Reilly Factor, hosted by Bill O’Reilly.
- In July 2010, he reported having been diagnosed with an eye disease – macular dystrophy. It made it difficult for him to drive, read, and recognize faces, and there was also a real risk of him going blind.
- Glenn has described himself as a conservative with libertarian leanings. His core values include private charity, the right to life, freedom of religion, limited government, personal responsibility, and the family as the cornerstone of society.
- He doesn’t think global warming is the consequence of the human activity.
- He was a Republican until 2014, but officially left the Republican Party on March 18, 2015, and became independent.
- Glenn heavily critiqued Barack Obama, and even called him a racist for having “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture”. It all changed in 2016 when in an interview, he stated that Obama made him a better man and that he started supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
- He endorsed the senator of Texas, Ted Cruz, in his run for the President of the United States in 2016. Unfortunately, he dropped out of the race, so Glenn supported Evan McMullin from Utah instead.
- In the past, Glenn predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2020 Presidental election, and stated that he will definitely vote for him.
- Glenn is an artist in his free time and has painted a few original pieces that he sold using eBay and other massive online retailers or auction websites.
- Visit his official website @ glennbeck.com.
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