|Shawn Ray Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||September 9, 1965|
Shawn Ray is an American author, former professional bodybuilder, reality-TV star, journalist, producer, model, and businessman. Except for 1988 Mr. Olympia, when he placed 13th, Shawn always had a top 5 placement in more than 30 major bodybuilding competitions in his career.
Shawn L. Ray
Giant Killer, Sugar Shawn
Placentia, California, United States
Southern California, United States
He attended El Dorado High School in Placentia, California, United States and graduated in 1984. Between 1984 and 1986, Shawn attended Fullerton Community College in Fullerton, California, United States.
In 1986 he enrolled in Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California, United States. Between 1986 and 1988, he attended California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, California, United States, and earned a degree in Social Psychology.
Former Professional Bodybuilder, Model, Producer, Reality-TV Star, Businessman, Author, Journalist
- Father – Charles Marshall Ray Sr.
- Mother – Yvonne Ray
- Siblings – He has 7 older siblings.
- Others – Nana Vicky (Mother-in-Law), Gina Alvarado-Samperio (Sister-in-Law), Anthony (Brother-in-Law)
Shawn Ray is represented by Shawn Ray Productions (Company) in Southern California, United States.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
- 93 kg or 205 lbs to 98 kg or 216 lbs (On Season)
- 102 kg or 225 lb to 109 kg or 240.5 lbs (Off Season)
Girlfriend / Spouse
Shawn Ray has dated –
- Brooke Burke (1988-1992)
- Kristie Alvarado (2003-Present) – In April 2003, Shawn married Kristie Alvarado, a reality-TV star, actress, former gymnast, former commercial model, former fitness competitor, dancer, skincare salon owner, and paramedical esthetician. They welcomed their 1st daughter, Asia Monet Ray, on August 10, 2005. Asia later became a dancer, model, gymnast, social media star, rapper, actress, songwriter, singer, and reality-TV star. On April 30, 2008, Shawn and Kristie welcomed their 2nd daughter, Bella Blu Ray, who became a reality-TV star, social media star, gymnast, and dancer.
Race / Ethnicity
Shawn prefers to keep his head clean-shaven.
Shawn Ray has endorsed brands such as –
- SmartShake (2001)
- Wings of Strength
- Pro Tan USA
- Powerhouse Gyms FX
- S-Force Watches
Shawn Ray Facts
- Bodybuilders Chris Dickerson, Bob Paris, and François Benfatto inspired him to pursue bodybuilding himself.
- Shawn broke his high school’s football record for the longest run from scrimmage, at 98 yards or 89.5 meters in 1983. He also set the school’s record for all-time rushing. Both records were never broken.
- In his honor, his high school’s football team, El Dorado Golden Hawks, retired the jersey with a number 1. They also inducted him into their “Football Hall of Fame” in October 2003.
- Shawn Ray earned his Pro card by winning the title of Mr. California in 1987.
- He signed his 1st contract with a professional bodybuilding sponsor in 1998. He made his professional debut at the IFBB Night of Champions the same year.
- Shawn was mentioned in the book The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (1999) written by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Dobbins.
- He released a book titled The Shawn Ray Way in 2001.
- As of April 2020, he is the bodybuilder with the most appearances on the cover of Flexible Magazine.
- Shawn created the only charity fundraiser that benefitted professional bodybuilders. It was titled Shawn Ray’s CHOC Hospital Golf Invitational and done in collaboration with Vyo Tech Nutritionals.
- He was the 1st professional bodybuilder to fail a drug test at the 1990 Arnold Classic and thus lost the title. However, he became a Champion the next year.
- Shawn beat every bodybuilder he met on stage at least once except for Dorian Yates and Lee Haney.
- He got the nickname ‘Giant Killer’ for beating bodybuilders who were often 4 to 5 inches taller than him, and at least 40 to 50 lbs heavier.
- He retired from professional bodybuilding in 2001, after he placed 4th at Mr. Olympia, to focus on his family.
- Shawn was inducted into the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) Hall of Fame in January 2007.
Featured Image by Shawn Ray / Instagram