Mike in suite

The life of Mike Rowe

  • Born

    Mike Gregory Rowe was born on March 18, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Narrator

    January 2, 1979 in Troop 16 in Baltimore. During his service project for Eagle Scout at the Maryland School for the Blind, he read aloud for students, and he cites this as one of the reasons he became interested in narrating and writing.
  • Opera

    Joined the Baltimore Opera only for awhile.
  • Host for QVC

    Host for QVC
    In the early 1990s Rowe hosted a time slot for QVC selling various items
  • Pitchman

    In 1998, Rowe was the television spokesperson for Epic Pharmacy, a Baltimore-area association of independent pharmacies
  • Somebody's Gotta Do It?

    Somebody's Gotta Do It?
    From 2001 to 2005 Rowe hosted Evening Magazine on KPIX-TV in San Francisco. During this time, he appeared in a news segment called "Somebody's Gotta Do It," profiling a number of unpleasant professions; this concept later grew into Dirty Jobs.
  • Shark Week

    Shark Week
    Rowe has an extensive background as a narrator. His work with Discovery Channel includes narrating American Chopper, American Hot Rod, Deadliest Catch, Wild Pacific, and Ghost Lab, as well as other Discovery specials and series. Rowe has hosted the Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" in 2006 and 2008
  • American Dad

    American Dad
    On October 7, 2007 Rowe appeared on Fox's American Dad! as the voice of a meter maid
  • Sesame Street

    Sesame Street
    Rowe appeared on an episode of Sesame Street in a segment called "Dirtiest Jobs With Mike Rowe", which aired on October 13, 2008
  • Oatmeal

    In 1999, Rowe was the radio spokesperson for Al Edwards Oatmeal