Popular comedian, actor and game show host, Drew Carey has come a long way in the journey to fame and stardom. The rising entertainer went from an ordinary nine to five guy who couldn’t afford 3 meals daily to a famous celebrity with a staggering multi-million dollar net worth. With his trademark ever-present buddy holly style glasses, his breathy high-pitched laughter and his signature flat-top haircut, he has distinguished himself in the entertainment industry and has maintained an enviable position in his career.
Drew created a niche for himself in stand-up comedy, but his rise to fame came with his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line is it Anyway on ABC. He also hosts the CBS game show titled The Game is Right.
Drew is also a minority owner of Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer Team in the United States. He has showcased his prowess as an author; he wrote his autobiography Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined which chronicled his formative years and career in television.
Who Is Drew Carey?
The American actor, Drew Allison Carey, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the USA on the 23rd of May 1958. He was born as the youngest child of the Carey family with two older brothers coming before him. He grew up in Cleveland alongside his brothers; Neal who was born in 1946 and Roger who was born in 1952.
When Drew Carey was eight, he lost his father, Lewis Carey, to a brain tumor and consequently went into depression. After his dad’s death, his mother, Beulah Carey, couldn’t spend quality time with the young Drew because she had to hold down extra jobs to cater for the needs of her family and so Drew was left to his devices. Even his big brothers couldn’t connect with the traumatized Drew probably because of the massive age difference between them. He tried to commit suicide twice but failed on both occasions.
Looking into his educational background, he finished high school in 1975 from Rhodes High School where he actively participated in the marching band as a coronet player and also as a trumpeter. He proceeded to Kent State University where he was expelled for poor academic performance. He also had some problems with his sight.
Drew eventually decided to leave college after three years and went ahead to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve of the USA in 1979. After a fulfilling four years with the Reserve, the emerging entertainer relocated to Las Vegas in 1983 where he got a job as a bank teller, he also worked as a waiter at Denny’s. His career in comedy took off after two years in 1985 and by the next year, the rising comedian won an open microphone contest.
Net Worth & Salary
The comedian and actor earns a handsome $8.5 million as his annual salary which substantially contributes to his staggering net worth of $165 Million. Coming from a guy who had to sell his blood plasma to put food on his table, that is pretty amazing.
Apart from his annual income, Drew has won a substantial amount of money from the celebrity version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire; in fact, he currently holds the record of the most money won on that show. He won a total of $532,000 from a couple of appearances on the show; winning $500,000 in 1999 during his first appearance and $32,000 during his second appearance.
Is Drew Carey Married Or Gay?
Although there have been rumors surrounding his sexuality, it has been confirmed that Drew Carey is not gay but a straight man. Though he has been in several relationships over the years, the American actor has never managed to actually get married to anyone.
Who Is His Wife Or Girlfriend?
He was previously in a relationship with Nicole Jaracz who became his fiancée in 2007. After a five-year-long engagement, the couple made the decision to go their separate ways in January 2012. Although they did not have any kids together, Drew assumed a father figure to Nicole Jaracz’s son, Connor, who she had from a previous relationship. At the time of their relationship, Nicole Jaracz and her son made several appearances on Carey’s show, The Price is Right.
It would appear that between 2012 and 2017, the comedian was not involved in any other relationship. His love life was rekindled in 2017 when he met therapist, Dr. Amie Nicole Harwick, at a house party, the duo hit it off and began dating immediately and eventually in January 2018, their official engagement was made public. Since then the couple has been spotted in several public events together.