Dissecting Josh Gates’ Personal Life, Wife and Successes With ‘Expedition Unknown’

When Josh Gates set out to pursue his dreams of exploring never-before-seen locations and showing it to millions of viewers from home, he hardly knew he was setting himself up for a career that would pay off in ways beyond Benjamins. On this path, he has found fame, fortune, goodwill, purpose, and even Love. Of all his works, Gates is perhaps best known for his shows – Destination Truth and Stranded.

Gates currently serves as a co-executive producer of Travel Channel series Expedition Unknown, as well as, Legendary Locations. However, this piece wouldn’t be all about his job. Like his TV shows, we take you behind the curtains, revealing never-before-heard details of Josh Gate’s personal life, including his fellow-explorer wife and kids.

Who is Josh Gates?

Josh Gates was born in Manchester-by-the-sea, Essex county of Massachusettes, USA, on August 10, 1977. Although not much is known about his parents, we know for sure where Gates got his explorer instincts from. His mother was a homemaker, while his father was a deep-sea diver. Gates characterized his childhood as being full of experiences. His father never kept his boy away from the details of his job as a diver. Having visited several locations with his father, it didn’t take long for little Josh to catch the zing.

When he was very young, Gates got to witness lots of fun moments with his parents, especially his father. As a Scuba diver, Gates Sr. took his son on expeditions that, to say the least, widened the lad’s horizons. It is no wonder that Josh began scuba diving at the tender age of ten. We are not sure if Gates had all of these experiences alone or if he had other siblings he grew up with. Nevertheless, the intel we’ve gathered seems to tilt towards the “Josh is the only child” narrative.

After high school, Gates proceeded to Tufts University, Boston, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Drama. He then moved to the University of Maryland, where he became part of the school’s Archaeology team from 1996 to 1998.

Josh Gates’ Fact Card

How Did He Become Famous?

Soon after his graduation, Josh Gates found himself not only following after his father but also achieving strides his Dad could only dream of. As a certified Scuba diver, Gates has participated in several marine expeditions, including a sub-sea archaeological excavation in locations off the coast of Israel. Beyond traveling, much of Josh Gates’ work involves photography. He has been to over 100 countries, including Bangladesh and Nepal. And has been atop Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and South America’s tallest mountain, Aconcagua.

His on-screen career began in 2007 when he first appeared in an episode of Destination Truth. For the next five years, Josh Gates would wow over 1.7 million audiences with his unique exploratory drive. However, he had made appearances on several TV shows, including ESPN’s reality game show Beg, Borrow & Deal (2002), Budweiser’s Truly Famous (2006), and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (2012). Since then, Gates have also appeared on other shows such as Ghost Hunters and Legendary Locations before joining Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown.

His Breakthrough With Expedition Unknown

Since 2015, Josh Gates has been the host and an executive producer of Expedition Unknown on the Discovery Channel. The show revolves around Josh as he embarks on different expeditions, unravelling mysteries and legends. So far, the show has run for eight successful seasons, and five extras. The over 163 episodes of the show have been seen by millions of Americans, both on the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.

The first episode of its eighth season, Digging into D-day, started airing on February 6, 2020. In this episode, Josh Gates leads an expedition to Normandy to investigate WWII combats on air, land, and sea. It also reveals a gigantic Nazi bunker complex concealed for about 75 years. Through the show, Josh has become one of the most popular explorers out there, and his fanbase has continued to increase. More so, it was revealed that the show’s spinoff series, Expedition X, will start airing on 12th February 2020.

Who Is His Wife?

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Josh with his wife Hallie

Gates has been married to fellow explorer, Hallie Gnatovich. These two first met each other during the second season of Destination Truth. Hallie was on the research team at the time and had most of her work done behind the camera. With time, however, she began to appear on-screen as Gates co-star.

It didn’t take too long before their romantic feelings began to brew. As a result, the duo started a relationship, and after a few years, they got engaged. The couple got hitched in a private wedding ceremony held at the Hidden Pond luxury resort in Kennebunkport, York, Maine, on September 13, 2014. Their wedding was well attended by close friends and family members. On their wedding day, Josh posted a photo of a car with the “Just Married” sign with a caption that read, “The greatest adventure of all.”

His wife, Hallie Gnatovich was born in 1981. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 2004, after which she proceeded to Alliant International University for a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Beyond exploration, Hallie Gnativich is also a certified therapist who serves more of mothers between the ages of 20 and 30. She also counsels LGBTQ couples and runs an official website  called HallieGTherapy.com

Do They Have Children?

Having been married for five years and counting, Josh Gates and his wife are proud parents to a son. On February 12, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child christened Owen. By the time she got wind of her pregnancy, Gnatovich phoned her husband via satellite to break the news to him. It was perhaps one of the most heart-melting moments on that special episode, Secrets of Christopher Columbus. And it was all captured on camera.

Going forward, Josh Gates hasn’t revealed much about any big plans. What fans and viewers should expect are more interesting episodes of Expedition Unknown and Legendary Locations.

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