The following biography
Steve-O (born Steven Gilchrist Glover on 13
June 1974 in Wimbledon, London to an American father and a Canadian
mother) was a member of the cast of MTV's Jackass, and is currently seen
in the TV show Wildboyz. Steve graduated from the final class of
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College before it closed in
1997. However, he was not one of the ten chosen to join the circus.
TV, Film, Cinema, and Business Career
After graduating from Clown College Steve-O
returned to his home in Albuquerque and filmed himself doing stunts for
skateboard videos and later became involved in Jackass and Jackass: The
Movie. Efforts were made to boycott Jackass: The Movie partially in
response to claims that people had injured themselves in attempts to
perform stunts similar to those in the Jackass TV Series .
Following the filming of Jackass Steve-O
released four DVDs showcasing his stunts. The first, Don't Try This At
Home: The Steve-O Video, is a ragtag collection of footage that couldn't
be played on TV. His second DVD. Volume 2: The Tour, follows Steve-O on
his journey across America performing his live stage show, Don't Try
This at Home. Volume 3: Out On Bail, follows Steve-O and his crew across
the globe on the Don't Try This At Home Tour. His fourth effort Steve-O:
The Early Years chronicles his rise as a performer and features
interviews with his family, crew, friends, business associates, etc.
Steve-O documented his experience taking
PCP, a trip lasting five days, on his DVD PCP Saved my Life. He precedes
the showing of the tape with an announcement that he will never watch
the tape of his 'trip', that he will never take PCP again, and that he
remembers no part of the five day trip in which he frequently proclaims
that PCP has saved his life.
Third party companies have released DVDs
including Steve-O footage without his approval including: Steve-O –
Gross Misconduct, Steve-O – XXX Porn Show, Steve-O – Greatest Hits, and
Steve-O Quad Pack. On April 25, 2005, Steve-O filed a lawsuit against a
company producing some of the DVDs, J&N Media . The videos consist of
a patchwork of early footage of him that he had sold, given away, has
been used without his consent, or that he has otherwise abandoned the
rights to throughout his career. While he has expressed displeasure at
being presented and marketed in a way beyond his control, he seems to
have taken the whole affair in stride. He certainly has recommended
against purchasing them, however, and receives no compenstation for
their sale beyond what he may have gotten when rights to particular
pieces of footage were sold .
Since 2003, he and Chris Pontius along with
others have appeared on the semi-nature show Wildboyz, featuring various
stunts involving wild animals and remote cultures. It is currently in
its fourth season, airing on MTV2 after being moved from MTV during a
shuffle of content between them.
Steve-O has recently lent his talents to
National Lampoon's TV: The Movie and Jackass Number Two.
In mid 2005, Steve-O launched his own shoe
company called Sneaux Shoes . Television commercials promoting the
shoe company include such acts as Steve-O jumping into garbage, getting
his foot bitten by an alligator, and drinking rotten milk. His slogan is
"They're darn good shoes."
Incidents at The Abyss Nightclub
On July 31, 2002, Steve-O was arrested in
Los Angeles on obscenity and assault charges for performing his now
infamous stunt, The Butterfly (in which he staples his scrotum to his
leg) at the Abyss, a nightclub in Houma, Louisiana, and for being a
principal to a second-degree battery, both of which occurred at the
nightclub on July 11, 2002 . After posting a $150,000 bond in the Los
Angeles court system, he was allowed to return to Louisiana where he
turned himself in to the local authorities. Steve-O was released from
Louisiana's custody with a $35,000 bond on August 14, 2002. The
Louisiana courts had originally set his bond at 1.12 million dollars,
but it was reduced after he convinced them he wasn't a flight risk.
Steve-O was required to return to Los Angeles on August 16, 2002, and
prove that he turned himself in to Louisiana authorities .
The arraignment was originally scheduled
for September 16, 2002, however Steve-O was granted a continuance
extending it until December 16, 2002,  and then granted a second
continuance extending it to February 10, 2003 . Finally on March 24,
2003, Steve-O made a deal with Louisiana prosecutors placing him on
supervised probation for one year, requiring him to make a charitable
donation of $5,000 to a shelter for battered women and children, and
forbiding him from performing in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana ever again
The Abyss nightclub was in danger of losing
their liquor license as a result of the events on the night of July 11,
2002. They were allowed to keep it until the trial against Steve-O was
Arrest on Drug Smuggling Charges in Sweden
On May 22, 2003 Steve-O was arrested and
jailed while in Sweden in response to a joke he made about smuggling
drugs in to the country, remarking that he swallowed a condom containing
ganja to get it past the authorities. Steve-O reached a plea bargain
with the Swedish prosecutors and was released on May 27, 2003 after
paying a 45,000 Kronor (about 5,800 dollars) fine. As part of the plea
bargain Steve-O admitted to possessing one ecstacy tablet and five grams
of marijuana, although he claimed he had no knowledge of where the
ecstacy came from .
Public Urination on Lollapalooza Tour
On July 19, 2003, Steve-O was arrested on
charges of disorderly conduct for urinating on potato chips in public
during a Lollapalooza tour performance in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
Steve-O claimed he was kicked off the tour by Lollapalooza producers
because of the incident .
Causing Internal LAPD Investigation
November 2, 2005 Steve-O was seen by
reporters, and later officers in the Los Angeles Police Department,
exiting a nightclub with a bag of marijuana. Though the officers
confronted Steve-O they made no attempt to arrest him. The incident was
documented on video tape by the reporters and resulted in an
administrative investigation within the LAPD to see if the officers at
the scene were negligent .
Noteworthy TV and Radio Appearances
Too Late with Adam Carolla
On September 26, 2005, a heavily
intoxicated Steve-O appeared on Too Late with Adam Carolla . He had
originally planned on getting drunk, having a policeman give him a
breathalyzer test, and then pulling a cloth out from under a table of
food. Unfortunately, the plan fell through at the last second and
Steve-O had already consumed a large amount of alcohol. On the show
Steve-O yelled obscenities, attempted to tackle Adam Carolla, broke a
glass table with his foot, inadvertently cutting his leg, and was taken
away by security at the end of the segment . In the following
segment Adam attempted to perform the stunt Steve-O had planned .
This appearance gave Too Late its highest ratings to date [citation
needed]. Despite the turmoil, on October 17, 2005, Steve-O appeared
again on Too Late . His second appearance was no less chaotic, with
Steve-O lighting a table on fire, breaking the replacement for the glass
table he had broken previously, and ended with him stapling his scrotum
to his thigh.
Since the departure of Adam Carolla from
Loveline, Steve-O has been periodically guest co-hosting the syndicated
radio show with Dr. Drew as one of the many people considered as a
potential replacement for Adam. However, Steve-O is no longer in the
running after the Loveline producers rejected his contract offer
On July 18, 2006, Steve-O became a late
contestant on the British reality show Love Island broadcast on ITV from
Fiji in an effort to boost ratings. Despite stating he has stopped
drinking he asked for beer while on the show. On July 19, 2006, he
abruptly left Love Island because basic requests, such as receiving
clean clothes and one contestant receiving her medication, were refused
Noteworthy Steve-O Stunts
These are a few of Steve-O's many stunts,
some of which may be seen on Jackass and others in his series of
The Goldfish Trick - Steve-O drinks a glass
of water with a goldfish in it, He then proceeds to stick his fingers
down his throat to vomit the fish back up. He tries numerous times to
vomit the fish back up and then finally vomits the fish back up alive
into a fishbowl. This is quite comparable to goldfish swallowing.
High Dive - Steve-O gets into his thong and
climbs a high dive, he puts stilts on and then jumps from the high dive
into the pool.
The Double Back - Steve-O swings his penis
back and forth with enough momentum for his testicles to hit his stomach
twice, then catching his genitals with his inner thighs he jumps and
spins 180 degrees.
The Butterfly - Steve-O staples his scrotum
to each of his thighs. This stunt got its name because the scrotum, when
stapled to each side and stretched out, resembles a butterfly.
The Butt Piercing - Steve-O went into a
piercing parlor, and got his buttocks pierced closed.
The Earthworm - Steve-O snorts an earthworm
through his nose and pulls it out his mouth, alive and well.
Snooters - Steve-O snorts wasabi through a
straw up into his nose in the Jackass movie. In his own DVD it was
curry, which resulted in a waiter of the Indian restaurant remarking,
"We don't know how you did it. We can't do it."
While guest co-hosting Loveline May 23,
2006, Steve-O announced he had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a
serious cardiac condition which can be life threatening. Steve-O claimed
his doctor told him he was dying and had "the heart of a 90 year old
man" also adding without treatment he "wouldn't live past 40." During
the show Steve-O recounted what happened after he got his diagnosis.
Immediately after leaving the doctor's office, Steve-O called a girl
he'd been seeing named Ashley who reacted indifferently to his
diagnosis. Disappointed with her reaction and still in shock from the
diagnosis he called a cab, went to the airport, and flew to London to
get some "pickled onion flavored Monster Munch" (a snack only available
there). Later he met a fan of his living in London who has Steve-O
pictures tattooed all over his body. Steve-O went to see Stonehenge with
the tattooed fan and then went to Amsterdam where, in his own words, he
"smoked a lot of pot" but refrained from drinking to ensure he didn't
further damage his cardiac health. Steve-O had just flown back to Los
Angeles from Amsterdam right before appearing on Loveline that night.
During the show, Dr. Drew remarked that if
Steve-O's ejection fraction dropped below 20% he could have a "sudden
rhythm disorder and keel over." They also discussed some likely
possibilities for treating Steve-O's cardiomyopathy including getting a
heart transplant or implanting a kind of electrical defibrillator. Dr.
Drew has been very supportive of Steve-O, and remarked several times
during the show that he believed with treatment Steve-O would be fine.
While on the air, Steve-O laughed and joked about his condition to the
extent that a caller accused him of "not taking anything seriously."
Steve-O responded to the caller he thought of the laughter as a defense
June 16, 2006, Steve-O appeared on Radio
Bam after visiting a heart specialist who said his heart was perfectly
fine. Steve-O maintained he has stopped drinking and doing "hard drugs,"
only taking marijuana and nitrous oxide.
Steve-O has the phrase "yeah, dude, I rock!
Steve-O" below a larger-than-life portrait of himself with "two thumbs
up" tattooed on his back .
Steve-O also has the phrase "Your Name"
tattooed on his right buttock. He frequently jokes about it by telling
people, "I have Your Name tattooed on my ass."
Steve-O was tattooed by a "holy man" in
Thailand who had previously tattooed Angelina Jolie. The tattoo drawn by
the holy man is located on Steve-O's right shoulder blade . E-Online
has speculated that Steve-O got this particular tattoo as part of an
attempt to date Angelina Jolie .
Steve-O briefly dated Nicole Richie ,
but was quickly "dumped" by her .
March 5, 2006 at the Key Club Party for the
Oscars, Steve-O urinated on the red carpet outside the club, and then
"stripped off [his clothes] to his birthday suit" .
3. ^ http://sneauxshoes.com/
13. ^ http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,17788,00.html
14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0729527/
15. ^ http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,17477,00.html
16. ^ http://www.tv.com/too-late-with-adam-carolla/episode-23/episode/518217/summary.html
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