|Birthname||Glenn Lee Beck|
|born on||10 February 1964|
|Place||Everett, Washington, 47n59, 122w12|
|Timezone||PST h8w (is standard time)|
American talk-show host, with ultra conservative political views and emotive, sometimes histrionic style.
Beck's life story is well-documented. His parents divorced in 1977; two years later, in May 1979 his mother drowned while boating with a male companion who also drowned. Beck was only 15. The coroner ruled the deaths accidental and there seems to be no evidence that she committed suicide as Beck claims. Beck also claims she died in 1977, not 1979 as is officially recorded. His mother is reported to have suffered from mental illness (evidently bi-polar) and alcoholism.
Regardless of how she died, Mary Beck's death was obviously hard on her son and two daughters.
Beck's father owned a bakery in Mount Vernon, WA, a farming community in which Beck spent much of his teen years. Inspired by Orson Welles and some dramatic and comedic recordings given to him by his mother early on in his life, young Glenn emtered a contest at age 13 and won a chance to be a guest host on a local radio station. In the early 1980s, he landed a job on a Top 40 morning radio program where he plied the roots of his trademark persona as a revved-up entertainer, confessor and opinionator. He claims he was part of the counter-culture then, high on marijuana from the time he was 16. The owners of the radio station were Mormons and he transferred in 1983, just after high school to a small radio station in Provo, UT, a Mormon center. Although he was raised as a Catholic, and although he initially ridiculed some of his Mormon colleagues, he eventually converted to Mormonism (2000). He met and married his first wife Claire and they would have two children.
An influential Mormon offered Beck a chance to host a show in Texas. At this gig he perfected his ability to portray zany fictional characters,, play pranks, emote, ad lib routines that could be hysterically funny, scornful, ridiculing. By mid-1986, with several years of experience under his belt, he had begun delivering political rants. His ratings in decline and high on marijuana, coke and alcohol, he was fired from the Louisville,KY station which had hired him two years earlier. He landed other gigs in Phoenix and Houston but by the end of 1990 his rants and unpredictable behavior were shrinking his career options and ratings. He landed other jobs but by 1994 he was suicidal, drinking heavily and taking combinations of prescription and illegal drugs. Finally in November 1994 he joined the Alcoholics Anonymous program. He aired his Glenn Beck program on January 3, 2000; in 2008 he joined the conservative Fox News where he is free to say just about anything he wants, whether true or not, and frequently does. His rants, emotional pleas, and opinions center around his call for small government, ultra-conservative policicies and general condemnation of the Obama administration's efforts..
He and his first wife divorced in 1994 and he married for the second time in 1999. Tania shares his Mormon religion and the couple has a son and a daughter. Beck is author or co-author of several books including "An Inconvenient Book:: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems" (2009) and "Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government" (2010).
- Relationship : Marriage 1983 (To Claire)
- Relationship : Divorce dates 1994 (From Claire)
- Relationship : Marriage 1999 (To Tania)
- Work : New Job 2008 (With Fox News)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2009 ("An Inconvenient Book")
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2010 ("Arguing with Idiots")
PT quotes birth certificate; no time recorded
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
- Family : Childhood : Parents divorced
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four from two marriages)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Catholic converted to Mormonism)
- Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction