Rising to the top of your profession is a hard and difficult process. It requires days and nights of working consistently hard to be better than what you were yesterday. It requires not giving up when everything in your body is telling you to do exactly that. Very few get to the summit of their profession because what it takes to get there is an exceedingly great task. In entertainment, the task is even more tedious because of the extreme difficulty, temptation, and complexity of navigating the infamously complicated industry. It is why the achievements and successes of Craig Ferguson are very impressive. Despite battling alcoholism at a young age, so much so that he dropped out of high school, he has managed to pull himself back up and build a career even those who have never had the disease can boast of. The Scottish-American is an award-winning comedian and television host. Learn more about him below.
Craig Ferguson – Biography
Craig Ferguson was born into an average British family on the 17th of May in 1962 in Springburn, Glasgow to Robert Ferguson and Janet Ferguson. Though he was born in Springburn, the family later moved to Cumbernauld where he was raised as a result of the rehousing of UK citizens in the aftermath of World War II. He has three other siblings – a brother and two sisters.
For his formal education, which was rather brief, he attended Muirfield Primary School and Cumbernauld, but dropped out at the age of 16 for engaging in heavy drinking while he trained as an electronics technician. Craig then worked as a construction worker and bouncer before he became a comedian and celebrity.
Today, he’s known in the United States as one of late night television’s best hosts but before he moved to the United States in pursuit of a career in entertainment, he first visited in 1975 when he was only 13 to see his uncle in Long Island.
Craig Ferguson’s entertainment career began in the UK, specifically in Glasgow. He became a drummer for Exposure, a rock band in Glasgow and then later for a punk band named The Bastards from Hell.
His foray into comedy was from the inspiration of the lead singer of The Bastards from Hell, who renamed themselves to Dreamboys, Peter Capaldi. He began performing his acts at Glasgow clubs and small entertainment venues and subsequently performed at Edinburgh Festival in 1986 where he was spotted by a man who would later become his agent. Rick Siegel advised him to move to the United States.
However, before he made the move, Craig Ferguson debuted on television in the UK in shows like Red Dwarf, Hogmanay Show, and 2000 Not Out. He had considerable success on British television before he moved to the US in 1994.
In the US, where he would eventually become famous, Ferguson first began to star on a show called Maybe This Time. Although the show was short-lived, he got a chance to appear alongside icons like Betty White and Marie Osmond.
He was later cast as Mr. Mick on The Drew Carey Show and played the role for 7 years. The role was the breakout role he needed to get his US career off the ground. Since his appearance on the show, he has written and directed projects like The Big Tease, Saving Grace, I’ll Be There among others. Craig Ferguson has also featured in films like The Ugly Truth, Kick-Ass and is a voice actor in the successful animated franchise, How To Train Your Dragon.
As a comedian, he has toured the United States multiple times, including Canada and he received a Grammy nomination for his special, I’m Here to Help in 2014. The album also reached number 6 on Billboard’s top comedy albums. As a Television host, Craig Ferguson hosted The Late Late Show on CBS from 2005 to 2014. His other projects include Join or Die with Craig Ferguson in 2016, a radio show called The Craig Ferguson Show which started in 2017. He is also an author who has released two books with a third scheduled for release in 2019.
So far in his career, he has been nominated for 11 awards and has won four of them, including a Peabody award and the Daytime Emmy Award.
Craig Ferguson is currently estimated to be worth a total of $30 million which have largely been from his hosting career. He has also made considerable money as a scriptwriter and a touring comedian. He made $12 million in 2012.
His Wife/Spouse or Is Craig Ferguson Gay?
Craig Ferguson has been married three times. He divorced his first two wives for reasons that were described as relationship issues. His first marriage was to Anne Hogarth from 1983 to 1986 and his second to Sascha Corwin lasted from 1998 to 2004. His third marriage was with Megan Wallace-Cunningham. The couple got married in 2008.
He has two sons, one from his marriage to Sascha Corwin and Megan Wallace-Cunningham.
Nothing so far suggests that Craig Ferguson is gay. His relationship history has been completely heterosexual and he has been married to three different women. If anything, he seems to be quite the lady lover.