Jeff Probst is famously known as the long-term host of Survivor. The series, which challenges the physical and mental prowess of contestants, is regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time and this reputation is partly due to Probst. His polished and funny personality, as well as his button-down shirts, have endeared him to viewers over the years. His talent has also fetched him several awards and contributed to the show’s longevity. Want to know more about the accomplished media personality? Here are the facts.
Jeff Probst’s Bio (Age)
Jeff Probst was born on the 4th of November 1961 in Wichita, Kansas. His father’s name is Jerry Probst while his mother’s name is Barbara. The TV personality spent his formative years in the city of Bellevue, Washington, and attended Newport High School. He obtained his diploma in 1979 and thereafter headed to the Seattle Pacific University for his bachelor’s degree. Jeff Probst commenced his career in the mid-80s, working as a producer and narrator of marketing videos at Boeing Motion Picture Television Studio. He thereafter moved to KIRO TV (Seattle) where he hosted several variety shows. In 1994, Probst joined FX where he hosted two programs namely Backchat and Sound FX. This particular gig lasted for four years and by 1998, the Kansas native was hosting Rock and Roll Jeopardy! on VH1. He also had a lucrative side gig as a correspondent for Access Hollywood.
Jeff Probst landed his career-defining role on Survivor in the year 2000. He first heard about the show on a radio program where series creator, Mark Burnett, was promoting it. He immediately got in touch with Burnett and it was a match made in heaven. The first Survivor series was staged in Borneo in 2000 and attracted up to 30 million viewers. Since then, the show has been staged in varied locations such as Australia, Thailand, Vanuatu, Guatemala, Gabon, and Samoa. The series has remained very popular with viewers and in 2007, Time Magazine named it amongst the 100 greatest TV shows of all times. Jeff Probst has received several awards for his impeccable hosting on the show, including four consecutive Emmys for outstanding host for a reality completion program; in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Is Jeff Probst Married? (Wife and Family)
Jeff Probst is married to model/actress Lisa Ann Russell. Russell is a native of Illinois and was born on the 9th of May 1972. She has modelled for high-end brands such as Revlon Cosmetics. She has also appeared in a handful of TV series and movies including A.P.E.X, Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Nights, Twisted Love, Kounterfeit, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Probst first met his wife at a party put together by Survivor producer, Mark Burnett. They later commenced a relationship and tied the knot on the 5th of December 2011 in L.A.
Since they tied the knot, the couple has not only enjoyed marital bliss but also collaborated professionally. Russell co-hosted her husband’s short-lived talk show, The Jeff Probst Show, in 2013.
It must be noted that the couple’s union marks the second marriage for each of them. The Survivor host was previously married to psychotherapist, Shelley Wright, from 1996 to 2001. Russell, on the other hand, was married to actor – Mark Gosselaar. Their union lasted from 1996 to 2010 (14 years) and produced two children – son, Michael Charles and daughter, Ava Loren. Probst has disclosed that he is quite close to the kids and that they even call him dad.
Jeff Probst has a net worth of $40 million. His wealth stems from his career earnings over the years. Asides Survivor, where he makes $4 million per annum, the Kansas native is also a filmmaker and has directed at least two movies including Finder’s Fee (2001) and Kiss Me (2014). The TV host is also a New York Times bestselling author of a children’s adventure series aptly titled Stranded. There is no doubt that he must have earned a handsome sum from these ventures.
Probst is 5 feet 11 inches tall (1.80m) and weighs 169lb or 77kg. His hair colour is dark brown while his eye colour is blue. The TV host is in good physical shape for someone of his age. Even though he has revealed the exact details of his fitness plan, there is no doubt that his enviable physique has something to do with his physically-demanding job as the host of Survivor.