Stephen Amell is a Canadian actor whose career scope is not limited to just acting; an avid wrestling fan, he has also worked as a wrestler. He has made appearances in major wrestling events and has gone ahead to record victories in numerous games. However, Amell is known to have made his way to the spotlight as well as into the hearts of many lovers of TV shows through his excellent portrayal of the character of Oliver Queen in the CW superhero television series, Arrow.
Stephen Amell Kicked Off His Acting Career With His Role In ‘Queer Folk’
Stephen Adam Amell was born in Toronto, Ontario on the 8th of May, 1981. From all indications, he is the only child of his parents, Sandra Bolte and Thomas Amell. He attended St. Andrew’s College, an all-boys preparatory school; the actor is one of the most notable alumni that the school has produced. Besides Stephen, there is still one more person from the Amell family who is excelling in the world of acting, and this is his cousin Robbie Amell. Robbie is known for the work he has done on The Tomorrow People, The Flash, The DUFF, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and Upload.
On his own part, Stephen Amell’s interest in acting was piqued during his teenage years but it was not until his twenties, in 2004, that he landed his first role. Amell was cast as a spinning instructor on the LGBTQ show, Queer Folk. Coincidentally, before the actor got into the acting industry, to make ends meet, he taught spinning classes in Los Angeles. His work as a spinning instructor was a filler for the time he had when he was not auditioning.
As a struggling actor, Amell reached his tipping point when he auditioned for Queer Folk. According to an interview, Stephen revealed he had told his agent that he would quit acting if he failed to get the role despite being a spinning instructor in real life. As fate would have it, he did not only get the role but he nailed it with an outstanding performance.
Continued Success As An Actor With His Role In Arrow
The next major role was in another LGBTQ television show, Dante’s Cove released in 2005. After his work on the two shows, he received recognition for his skills as an actor and in 2007, he won an award for playing Craig Riddlemeyer on ReGenesis. In the same year, the actor earned a Gemini Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie, a 30 minutes long comedy television series which ran from 2006 to 2008.
After appearing in several films and TV series, Amell landed the role of Oliver Queen in the CW series, Arrow in 2012. Playing the lead role in a major television show opened up other opportunities for him. What’s more, the fact that he played a character in the DC superhero universe gave room for Stephen Amell to be a part of many crossover episodes in other CW shows that feature DC superheroes. In The Flash, his Arrow character was in 9 episodes, and in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, his character was seen in 6 episodes. Fans of Supergirl saw him in 3 episodes of the show and in Batwoman he was seen in one episode.
More so, the bulk of the work that Stephen Amell has done in his acting career is in television shows, with over 30 appearances to his name. In Da Kink in My Hair, he appeared in 4 episodes. Heartland, Private Practice, and Beautiful People, also feature him in a recurring capacity. The Vampire Diaries, New Girl, 90210, Hung, and Blue Mountain State, are also notable shows that feature the actor.
For his movie appearances, he is best known for the 2016 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in which he played vigilante Casey Jones. Amell can also be seen in films like Code 8, Mi Madre, My Father, Stay with Me, and Closing The Ring among others.
Stephen Amell Has Also Ventured Into Professional Wrestling
The Arrow star has always been a fan of professional wrestling, in 2015 he decided to cross over from being just a fan of the sport to a participant. He campaigned to be a part of that year’s WWE Raw program and by May, he was set to wrestle Cody Rhodes who goes by the stage name, Stardust. The fight was set to take place in the SummerSlam event in August.
However, before the official date for their fight, Stardust confronted Amell and allegedly assaulted him. This happened in May 2015 and by August, Amell made an attempt at retaliation but was stopped by security. On the 23rd of August, Stephen Amell and fellow wrestler, Neville, teamed up in a tag team fight against Stardust and King Barrett where the Amell/Neville team emerged victoriously. By December of that year, he won the Slammy award of Celebrity Moment of the Year; this was for a move he made during the tag team fight. He took a break for a year and returned to the wrestling circuit to fight in the ‘Ring of Honor’ in 2017 as well as making an appearance in the ‘All In’ match the next year.
The Multi-talented Entertainer Has Made A Fortune From His Pursuits
As of 2020, Stephen Amell’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million. When he joined the cast of Arrow, the star was said to have received a paycheck of $30,000 per episode in the first year the show aired. According to him, he was either the fourth or fifth highest-paid cast member of the television show up until the close of the second season.
His wrestling is also another source of income for him and though the exact sum he makes from it is yet to be made public, it is believed that it has contributed to his current net worth.
The Arrow Star Is Married To A Former Beauty Queen
The Arrow TV series star is married to Cassandra Jean, an actress, and model who has participated in beauty pageants such as the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant, Miss Texas USA and Miss California USA. For her background details, it is gathered that Cassandra Jean is a native of Houston, Texas, and she had her higher education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Cassandra and Stephen got married on the 25th of December, 2012, in a private ceremony that took place in the Caribbean. In an interesting twist, the couple had a second ceremony in May of the following year. This was not the only novel thing that happened in their marriage in 2013, as the couple also welcomed their daughter Maverick Amell in October 2013.
While Jean’s marriage to Stephen is her first marriage, the same does not apply to the actor as he has been married before in the past. Stephen’s first attempt at marriage was to Carolyn Lawrence on the 8th of December, 2007 in Toronto. Not much is known about this union apart from the fact that the lady in question was a Canadian like Amell and that by 2010, the couple got divorced.