Where Are They Now: Mike Rowe

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Mike Rowe has been dirty pretty constantly since July 2005, when the full series debuted on Discovery Channel (three pilot episodes premiered in November 2003).
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Mike Rowe has been dirty pretty constantly since July 2005, when the full series debuted on Discovery Channel.

Dirty Jobs (2005 - 2012)

THEN: There's almost not enough time or space to write about Mike Rowe's long relationship with Discovery Channel. And do we really need to? Surely you already know him well as the voice of Deadliest Catch, American Chopper, American Hot Rod, How the Universe Works, Bering Sea Gold and Airplane Repo. And probably you saw him on a Shark Week or two, or even in his 2012 limited series How Booze Built America.

And then there's that little show called Dirty Jobs that you most likely saw at least ONCE, you know, over the seven years it aired.


Mike Rowe
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Mike Rowe with Freddy, the new member of his family.
Mike Rowe

NOW: Post-Dirty Jobs, in addition to his continued role as "the voice of Discovery Channel," Mike Rowe has focused attention on his mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. He has also spoken publicly about the skills gap issue with everyone from Bill Maher to Glenn Beck, which didn't ruffle any feathers at ALL. And Mike raised hundreds of thousands of dollars -- even auctioning off his own clothes -- for his foundation.

But alas, the swan call of TV was too much for Mike Rowe to resist. Mike is currently in production on his CNN series Somebody's Gotta Do It, in which he "visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics - people who simply have to do it." You'll also see Mike in ads promoting tourism in his native Baltimore.

Finally, we should also mention that Mike has a new member of his family: the four-legged Freddy, who, according to Mike, "is sometimes even more interesting than I am" -- especially in his Friday Facebook updates. Which, if it must be known, is true.

See what we mean: Like Mike on Facebook and follow @mikeroweworks on Twitter.

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