Mike Myers aka Michael John Myers is known for his comedic roles in Wayne’s World, Shrek, and Austin Powers. He took over the Shrek role when the planned voice actor Chris Farley dies in 1997. His most recent appearances are in Terminal starring Margot Robbie and Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek. Both movies were released in 2018. He is currently working on a comedy series for Netflix where he will play multiple characters. This reminds one of the hilarious characters he created in the Austin Powers movies.
Find out more about Mike Myers net worth, early appearances, and successful movies.
Celebrity Name: Mike Myers
Real Name: Michael John Myers OC
Birth Date: May 25, 1963
Current Age: 57
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Birth Place: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Parents: Eric and Alice “Bunny” Myers
Sibling/s: Paul and Peter
Nationality: British, Canadian, American
Height: 5’8″ (1.73m)
Weight: 163 lbs (74kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Separated
Spouse/s: Robin Ruzan (1993-2006), Kelly Tisdale (2010)
Children: Spike, Sunday Molly, Paulina Kathleen
Profession: Actor, Comedian
Mike Myers Net Worth 2020: $175 million
The Mike Myers family came from Old Swan area Liverpool before moving to Scarborough, Ontario. Even just at two years old, Michael John Myers was already appearing in commercials. He was also in the British Columbia Hydro commercial with Gilda Radner as his mother. Soon after, he would move to TV appearances. He was a guest in the TV series King of Kensington where he played as a character named Ari.
Upon graduating high school, he enrolled and got accepted in The Second City Canadian touring company. But he relocated to the UK where he and many others founded The Comedy Store Players. The group focuses on improvisational theater and was based at The Comedy Store in London. The store was where they got the name.
With the acting and comedy skills he developed in the group, he made more appearances on TV shows and programs. He even made it as a star in Wide Awake Club, a British children’s TV program. Myers, along with Neil Mullarkey, made some parody “Sound Asleep Club” on the show.
He returned to Toronto and became a cast member in The Second City Theatre, The Second City’s main stage show. From there, Mike Myers moved to Chicago to pursue more acting and comedic opportunities.
The schools he attended were Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute and Stephen Leacock Collegiate.
Appearances in TV Shows and Movies
In Chicago, Mike Myers made more improvements in his craft. He trained and did improvisational performance at the Improv Clinic. It was not long after that when he started teaching improv as well.
He later appeared as the character named Wayne Campbell in the TV show City Limits and music video for “Boys and Girls.” Both projects are from Canadian songwriter Christopher Ward. The Wayne Campbell character made more appearances in CBC Television’s It’s Only Rock & Roll and with Dana Andersen in Saturday Night Live. He eventually became a regular in Saturday Night Live, mostly with the Wayne Campbell persona.
Mike Myers brought the character Wayne Campbell into the big screen in Wayne’s World in 1992. The film was massively successful so he followed it up with Wayne’s World 2 in 1993.
On the same year, he tried other pursuits and starred as a new character in So I Married An Axe Murderer. He took two years hiatus in acting before returning for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Playing the titular character who is a parody of James Bond, the film franchise was successful and it spawned multiple sequels. The second film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was with actress Heather Graham. He worked with musician Beyonce for the third film Austin Powers in Goldmember. He also portrayed multiple characters in the franchise, sometimes appearing on the same screen – the main villain Dr. Evil, a supporting villain Goldmember, and another minor villain Fat Bastard.
Another film franchise he starred in that spawned multiple sequels was the animated movie Shrek. He played the titular character, an ogre who wants to live alone but is constantly disturbed by several characters from popular fairy tales. The movie was yet another success with sequels like Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek the Halls, Shrek Forever After, and the theme park ride Shrek 4-D.
He also had non-comedy roles in the film 54 where he played the owner of New York City’s discotheque studio.
Mike Myers Net Worth and Issues with Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures tried to sue Mike Myers in June 2000. That is because the comedian tried to back out of the contract. He did this while he was busy making a feature film on Dieter, another character he portrayed in Saturday Night Live. In Myers’ defense, he said that he did not want to move forward with the project because he believed his script was not ready. So he responded by suing Universal Pictures as well and, after several months, both parties agreed to work on another project.
The said project was The Cat in the Hat, based on Dr. Seuss’ illustrated children’s book of the same title. The film only grossed $133 million, not very good for its huge budget of $109 million. It also received quite a lot of negative reviews because of its adult humor. It was so bad that Audrey Geisel, Seuss’ widow, decided not to make any live-action adaptations of her late husband’s works.
Speaking of which, another live action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It starred Jim Carrey, who is also a comedian from Canada similar to Myers.
Mike Myers net worth is $175 million in 2020.
Inspirational Quotes from Mike Myers
“The message of the movie is to accept who you are and not to succumb to the pressure of what the media tells you is beautiful and what you should be looking like.”
“You can’t think of risks. I have nothing to lose. You either make something that you like, or you don’t, and you throw it to the universe.”
“I like smart jokes, I like dumb jokes, and I like dumb jokes done smartly.”