Michael James Holmes was born on August 3, 1963 in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Holmes is a famous Canadian TV personality and professional residential home improvement contractor. He is the host of the television show Holmes on Homes. He is also judge on Handyman Superstar Challenge and its American counterpart All American Handyman. Mike actually had never sought a career on television. His success on TV came about as more of accident than the result of his conscious effort.
Holmes is the author of two home improvement books. One of them it titled Home Renovation with Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor and the other one was titled Holmes Inspection. Mike is acknowledged as an extraordinary craftsman and an accomplished master builder. His reality TV shows Holmes Inspection, Holmes on Homes, and his latest series Holmes Makes It Right air in multiple countries around the world.
Mike’s first passion was contracting and he focused all of his energy towards becoming a master in his industry. He was named the second most widely trusted person in Canada by Reader’s Digest in 2010. He has received many awards for his successful work.
In Canada, Holmes grew up in a modest three-bedroom home with his mother Shirley and his father Jim. Mike grew tired of not having his own space and took it upon himself to “renovate” his closet into a bedroom. That’s marked the earliest building project he completed in his life.
Growing up in a blue collar working class family, Holmes described his childhood as poor but content. Having such a childhood taught him how important it is to “do things right the first time.” It’s better to prepare and do it right than to spend time fixing mistakes that were avoidable.
In a television interview, Mike credited his father for inspiring him at an early age to dive headfirst into craftsmanship:
“In my eyes, he was Superman. I talk about my dad all the time. Sometimes I get the feeling I talk about him too much. But he is the inspiration behind what I do for sure. My mom was my really good friend and my dad was my buddy, and they brought me up the right way.”
While Mike described his dad as a “tough guy with a heart of gold,” he described his mother as “an intelligent woman who was ahead of her time.” He noted that his mother taught him and his siblings sex education from a very young age at a time when doing so was considered taboo. She wasn’t shy about teaching her children real issues that they would have to deal with in the real world.
Mike’s Body Art
At the age of 17, Mike got a tattoo on the lower area of his right bicep. The art was an English bulldog wearing a hat. He never explained what the meaning of the tattoo was but it assumed that he got it done randomly. A year later he got another tattoo of a Cobra on the lower area of his left bicep. His tattoo frenzy has never stopped and he continues to ink his body.
|Date of Birth:||03-08-1963|
|T.V. Show(s):||Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, Home Free, IQ: Live from London|
|Children:||Sherry Holmes, Amanda Holmes, Mike Holmes Jr.|
|Ex. Wife:||Alexandra Lorex|
|Profession:||Businessman, investor, television host, philanthropist|
|Birth Place:||Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada|
|Net Worth:||$25 million|