Jesse Ventura Biography
Jesse Ventura is an American media personality, actor, author, retired professional wrestler, and former politician who served as the Mayor of Brooklyn Park from 1993 to 1995 and as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He was the first and only candidate of the Reform Party to win a major government position, but later joined the Green Party of the United States.
Jesse Ventura Age
Ventura was born on July 15, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the U.S as James George Janos. He is 68 years old as of 2019.
Jesse Ventura Family
Ventura was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as James George Janos on July 15, 1951, the son of George William Janos and his wife, Bernice Martha (born Lenz). His two parents were veterans of the Second World War. In the Vietnam War, Ventura has an elderly brother. He was the couple’s second child. Since his father’s parents were from Slovakia, Ventura described himself as Slovak; his mom was of German descent. As a Lutheran, Ventura was born.
Jesse Ventura Wife
Ventura is married to wife Theresa Larson Masters. The couple has two children: a son, Tyrel, who is a film and television director and producer, and a daughter, Jade.
Jesse Ventura Height
Ventura stands at a height of 6′ 4″ tall.
Jesse Ventura Career
he took up duty with the United States Navy where he served until September 10, 1975. During this time, he was trained under the Navy Seal’s program which he completed in 1970 and eventually served in the Vietnam War.
Relieved from his military duties, he temporarily settled in California and started working as a bodyguard for Rolling Stone. He also joined a motorcycle gang. However, he did not continue in the same for long and returned to Minneapolis in 1975.
He took to studying further at the North Hennepin Community College but dropped out after one year. He then changed his name to Jesse Ventura and began training himself in wrestling and weightlifting, thanks to his large body and sound physique.
He made his debut as a wrestler in the Central States territory before moving over to the Pacific Northwest. He twice won the Pacific Northwest title and five times the tag team title before moving over to Minnesota to be part of the American Wrestling Association.
He spent a decade as a professional wrestler and was part of the World Wrestling Federation. Though he was never a top-notch fighter, his charisma and appeal won him a lot of attention and popularity.
Health problems led to an end of his in-ring career and thereafter he became a wrestling commentator. He worked as a color commentator at the WWF in 1985. He did a couple of talk shows and radio commentaries.
His successful stint as a commentator earned him a couple of film roles as well. He made his debut on the big screen with the movie ‘Predator’. Eventually, he was seen in several other flicks such as ‘Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe’, ‘The Running Man’, ‘Thunderground’, ‘Repossessed’ and ‘Ricochet’.
Other than appearing in films, he made guest appearances on several TV shows such as ‘Zorro’, ‘Major League II’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘The Young and The Restless’ and so on. He also hosted several talk shows.
Following his health complication, he gave up on his wrestling career completely and took to politics. He contested for the seat of the Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in the 1991 elections. His popularity led him to emerge victorious in the elections.
During his term as the Mayor of Brooklyn Park, he could not accomplish much on the legislative side due to his conflicting opinion about the Democratic and Republican council members. However, he did lower down crime rates and brought about an increase in interest of the people in local governance in his four-year term until 1995.
He gave up thoughts on seeing re-election and jumped back to his wrestling career as a commentator for WWF’s rivals – World Championship Wrestling. He continued with his film career as well and was seen in a couple of films such as ‘Demolition Man’, ‘The Master of Disguise’ and ‘Batman & Robin’.
In 1998, he contested for the seat of the Governor of Minnesota as the nominee of the Reform Party of Minnesota. His unorthodox stand coupled with pro-choice, pro-gay rights and pro-gun belief helped him emerge victorious in the election defeating Republican and Democratic Party candidates.
As governor, he oversaw reforms of Minnesota’s property tax as well as the state’s first sales tax rebate. Other areas where he contributed include construction of the METRO Blue Line light rail in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, and cuts in income taxes.
In 2002, he announced that he would not to run for a second term for the seat of the Governor. In 2003, he was succeeded in his office by Republican candidate Tim Pawlenty.
During his term as Governor, he wrote several politically themed books. Even after his departure from the public office, he continued to write and came up with several books including ‘American Conspiracies’, ‘Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me’, ‘63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You To Read’ and ‘DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans’. His latest book includes ‘They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK’
In 2003, he inaugurated a cable television show, ‘Jesse Ventura’s America’ on MSNBC. Unlike other shows, it was broadcast once a week. However, within weeks of its launch, it was canceled.
In 2004, he started off as a visiting fellow teaching a study group at Harvard University for the Spring 2004 semester at the Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics
Till date, he has been politically active and has even contemplated for running for the seat of the President in the United States elections of 2016. Currently, he hosts the television show, ‘Off the Grid’.
Jesse Ventura Net Worth
Ventura is an American actor, author, and politician who has a net worth of $6 million dollars.
Jesse Ventura Books
- I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up (May 18, 1999)
- Do I Stand Alone? Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals (September 1, 2000)
- Jesse Ventura Tells it Like it Is: America’s Most Outspoken Governor Speaks Out About Government (August 1, 2002, co-authored with Heron Marquez)
- Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me! (April 1, 2008, co-authored with Dick Russell)
- American Conspiracies (March 8, 2010, co-authored with Dick Russell) (October 6, 2015, co-authored with Dick Russell)
- 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read (April 4, 2011, co-authored with Dick Russell)
- DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government (June 11, 2012, co-authored with Dick Russell)
- They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK (October 1, 2013, with Dick Russell & David Wayne)
- Sh*t Politicians Say: The Funniest, Dumbest, Most Outrageous Things Ever Uttered By Our “Leaders” (July 12, 2016)
- Marijuana Manifesto (September 6, 2016)
Jesse Ventura Movies
- The Ringer 2005
- Joe Somebody 2001
- Batman & Robin 1997
- Major League II 1994
- Demolition Man 1993
- Abraxas: Guardian Of The Universe 1993
- Ricochet 1991
- Hunter 1990
- Phil Slade 1990
- No Holds Barred 1989
- Predator 1987
- The Running Man 1987
Jesse Ventura Navy Seal
During the Vietnam War, Ventura served in the U.S. Navy from December 1, 1969, to September 10, 1975, but did not see fighting. In December 1970, he later graduated in BUD / S class 58 and joined Underwater Demolition Team 12.
Jesse Ventura Predator
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action horror film where Jesse Ventura starred in playing the role of Blain Cooper.
Jesse Ventura Governor
Jesse Ventura served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He was the first and only candidate of the Reform Party to win a major government position, after defeating the city’s 25-year incumbent mayor and served from 1991 to 1995. He later joined the Green Party of the United States.
Jesse Ventura 2016
At the end of 2015, Ventura openly came out with the concept of running as a Libertarian for president in 2016 but permitted to pass his self-determined on May 1 date. No explanation has been provided, but Libertarian Gary Johnson has voiced assistance. Ultimately, he voted for Jill Stein.
Jesse Ventura 2020
Ventura has shown interest in running for president once more, these time under the banner of the Green Party, which he said he would only do so. “It was interesting for the [ Green Party].
Jesse Ventura WWE |Wrestling
Ventura ventured into professional wrestling from 1975 to 1986, taking the ring name Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He had a long tenure in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a performer and color commentator and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2004.