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- What does Matthew Roloff do for a living?
- Who are Matthew Roloff’s parents and siblings?
- What are Matthew Roloff’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Matthew Roloff married or does he have a girlfriend/ boyfriend?
- Does Matthew Roloff have any children?
- Where is Matthew Roloff now?
- How tall is Matthew Roloff?
- How much money does Matthew Roloff earn?
- What is Matthew Roloff’s net worth?
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Who is Matthew Roloff?
Matthew James ”Matt” Roloff is a famous American television personality, author, farmer, business entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He is famously recognized for taking part with his family on the TLC reality television program, Little People, Big World. The program featured the Roloffs’ daily life. He has dwarfism and also does his ex-wife Amy and one of their four children, Zachary.
Matt Roloff Career
Roloff appeared as an extra in the film, Under the Rainbow. He then appeared as an Ewok in the Star Wars television film Ewoks: the battle for Endow. Matt is good friends with a fellow little person and actor Martin Klebba, who appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, and is also a member of a leading athletic club for little people, the LA Breakers.
Matt served as a computer programmer for Silicon Valley companies like Altos Computer Systems in the late 1980s. He also sold systems software to Fortune 500 companies. Later, a friend encouraged him to take a job with Sequent Computer Systems, which was headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, in order to escape the long work hours and stress of Silicon Valley. In 1990, Roloff and his wife Amy relocated to the Portland area, while she was pregnant with twins Jeremy and Zachary.
Direct Access Solutions
Matt has a number of other business ventures. On Little People, Big World, he is shown running the business he co-founded, Direct Access Solutions, a company that gives accessibility products to little people in the hospitality industry.
Little People, Big World
In August 2005, Little People, Big World premiered, and was filmed 320 days a year for six seasons. Matt is an executive producer of the show. The first season took seven months to film. At the end of the first season of Little People, Big World, Matt is shown again taking a job in computer sales for the software company Amdocs, for which he served as a consultant.
He then traveled to Iraq to help an Iraqi family with three dwarf children who needed medical attention in 2008. His trip was the subject of the season-ending episodes of the fourth season of Little People, Big World, and it was covered by CNN and other national news outlets. The whole family appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008. Little People, Big World, then ended its sixth full season, in December 2010. Following taking a brief break, TLC discovery once again reached out to the Roloff family to film 4 one-hour ”Little People, Big World” Specials.
The Roloffs started filming another season, a spin-off titled Little People Big World: Wedding Farm in the summer of 2012. Six episodes were filmed and the show was launched in November 2012. In March 2013, Little People, Big World: Conquering Mt. St. Helens premiered. In this episode, Amy and Zach train to climb Mt. St. Helens and Matt builds a one-room schoolhouse. More specials like this aired later.
How old is Matt Roloff?
Matthew James Roloff is aged 60 as of 2021, having been born on October 7, 1961, in San Francisco, California, U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including Ryan Trahan, Simon Cowell, Vladimir Putin, Kira Kosarin, Allison Munn, Amber Stevens, Heinrich Himmler, Toni Braxton, Thom Yorke, Holland Roden, Edison Chen, among others.
Matt Roloff Family
Who are Matt Roloff’s parents?
Matthew James Roloff was born to his parents Ron and Peggy Roloff in San Francisco, California. He was born with diastrophic dysplasia, a degenerative dwarfism that caused him to have fifteen operations as a child. His parents are often featured on Little People, Big World. His parents are of average height as is his older sister Ruth.
Does Matt Roloff have siblings?
Roloff was born to his parents into a family of four children. He has three siblings, an older sister Ruth Roloff, and two brothers, the middle one Joshua Roloff and the youngest Sam Roloff. Sam is an artist and founder of Back-Story Underpainting and has diastrophic dysplasia and uses crutches to walk as well. Joshua was born with a severe heart malformation and died in 1999 at the age of 34.
Matt Roloff Education
Roloff has not shared his academic background and qualifications with the media.
Matt Roloff Interests
Roloff is also an activist and s the former President of Little People of America. He co-founded and works as President of Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy, a non-profit for short-statured individuals. Matt established Direct Access Solutions, which sells a Short Stature Accessibility Kit to hotel chains with tools for little people and people of short stature to ensure a safe hotel stay. He has also traveled to Iraq three times to visit U.S. troops and assist an Iraqi family getting medical attention for their three children with dwarfism.
Matt Roloff Wife
Roloff was married to Amy Roloff, also a little person with achondroplasia, after they met at a Little People of America convention in 1987. They quickly got engaged and got married on September 12, 1987. The couple later announced in March 2014, that they had separated and then announced they would be divorcing on June 5, 2015. In May 2016, their divorce was finalized. The couple has four children together.
Matt Roloff Kids
Roloff and his ex-wife, Amy have four children together in their marriage from 1987 to 2016. Their children are fraternal twins Jeremy and Zachary Roloff, born in 1990, Molly born in 1993, and Jacob born in 1997. All the children are of average height except Zachary who like his mother has achondroplasia. Matt also has four grandchildren, Jackson Roloff, Lilah Ray Roloff, Bode James Roloff, and Ember Jean Roloff.
Matt Roloff Height
Roloff has dwarfism and a well-built body with a standing height of 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m) and a weight of 56 kg (123 lbs).
Matt is an avid motivational speaker and is listed with the American Program Bureau and is also a member of the National Speakers Association. His speeches normally cover inclusion, overcoming odds, and sales leadership. He has spoken at corporate events for companies such as Tyson Foods, Walmart, and United Healthcare. He has also spoken for associations including the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) during their annual conference, the Kansas State Council of SHRM, the Manitoba Childcare Association, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Matt was also the keynote speaker at the Kids Included Together (KIT) International Conference on Inclusion 2013.
He speaks at universities and has spoken at institutions like New Mexico State, Adelphi University in New York, Indiana University, Minnesota St. Cloud State University, and Penn State Worthington Scranton. Matt gave a speech on diversity at the 8th annual diversity conference at Indian Hills Community College in 2011. He also appeared as a celebrity guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Rachael Ray, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Chelsea Lately, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Roloff has written three books. With the assistance of a ghostwriter, he wrote the book Against Tall Odds: Being a David in a Goliath World in 1999. In April 2007. a second boo, Little Family, Big Values: Lessons in Love, Respect and Understanding for Families of Any Size, was launched. Amazon.com credits The Roloff Family and Tracy Summer, the same ghostwriter who assisted with his first book. His third book was launched in May 2018. The book is a children’s book titled ”Little Lucy, Big Race” and it’s dedicated to his grandson, Jackson.
The Roloffs purchased a fixer-upper farmhouse on 34 acres in Helvetia, Oregon, in 1990. He worked to create Roloff Farm, which now features pumpkins, a pirate ship on a lake, a three-story treehouse, a full-size Medieval castle, a regulation soccer field, a volleyball court, a mine shaft, and tunnels. There are also outbuildings and restored barns. The farm is open to the public during certain seasons of the year, like pumpkin season. It receives around 30,3000 visitors per year. The Roloffs expanded with the purchase of the 80-acre property next to the farm in 2010.
Lawsuit and legal issues
The Roloffs sued Washington County, Oregon in early 2013, when a county building inspector allegedly entered their property without permission or a warrant.
Roloff agreed to join an alcohol diversion program after being charged with driving under the influence in 2003. The arrest stemmed from an incident in which Roloff swerved his vehicle off the road and into a ditch. Upon his completion of the program, the charges were dropped. On June 19, 2007, he was pulled over by Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy and charged with DUI. The deputy claimed that Matt was driving outside the travel lane after leaving a bar parking lot. He, however, claimed that he had difficulty controlling the SUV because it was fitted with smaller pedal and brake extensions for his wife and that he had dropped someone off in the bar parking lot.
Matt pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge. A witness said that the bar parking lot was used as a meeting spot and that he did not see Roloff drinking that night. Judge Donald LeTourneau acquitted Matt on the DUI charge and dismissed the case because of jury misconduct and inability to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Judge Tourneau also said ”I have found Mr. Roloff credible in this case.” The trial was then the subject of the season opener of Little People, Big World on March 3, 2008, and its ending on March 10, 2008.
Matt Roloff Net Worth
American television personality, author, farmer, business entrepreneur, and motivational speaker, Roloff has been active from 2005 to the present. He has garnered an accumulative net worth of approximately $6 million as of 2022.