This article will answer every question you have about Rickey Smiley. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.
What does Smiley do for a living?
Who are Smiley’s parents and siblings?
What are Smiley’s interests and hobbies?
Is Smiley married or does he have a girlfriend?
Does Smiley have any children?
Where is Smiley now?
How tall is Smiley?
How much money does Smiley earn?
What is Smiley’s net worth?
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Who is Rickey Smiley?
Rickey Smiley (real name: Broderick Dornell Smiley) is an American entertainment host, radio personality, stand-up comedian, and actor best known for his prank phone calls. He hosts the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show based in Atlanta from its flagship affiliate WHTA “Hot 107.9” He has also starred in the sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show, which aired on TV One.
Smiley began his entertainment career when he participated in an amateur comedy night at The Comedy Club. As a result, he began touring with jazz singer Will Downing, comedian George Wallace, gospel singer Dottie Peoples, and also musician, Najee. Rickey later served as the host of Black Entertainment Television’s ComicView.
Smiley entered into a five-year programming deal with Home Box Office (HBO) in 2000. Later in 2001, started serving as the host of the BET variety series The Way We Do It. He then made a cameo appearance in All About the Benjamins starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. In 2002, he had a starring role as Santa in Friday After Next. Smiley appeared in the character role of Ducktape in Sweet Hideaway in 2003.
In April 2004, he became the morning show personality for Dallas’ KBFB-FM/97.9. He also won BET’s Platinum Mic Viewer’s Choice Award in the same year. He also penned an episode for his own one-hour standup special on BET’s ComicView. Smiley then contributed to the documentary Super Secret Movie Rules: Sports Underdogs. He appeared as a member of the cast in the Diamond Life reality TV series in 2005.
He received the Marconi Award for the syndicated personality of the year in 2017. Rickey had a starring role in Ice Cube’s Friday After Next.
Rickey Smiley Show
Smiley signed a Syndicated One deal to take The Rickey Smiley Morning Show nationwide in 2010. The show is now heard on a number of mainstream urban radio stations.
How Old is Rickey Smiley?
Rickey is 51 years old as of 2019 having been born on August 10, 1968, in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. He shares his birthday with other famous people such as rocker Ian Anderson, singer Patti Austin, actress Rosanna Arquette, actor Antonio Banderas, singer Neneh Cherry, Singer Michael Bivins, actor Justin Theroux, among others.
Rickey Smiley Family
Who are Smiley’s parents?
Rickey was born to Carolita Smiley Lester. His father was shot to death when he was six years old. Smiley’s mother depended on extended family to help raise Smiley. He grew up primarily in the care of his grandparents.
His grandmother took him to church, took him to funerals, and also raised him in the church. It was her grandmother’s love that helped shape who he is today.
Does Rickey have siblings?
Smiley’s secretive nature has shown up in his personal life. In case there is news regarding his siblings, we shall update it here as soon as possible.
Rickey Smiley Education
Smiley received his high school education from Woodlawn High School. He later joined Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama from where he received his B.A. degree in English in 1992.
Rickey Smiley Wife
On his love life matters, Rickey is seen as a person who hates drama and loves his privacy. He has managed to keep his marriage/dating life low key and leaving many with a lot of unanswered questions. In case there is any news regarding this matter, we shall update it here as soon as possible.
Rickey Smiley Kids
Smiley has two biological children, sons Brandon and Malik. He has also adopted another son Craig, and daughters, D’essence Elizabeth Smiley and Aaryn Smiley. His family has appeared on the TV One series called Rickey Smiley For Real.
Rickey Smiley Daughter
His daughter Aaryn was shot three times in a Texas road rage incident on Sunday night July 5, 2020, while getting food at a Whataburger in Houston. She underwent surgery. During his appearance on the show on July 6, he said that he could not get to his daughter because he had to fly to Dallas and then drive to Houston due to a limited number of flights being available. He also posted a Facebook post at around 12:30 p.m. on July 6 saying his daughter was still in surgery.
In his July 6 YouTube video, Smiley also said that he was thankful to God for protecting his daughter.
Rickey Smiley Height
Adding to his well-built body is a height of 6 feet.
Rickey Smiley Salary
Smiley’s salary is not yet disclosed to the public. In case there is any news on his salary, we shall update it here as soon as possible.
Rickey Smiley Net Worth
Trough his wide career in entertainment, Smiley has earned greatly. He has a net worth estimate of $5 million.