Who’s Josh Gates from “Destination Truth”?
If you ever watched the television series “Destination Truth” on Syfy, you surely remember the handsome, Irish-looking host Josh Gates. Now it’s the time to find out that he is also a TV producer, author and big explorer in the USA. His professional success is doubled by the stability and attractiveness of his personal life. Read further to find out more about his family, his career, and to uncover the story behind the necklace he always wears.
Discovering the world: from childhood to first career yearsJosh Gates is born on 10 August 1997, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts USA. Little is known about his family and childhood, but he has definitely inherited his inquisitive mind and the eagerness to travel from his father, who was a sea diver and a great traveler. Josh has a great respect and deep gratitude to his parent, giving them the credit for the beautiful life he built for himself and his family: “Most of the skills I possess today, I had it in me while I was just a kid, what I did later was just sharpen the edge. Thanks to my dad.” Actually, he has so many skills that, besides being certified in SCUBA diving, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, he has a degree in drama and archeology from Boston Tufts University. At the beginning of his career as an explorer, he assisted important archaeological excavations in Israel. He had already visited almost 100 countries before he began hosting “Destination Truth”, which secured him a place in “The Explorers Club”.
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The “Destination Truth” experience
From 2007 to 2012 he frequently ventured to a variety of places around the world, searching for evidence of the existence of legendary creatures and paranormal energies: “The best way and the way that we try to figure out what we’re going to shoot, is to look for stories in the news. We want to go to places where people claim to really be experiencing some sort of paranormal phenomenon, or have seen some sort of mystery creature.” After having found a “Yeti” footprint, after digging for alien entities and for Mongolian Death Worms, Josh compiled all his stories into the book “Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter”, which has an impressive rating of 4.4 on Goodreads.
After 2012 Josh moved from the Travel Channel to the Discovery Channel, but his major passion for the secrets of nature didn’t fade at all. On the contrary, he started producing and hosting “Expedition Unknown”, a program in which he continues his endless hunt for legends and mysteries. The show premiered in 2015 and began its fifth season in 2018.
The story of the necklace
Josh Gates’s life is full of stories, and one of the most interesting is about his necklace: “Oh, yes, the necklace. The necklace is a clue. It’s a clue to a mystery.” said he in an interview for SciFi Vision. The story started when he was just a kid and bought this necklace, although he doesn’t really remember where he bought it from: “I saw him at a store in England, I think. I can’t really remember where I got it, so maybe it’s helping the mystique of the necklace”. He didn’t even wear it very much as a kid, but he always had it and never lost it. Later, the necklace became his sort of traveling amulet, always wearing it when starting a new adventure and has never seen anybody else with the same necklace, apart from a guy in Istanbul Airport – they were both shocked to find out that one necklace came from Spain and the other from England, but they looked exactly the same. Josh really believes in the power of this piece of jewelry, saying that you can lose yourself while looking at it: “It is magical. Make sure you spread that rumor.”
Whom is Josh Gates married to?
Sorry for ruining your dreams about this multi-talented man, but yes, he tied the knot with Hallie Gnatovich in September 2014, and they have been living as a family ever since. Hallie is 37 years old and has a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, working mostly with entertainment industry clients. She always wanted to be an actress, and tried to fulfill her acting career dream firstly by completing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She played Marnie in the movie “Archer House” in 2007, but after graduating from Alliant International University with a Master’s degree in counseling, she changed path and became a researcher for “DestinationTruth”.Actually, the “Destination Truth” film set was the place where the two lovebirds met and fell in love. Although she had a minor role in the series, as her responsibilities were behind thecamera, she reserved herself for the main role in Josh’s life. Shortly after their wedding, the announcement about Hallie being pregnant was made – Josh received the news during an episode of “Expedition Unknown” when Hallie called him via satellite. He became very emotional and the moment is unforgettable: “My greatest #Expedition is about to begin.” read a Twitter caption from Josh’s profile after the episode. That’s why Owen, their first son, became a star even before he was born, on 12 February 2016. In the meantime, their family got bigger; a little princess was born at the beginning of this year – Isla.
Like father, like son
We don’t need DNA tests for Josh and Owen because it’s obvious the little man has his father’s most important qualities: intelligence, creativity, and eagerness to discover the entire world. Even if he is only 2, he spends a lot of time with books, which we can see from his mom’s Instagram posts. Therefore, his trip has already begun as he is ‘traveling by books. Hallie sees him as their “little explorer” – this is the caption from a photo posted by her with Owen climbing some mysterious stairs.
— Josh Gates (@joshuagates) October 29, 2018
The Gates are very protective of their children, especially when it comes to exposing them on social media, which they reduce as much as possible! As a result, there are very few photos with the face and the eyes of the kids on their parents’ over-visited Instagram or Tweeter accounts. Owen is always posed from behind, letting us see only his light-brown hair. This is a parenting model and many Instagram stars that are parents should take it into account.
Josh has built an impressively complex career. He works in varying directions with the same passion and manages to perfectly merge his active professional life with the responsibilities of a spouse and a parent. Thus, his income comes naturally, mainly from his television career. If we talk about numbers, authoritative sources estimate that his net worth is over $4 million and on the increase, because he is just in his early 40s, and with a lot of energy to give to his following projects.