Gary Owen is one name that immediately pops out while talking about comedians from Hollywood. Gary Owen is an American actor, screenwriter, and standup comedian who is adored mostly by African –American viewers.
The hilarious comedian, Gary married Kenya Duke in 2003 and shares, three children, with her. Let's know more about this happily married couple's life through this article.
Gary Owen And Kenya Duke: A Happily Married Couple
On 19 July 2003, Gary Owen married Oakland-native Kenya Duke. He and his present wife encountered him for the first time in the cubby store where he appeared as an entertainer. She encountered Owen a second time in the same place but this time he appeared as the warmup. Whereas, Owen noticed her when she was telling her friends, '' this was the guy last time who was really funny.''
The now husband-wife couple then talked to one another after the show and exchanged the numbers. They use to have a conversation on phones for months before they officially date one another.
Here is the video where the couple talks about their first meet:
Kenya Duke Owen is the owner of Premier Sports and Corporate Travel, which is a triumphant travel management company. Her company specializes in the travel of Professional and College Sports Teams, Music Tours, Independent film and TV Productions, and also Athletes and Entertainers. Gary once admitted that he was kind of scared of his wife.
The couple shares three children, two sons Emilio Owen & Austin Owen, and a daughter Kennedy Owen. The pair is together for years and is free from any rumor about their divorce.
Previously, Kenya was married to another man with whom she has a child named Emilio, later the couple had a divorce and soon Kenya married comedian Gary Owen. The couple currently lives in the United States of America. Gary and his wife Kenya are together for years now but are still looking more romantic. They are dedicated to each other.
In March 2019, Owen accused Delta Air Lines of discriminating against his wife. His wife Kenya, while she was with her daughter waiting in the first-cla s s line at the airport, was racially profiled by a ticket agent. It was reported that the agent approached her and asked why she was waiting in the first-cla s s line and the same question he did not ask anyone else.
Gary Owen As A Popular Standup Comedian
Gary is famous for his stand-up comedy shows and is also named “Funniest Serviceman in America”. Owen also was entitled to the “Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego” contest.
Gary was also named by Ebony magazine as “Black America’s Favorite White Comic”. Gary Owen admits that one of the reasons that he is liked by blacks is because of his African American wife and mixed racial kids.
Gary Owen has got many roles in movies like Daddy Day Care, Little Man, Think Like a Man, and much more. Recently in 2014, he was seen in American action Comedy films, Ride Along and the American Comedy films, Think multicultural Man Too (sequel of Think Like a Man).
Gary Owen was bought up by his family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gary was always a cla s s clown from a young age, he attended a Christian school in Chicago. The couple has two lovely children; Kennedy and Austin.
After high school, he decided to become serious and pursue the Navy. But this did not stop Gary from returning to his flibbertigibbet side and thus he got scolded many times for smiling all the time. Gary became a military officer at the Naval Installations on Coronado Island in San Diego but it all seemed to be a wrong job for this funny guy so he embarked on stand-up comedy.
For about a year, Gary did stand-up comedy and was named “Funniest Serviceman in America”. Gary developed a huge African American fan base after his charming performances. It all led to him winning the “Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego” contest.
Then Gary finally made his first big gig at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. In July 1997, Gary gave an audition for BET’s Comic View. Gary then got his own one-hour “Grandstand” show after only two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase Comic View.
Gary Owen As An Actor
The fun fact is that Gary Owen is not only the first white man to host Comic View but he is also the only on-air personality that the network has ever had. In April 2011, Gary was named by Ebony magazine as “Black America’s Favorite White Comic”.
Gary has produced three DVDs of his stand-up comedy; Breakin’ out the Park, Urban Legend, and True Story. Aside from the stand-up comedy, Gary Owen has also been seen in motion pictures. Gary made his first debut on the big screen in 1999 in the American Comedy movie Held Up, where he was given a minor role.
Gary has also been seen in movies like Daddy daycare, Love Chronicles in 2003, Rebound (2005), Little Man (2006), College ( 2008), Hillbilly Highway and Think Like a Man in 2012 and recently in 2014 he appeared on Ride Along and Think Like A Man Too.
Gary is popular on many sites including a wiki. Many people a s sume that the old Irish drinking song “Gary Owen” is based on comedian Grey Owen, which is absolutely fallacious. Gary is a known comedian and is now doing fabulous in the acting arena as well. Gary will soon be seen in the 2015 American comedy movie, Get Hard.
Quick Facts About Gary Owen
- Gary Owen was born on 26th July 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio under the birth sign Leo.
- He belongs to American nationality and as far as his ethnicity is concerned, he is a White American.
- Owen is the son of Barb Randall and Gary Owens.
- He has two brothers and four sisters, Dallas Edward Randall, Kyle Soto Randall, Emma Owens, Kayla Owens, Michelle Truss, and Ashley Muska.
- He is named as ''Funniest Serviceman In America.''
- He is married to Kenya Duke in 2003 with whom he shares three children.
- He has an estimated net worth of around $3 million, according to celebrity net worth.