His real name is Alan Richard Michaels, and he is a famous football commentator who has given a running commentary for various games such in the NFL and NBC Sunday Night Football. Michaels is also known for broadcasting other sports like the Miracle on Ice that was conducted in 1980 at the earthquake-interrupted game and the Winter Olympics. Today, let us learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Al Michaels in 2019
Early Life & Biography
Al Michaels was born on November 1944, to his parents Lila Roginsky and Jay Leonard Michaels. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York and he was a fan of the Dodgers. Michaels’s family later moved to Los Angeles.
Michaels registered in Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles where he was a baseball player. In 1962, He graduated and joined the Arizona State University where he studied television, radio, and journalism.
Michaels has a younger brother called David and a sister by the name of Susan. He lives in Los Angeles and is married to the love of his life Linda. The couple has two children namely Jennifer and Steve. Their son Steve is the President and CEO of independent film company Asylum Entertainment that is in Los Angeles.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Michaels career started with Chuck Barris Productions where he was responsible for choosing women to play on The Dating Game. In 1964, he was hired to conduct public relations for the Los Angeles Lakers; this was his first job as a sportscaster. On the other hand, the team appointed him to work for eight games as the color sportscaster, but he was dismissed after the first four games, as Chick Hearn who was the Lakers play-by-play announcer did not accept him.
In 1968, he went back into broadcasting reporting for Hawaii Islanders baseball team. Michaels was also the play-by-play announcer for the University of Hawaii’s football and basketball teams. In 1969, he was named Hawaii’s Sportscaster of the year. Michaels later migrated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971 where he was the chief announcer for the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team.
Al Michaels has several awards to his name for example; he has won the Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Sports Personality five-times. He has also won three times the National Sportscaster of the year. Michaels was also honored with the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Television Academy Hall of Fame. In 2002, he won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Net Worth & Earnings
The famous Al Michaels has a net worth of $25 million. He is one of the best-paid announcers in the industry. He also earns $6 million annually. The great fortune is from his toil doing play-by-play for Super Bowl games since way back in 1988 when he first did it for ABC.
Al Michaels experience has made him not just a favorite sportscaster, but it has added lifetime achievements to him. He is a role model to the young generation who aspire to make it is the same business.