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Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin is the best-known wildlife crusader in the world today. As The Crocodile Hunter, Steve has become a household name, with his television adventures seen by more than 200 million viewers around the globe. His Australia Zoo wildlife reserve at Beerwah, on Australia's Sunshine Coast, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. He has appeared as himself alongside Eddie Murphy in the film Doctor Dolittle 2, is a sought-after and frequent guest on television talk shows such as Larry King Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and has a talking doll based on him. Despite his high international profile, Steve's commitment to wildlife remains paramount. His passion to protect the world's fiercest creatures can be traced back to parents, conservationists and animal lovers Bob and Lyn Irwin, the founders of Australia Zoo. As a young boy, Steve helped Bob rescue and relocate crocodiles in the rivers of North Queensland, and the father and son team's proud boast is that the 100 crocodiles in Australia Zoo were either caught by them or bred and raised in the park.

In his 20s, Steve volunteered his services to the Queensland Government's rogue crocodile relocation program, living alone for years in the mosquito-infested creeks, rivers and mangroves of North Queensland, catching huge troublesome crocodiles single-handedly and achieving a staggeringly successful catch rate.

In 1992, Steve and his friend, television producer John Stainton, created a distinctive new style of wildlife documentary. That one-hour program, The Crocodile Hunter, featured Steve, his new wife, American wildlife carer Terri Raines, and the animals of Far North Queensland. With the combination of Steve's larrikin charm, unconventional style and extraordinary daring, Terri's wit and composure in dangerous situations, and their amazingly close encounters with such potentially-deadly creatures as crocodiles, venomous snakes and spiders, The Crocodile Hunter became a worldwide hit.

In addition to The Crocodile Hunter series, Steve and Terri have filmed 52 episodes of the Emmy-Award nominated Croc Files, various one-off specials, and an intimate new series The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, a behind-the-scenes look at Steve's daily life at Australia Zoo.

Steve's next projects will be Steve Irwin's Ghosts of War, a two part miniseries based on the Pacific Conflict of World War II, and an animated series.

Steve and Terri Irwin are based on the Sunshine Coast, where they live with their daughter Bindi Sue and their dog Sui.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Steve Irwin Facts

Birth Name Stephen Robert Irwin
OccupationTV Host
BirthdayFebruary 22, 1962
BirthplaceEssendon, Victoria, Australia
Date of deathSeptember 4, 2006 (Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, age 44)
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Steve Irwin compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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