When it comes to celebrities, it is easy to look at their lifestyle and be jealous of all they get to do or accomplish. That may be a little bit less true when you consider Stephen Glover, aka, Steve-O.
Steve rose to prominence alongside the Jackass crew and together, they have created and filmed countless stunts that will either leave you laughing, crying, nauseous, or all three. Steve-O was arguably the most outgoing of any Jackass member and his stunts would often be the highlight of the television show or movie.
Now proudly sober, Steve-O has reinvented his personality in several prominent ways, some of which are listed below. When it comes to Steve-O, everyone knows that he must have done some crazy shit in his day, and you better believe that is documented in this list too. This “crazy shit” includes an interview with GQ, in which Steve-O discusses things like the most injured he has ever been, and the closest that he has ever come to death. Spoiler alert: he came pretty close to death.
Whether you want to read about his newfound passions that aren’t stunts, or the time he did cocaine with Mike Tyson, there is a little bit of everything in here for you. So, sit back, enjoy and at least the next time you see Steve-O do something cringeworthy, you’ll know a little bit more as to why he does the things he does.
15. The Most Injured He Has Ever Been
When it comes to all of the crazy things that Steve-O has put his body through, it can be confusing to try to figure out when he would have gotten the most injured. Steve-O recalled that his most significant injury happened when he was at a keg party while attending the University of Miami in 1995. For whatever reason, he decided that it would be a good idea to throw himself off of a balcony. As a result, he suffered a fractured cheekbone, 10 stitches in his chin, a broken wrist, a concussion and he broke seven teeth.
14. He Used To Hear Voices
When Steve-O was a heavy drug user, he used to hear voices. He claims that he thinks the dimensions were so eroded by his drug and alcohol use, it opened up a world of angels and demons to himself. He remembers that the voices were worried about him, some saying that he needed to change his ways, others telling him that he had to kill himself. On top of the voices, Steve-O has talked about how he used to see his mom, who had passed away, on occasion while on high amounts of PCP. While this sounds terrifying, for Steve-O, that wasn’t the case. He has even stated, “I loved it. I wanted to keep hearing them. And that was, like, my main motivation for going at a point. I loved all that f***ing extra-dimensional shit. I loved it all.”
13. He Snorted His Drug Dealer’s Blood
When Steve-O sat down with an interview for GQ, they asked him what he considered to be his lowest moment of his drug use. Steve-O recalled how he used to be so desperate for drugs, he would literally just show up at his drug dealer’s house if he did not pick up the phone. His dealer would shoot up coke, which, evidently, leads to the needles squirting blood all over. Steve-O recalls, “Blood encrusted all over the fucking place, too. And I struggle to believe how I got to a place where I’m in this f***ing drug dealer’s place, scraping shit off this table, which had visible fucking blood mixed in. I was scraping up blood and cocaine, and I fucking snorted it. I was snorting up dried blood.”
It turns your stomach just to think about something like that. Thankfully, Steve-O was able to turn his life around.
12. Steve-O Stormed Out Of A Charity Event
Steve-O, despite his penchant for reckless behavior at times, is actually quite meticulous in what he puts in his diet, as he is an active vegan. Not only is Steve-O a vegan, but he’s passionate enough to stand up for what he believes. Steve-O was at a charity event for the American Diabetes Association when he discovered that the menu was heavy in meat. This outraged Steve-O, who thought that the charity had put the fundraiser on to promote a plant-based diet.
Steve-O has also taken a stand in the past for the anti-fur PETA campaign and protested a zoo for it’s mistreatment of an elephant.
11. He Swallowed A Baggie Of Marijuana
If you are trying to get through airport security and realize you have drugs on you, what on earth are you supposed to do? The logical answer is to throw them out but Steve-O thought it would be much smarter to put a baggie of marijuana into a condom and then swallow it.
Unfortunately for him, he was seen doing this, was promptly arrested and ended up paying a fine that was roughly $6,700. Steve-O was also found in possession of a tablet of ecstasy, which he claimed he had no idea where it came from.
10. He Hosted A Reality Show
In 2012, Steve-O was approached with the opportunity to host a reality show called Killer Karaoke. The game show featured contestants singing, while also being surrounded by some form of unpleasant stimuli. The winner would be determined by the audience but the main point was to make sure that no matter what, you didn’t stop singing. Easier said than done, as some of the challenges included being danced on by two 500-pound strippers, or having to sit in a barber chair and have various parts of their body strip-waxed. The show was renewed for a second season, but sadly, Steve-O did not return as the host.
9. Steve-O Went To Clown College
This may not be the most obscure Steve-O fact out there, but it still one of the coolest things about him. After dropping out of university due to excessive partying and a lack of enjoyment towards education, Steve-O attended and graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College in 1997. The school is famous for training roughly 1,400 clowns and was in operation from 1968 to 1997. The style of clowning at Ringling puts an emphasis on slapstick humor, which may explain Steve-O’s flair for the dramatic. Unfortunately, he was not hired by the Ringling Brothers upon graduation, and instead performed stunts at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop Flea Market. Something tells me that in the end, he didn’t mind being able to make a living without putting on clown makeup.
8. Steve-O Did Cocaine With Mike Tyson
When you are a former party guy the way that Steve-O was, it is only natural that you are going to be left with some incredibly outrageous stories from your time using. For example, that time that Steve-O went to a house party in Hollywood, only to run into Mike Tyson, who inquired if Steve-O had any cocaine on him. Thankfully for Iron Mike, Steve-O had a bunch of cocaine on him and the two of them locked themselves in a room and proceeded to do cocaine for roughly 3 hours. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! You know, if you’re envious of the fact that you’ve never done cocaine with Tyson.
7. How He Found Out About Ryan Dunn’s Death
Ryan Dunn was a close friend and co-star of Steve-O but unfortunately, he passed away on June 20th, 2011 after a drunk driving incident. The accident caused some outrage from people who condemned Dunn for dying in such a selfish way, while others were also mourning someone that provided hours of entertainment.
Unfortunately for Steve-O, he found out about the news when TMZ called him at 5 am to ask for comment on the story. I can only imagine how horrible it would be to have to get that phone call and learn the news of your close friend passing away. Not to mention that it’s not even a friend calling you, but a tabloid site you know is mostly just looking for a soundbite to help increase its clicks on the website.
6. Why The Show Wildboyz Ended
Wildboyz was a TV show following Chris Pontius and Steve-O, who would travel around the world, interact with different wild-life and learn more about the local culture. This included but was not limited to dressing up and running alongside the animals, subjecting their bodies to the defense mechanisms of the animals and eating local cuisine. The show ran for 4 seasons, but it was stopped after the death of Steve Irwin, who passed away after being stung by a sting-ray. Steve-O went onto say that if Steve Irwin, a professional, could pass away in an animal accident, Steve-O and Pontius didn’t stand a chance if they kept flirting with danger.
5. He Dated Kat Von D
When you take one look at Steve-O, it is easy to see that the man was no stranger to ink. After all, you gotta be a special type of person to have the image of your face tattooed onto your back. Perhaps his penchant for ink was why he was able to bond with famed tattoo artist, Kat Von D, who he dated for several months before their relationship sadly came to an end. The two allegedly also bonded over Kat’s love of animals, veganism and her work with various charities and shelters.
4. Johnny Knoxville’s Role In Steve-O’s Rehabilitation
To Steve-O’s credit, with a reputation that used to be less than positive, he has been one of the best examples of a former addict being able to turn his life around. Johnny Knoxville has talked about how when Steve-O’s emails started to hint at suicide, him and ten more of Steve-O’s men went up to Steve-O’s house to instruct him that it was time for him to go to rehab.
When Steve-O refused, Knoxville stated that he had instructed these ten guys to beat him up, knock him out and then they’d take him to rehab. Thankfully, the gesture made Steve-O change his mind, and was one of the influential turning points in his road to getting clean. During the filming of Jackass 3D, Johnny was insistent that there was not going to be any alcohol on set, in order to show support for Steve-O.
3. Why He’s Banned From Louisiana
When you hire Steve-O to perform a show, you must understand that he may do some things that are deemed a little too extreme. Steve-O was arrested at a nightclub in Houma, Louisiana in 2002, after he stapled his scrotum to his leg. This extreme act was also “an obscene act”, which is illegal in Louisiana. Steve-O was also charged with being a principal to a second-degree battery. The case resolved itself when Steve-O made a deal to be placed on supervised probation for a year and donate $5,000 to a shelter for battered children and women.
2. What He Won’t Do
There are not a lot of things out there that Steve-O has not attempted. Being covered in feces, taking big falls, suffering broken bones. He’s done a lot. However, Steve-O stated he would not allow himself to get duct-taped to a mechanical bull (though he clarifies, not heavily duct-taped) because if he stayed attached it would be too high a risk of a spinal-cord injury. I supposed it’s understandable for him to not want to do something that could lead to him being paralyzed.
1. The Closest He Has Come To Dying
I am not too sure if you know this, but it may not be a super good idea to go on a cocaine bender before scuba diving. Steve-O went on a three to four day bender during which did not sleep the entire time and was also consuming copious amounts of alcohol. For whatever reason, he decided to go scuba diving and remembers, “At one point, I remember they said the sharks were on the bottom, so I went to the bottom, and someone grabbed my fin and really exasperated, like, “Go up. Go up.” And I went up and they were yelling at me, “You almost f***ing died, and you almost f***ing killed me trying to fucking save you.”
Given that Steve-O wasn’t even able to recall what continent he was on when this happened, I think it’s safe to say he was definitely not completely sober.