Terry Fator Net Worth

Terry Fator Net Worth

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About Terry Fator

Terry Wayne Fator is an American ventriloquist, impressionist, stand-up comedian, and singer. As of , Terry Fator's estimated net worth is at least $170 Million.

Born in Dallas, Texas, he developed an interest in ventriloquism from a young age, developing both this and a talent for singing. After initially performing with two bands, Fator eventually conducted solo performances, combining ventriloquism and singing with comedy.

He gained national recognition for his talent when he won the second season of America's Got Talent, which helped to boost his career. His success led to him receiving a five-year multi-million dollar contract to headliner shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has used his performances and talent to help contribute to charitable causes. Fator is consistently ranked among the world's highest-paid comedians.

What is Terry Fator's Net Worth?

As of , Terry Fator's estimated net worth is at least $170M. Fator got his start touring as the lead singer of the band "Freedom Jam" in 1987–88, produced by Young American Showcase, taking part in performances at over 200 high schools and middle schools across the United States and Canada, and averaging around three performances per school day.

In mid-1988, he became the lead singer for the showband 'Texas the Band', incorporating his puppet Walter T. Airedale into his shows. The band dropped plans to sign to a major record label, when a representative from the brand asked Fator to sing in his own voice, upon noticing he sung songs by impersonating their original vocalists.

On June 19, 2007, Fator made his first national appearance on America's Got Talent. Speaking on the experience, he said, "Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would win that show ... Essentially I auditioned because the guy that was the ventriloquist the first season got on Late Show with David Letterman... So I figured I'd do three episodes like he did and end up on 'David Letterman'." After winning the show, Fator actually had to turn the Letterman gig down fourteen times before his schedule was clear so he could appear. "My schedule got so packed, and it broke my heart every time I had to turn him down," Fator says.

Early life of Terry Fator

Terry Wayne Fator was born June 10, 1965, in Dallas, Texas, the son of Jephtha Wesley and Edith Marie Clifton, later known as Marie Sligh. He has an older brother, Jephtha Jr., and a younger sister, Deborah. Fator's second cousin is Chris Sligh, an American Idol season six finalist. Terry Fator says in his audio commentary of Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas (2009) that he went to college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The beginning of Fator's ventriloquism career dates back to when he was in fifth grade. While searching for a book for an assignment on Valentine's Day, he came across a book about ventriloquism titled, Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit, by Paul Winchell. Fator checked out the book and started learning about ventriloquism. A few weeks later, Fator purchased a Willie Talk dummy from Sears and soon won a $25 prize for a performance at a church picnic.

Fator got his first ventriloquism dummy when he was ten years old. Throughout his childhood, Fator entertained family and friends with his ventriloquism and did impersonations of singers and actors. Fator's mother saved up her money for three years and bought him his first puppet when he was 18 years old.

Fator says he found he had the ability to impersonate singers by practicing ventriloquism while driving his car. "One of the reasons I learned how to sing as a ventriloquist was because I like singing in the car," Fator says. "I’d see other people singing in the car, and they looked goofy, so I’d do it without moving my lips."

Favorite Quotes from Terry Fator

“I was ten years old and had a book report due, so I went into the school library and there was a book by the legendary Paul Winchell called Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit. I read it and was hooked.” – Terry Fator

“Never stop working. Always work. When you stop working the dream dies. And if you love what you’re doing, if you love to perform, it doesn’t matter if you’re in front of an elementary school group of 20 kids, or 20 million people on America’s Got Talent.” – Terry Fator

“I think the fact I have ADHD helps, but the truth is it wasn’t until I was forty that it all came together. I was on the road, doing 300 dates a year, and was basically broke.” – Terry Fator

“But I never imagined that it would lead me to realize my lifelong dream of becoming a Las Vegas headliner.” – Terry Fator

“Listen and react in real-time. Don’t go on a date or into a meeting with a prepared joke (unless it’s a speech). Be with whomever you are with, listen to them and comment on where you are or on a common thing in real-time as a followup to their last remark.” – Terry Fator

Terry Fator Net Worth