Is Bill Nye married? No, he isn’t. However, he is a divorced man and has often been in the limelight for his personal issues. He was previously married to musician Blair Tindall. Their engagement was announced in 2006 after dating for about five months. They tied their knot Los Angeles based at the Entertainment Gathering at the Skirball Cultural Center.
His wife Tindall invaded his home and caused damaged in the garden with herbicide and even stole his laptop and other items. In response, Nyr filed a case against Tindall and therefore she was made to bear the compensation of 57,000 USD of Nye’s legal expenses. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and bio of Nye:
Who is Bill Nye?
Born as William Sanford Nye, he landed the planet on November 27, 1955, which makes the age of Bill Nye be 65 years old as of 2020. By profession, he is a television personality, science communicator and a mechanical engineer as well. He is often regarded as the Science Guy. Most of the people recognize him for his appearance in the syndicated children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy as its host which aired from 1993 to 1998. Since 2017, he is the host of the television show entitled Bill Nye Saves the World and is well appreciated for his media appearance as a science expert/ educator.
Early Life and Education
Nye was born in 1955 and his place of birth is in Washington, D.C. the United States of America. He was born as the son to the parents named Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye (mother) and Edwin Darby Nye (father). His father died in 1997 whereas his mother left this world in 2000.
Talking more about his family background, his mother was a codebreaker during World War II whereas his father worked as a contractor building an airstrip on Wake Island and has also served during World War II. During the war, his father Edwin was captured and therefore spent his life in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp for four years where he was deprived of watch and electricity. As per the reports, Edward was able to learn to calculate the time seeing a shovel handle’s shadow.
Talking about Nye’s education and academic achievements, he was enrolled at Lafayette Elementary School and later joined the Alice Deal Junior High School. Later, he grabbed scholarship while attending Sidwell Friends for high school in 1975. For his higher education, he went to Cornell University for which he moved to Ithaca, New York. Being interested in science from an early age, Nye joined the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 1977, he completed his graduation with a BS degree in mechanical engineering.
Career and Professional Life
Initially, Nye started working as an engineer after completion of his mechanical engineering degree. He worked the Boeing Corporation where he was successful to invent a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube. He had a dream of working at NASA and therefore applied for NASA’s astronaut training program four times but was rejected every time. In 1978, he went to start his standup comedy career being motivated after being the winner of Steve Martin look-alike contest. He realized the quality possessed inside him to entertain people after performing Steve Martin’s impressions at parties in front of his friends. Although he was working as a mechanical engineer at Boeing, he started moonlighting as a comedian.
Later, he started contributing to a non-profit organization named Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as well and also went for volunteering serving as “Science Explainer” at the Pacific Science Center on weekends. On October 3, 1986, Nye left his job at Boeing and the reason behind his resignation is said to be his interest in his burgeoning comedy career. In 1987, he got an opportunity to meet Sagan at Cornell during the 10-year college reunion program. Nye told him that he was interested in developing a new science television program.
In 1986, he lived in Seattle where he served to a local sketch comedy show named Almost Live! as a writer/actor. He earned his first breakthrough on the show with the help of John Keister. He was able to impress the whole audience from his outstanding performances with some comical demonstrations. Although he was being more popular day-by-day from the show, he was just a freelance worker for the show. Later, he grabbed an opportunity to work as the host for the short educational program named Fabulous Wetlands on Washington State’s wetlands in 1989 which was the sponsor of the program was the Washington State Department of Ecology.
During his tenure on the show, Nye gave the details of the hazards of pollution and the importance of preserving estuaries. His talents made him receive multiple offers for various nationally broadcast programs including All-New Mickey Mouse Club on Disney Channel. He has also made his appearance in educational segments of Back to the Future assisting Dr. Emmett Brown.
He came with an appealing show called Bill Nye the Science Guy in 1993 aired on public broadcasting station KCTS-TV. He worked together with James McKenna, Elizabeth Brock and Erren Gottlieb for KCTS where they used to plan and create the show. He was able to receive the underwriting from the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.
His show was so popular that it was included to be part of the Children’s Television Act requirements. This made the show to be the first television show to telecast concurrently on public and commercial stations. The program aired from 1993 to 1998 and has always been remembered to be the most-watched educational television shows of the country.
Nye used to appear wearing a bow tie on a powder blue lab coat while portraying the role of “The Science Guy.” The show was shot near Seattle’s Kingdome in a place that was converted from a clothing warehouse. Every episode of the program was presented with the aim of educating younger audiences on various science concepts although it was equally useful for matured viewers as well.
Nye became more popular because he was able to make science more interesting and entertaining and has presented a completely different teaching tool. It was formed with ingredients of rapid-fire MTV-style pacing and quirky humor. It was critically successful and received 23 Emmy Awards nominations on which he was able to secure nineteen.
Several kinds of research were conducted regarding the show’s performance and it was discovered that the program was an effective solution for teaching science to the students. Those who regularly watched him were found to be more capable to generate explanations of scientific ideas in comparison to no-viewers. Based on Bill Nye the Science Guy, he published books including The Science Guy which was released in 1996. His character as a Science Guy is also one of the prominent roles in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He has also appeared at Ellen’s Energy Adventure with Ellen DeGeneres.
After the big success of Bill Nye the Science Guy, he then started working for a new project called The Eyes of Nye which was developed targeting an older audience and aimed to tackle more controversial science subject matter including global warming and genetically modified food. The comeback project was delayed for years due to infighting among executives and financial issues with station KCTS. According to Nye, KCTS had gone through some financial distress which made them unable to produce the show on the pre-scheduled time. The program was premiered in 2005 but aired only for a single season.
Nye also worked as the technical expert on American robot combat television series called BattleBots from 2000 to 2002. He also became the host of the award-winning series named 100 Greatest Discoveries from 2004 to 2005 which was produced by THINKFilm for The Science Channel. He also served the Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye, an eight-part Discovery Channel series as its host.
He has made multiple guest appearances in various episodes of Numb3rs, a crime drama television series as an engineering faculty member. He was also seen in the VH1 reality show America’s Most Smartest Model as a guest. He has also featured Heidi Cullen’s The Climate Code’s segments. He was also one of the experts in the daytime game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2008 appearing in “Ask the Expert” lifeline.
Nye hosted a short-lived show called Stuff Happens in 2008 which was aired on the Planet Green network. He was also seen acting as himself in November 2008 in military science fiction television series called Brain Storm in the fifth-season episode. He also advocated clean-energy climate-change legislation in a short YouTube video recorded by him. This video was prepared on behalf of the campaign of Al Gore’s Repower America.
He also became part of the multimedia advertising campaign by the American Optometric Association. He was the guest star of The Big Bang Theory in 2013 for the episode called The Proton Displacement. He appeared at the White House Student Film Festival on February 28, 2014, as an interviewer and celebrity guest.
Netflix made an announcement on August 31, 2016, stating that Nye would be cast in the series titled Bill Nye Saves the World. The series got premiered on April 21, 2017. He was also part of the 2016 documentary called Food Evolution. A biographical documentary film was based on him named Bill Nye: Science Guy which was directed by Jason Sussberg and by David Alvarado in 2017. He appeared in a fictionalized version of himself in Blindspot’s Let It Go in 2018.
Bill Nye has been serving the National Center for Science Education. on the Advisory Council since 2013. He met President Barack Obama on the Earth Day 2015 in Florida and the duo discussed the climatic change and science education. He made an announcement that he is now supporting GMO in March 2015. Till date, he has authored three books named Undeniable, Unstoppable and Everything All at Once. He is an inventor as well and therefore has registered three United States patents in his name.
He has secured the patent rights for ballet pointe shoes, educational magnifying glass and for a device for training an athlete to throw a ball. For a digital abacus, he holds a design patent. It is very interesting to know that Nye also participated in Dancing with the Stars in the 17th season where he was partnered with Tyne Stecklein. Unfortunately, Nye encountered an injury in Week 3 and they were eliminated early.
Bill Nye is a divorced man. He has struggled his crucial time in the court against his former wife musician Blair Tindall. Talking more about his personal life, he has several residences and mostly scatters his time among New York City and Los Angeles. He is also the owner of a house in Seattle on Mercer Island. He has installed solar photovoltaic panels which he has often shown off to visitors. He has also supported the reelection bid of President Barack Obama in July 2012.
Nye has revealed about his family’s plight of ataxia in the 2017 PBS documentary. Seeing the problems of his father, brother and sister, he has decided to not have children and stop the genetic condition of the family to pass. He also excited his fans by playing for Celebrity Softball Game and the MLB All-Star Legends.
The American science communicator Bill Nye has an estimated net worth of 6 feet and ½ inches or 184 cm. He weighs about 70 kilograms or 154.5 lbs making him stay with a slim build structure. His natural hair color is dark brown which now has turned gray with his advancing age. Nye’s distinctive features are his hazel eyes, slim build tall height and mostly he appears in a suit or lab coat with a bowtie. As per some online sources, Bill is highly conscious regarding his fitness and food items like Peanut Butter, Apples and Sandwich are his favorites.
Salary and Net worth
From his long role as a television personality, mechanical engineer and science communicator, Bill Nye has amassed an estimated net worth of 7 million USD. In addition to his science and television roles, he has garnered an impressive amount of fortune from commercials including Ballard Computer, Persil ProClean, WAVY Saturday Morning and Smithsonian University. More than that of his financial net worth, Nye has retained several awards and nominations in his name.
He received an honorary doctor of science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 1999 where he was also the commencement speaker. In May 2008, Johns Hopkins University awarded him an honorary doctorate. Willamette University has made him be the receiver of the honorary doctor of science degree in May 2011. He also received the honorary doctor of pedagogy degree on May 20, 2013, from Lehigh University. The American Humanist Association has awarded him the 2010 Humanist of the Year Award. He also became the presenter of the Candle in the Dark Award by CSICOP.
Wiki and Facts
One can explore the biography of American television science host Bill Nye in most of the popular wiki sites including Wikipedia. He is also active on social networking sites where his Twitter profile is reachable @BillNye. He is also active on Instagram @billnye and Facebook @billnye. Talking about his fan following, Nye has retained over 8, 5 and 3 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profile respectively.