Terry Fator is a ventriloquist, impressionist, stand-up comedian, and singer from the United States. He used to be in bands but then started doing shows all by himself. The 58-year-old star got super famous after winning a big talent show called "America's Got Talent."
How Rich is Terry Fator?
Terry Fator, an American ventriloquist, impressionist, and stand-up comedian, became a star after his success on "America's Got Talent." He has a net worth of over $160 million. Fator secured a major show contract in Las Vegas and is among the top-earning entertainers there, making $20 million annually.
After his contract ended at the Las Vegas Hilton, it was revealed that Fator signed a remarkable five-year, $100 million deal to perform nightly at The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip. This deal stands out as one of the largest in comedy history, leading to the theater being renamed the Terry Fator Theatre.
Terry Fator Lavish Lifestyle
Terry Fator has lived in Las Vegas since 2009. He also owned a few places there, like a fancy $2.15 million home in the Spanish Trail Country Club and a $1.999 million estate close to a mansion that used to belong to singer Wayne Newton.
In the Spanish Trail Country Club, Fator and his wife Linda bought a big two-story house in 2017. It's got six bedrooms with their bathrooms, seven baths in total, and it's huge - 9,600 square feet!
Inside, there's a grand piano, a cool pool by the golf course, and even a home theater with six seats and fancy velvet curtains. The dining room lights are special too - they're said to be from an auction of Frank Sinatra's stuff from his old home.
Then, in 2012, Terry got another place near Wayne Newton's old mansion for $1.481 million. This house is about 7,515 square feet and sits on two acres of land. The driveway has a waterfall/pond thing, and inside, there's a big living room surrounded by stone pillars, a fancy dining room with a mirrored ceiling, a family room, kitchen, office, theater, and a bar.
Outside, there's a pool and spa, a guest house by the pool, a barbecue area, and even a putting green.
Terry Fator Career Highlights
Terry Fator embarked on his career journey as the lead singer for the band Freedom Jam in 1987 and 1988, touring extensively across middle and high schools throughout the United States and Canada. Later, he joined the showband Texas the Band, introducing his puppet, Walter t. Airedale, into their performances.
Transitioning to a solo career, Fator faced challenges in finding his audience. Despite setbacks like performing in scarcely attended venues, he persevered, encouraged by his family not to give up.
Expanding his act by adding singing and impersonating famous artists such as Garth Brooks and James Taylor, Terry gradually garnered attention. Securing contracts with major corporations like General Motors and AT&T and opening for renowned acts like Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks boosted his profile.
Fator's breakthrough came in June 2007 when he appeared on "America's Got Talent," winning the show and surprising initially doubtful judges and audiences with his ventriloquist act, earning praise even from discerning judges like Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell.
Post-victory, Terry's schedule became packed, leading to multiple rejections of "Late Show with David Letterman" appearances due to his busy schedule. Performing at the iconic Las Vegas Hilton and receiving standing ovations, he also showcased his talent on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," impressing the audience and Oprah with renditions of songs by Marvin Gaye and the Bee Gees.
In 2013, Fator lent his voice to a character on the Disney Channel show "Mickey Mouse." Celebrating his 1,000th show at The Mirage in 2013, his contract extended for 11 years. However, in 2019, he concluded his residency at The Mirage and planned a new show at the New York-New York hotel, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Returning to the stage in late 2020, Terry unveiled "Who's the Dummy Now?" at the Liberty Loft theater space in New York-New York. Fator stands out as a successful ventriloquist comedian in a field often underestimated. Fator draws inspiration from icons like Edgar Bergen, Paul Winchell, Willie Tyler, and Jay Johnson, guiding his success in this specialized market.
Terry Fator Controversies
In 2019, Terry Fator's mom, Marie Fator Sligh, took him to court. She said Terry used his fame and money to scare and upset her. She also said Terry stopped her from finding out what happened to her daughter, who passed away at Terry's place in 2015.
Marie claimed Terry fired her, stopped giving her money, and turned off her phone when she was really stressed. She was asking for $1.4 million for mistreating her, making her feel bad, and scaring her. But Sligh said she would take $975,000 if Terry said sorry publicly and donated $200,000 to a charity she started for abused people.
Fator's representative dismissed these claims as untrue and mentioned that Fator had a restraining order against his mother in 2017.
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