Born on June 28, 1974, Rob Dyrdek rose to fame as a professional skateboarder in 1985 for the G & S skate team, seen often on http://www.direct.tv. He was born in Kettering, Ohio, and left school before his senior year in order to move to California for his skating career. His mother was upset at first, but there was little she could be angry about as long as Dyrdek continued to earn a handsome living and stay out of trouble. Around the same time he moved, Dyrdek started his own skateboard company with a longtime friend. Alien Workshop is still the skateboard brand he rides today.
As Dyrdek began to skate less, his entrepreneurial spirit became more developed. He created a show for MTV called Rob & Big, which aired from November 2006 to April 2008, in which he and his best friend generally goofed off in Dyrdek’s Hollywood Hills home. The show featured the boys pulling pranks on friends, attending skate shows to give away large sums of money and teaching Dyrdek’s dog Meaty how to ride a skateboard. Although never as big a hit as some other MTV reality shows, Rob & Big was popular with many viewers. The show ended when Chris “Big Boy” Boykins decided to leave upon the birth of his son.
Dyrdek’s next foray into television, Fantasy Factory, followed directly on the heels of Rob & Big. This show is filmed primarily in Dyrdek’s warehouse sized headquarters where he has built an indoor skate park, his business offices and a recording studio for his cousin. The half hour MTV program shows Dyrdek and his friends finding new adventures for each episode. Dyrdek has been known to spend episodes building the world’s largest skateboard, investing in a restaurant and playing in basketball tournaments with NBA superstars.
Ridiculousness is Dyrdek’s newest television show. He watches and remarks on video clips of mostly painful sports mishaps with special guests appearing on each episode. He continues to skate every chance he gets, and his Dyrdek Foundation is involved in getting legal skateboard parks built in cities across the nation.