Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mike Holmes - Fact Depot

Mike Holmes may be best known as “Canada’s most trusted contractor,” but his popularity spreads far beyond the North. His home improvement television shows air in several countries around the world, including Canada, the United States, Australia, The UK, and more.

Mike Holmes has become synonymous with his trademark catchphrase “Make it Right.” The concept of his hit television program Holmes on Homes centers around homeowners caught up in a tangled web of a renovation gone horribly wrong. After having their homes (and their wallets) ripped apart by unscrupulous contractors, the homeowners are left to deal with the consequences of their shoddy and often downright dangerous work. With little or no options left, the desperate homeowners turn to the only man in the world willing to help, Mike Holmes. Along with a motley crew of industry professionals, Mike assesses the situation, which is usually grim. He gives the weary homeowners the bad news, educating them about proper building codes, safety, and sustainability as he points out violation after blatant violation. Just when it seems that all is lost, he tells the homeowners to “keep smiling” because he and his crew are going to “make it right” at any price.

Holmes is Canadian born, and typically films his shows in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). He does occasionally work outside of Canadian borders, however. One example is the two-part 2007 episode of Holmes on Homes “Pasadena 911” in which TV talk show host Ellen Degeneres featured Mike and crew helping a California couple whose dream home was left in shambles by a fly-by-night contractor. Another example is the Holmes on Homes special “Holmes on Homes in New Orleans” in which Mike and crew worked alongside Brad Pitt to help rebuild the Lower 9th Ward, a community devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Mike Holmes has also donated his time and resources to children’s charity SOS Children’s Villages, and has done humanitarian work in Africa and Haiti.

Mike Holmes is the father of three children, Amanda, Sherry, and Mike Jr., all of whom have worked alongside of their father on his shows. Mike is also the grandfather of two, thanks to eldest daughter Amanda and her husband Adam Belanger (who is also a part of Mike's crew).

Mike Holmes Cheat Sheet
Name: Michael James Holmes
Birthday: August 3, 1963
Height: 6'1"
Weight: About 215-225 LBS
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Blue
Tattoos/Marks: Mike Holmes currently has two tattoos, which were added to his arms in early 2012. On his right bicep, he has an English bulldog, arms crossed, against a brick wall backdrop. He also has "Mike It Right" and a saw and hammer crisscrossed below the bulldog. On his left bicep, he has a large viking on bended knee. These large tattoos were "cover ups" for his old tattoos, a small bulldog, and a small cobra, which he got in his teens.
Children: Amanda (b. 1984?), Sherry (b. 1986?) , and Mike Jr. (b. 1988?)

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