Who is Art Burke?
Art Burke is a Canadian truck driver and a television personality, who achieved fame with his appearance in the highly popular TV series “Ice Road Truckers” from 2013 to 2017. driving for Polar Industries and VP Express.
Art Burke Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education
Arthur Burke was born in Yellowknife, the capital and only city in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Art hasn’t shared his exact birthdate with the media, but he is 65 years old as of 2020.
He hasn’t talked about his parents and siblings. However, he has shared his love for the vehicles he’s had from an early age. He started by poking around motorbikes and cars, learning not just how to drive them, but everything else. He started experimenting with vehicles, making modifications that he could do on his own, which only increased his love for vehicles.
It took years for Art to perfect the skills of truck driving on the icy roads.
Working for a number of companies, he was driving his beast on the icy roads in the Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska for the better part of 15 years. However, his hard work paid off when he joined VP Express. As “Ice Roads Truckers” had already picked up VP Express and its owner Hugh Rowland alongside other drivers from the company, Art was immediately featured in the show, and became involved in several arguments with his boss, Hugh Rowland, and had no other option but to leave the company and with that “Ice Road Truckers”.
Rise to Prominence
Despite the arguments, he was very successful in the show, and the audience wanted him back. He listened to the desires of the producers and his loyal fans, and returned as a member of Polar Industries, featuring in the eighth to eleventh seasons. In the eighth season, he was the one responsible for victory at the end of the season, delivering the last load. Although the show stopped airing in 2017, Art is still driving with the Polar Industries on the often just ice roads of Canada and Alaska.
In 2014, he was a part of the documentary “Ice Road Truckers Canada”, which also increased his popularity.
Art has been involved in a number of dangerous situations on his missions on roads not really suitable for trucks; during one of his drives, he was close to drowning when the load in his truck was much heavier than the ice could hold. Luckily, he made his way over the ice, but the situation was critical.
Cannabis Explosion and Sentence
Art has been heavily criticized in the media recently; he was involved in a cannabis explosion while making a cannabis concentrate named shatter.
The butane ignited and caused the explosion, which caused material damage in his bathroom, as it blew the door of its hinges, also causing an estimated $60,000 worth of damage to the building in which he resided. Art was injured in the explosion, suffering burns to 40% of his body while he was trying to put out the fire. The unfortunate event happened in November 2019, and he was expecting sentencing on the 3rd August 2020, but he didn’t appear at court, mistaking the trial time scheduled for 9 a.m. as 9.30 am.
According to sources, Burke will serve an 18 months sentence in home detention.
Art Burke Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Art has become a famed TV personality and a successful truck driver, which together with his popularity have increased his wealth to a large degree. According to sources, it has been estimated that Burke’s net worth is as high as $500,000. His salary while appearing in the “Ice Road Truckers” series was reputedly $20,000 per episode.
Art’s exact height and weight are unknown but he seems rather tall and keeps his body in perfect shape, despite the aging years. He is now bald, and he has brown eyes.
Art Burke Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
His personal life is from the camera lights, and he has done all to hide all private information. However, Art is a married man and a father, while he has recently also become a grandfather, as he has a granddaughter. He has once shared a picture of himself and his wife on his official Facebook account, however, there is no information as to when the two married, and what his wife’s name is.
Art Burke News, Facts
Art is known for his outbursts of swearing whenever he encounters a problem and things don’t go as planned – he is known to burst out with saying such things as “We screw up”, among others, recognized and apparently enjoyed by the audience.