Who is Rhett James McLaughlin? Wiki Bio
Rhett James McLaughlin was born in Macon, Georgia USA, on 11 October 1977 – his zodiac sign is Libra and he holds American nationality. He is a YouTuber, but perhaps best known for being one half of the comedy duo Rhett & Link.
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Childhood and education
Rhett was raised in Buies Creek, North Carolina alongside his older brother Cole McLaughlin, by their father Jim who was a plumber, and their mother Diane who was teaching at a local high school. Rhett studied at Buies Creek Elementary School, and met Charles Lincoln Neal III while attending first grade.
The two began making jokes together, and Rhett had his one and only fight ever in third grade, when he was defending Link from a bully. When they were 14, Rhett and Link wrote the screenplay “Gutless Wonders”, and then later tried to turn it into a movie but gave up after several scenes.
They went on to attend the same high school where they made a short parody movie about Sophocies’ tragedy “Oedipus Rex”. The two friends were also interested in music, and as very religious Christians, were members of the Christian rock band The Wax Paper Dogz.
They both enrolled at North Carolina State University in 1996, and were roommates there, Rhett studying civil engineering and Link industrial engineering.
Upon graduation in 2000 (2001 for Link), they began working in their fields of studies, while occasionally producing videos and comedy sketches, before they decided to quit their jobs and focus on their career on YouTube, and becoming what is known among teenagers as ‘internetainers’.
Career as a YouTuber
Shortly after leaving college, Rhett and Link joined the interdenominational Christian parachurch organization Cru, and made comedy videos for them before switching to their YouTube channel.
They launched their career on YouTube with the channel “Rhett & Link”, which is currently subscribed by over five million people, and counts nearly 900 million views of all their videos combined.
Their second channel – “Good Mythical Morning” – was created on 17 September 2008, and is currently subscribed by over 16.4 million people while it counts over 6.4 billion views of all their videos combined. The most popular video on their channel – “Amazing Game Show Cheaters” – has been seen nearly 30 million times since it was uploaded on 5 April 2016. Just a year after the launch of their channel, the business news website “Business Insider” placed Rhett and Link #22 on their list of 25 most creative people in advertising.
The duo’s third channel – “Good Mythical More” – was created on 14 December 2013, and it counts nearly four million subscribers and over 900 million views of their videos combined.
The most popular video on this channel, “Eating Surströmming with PewDiePie” has been seen well over nine million times since 8 October 2014. In the same year, their main channel “Rhett & Link” ranked #35 on the “New Media Rockstar” magazine’s list of 100 top channels.
The boys’ forth channel was created on 23 January 2014 as “This is Mythical” before being renamed to “Mythical” while it is now known as “Mythical Kitchen”; it counts over 1.3 million subscribers and around 54 million views of all their videos combined. Their fifth channel “Ear Biscuits” in only for their eponymous podcast – it was launched on 20 May 2014 and counts around 230 subscribers and nearly 18 million views combined of all their videos.
The duo is also popular for having hosted their own morning talk show, initially “Good Morning Chia Lincoln” from 3 January 2011 to 28 February 2011 then replaced by “Good Mythical Morning”. It counted three seasons before it was replaced by “The Mythical Show” which was awarded the International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Variety Series in January 2013. Two of their shows which followed were “Taste Test” and “Will It”, before they decided to focus on their show “Good Mythical Morning” once again.
Rhett and Link have also published their book “Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity and Tomfoolery” on 10 October 2017, while their second book “The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek” followed on 29 October 2019.
They are currently running their own company, Mythical Entertainment, which was launched in 2009 under the name Rhett & Link, Inc. and was renamed in 2017.
Awards and accolades
Rhett and Link have been nominated for over 20 awards, winning their first Webby Award for Best Editing in 2011. They won an IAWTV Award for Best Variety Series and a LA Web Award for Funniest YouTube Video in 2013, followed by a Webby Award for Comedy Individual Short or Episode – People’s Voice in 2014.
They won three Webby Awards in 2015, followed by a Streamy Award for non-fiction in the same year. The year 2016 saw them win two Shorty Awards and two Webby Awards, then winning a Chris Greicius Celebrity Award at Make-A-Wish in 2017.
Their two latest wins have been in 2019 – a Webby Award for Best Host (Podcasts) and a Streamy Award for Show of the Year.
Love life and relationships
Rhett met Jessie Lane while they were both attending college, and after being together for three years, they married in a small ceremony attended by only their closest friends and family in 2001. Jessie gave birth to their two boys Locke and Shepherd, and as they are both huge lovers of animals, the family welcomed their adopted Maltipoo dog Lola which they took in from the Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center and Rescue. Rhett is keeping his love life away from the media, and Jessie appears only occasionally in Rhett’s videos and podcasts.
There were many rumors about Rhett’s marriage and whether or not it is going well, because he has been keeping his wife away from the spotlight – some believe that the two are not that close anymore because of Rhett’s job, which is taking nearly all of his time.
Health, hobbies, and other interests
Rhett has had several health problems, suffering from severe back pain because of several ruptured discs, and has been doing stretching exercises each morning for over five years now which helps ease the pain. Both of his sons are suffering from psoriasis and seizures which is something they inherited from Rhett who had the same thing when he was a child.
Rhett is a fan of things made of wood and when people bring him gifts, it is nearly always something made of wood. He considers himself a crybaby, and enjoys watching Pixar and Disney movies such as “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Despicable Me”, usually crying at the end of the films. He enjoys watching superhero films – his favorite character is the Hawk-man, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts.
Appearance and net worth
Rhett is 42 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 7ins (2.01m) tall, and weighs around 200lbs (90kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $16 million.