• Charles Barkley is an American former basketball player, actor and sports analyst born in 1963 in Leeds, Alabama.
• He was the only child of Charcey and Frank Barkley and was raised in a one-bedroom apartment.
• He won multiple awards while playing for the Auburn Tigers, and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in 198•
• He was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1992 and the Houston Rockets in 1996, and retired in 2000.
• He won two gold medals and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$30 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 20, 1963
SpouseMaureen Blumhardt, Charles Barkley
MarkBald Head
FactOnly player on the original U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" of 1992 whose NBA team finished the previous season with a losing record and out of the playoffs.

Charles Barkley is an American former basketball player, actor and sports’ analyst and commentator, born on 20 February 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. He’s best known for his successful career as a basketball player.

Early Life

Charles Wade Barkly was the only child resulting from the marriage of Charcey and Frank Barkley. Charles’ parents separated when he was still a baby, when his father left his family behind to move to California. Now a single mother, Charcey had to work cleaning houses to sustain her child.

Charles attended a local school in Leeds, though his time wasn’t easy as he was one of the first black kids to study there. In a report by ESPN, Charles’ mother recalled her son had to be escorted by his grandmother to school, as the building was always crowded by people who menacingly waited for the black kids.

When Charles was still in primary school, his mother Charcey found love again with a man named Clee Glenn, whom she married not long after meeting him. The couple welcomed two sons together named Darryl and John, although the family living in a small one-bedroomed apartment. Unfortunately, Charles’ step-father Clee died in a car accident when he was 11 years old, and when his half-brothers were still little kids.

Leeds High School wasn’t easy for Charles either, as his physical appearance – he weighed around 220 pounds – gained him cruel nicknames. However, amidst these problems Charles found refuge in his love for basketball.

Although at first he was only given a reserve position in his school’s team due to his short stature, he grew up during the summer previous to his third year, and was given a better playing position the next school year.

During the state’s high school championship he was a great addition for his team, though he didn’t attract the attention of recruits until the semi-finals, when Sonny Smith from the local Auburn University noticed him. Charles Barkley was subsequently granted a basketball scholarship in Auburn to study Business Management.


Collegiate Basketball

During three seasons, Charles Barkley played for his university’s basketball team the Auburn Tigers, where he was nicknamed “The Round Mound of Rebound” due to his skills, big build but not-so-tall height. In the center position, Barkley excelled in defense, and won multiple awards such as Player of the Year by the Southeastern Conference, and Player of the Decade. However, he was rejected from the 1984 Olympics Basketball Team due to his weight.

His successful career with the Auburn Tigers allowed Barkley to leave during his third year of college in 1984, signing his first contract in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Philadelphia 76ers after the team’s first draft round.

Philadelphia 76ers

Although during his first season as a rookie playing for the Philadelphia 76ers he had average numbers, the following season he grew used to the team’s dynamic – and to his teammates such as Moses Malone and Julius Erving – improving his statistics in addition to becoming a rebounder. He was the second scorer for the team with 20.0 points on average, however, Philadelphia wasn’t able to win the National League that year.

Following the transfer of Moses Malone in the 1986’s season, Barkley took Malone’s position as the team’s leader and kept improving his numbers, scoring 34 points on average at the end of the season. The next year he scored 23 points and was included in the NBA All-Star Exhibition Game.

In 1988 Julius Erving left the team, giving Barkley the spot of the team’s franchise player.

During that season and having that privileged position, he averaged 28.3 points, and was part of the All-Star Game, in addition to being selected in the All-NBA First Team for the first time in his promising career. His success as a skilled NBA player gained him an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

In his interview with the magazine, Barkley opened up about team-related issues: ‘It bothered me that I was always the scapegoat, always the reason the Sixers couldn’t win,’ and continued addressing the critiques towards him and the team: ‘Well, I’m here to tell you that one man can’t do it alone. Not Magic Johnson, not Larry Bird, not Charles Barkley, nobody’.

In 1988 the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t make the play-offs, though this changed the following season when the team passed to the first play-offs round, and Barkley averaged 25.8 points, maintaining his spot in the All-Star Game.

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In the 1990 season, the magazines Basketball Weekly and The Sporting News named Barkley the Best Player of the Year. His career with the 76ers continued to be immensely successful, and for several years he maintained a high scoring average, in addition to forming part of the All-Star Game’s team consecutively for years.

The 1992 season was the last for Barkley with Philadelphia, and with a scoring average of 23.1 points, he left with the fourth position on the team’s all-time points scoring list.

Phoenix Suns

Barkley was traded to the Phoenix Suns for the 92-93 season, a team with which he had a respectable career. In his first game he scored 37 points, and for the season he averaged 25.6 points. His contributions to the team didn’t end there though, as the Suns played their first play-offs final in more than a decade.

For his first season with the Phoenix, Barkley won once again a spot in the All-Star Game and was named the most valuable player of the team. His next season was a hard one for him though, as he presented with severe back pain which impeded his play. However, regardless of his health problems he was able to score 21.6 points on average, and led the team to the NBA’s semi-finals.

The next two seasons he continued struggling with his health, as his injuries affected him greatly. Despite his play and many honors with the Phoenix, in 1996 Barkley was traded to the Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets

Not completely recovered from his injuries, Barkley struggled to show his skills with the Rockets. He missed 14 games of the 1996 season, though he was ultimately the second point scorer of the team.

Charles Barkley

In the next season he scored 17.9 points on average – only the second time in his career he averaged less than 20 points – and the Houston Rockets were defeated at the NBA finals.

In 1998 Barkley accumulated 23,000 points overall in the NBA, just the second player to achieve such a feat. However, in the following seasons with the Rockets he had the lowest point average of his career with 15.2, but recovered somewhat in 1999 with 23.5 points.

The 2000 season was the last for Barkley though, as he retired due to his rapidly worsening injuries. After a 16-year career he retired during a game in Houston, receiving an ovation from the public.


Although Barkly didn’t make the cut for the 1984’s US Olympic Basketball Team, he was finally included in the US team for the 1992 and 1996 events, ultimately winning two gold medals and contributing to an Olympic record.

Personal Life

Who is Charles Barkley wife, daughter?

Charles Barkley married Maureen Blumhardt in 1989. The pair met in a Pennsylvania restaurant and soon started dating. Previous to the marriage Blumhardt worked in a legal firm, and was a model.

Charles and Maureen’s only daughter is Christiana, who was born the same year of their marriage. Christiana studied Communication at Columbia University and is currently a contributor to the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

Net Worth

How rich is he?

As of late 2020, Charles Barkley has an estimated net worth of $50 million, largely as a result of his extraordinary career as a basketball player, but also his subsequent career in the media.

Physical Appearance

Charles Barkley is a man of Afro-American descent. His strong build is the result of his career as an athlete, and characterized him during years he was active in basketball. He’s 6ft 5ins (1.98m) tall, but his current weight is unknown.

Interesting Facts

Barkley is good friends with fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan.

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Although in the 1990’s Barkley was an open supporter of the Republican Party, in the early 2000’s he changed his political views and showed his support of the Democrat Party and Barack Obama.

One of Barkley’s hobbies is gambling.

In 1991 he mistakenly spat on a young girl during a game, causing a huge controversy. He however apologized not only to the Philadelphia 76ers but also to the person affected by it.

He caused controversy for his Nike commercial “I am not a role model” – which aired in1993 – for saying sports stars weren’t a good example for kids to follow. When asked about it by PEOPLE, Barkley said: ‘I think the media demands that athletes be role models, because there’s some jealousy involved.’

Barkley is an active critic of Donald Trump’s administration.

General Info

Full NameCharles Barkley
Net Worth$30 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 20, 1963
Height1.98 m
Weight120 kg
ProfessionAnnouncer, Author, Basketball player, Sports analyst, Spokesperson
EducationAuburn University, Leeds High School


SpouseMaureen Blumhardt, Charles Barkley
ChildrenChristiana Barkley, Christiana Barkley
ParentsCharcey Glenn, Frank Barkley
SiblingsJohn Glenn Barkley, Darryl Barkley


AwardsNBA Most Valuable Player Award, All-NBA Team, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, NBA All-Rookie Team, Best NBA Player ESPY Award, Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Outstanding Performance by an Athlete in Entertainment ESPY Award, Sports Emmy Award for Outstandi...
MoviesNBA Hardwood Classics: Superstars Collection, On the Shoulders of Giants, The March Hare, NBA Hardwood Classics: Charles Barkley: Sir Charles
TV ShowsCostas Now, Chappelle's Show, Inside the NBA

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#Marks / Signs
1His frequent use of the word "Terrible"
2Bald Head


1[on Kevin Durant's shooting abilities] I just don't think you can win a championship shooting jumpers
2[defending corporal punishment] Whipping - we do that all the time.
3We're brainwashed into thinking if you're not a thug or an idiot, you're not black enough.
4One reason ck people are] never going to be successful as whole is because of other black people.
5Just because you say something doesn't make it controversial, and it doesn't make you a bad person. We're not all supposed to think alike.
6I'm a mad dog whose only concern is winning.
7I'm not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models.


1Doing color commentary for TNT [2002]
2Arrested on suspicion of DUI on December 31, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
3Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Ma. on September 8, 2006. Other inductees included Dominique Wilkins and Joe Dumars.
4His best friend is Michael Jordan. They were born only three days apart.
5Only player on the original U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" of 1992 whose NBA team finished the previous season with a losing record and out of the playoffs.
6Member of the 1992 (Dream Team) and 1996 gold medal US Basketball team.
7Played 16 seasons in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers (1984-1985 to 1991-1992), Phoenix Suns (1992-1993 to 1995-1996), and Houston Rockets (1996-1997 to 1999-2000).
8Wore number 34, his college number, for most of his career with Philadelphia and Phoenix, but switched to 32 in his last season (1991-1992) with the 76ers as a tribute to Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who was forced to retire before that season due to being HIV positive.
9Shortest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding, in 1986-1987.
10Nearly made the 1984 US Olympic basketball team, but was cut on the final day by coach Bob Knight for making snide remarks about Coach Knight "wearing his granddaddy's shoes."
11Played three seasons at Auburn University before leaving early for the NBA draft.
12Attended Leeds High School in Leeds, Alabama, a small suburb just outside of Birmingham. One of their outdoor basketball courts carries the name "Charles Barkley Court" in his honor.
13NBA MVP with the Suns in 1993, led them the NBA finals
14He was voted one of the NBA's fifty greatest players of all time.
15Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Announced that he would enter the Hall as a Philadelphia 76er.



Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons2016TV Series
With a Kiss2016TV Movie
Suits2015TV SeriesCharles Barkley
In Depth with Graham Bensinger2014TV Series
Thunderstruck2012/ICharles Barkley
The Bernie Mac Show2005TV SeriesCharles Barkley
Clerks2000-2001TV SeriesCharles Barkley
Jackie's Back!1999TV MovieCharles Barkley
Arli$$1999TV SeriesCharles Barkley
V.I.P.1998TV SeriesCharles Barkley
He Got Game1998Charles Barkley
Space Jam1996Charles Barkley
Martin1995TV SeriesCharles Barkley
Forget Paris1995Charles Barkley
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper1992TV SeriesCharles Barkley
Hot Shots!1991Charles Barkley
Santa Barbara1984TV SeriesBartender (1991)


Mike & Mike2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Basketball Hall of Famer / Himself - TNT NBA Analyst / Himself - Turner Sports
A Tribute to David Levy: Newhouse Mirror Awards2016DocumentaryHimself
Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story2016Documentary
The Dunk King2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
In Depth with Graham Bensinger2016TV SeriesHimself
IHeartRadio Music Awards 20162016TV MovieHimself - Commentator
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Inside the NBA2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Conan2010-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The NBA on TNT2015TV SeriesHimself - Studio Analyst
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2015 NBA All Star All Style2015TV MovieHimself - Judge
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself - NBA Hall of Famer
Open Court2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Bo, Barkley and the Big Hurt2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel2014TV SeriesHimself - Analyst, NBA on TNT (segment "Basketball Bedlam")
Moments of NCAA March Madness2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
2014 MTV Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Cameo #46
NCAA College Basketball: Michigan State at Michigan2014TV MovieHimself - Analyst
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Musical Guest
On the Money2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Price Is Right2013TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Dream Team2012DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1993-2012TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various / Shaquille O'Neal
The Daily Show2002-2012TV SeriesHimself
Roll Tide/War Eagle2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
NBA Hardwood Classics2011TV SeriesHimself
H8R2011TV SeriesHimself
Feherty2011TV SeriesHimself
Rome Is Burning2008-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Alone with Rome / TNT NBA Analyst
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005-2011TV SeriesHimself
NCAA Final Four2011TV MovieHimself
World's Dumbest2011TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of2010DocumentaryHimself
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Shaq vs2010TV SeriesHimself
Pardon the Interruption2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Jay Leno Show2009-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
With All Due Respect2009TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
2009 World Series of Poker2009TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2008TV MovieHimself
Infanity2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller2007TV SeriesHimself
NFL Monday Night Football2007TV SeriesHimself - Broadcast Booth Guest
The Montel Williams Show2007TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN Outside the Lines2006TV SeriesHimself
Chappelle's Show2006TV SeriesHimself
17th Annual American Century Championship2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
2006 MTV Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself
Costas Now2005TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself
Today2005TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2001-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
16th Annual American Century Championship2005TV Mini-SeriesHimself
CMI: The Chris Myers Interview2005TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHimself
Tiger: The Authorised DVD Collection2004Video documentaryHimself
The Year of the Yao2004DocumentaryHimself
Crossover2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen2004DocumentaryHimself
2003 NBA All-Star Game2003TV SpecialHimself - Studio Analyst
Cedric the Entertainer Presents2003TV SeriesHimself
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson2002TV SeriesHost
Ultimate Jordan2001Video documentaryHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2001TV SeriesHimself
Jeopardy!2001TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
ESPY Awards2000TV Special
WWE Raw2000TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Tuesday Night with Ahmad2000TV SeriesHimself
Michael Jordan: His Airness1999Video documentaryHimself
Atlanta 1996: Games of the XXVI Olympiad1996TV Mini-SeriesHimself
1996 NBA All-Star Game1996TV SpecialHimself
1995 NBA All-Star Game1995TV SpecialHimself
The Word1994TV SeriesHimself
1994 NBA All-Star Saturday1994TV MovieHimself - Analyst
Look Who's Talking Now1993Himself
Michael Jordan: Air Time1993Video documentaryHimself
1993 NBA All-Star Game1993TV SpecialHimself
Barcelona 1992: Games of the XXV Olympiad1992TV Mini-SeriesHimself
1992 NBA All-Star Game1992TV SpecialHimself
The NBA Dream Team1992Video documentaryHimself
1991 NBA All-Star Game1991TV SpecialHimself
1990 NBA All-Star Game1990TV SpecialHimself
NBA Superstars1990Video documentaryHimself
1989 NBA All-Star Game1989TV SpecialHimself
1988 NBA All-Star Game1988TV SpecialHimself
1987 NBA All-Star Game1987TV SpecialHimself
1984 NBA Draft1984TV MovieHimself - 5th Overall Pick

Archive Footage

Mike & Mike2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Basketball Hall of Famer / Himself - Baseball Hall of Famer / Himself - TNT Sports NBA Analyst / ...
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Media Buzz2014TV SeriesHimself - Former NBA Player
SNL Shorts2014TV MovieDarrell (uncredited)
SNL Sports Spectacular2014TV MovieDarrell (uncredited)
30 for 302012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - Playing Golf / Himself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHimself
The Women of SNL2010TV MovieMr. Jergs
Saturday Night Live Presents: Sports All-Stars2010TV SpecialDarrell (uncredited)
Rome Is Burning2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live Sports Extra '092009TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - Obama Supporter
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
Pardon the Interruption2006TV SeriesHimself
Last Laugh '042004TV MovieHimself
Idols of the Game1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (segment "Love and Money")


Won Awards

2013EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst
2012EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst

Nominated Awards

2015EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst
2011EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst
2010EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst
2008EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst
2004EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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