Steve Irwin

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Steve Irwin

Born

2/22/1962, Victoria, Australia

Died

9/4/2006

Birth Name

Stephen Robert Irwin

Gender

Male

Also Known As

The Crocodile Hunter
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Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin was the owner and manager of the Australia Zoo at Beerwah, Queensland, Australia. He was best known as The Crocodile Hunter, which was the name of the unconventional nature documentary series on television he hosted, assisted by his American-born wife, Terri Irwin. His larger-than-life…more

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  • Trivia

    • When Steve was six years old, his father gave him a pet Python for his birthday.

    • Steve's daughter, Bindi, is named after one of the crocodiles at his zoo. He also gave her the middle name Sue, named after his dog.

    • Steve was inducted into the Hall Of Fame at the 2007 TV WEEK Logie Awards. His widow, Terri, accepted the award on Steve's behalf.

    • Germaine Greer described it disgraceful that the Australian National Portrait Gallery took six months to hang a portrait of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, after his portrait replaced hers. Germaine then went on to say Steve's death was no great loss to the conservation movement. She also said that Steve "made many Australians cringe".

    • In February 2007, a portrait of Steve was hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Australia, ironically replacing portrait of Germaine Greer who ridiculed him after his death.

    • On Australia Day 2007 (January 26th), Steve was voted favourite male Aussie by male grooming firm 'Eye BioBotanics'.

    • Steve's last documentary, Ocean's Deadliest makes no mention of his death, until the final show where a still photo shows Steve smiling and the words "In Memory of Steve Irwin" appear. Following the documentary, a tribute show titled Crikey! What an Adventure is shown. Both programs will premiere in Australia on January 29th, 2007.

    • Terri Irwin has confirmed she destroyed the film showing Steve being fatally speared by a stingray once it was no longer needed by investigators probing his death.

    • The documentary that Steve was working on when he died, Ocean's Deadliest, will premiere in the US on January 21, 2007 simultaneously on the Animal Planet and Discovery channels. A separate tribute program, put together by Steve's manager and friend John Stainton, will follow Ocean's Deadliest.

    • Steve Irwin's wife, Terri, was given the only copy of footage of his death, after Queensland authorities broke with protocol to ensure it did not pass into the wrong hands. The Coroner Michael Barnes said that such footage was normally held by the Coroner but copies of film showing Steve being gored by a stingray had been destroyed amid fears it would be leaked and sold on the black market. Mr Barnes said the original tape was handed to Terri just before Christmas 2006, with the coronial investigation into the death almost completed.

    • The Irwin family and Australia Zoo have approved a Steve Irwin action figure to be made by 'Wild Republic'. It will be unveiled at the International Toy Fair in New York from February 11 to 14, 2007 and spout out some of his catch-phrases.

    • Following his death, Steve's wife has taken their daughter, Bindi Sue Irwin, to visit a psychologist because she seems so happy. However, a doctor assured the family that it was a credit to Steve and the family that Bindi was such a well-adjusted little girl, able to deal with tragedy.

    • These are some of the people who made a speech at Steve's Memorial service:
      Steve's 8 year old daughter Bindi Sue Irwin, who said "She would never want her daddy's passion to end, and she would help endangered wildlife just like he did".
      Steve's father Bob Irwin, who said that "He didn't want us to grieve for Steve but for all the animals who lost their best friend"
      Prime Minister John Howard, who addressed Terri Irwin telling her "that 20 million pairs of Australian arms was reaching out to embrace her this morning.''
      Steve's best friend and "Australia Zoo" director, Wes Mannion, who remembered old times with Steve.
      Steve's producer and long-time friend John Stainton, talked about there long time friendship during a curse of "some odd 20 years."
      Clark Bunting, executive vice president of Discovery Networks, Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz, Larry King and Kevin Costner all made a speech via satellite.
      Further more John Williamson sung True Blue, which was Steve's favourite song.
      Terri Irwin attended the service but never spoke.
      The memorial service had been put together by John Stainton.

    • At Steve's memorial service, one empty seat was left next to Terri Irwin on which Steve's "Australian zoo" cap was placed. He used to wear the cap when watching the show with his daughter Bindi.

    • Steve Irwin has written 16 scientific papers on reptiles.

    • Three thousand tickets to Steve Irwin's memorial service, held at "Australia Zoo", were all handed out to the public in just 15 minutes. Hundreds of people had spend the night outside the booking outlets to get a hold of the free tickets.

    • Steve began running the "Australia Zoo" in 1991. That was the same year he made his first appearance in a television special about reptiles and wildlife.

    • Steve was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001. The medal honored Steve for his service to global conservation and Australian tourism.

    • Steve was a big fan of the Australian rules football team Essendon Bombers and also trained in the martial arts system of Gaidojutsu.

    • Steve Irwin was 6'1"(1.86m) tall.

    • Steve almost faced charges of child endangerment in early January 2004 for doing a crocodile demonstration while holding his one-month-old son Bob in one arm and feeding a 13-foot crocodile with the other.

    • Steve used to be scared to death of parrots, especially the sulfar crested cockatoo. When he was four years old he almost had his nose bitten off by his father's pet sulfar crest.

    • Steve has a species of turtle named after him - Elseya Irwini.

    • Steve's second child, Robert Clarence is named after Steve's father Robert, and Terri's dad, Clarence.

    • At the time of his death, Steve was taping a segment for a series entitled: Ocean's Deadliest.

    • Steve married his wife Terri in 1992. Terri, an American, was a cougar wrangler!

    • For some time he was sponsored by Toyota, in keeping with his rugged outback image.

    • Steve Irwin mentioned that he was considering opening an Australia Zoo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and possibly at other sites around the world.

    • Steve Irwin, and his wife, Terri Irwin own the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland.

    • Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri Irwin, starred in the movie "The Crocodile Hunter: Collison Course".

    • Steve loved martial arts and trained in the style of Gaidojutsu. His trainer was Greg Jackson.

    • Steve was a big fan of the Singapore National Zoo, and he considered it a sister institution of Australia Zoo.

    • Steve Irwin was killed on September 4, 2006, when he was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while diving off Queensland, Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    • While filming a segment on Stingrays with poisonous barbs for the series "Ocean's Deadliest" of the coast of the Great Bay Reef, Steve was injured when one of the creatures stabbed through his rib cage and punctured a hole in his heart. He was declared dead upon arrival at the nearest hospital at Cairns.

    • Steve Irwin was awarded the title "2004 Queensland Australian of the Year."

    • Steve Irwin's television adventures are seen by more than 200 million viewers in 120 countries around the globe.

    • Steve Irwin and his dad can boast that every crocodile at the Australia Zoo (numbering over 150) was either caught with their own hands, or bred and raised at the zoo.

    • The young Irwin became a crocodile trapper, ridding residential areas of their reptilian threats for a fee.

    • His outspoken persona became so popular that he won a cameo role in a Hollywood movie, "Dr Dolittle 2," starring US comic actor Eddie Murphy.

    • His "Crocodile Hunter" show, in which the tousle-haired adventurer appeared in his trademark khaki shorts and shirt, was first broadcast in 1992 and has been shown around the world on the Discovery cable network ever since.

    • Steve Irwin joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in the South Park episode 31 entitled "Prehistoric Ice Man".

    • He would tell his camera crew to always be filming. If he needed help, he would ask for it. Even if he were to have been eaten by a shark or crocodile, he wanted the event to be filmed. He said that if he died, he would be sad if no one got it on tape.

    • He claimed to have never been bitten by a venomous snake.

    • Steve was married to Terri Irwin in 1992. They had a daughter named Bindi Sue, and a son named Robert.

  • Quotes

    • Terri Irwin (receiving the 2007 TV Week Logie Hall Of Fame Award on behalf of Steve): What goes through my mind is that he should be here. There's that natural feeling of unworthiness - that it shouldn't be me up there. Steve's done all the hard work and I really miss him. But Steve's goal was to talk about humanity and the environment and our future. I think he would be very proud, honoured and also surprised.

    • Jacqueline Cutler: (the "Newark Star-Ledger" reviewer on "Ocean's Deadliest") It's one thing to watch an old movie, starring long-dead actors, and just enjoy Cary Grant being suave or Audrey Hepburn being chic. Yet when the dead, especially those who have not been gone all that long, seem to still be doing what they always did, well, that's quite another matter. This spooky sensation happens when a letter arrives shortly after its writer died, or coming home to find a phone message from someone who just died. Such is the case with Ocean's Deadliest.

    • Joanna Weiss: (The "Globe" reviewer on "Ocean's Deadliest") No, nothing ghastly happens onscreen; when he was killed, Irwin was filming a scene for a children's show. But you can't help but wince here at his signature, swashbuckling moves, as when he holds up a giant sea snake – the graphics declare it the 'World's Most Toxic Reptile' – and says, 'If he wanted to kill me, he could! Quite easily!'

    • Annie Howell: (the senior Vice President of US TV network, Discovery, on airing Steve's documentary and a tribute show) Ocean's Deadliest is a fairly straight forward documentary, although it's emotional in terms of it's the last show Steve is doing for us. The tribute show will be emotional. It looks at his life and legacy. It's a beautiful show. It's a salute to Steve.

    • Bindi (on her father): We all know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did. Now it's our turn to help him.

    • Paul Hogan (on the death of Steve Irwin): Steve was like a game-show host on speed. It was a tragedy, what happened.

    • Terri Irwin (on taking a break from Australia Zoo and official duties before travelling to the US): We're just stepping off the world for a little while, just doing all those wonderful things together a family does. Steve would want us to be happy, he would bless our Christmas joy with all of his big, big heart.

    • Terri Irwin (on their first Christmas without Steve): I'll just tell Steve how much we love him and miss him and how much we wish he were here with us, but I'll also let him know that he is still very much a part of our Christmas Day and very much a part of our family. It's very important to me that Bindi and Robert have a wonderful day, that they feel very comforted, very loved and very happy on this most special of days. We know Steve won't be with us this year physically but I'm sure he'll be sharing it with us in spirit.

    • Bob Irwin (on Steve): He's an ordinary guy, and he wants to be remembered as an ordinary bloke.

    • Anthony Field (on working with the late Steve Irwin): Steve was such a fun guy to work with. We filmed Wiggly Safari up at Australia Zoo. He would wake up at about 3am and go surfing in Caloundra, and then come back to work at his zoo and start filming with us - he had so much energy! We filmed with his wife, Terri, and their daughter, Bindi, who were fantastic. He was always the same, full of life and so positive. We all miss him so much, but I know the wonderful conservation work he did will be continued by his family.

    • Anthony Field (on the death of Steve Irwin): He was Mr Enthusiasm; exactly like he was on TV. He was an honest, hard-working guy who loved his family loved wildlife, and he really was dedicated to bring love wildlife to children, to adults…to everybody.

    • Anthony Field (on the friendship between The Wiggles & Steve Irwin): We were all mates. He was a big supporter of ours and we were a big supporter of his. When any of us had our children, he would send flowers and vice versa. I'm just a big admirer of him…and his courage. He did a lot and he stayed true to himself. I take my hat off to him.

    • Steve Irwin: If we can touch people about wildlife, then we can save it.

    • Steve Irwin: It's just that I gotta get the camera. I've gotta be right in there. I have to get right fear smack into the action, because this day has come where the audience--you--need to come with me and be there with that animal.

      If there's whales dying on the beach on the western side of Tasmania, I want to share it with you. Because if we can touch (sic) people about wildlife, then they want to save it. If you go to Sea World and you get to have an encounter with a dolphin, you want to save dolphins. Gone are the days of sitting back on the long lens on the tripod and looking at wildlife way over there. Un-uh.

      Come with me. Shaaaare it with me. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love. My job, my mission, the reason I've been put onto this planet is to save wildlife and I thank you for coming with me. Yeah, let's get 'em.

    • Steve Irwin (Interview 2003): I never wanted to be a dad. I couldn't really give a rip. And now I am the proudest father, I've got to tell you. Oh, I just... I can't dwell on her for too long or I start bawling. In the field, mate, I've got a photo. I've got a photo of my daughter and I can just sit there and start crying just looking at her. Who would have thought someone as ugly as me could bring into the world something so beautiful, such a treasure?

    • Steve Irwin: If something ever happens to me, people are gonna be like 'we knew a croc would get him!'

    • Steve Irwin: My job, my mission, the reason I've been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife.

    • Steve Irwin (Trademark Phrase): Crikey!!!

    • Steve Irwin: The first crocodile I ever caught was at nine years of age, and it was a rescue.

    • Steve Irwin: You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it'll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it's not even funny.

    • Steve Irwin: I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.

    • Steve Irwin: Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate.

    • Steve (When asked what "Crikey" means): Crikey means gee whiz, wow!

    • Steve: I put my life on the line to save animals.

    • Steve: You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building.

    • Terri Irwin (On Steve): The thing that attracts me to him is that passion he has for what he does.

    • Steve: I realize that one mistake and I could be dead, but I've had a lot of experience and mostly I know when there's danger.

    • Australian Prime Minister John Howard (On Steve): He was a...remarkable Australian individual, and I am distressed at his death. We mourn his loss, we're devastated by the tragic circumstances in which he has been taken from us, and we send our love and prayers to his grieving family.

    • Steve: My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it's shaky or slightly out of focus, I don't give a rip!

    • Steve: Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, 'Crikey!'

    • Steve: Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing.

    • Russell Crowe (On Steve): He was and remains the ultimate wildlife warrior.

    • Russell Crowe (On Steve): He was the Australian we all aspire to be.

    • Steve Irwin: Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent.

    • Steve Irwin: Crikey, that was dangerous!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • R.I.P

    10
    Loved all he did for animals.
  • Ah, crikey! We're all gonna miss you, Steve!

    10
    This guy was one of the greatest people on TV. I just wish he didn't die! ;_; I think I hate stingrays now, because of what happened. Even though they might be harmless, I still won't forgive them for killing Steve. He'd still be alive if it weren't for them! X( Now he's gone for good! The Crocodile Hunter was one of my fave shows, because I learned a lot about reptiles and stuff!! Now there are a million wannabes out there, trying to be the next Steve. Well, let me tell you one thing, all wannabes:You will never be Steve Irwin! Gosh!! When I heard about his death on the news, I was so stunned! Then I started crying. Because I know that I'll never see him again! RIP Steve Irwin!! We'll all miss ya!moreless
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