It is hard to tell whether or not an old item lying in the junkyard or somewhere in the storage room is an antique. If so what it stands in the current market? Maybe it is worth enough to change your fortune, or it is perhaps another junk. Meet reality TV show “American Pickers” host Frank Fritz who is an antique collector and restorer. He travels across the United States in the hunt for valuable items. He buys antiques at a low price and makes a big profit after selling.
In this article, we will bring everything about Frank Fritz including his married life, his ongoing battle over 30 years with an incurable disease. Also, you will be surprised to know Frank has some unwanted record with the law.
Frank Fritz Wiki/Bio, age
Fritz was born on October 11, 1963, in Davenport, Iowa to his parents Bill Fritz and Susan Zirbes. He holds American citizenship. As far as ethnicity is concerned this 56 years old TV star is Midwestern American.
An early bloomer Fritz was passionate about collecting postage stamps, rocks, and beer cans since his childhood. But growing as a child, Fritz had to deal with family separation. His father Bill left to pursue another woman and later his mother Susan married Richard “Dick” Zirbe in 1974. In the working-class family, Susan worked for a construction company, and his step-father was a Tires salesman. Mrs. Zirbes passed away on December 17, 2013.
Speaking of Frank’s other interests, he loved motorcycles from an early age. Starting with mini bikes, he had a dirt bike and then street bikes. As a teenager, he took jobs at Quad-City Automatic Sprinkler and Coast to Coast Hardware so that he could buy $4,100 a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. When he finally achieved, Frank said his mother and father almost tripped seeing the cost of that Harley Davidson.
As they say, like-minded people get along, Fritz and American Pickers co-star Mike Wolfe met back in high school. Both attended Sudlow Intermediate School and became close friends. Besides a common school, the two shared common hobby of collecting items. Frank later attended and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1982.
Frank Fritz career and profession
Despite the signs at a young age, Frank did not turn to Antique collection and restoration business for a long time. For 25 years he worked as a fire inspector covering the area of Des Moines to Cedar Falls, Iowa. However, he kept his childhood hobby alive in the form of collecting firefighter and firehouse-related trinkets.
The turning point came when he invested $15 in an item and gained a huge profit of $460 after selling. Then on he decided to go professional. In 2002, he quit the job of fire inspector job and established “Frank’s Finds,” an antique collection shop in Savanna, Illinois.
As a collector, he travels across United States searching the treasures including old toys, signs and vintage motorcycles.
Frank Fritz Net Worth
Fritz joined is co-host of History channel reality Television series, American Pickers since the inception on 18th January 2010. The debut of the show recorded 3.7 million viewers. Along with fame, the show has helped him promote Antique business. The other host of the show is his childhood friend Mark Wolfe.
On November 26, 2013, Frank published the book “How to Pick Vintage Motorcycles” reflecting on his journey from his first 1964 Harley Davidson to the different vintage motorcycle he collected along the way.
Frank is reported to earn $500,000 salary a year from the American Pickers without including the earning from the sale of antiques. Taking all of his income sources into account, Frank has an estimated net worth over $4m.
Frank Fritz married life and wife. Any Children?
A while back there were gay rumors basically down to Frank’s onscreen chemistry with co-host Mike Wolfe. In truth, the pair are close friends since childhood and it also reflects on the TV screen. Meanwhile, Wolfe is a married man to his wife Jodi Faeth and has a daughter from the relationship.
If we delve more into his personal life Frank was still to marry or have children when he started his antique shop in 2002. In an interview, this TV star shared having the freedom of family commitment he was able to quit the job and start an antique shop. Prying through his Facebook account, which says he is single. However, it doesn’t tell you the whole truth. The Facebook page was last updated in 2012, a long time ago now.
These days Fritz regularly updates another Facebook page and has shared about having a relationship with a lady named Diann. Together the couple is seen hand in hand be it a red carpet event or enjoying a vacation or strolling around the place. Also, Diann provides a helping hand in his Antique business.
Fritz calls Diann his better half and adores her very much. She is divorced from her ex-husband and had a daughter Paige. Judging by the current situation, it won’t be a surprise if the two are planning on getting married or have secretly taken the marriage vow.
Frank Fritz Trouble with Illness
Fritz is suffering from Crohn’s disease for over 30 years. It is an incurable chronic disease of the intestinal tract which symptoms include abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, rectal bleeding, skin and eye irritation, and diarrhea.
In Fritz’s case, it includes the urgent use of the restroom. To cope, he maintains an eating schedule, especially when on the road he eats very little during daytime and focuses consumption more at mealtime. In June of 2011, Fritz appeared on the magazine cover for Crohn’s patient as a supporting voice for other people suffering like him.
Frank Fritz trouble with the law
On July 30, 2017, Frank Fritz was arrested for driving the wrong side under the influence of alcohol and Xanax. He was pleaded guilty of the first offense charge of OWI (operating while intoxicated). The plea deal entered in Iowa District Court in Davenport on March 1, 2018. According to the judgment Fritz paid $625 fine and court costs. He was also put on unsupervised probation for one year and ordered to complete a substance evaluation program and accordingly follow treatment.
His other offense against law came forth when he breached a contract with a customer Jerry Bruce, a South Carolina resident who sought to buy a polarimeter (used to measure the sugar content in alcohol). Bruce had contacted Fritz after knowing he found an antique polarimeter through the episode of American Pickers aired in August of 2010. Fritz agreed to sell the antique for $300 plus shipping charge. However, neither he sent the product to Bruce nor withdrew the cheque amount received from him.
Disappointed Bruce took the case to court and won $1,000 plus court costs $80 on default judgment as Friz was not present for any hearing or replied to the plea deal.