You do not know if the old items lying in your junkyard or storage room somewhere in your house 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 hunt of valuable items. He buys antique at a low price and makes a big profit after selling on the market.
In this article, we will bring everything about Frank Fritz including his married life, his over 30 years of ongoing battle with the disease, trouble with the law and net worth.
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 nationality. As far as ethnicity is concerned this 54 years old TV star is Midwestern American.
Frank Fritz grew up in Devenport with his mother and stepfather. His mother married Richard “Dick” Zirbes at Lake Tahoe in 1974 after his biological father left for another woman. His mother worked for a construction company, and his step-father was a Tires salesman. Mrs. Zirbes passed away on December 17, 2013.
As a child, Fritz discovered his hobby of collecting postage stamps, rocks, and beer cans. He spent junior high school in Sudlow Intermediate School where he met and made friend with Mike who was also passionate about collecting items. Frank attended Bettendorf High School and graduated there in 1982.
Speaking of Frank’s other interest, 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 got the bike, Frank said his mother and father almost tripped seeing the cost of that thing.
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.
This particular event, when Fritz generated a profit of $460 after an investment of $15 in an item turned his attention going professional in the Antique business. In 2002, he quit fire inspector job and established Frank’s Finds, an antique collection shop in Savanna, Illinois. Since he has been traveling across United stated searching the vintage treasures including old toys, signs and vintage motorcycles.
Fritz joined as co-host of History channel reality Television series, American Pickers from its premiere on 18th January 2010. The debut of the show recorded 3.7 million viewers. Along with the 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 different vintage motorcycle he collected along the way.
Frank Fritz Net Worth
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?
In the past, Fritz was associated with Mike Wolfe subsequently the gay rumors circulated in several media outlets. As mentioned above Mark and Fritz are the childhood friend, and they demonstrate their close friendship in real life as well as on the screen. Wolfe is married to his longtime girlfriend Jodi Faeth and has a daughter from the relationship. Also, the truth is Frank Fritz is not a gay as he is of straight sexuality leaving the rumors to be some random stories in the past, generated by media to increase the publication sale.
When Frank started his antique shop in 2002, he was a bachelor and had no children. In an interview, this TV star opened 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 truth. The Facebook page was last updated in 2012, a long time ago now.
These days Fritz regularly update 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 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 has symptoms including 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 eating schedule, especially when on the road he feeds 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 on Interstate 80 for driving wrong way while influenced by alcohol and Xanax. He was pleaded guilty of 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 was made to pay $625 fine along with the court costs. Also, he was 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 costumer 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.