Gay? Frank Fritz wiki, bio, age, illness, married life, family, net worth, brushing with the law.

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. With years of experience under the belt, Fritz buys antiques at a low price in a bid to sell it for higher margin.

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.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameFrank Fritz
Date of birthOctober 11, 1963
Place of birthDavenport, Iowa, U.S.
Zodiac signLibra
Ex-wifeJodi Faeth
Relationship statusReportedly dating
OccupationAntique collector, reality TV personality
Net worthEstimated at $6 million
NicknameThe Bearded Charmer
Height5 feet 4 inches or 162 cm
Weight136 lbs or 62 Kg
Eye colorBrown
Hair colorDark Brown
Zodiac signLibra
ParentsBill Fritz and Susan Zirbes
HobbiesCollecting oil cans, vintage toys, motorcycles, and cars
Favorite pickA 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead motorcycle
EducationBettendorf High School
OccupationTV star, antique collector, antique expert
TV showAmerican Pickers (2010-2021)
Spin-offsAmerican Pickers: Best Of (2017-2023)
Health issuesCrohn’s disease, back surgery, weight loss, stroke, pneumonia
Current statusRecovering from stroke and living out of the limelight in Iowa
Social mediaFacebook: @FrankFritzPicker (inactive since July 8, 2018), Instagram: @frankfritzamericanpicker (inactive since March 24, 2020), Twitter: @FritzPicker (inactive since July 31, 2013)
Frank Fritz and his father Bill fritz
Frank Fritz and his father, Bill Fritz

Frank Fritz Early life

Frank Fritz was born on October 11, 1963, in Davenport, Iowa, to Bill Fritz and Susan Zirbes. He had a passion for collecting things since he was a child, and he would often show his father his collections of rocks, beer cans, and postage stamps. He developed an interest in antiques and history, and learned how to identify and restore valuable items.

Frank attended Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa, and graduated in 1982. He did not pursue higher education, but instead worked as a fire inspector and a safety and compliance officer. He also continued his hobby of collecting antiques, and became friends with Mike Wolfe, who shared his enthusiasm for picking.

Like they say, “Life is a box of chocolate and you don’t know what you will get,” Fritz’s childhood took an unexpected turn.  He was just a child, when his parents got divorced and eventually Fritz was left in care of his mother.

His father, Bill Fritz left to pursue another woman leaving him in care of Susan. At some point, Susan had to move on, and in doing so, she found solace in the arm of Richard “Dick” Zirbes. The pair got married in 1974.

Fritz grew up in a working-class family, Susan worked for a construction company, and Richard, his step-father was a Tires salesman. The marriage lasted lifelong for Mrs. Zirbes before she drew her last breath on December 17, 2013. She passed away at the age of 67.

Love for Bikes

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 a brand-new Harley-Davidson. When he finally achieved, Frank revealed his mother and father almost tripped seeing the cost of Harley Davidson, the Motorcycle he bought for $4,100.

American Pickers Frank Fritz

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 during the time they became close friends. Apart from a common school, the two shared common hobby of collecting items.

Frank later joined Bettendorf High School and graduated 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. Nonetheless, he kept his hobby alive in the form of collecting firefighter and firehouse-related trinkets.

Like every good story has a trigger point, Fritz’s first trade was enough to change his perception towards antique collection and go professional. He bought an item for $15 dollars and made a huge profit of $460, after this he began to involve more in Antique business.

American Pickers duo Frank Fritz and MArk Wolfe
American Pickers duo Frank Fritz and Mark Wolfe

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 and American Pickers

Fritz joined as co-host of History channel reality Television series, American Pickers on January 18, 2010, in the inception of the show.  The other host of the show is his childhood friend Mike Wolfe. The debut of the show  recorded 3.7 million viewers.

Frank made 308 episode appearances from 2010-2021. After eleven years, Frank parted from the show in 2021. He last appeared in season 22 episode entitled “Smoking Hot Chevy.”

There are wild speculation regarding his departure from the show. Before parting ways, Frank and Wolfe had a reported feud. According to cinemablend,  Frank step down from the show voluntarily in order to focus on his health.

One off writing venture

The TV popularity has helped Fritz to explore on the writing side of things. On November 26, 2013, Frank published the book “How to Pick Vintage Motorcycles.” The books documents his journey from his first 1964 Harley Davidson to the different vintage motorcycle he collected along the way.

Frank Fritz Net Worth

Frank Fritz has amassed a net worth of $6 million. He earns his income from co-hosting the popular show “American Pickers” on The History Channel, which follows him and his friend Mike Wolfe as they travel across the country in search of rare and valuable items. He has also published two books on picking, “American Pickers Guide to Picking” and “How to Pick Vintage Motorcycles”

Is Frank Fritz gay? Or married to a wife? Any Children?

Many celebrities likes to keep their personal life under the wraps, as a result inviting to wild sets of speculation and public opinions. There were gay rumors questioning Fritz’s sexuality, which came to traction due to his onscreen chemistry with co-host Mike Wolfe. Matter of fact, many don’t know the pair had been close friends since childhood, and the on-screen chemistry could be result of years of work together. Breaking down from other side, Mike Wolfe is a married man and has a daughter from longtime wife Jodi Faeth.

If we do the deduction, Frank was yet to marry or have children when he started antique shop in 2002. In an interview, this TV star shared that having freedom of family commitment, he was able to quit the job and start an antique shop. A few years earlier, we did pry into his Facebook account  it said he was single. However, it doesn’t tell you the whole truth. The Facebook page was last updated in 2012, a long time ago, and since the page has been deleted, as of 2023.

Frank Fritz partner Dainn and daughter Paige
Frank Fritz partner Diann and daughter Paige(L)

After through research, we did come across his another Facebook account (also deleted as of 2023). He has shared about his relationship with a lady named Diann. Diann is basically an unknown figure to media houses, hence there are far and few information on her. In some of Frank’s Facebook post she did appear. Diann also provided helping hand in his Antique business known as “Frank’s Finds.” As for her past, Diann is divorced and had a daughter Paige from ex-husband.

Although Fritz called Diann his better half, as of late he has removed any traces on social media and has been reluctant to give out any information on his personal life. As of 2023, we can not tell for sure if or not Fritz married Diann.

Frank Fritz Incurable Illness

For over 30 years, Fritz is suffering from Crohn’s disease. It is an incurable chronic disease of the intestinal tract symptoms including abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, rectal bleeding, skin and eye irritation, and diarrhea.

The reality television star has this difficult stomach situation causing him to use restroom frequently. In order to cope, he maintains an eating schedule. 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.

Heart Stroke

In addition to Crohn, more issues has been surfaced surrounding Fritz’s health. He had to join rehab to get out of alcohol addiction. He also suffered from back problems. In 2022, Mike Wolfe revealed Fritz had a heart stroke and was admitted to hospital. More details on his heart problems are yet to make it to public.

Frank Fritz brushing 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  received from him.

Disappointed Bruce took the case to court and won $1,000 plus court costs $80 on default judgment as Fritz was not present for any hearing or replied to the plea deal.


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