Jessie Graff is a woman of many talents and passions. She is a stuntwoman who has performed in blockbuster movies and hit TV shows, a martial artist who holds black belts in two styles, a pole vaulter who broke records in college, a gymnast who started with circus classes at age 6, and an obstacle course athlete who made history on American Ninja Warrior. She is also a loving pet mom to Sammo Hog, a cuddly pig who accompanies her to training sessions and obstacle courses. She is a married woman who values her privacy and keeps her husband’s identity a secret. She is an inspiration to millions of people who admire her strength, resilience, and creativity.
How Rich is Jessie Graff?
Jessie Graff has a net worth of $4 million as of 2023. Jessie’s source of income comes mainly from her career as a stuntwoman and a TV personality. She has worked as a stunt performer for big-budget films like John Carter, X-Men: First Class, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. She has also competed and appeared on TV shows like American Ninja Warrior, Wipeout, Castle, NCIS, and Hawaii Five-0. She has received a salary of around $200,000 per year as a stuntwoman.
Jessie Lauren Graff was born on the 12th of January, 1984 in New York, New York, United States. Her parents are Ginny MacColl and Tom Graff. She had a passion for gymnastics and circus arts since childhood. She started taking circus classes at the age of 6 and learned how to catch other performers on the trapeze by age 12. At age 9, she began doing competitive gymnastics for six years as a member of the Frederick Gymnastics Club.
In 2002, she graduated from Urbana High School as a Track Team Leader, honor roll student, and member of the National Honor Society. She was also a pole vaulter who set records in high school. She majored in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech and theatre at the University of Nebraska. She graduated from the latter in 2007. She also continued to excel in pole vaulting in college, setting her personal bests in 2004.
Obstacle Course & American Ninja Warrior:
Jessie’s first taste in an obstacle course came in the 2008 show, Wipeout. While she failed at the penultimate challenge, she continued the momentum and made an appearance in the fifth season of American Ninja Warrior and became the first woman to qualify to compete in a City Finals course. After an injured knee kept her out of season 6, Jessie appeared in Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior but could not make it up the Warped Wall at Stage One in Las Vegas. In the 8th season of the show, Graff became the first woman in American Ninja Warrior history to make it up the new 14 1/2-foot Warped Wall.
She also became the first woman to complete Stage 2 in the USA vs. The World competition in season 9. She represented the United States in Sasuke 34, where she became the first woman worldwide to finish Stage 2 of the Sasuke/Ninja Warrior franchise. She missed season 13 due to injuries that required multiple surgeries, but she returned to the show in season 14 in 2022. She failed on a balance obstacle for the first time in her career, but she still impressed the fans and hosts with her strength and spirit. She returned to Season 14 in Episode 2, but she did not make it to the Semi-Finals after falling on the Serpent obstacle. She was surprised by her first balance fail in seven seasons.
Treatment and Titan Games:
In November 2019, Jessie was admitted to the Orthohealing Center in Los Angeles. She was scheduled to have her marrow extracted from her hip bone to use as part of stem cell treatment on her creaky shoulders and neck. As she lay on the table, Jessie got the call from the producers of The Titan Games to appear on the show. She was one of the elite Titans selected by show host Dwane Johnson to defend Mount Olympus, the final obstacle course. And even though Jessie was feeling the wear and tear of her years of stunt work, she did not want to pass up on the opportunity. Talking about her decision, Jessie revealed,
“I went into [‘The Titan Games’] knowing I am way out of my league and the expectations are high,” Graff said. “But I always preach to little girls, ‘Don’t be afraid to do something because you’re not going to be good at it. Go out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Fall on your face if you have to, because that’s how you’re going to learn and grow the most. I guess I’m taking my own advice.”
Jesse competed in Season 2 of The Titan Games, which aired in 2020. She faced Kelly Valdez, a firefighter and paramedic, on Mount Olympus in the first episode of the West Region. She lost to Valdez after struggling with the Iron Ascent and the Titan Tomb.
She had a chance to redeem herself in the West Regional finals, where she faced Valdez again on Hammer Down, a challenge that involved swinging a sledgehammer to knock down three poles. She won that challenge and advanced to Resistance, where she had to pull a metal bar away from her opponent. She almost forced a sudden death round, but Valdez managed to pull the bar across the finish line and eliminate Graff from the competition.
Stunt Woman and Actress:
Jessie Graff is not only an obstacle competitor, but also a professional stuntwoman and actress. She started doing stunt work in 2007 and has appeared in several television shows and movies, such as X-Men: First Class, Make It or Break It, Another Period, Bridesmaids, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, John Carter, Leverage, Sons of Anarchy and The Mandalorian. She was also one of the stunt doubles for Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman.
She has a black belt in Taekwondo and a black sash in Kung Fu. She is also trained in five other styles of martial arts, high falls, wipeouts, sky diving, motorcycles, stunt driving, fire, wirework and flying trapeze. She has won the Action Icon Award for “Stuntwoman of the Year” for her decade-long career in stunts.
She has also acted in some roles, such as playing herself on Supergirl and American Ninja Warrior. She has also appeared in Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, The Night Shift and American Horror Stories.
Lesbian or married to a husband?
Jessie Graff is very private about her personal life and does not reveal much about her family or relationships. She prefers to keep the focus on her professional achievements and passions. Some people have speculated about her sexuality and wondered if she is a lesbian, but she has never confirmed or denied any rumors. She was once linked to another American Ninja Warrior competitor, Drew Drechsel, but he clarified that he had a different girlfriend.
Jessie announced her marriage news on her Instagram Live on April 12, 2020. Before that, her fellow American Ninja Warrior competitor Drew Drechsel had mentioned that she was married in 2018, when he was addressing the rumors that he and Jessie were dating. Jessie has never shared any pictures or details of her husband on her social media or interviews. She seems to value her privacy and keep her personal life away from the public eye.
Jessie Graff does not have any children, but she loves her pet pig Sammo Hog like a child. She often calls herself Sammo’s mommy and posts adorable pictures and videos of them together on her Instagram account. She got Sammo when he was a baby pig and trained him to do tricks and follow commands. She also takes him to her training sessions and obstacle courses. She named him after her idol, martial artist and actor Sammo Kam-Bo Hung.
Jessie Graff is a stunning and strong woman who has a unique physical appearance and dressing style. She is 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall and has a muscular and athletic physique. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and often wears colorful makeup and nail polish.
Jessie Graff likes to dress up in costumes that reflect her personality and passions. She is known for wearing superhero outfits on American Ninja Warrior, such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, and Spider-Man. She says that wearing costumes makes her feel more confident and powerful, and also helps her connect with the audience and inspire them. She also likes to wear bright and comfortable clothes that allow her to move freely and express herself. She is sponsored by Under Armour and often wears their gear for training and competitions.
Jessica Lauren Graff
Date of birth
January 12, 1984
Place of birth
New York City, US
Ginny MacColl, Tom Graff
Stuntwoman, television personality
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
141 lbs (64 kg)
Black belt in Taekwondo and Kung Fu, trained in five other styles
Competitive gymnast for six years, circus performer since age 6
Former record holder at Georgia Tech and University of Nebraska
Bachelor’s degree in theatre from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Majored in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech
Appeared in movies and shows such as Wonder Woman, X-Men: First Class, The Dark Knight, Supergirl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Mandalorian and more
Action Icon Award for “Stuntwoman of the Year”
American Ninja Warrior
First woman to complete Stage 1 and Stage 2 in Las Vegas Finals, competed in seasons 5-12 and USA vs The World
Second woman ever to complete Stage 1 and first woman to complete Stage 2 in Sasuke/Ninja Warrior franchise, competed in Sasuke 34
The Titan Games, Wipeout, Ellen’s Game of Games, Ultimate Beastmaster and more
Sammo Hog, a Juliana pig named after martial artist Sammo Hung