Joey Diaz is a famous Cuban-American actor and comedian as well. Jose Antonio Diaz was born on 19th February 1963 in Havana, Cuba. Presently he is 59 years old.
In 1995, he shifted to Los Angeles. Then, he started acting and played various roles in films and television such as My Name Is Earl, The Longest Yard, Spider-Man 2, The Many Saints of Newark, and Grudge Match.
Joey Diaz The Early Life
He spent his childhood in North Bergen, New Jersey where he was the only Cuban-American at that time. His mother Denora Valdez ran a bar and successful numbers game operations.
So, little Joey Diaz was raised Catholic as a youngster. There he enjoyed learning stories about Francis of Assisi and St. Michael.
He went to McKinley School and then North Bergen High School where he received awards for performing arts. He completed his graduation in 1982.
He lost his father when he was just 3 years old. Then, his mother died when he was just 16. Joey Diaz was taken by 4 families around North Bergen during his teenage years. During that time, he started taking drugs and committing crimes. In 1982, he relocated to Colorado.
The Personal Life Of Joey Diaz
Joey Diaz got married twice. In 1991, he divorced his 1st wife. Then, he got married to Terrie Clark on 25th November 2009. The pair have a daughter.
He quit his long-time Cocaine abuse in 2007. Later he told that it had to do with peace of mind. For some people, it took ten years to acquire, it took him 30.
It was very unfortunate that he relapsed in June 2022 after being given cocaine while on the set of his upcoming film.
Joey Diaz’s Career And Net Worth
In the middle of 1985, Joey Diaz left Jersey and then returned to Colorado to study economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
After some time, he began selling roofing to earn money but he was not satisfied. He took 3 years to stand up. He performed his 1st routine in the middle of 1991 at the Comedy Works in Denver.
After being a good actor, he entered Beck’s Amateur Comedy Competition and won. In 1998, he signed a contract to star in a television pilot.
Then, he played a bartender in a series named Bronx Country. His profile was raised with subsequent roles in Law & Order, Spider-man 2 in 2004, Taxi in 2004, and Longest Yard in 2005. In 2007, Diaz appeared in 4 episodes of the television series titled My Name Is Earl as Joey the Candy Bar Criminal.
In 2011, he appeared in Scarlet Ribbons., an episode of The Mentalist. In 2011, Diaz got more than $1400 fans on Twitter and Facebook. In 2013, he appeared in Sal’s Pizza which is the 9th episode of the comedy Brooklyn Nine-nine.
In the same year, he played as a coach of Robert De Niro in the film Grudge Match. The film premiered on 25th December. The American comedian has a net worth of $500 thousand.