Charles Wade Barkley, the retired American basketball star, has an inspiring history. Like many accomplished professionals, he is also a successful television personality who became a household name for roles in “Forget Paris” (1995), “Space Jam” (1996) and “He Got Game” (1998). Charles Barkly is blessed with great height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98m); such stature positioned him to be an excellent basketball performer, and a top choice for his acting role.
Beside his celeb lifestyle, all reports suggest that Charles is a man of the house, a great husband, an amiable father and pleasant family man! There is more to Charles Barkly life journey than meets the eye; you need to read more about him to appreciate his personality, so let’s dive in to find out more about him.
Who is Charles Barkley?
Charles is an American, known as a professional basketball player, a movie star and television personality. Charles became famous not only because of his sports career, but his ability to relate to people and create lasting memories. He is reputable for his sense of humor, humility and honesty, an attitude which made him a lovable personality, and amiable actor.
Barkley is a talented entertainer! His 16-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) saw an era filled with excitement and success; he became just the fourth player to amass 10,000 rebounds, 20,000 points, and 4,000 assists!
Early Life, Education
Charles came into this world on 20 February 1963, in Leeds, Alabama, and is of part-Native American and European descent as well as African American. Like most kids born and raised in Leeds, he attended Leeds High School where he played basketball, with his exceptional performances attracting the attention of scouts for Auburn University at one of the state semifinals during his senior year. At the time, Charles had two things going for him, his quality of play and his height which was 6ft 4ins (1.95m).
He was recruited by Auburn on a scholarship, majoring in business management, and played basketball for three years, being named “The Round Mound of Rebound.” Charles’ agility and fiery passion for basketball also earned him Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1984; his early journey in basketball saw a promising future, and he indeed achieved landmark success in his professional basketball career!
Charles had the foresight to leave university education before his final year at Auburn, to start his professional career in basketball, joining the 1984 NBA draft where he was the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, just two behind the selection of Michael Jordan by the Chicago Bulls.
Charles was trained by Moses Malone to manage his weight and adapt himself to the professional game. In his first season he averaged 8.6 rebounds and 14 points per game, and earned a berth on the All-Rookie Team. By his second year in the NBA, his game had improved to become the team’s leading re-bounder and the number two scorer, averaging 20 points and 12.8 rebound per game. He also leads his team into the play-offs where he averaged 25 points and 15.8 rebounds per game, but despite his hard work, Philadelphia was defeated 4-3 by Milwaukee, however, he was named to the All-NBA second team.
Charles Barkley’s achievements in basketball are impressive. In addition to his high playing statistics for Philadelphia, Phoenix and Houston in points, rebounds and assists, he was selected for 11 All-Star games, and 10 All-NBA teams, plus he was a member of the US gold medal-winning teams at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
However, even with all his accomplishments, he has been involved in some controversy, just like most celebrities. Charles has always argued that athletes shouldn’t be considered role models. In 1993, his statement prompted national news as he wrote “I am not a role model” for his Nike commercial.
During his 16 years NBA career, Charles Barkley was regarded as one of the most outspoken, dominating and controversial players both on and off the court in the history of US basketball.
Post Basketball Life
Charles Barkley is not just a great basketball player, he is also an accomplished movie star and television personality. Charles made a brief appearance in the TV series “Suits”, he also starred as himself in “Space Jam”, and appeared in the eight seasons of “Modern Family”, to mention a few of his adventures in the entertainment industry.
Unsurprisingly for a player of his stature, post-retirement he has spent considerable time as a basketball analyst for TNT since 2000, and court-side commentator, as well as guesting at National Football League games, and co-hosting “Saturday Night Live” too, in 2012.
Who is Charles Barkley’s Wife?
It is rare to talk about a great personality like Charles Barkley without a brief stop to discuss his love life; he has been married to Maureen Blumhardt since 1989! Charles, and his wife first met in City Avenue Restaurant, where they were apparently hit by the arrow of love, and after dating for a while, they married before a judge to avoid controversies.
The marriage is a success, as Charles admits that Maureen has changed his life for good. The union is blessed with a daughter, Christiana Barkley; the family now lives in New York City.
Despite losing a self-admitted $10 million due to gambling, Charles is said by authoritative sources to still be worth an estimated $40 million, largely from playing and commentating on basketball, and from acting.