Steven Crowder

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Steven Crowder
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Steven Crowder at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference
Born Steven Blake Crowder
(1987-07-07) July 7, 1987 (age 27)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedian, political commentator
Years active 1999–present

Steven Blake Crowder (born July 7, 1987) is an American actor, comedian and former contributor for the Fox News Channel.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Crowder was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Greenfield Park, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. At age 12, Crowder began working as a voice actor as the character Alan "The Brain" Powers on the children's television series Arthur. He began performing stand-up comedy at age 18, and performed at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. He acted in a number of films, including the role of Doug Moore in the 2011 movie To Save A Life. Later he became a frequent guest as an opinion panelist on television news programs. Crowder also posts comedy, commentary and news videos to his YouTube channel. Crowder returned to YouTube in early May 2013, and is now making videos in partnership with Liberty Alliance, LLC.[2]

Political activity[edit]

By 2009, Crowder regularly posted satirical videos on politically conservative media, including Pajamas Media[3] and later at Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood. Crowder served as the master of ceremonies at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference,[4] and generated some controversy with a rap video he premiered at CPAC 2012.[5] In October 2012, Crowder's YouTube video parodying Lena Dunham's ad endorsing Barack Obama was mentioned in the conservative magazine American Spectator.[6] Crowder has also posted several videos criticizing Islam as well[1][2].

December 2012 union protest[edit]

In December 2012, Crowder and members of Americans for Prosperity were involved in an altercation at a demonstration in Michigan concerning a right-to-work law.[7] The incident began with an attempt by union activists to tear down the Americans for Prosperity tent, which was eventually successful. During the altercation, Crowder was punched several times by a union activist. A video of the incident released by Crowder was found to have been selectively edited, as Crowder apparently cut footage of the alleged assailant falling to the ground and getting back up, right before throwing the punches at Crowder.[8] Crowder then released an unedited copy of the video.[9]

An AFL–CIO spokesman, Eddie Vale, stated that the organization did not condone the tearing down of the Americans for Prosperity tent or the violence against Crowder and his group.[10]

In March 2013, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings declined to press charges against anyone involved in the December 2012 altercation. According to Dunnings, his office was originally sent an edited version of the video of Crowder's altercation. However, upon reviewing the unedited version, the prosecutor's office decided not to pursue the case.[11] Dunnings stated that "It's pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense."[12]

Departure from Fox News[edit]

In October 2013, Big Journalism reported that Fox News had dropped Crowder. This was announced shortly after Crowder made negative statements about Fox News host Sean Hannity.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Crowder is a Christian. He was married in August 2012, and wrote about the benefits of remaining abstinent prior to his marriage.[13]

Crowder is an active fan and participant in Mixed-Martial Arts (MMA). He won the novice Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) in 2011.[14] He also competes in other MMA disciplines besides Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Judo. He was a proponent for the legalization of MMA in New York.[15] Crowder is fluent in French.

His brother, Jordan Crowder, is an actor, producer, and film director,[16] and his mother, Francine Crowder, is a stylist and costume designer in Canadian television.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1999-2002 Arthur Alan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
2000 Arthur's Perfect Christmas Alan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
2001 Two Summers Friend
2004 Arthur's Halloween Alan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
2005 3 Needles Depanneur Manager
2006 The Covenant Party Kid
2007 The Secret Classroom Boy
2008 Bend & Break Blake
2008 The Velveteen Rabbit Baseball Boy #1
2010 To Save a Life Doug Moore

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Exclusive–Fox News: Steven Crowder Attacking Hannity Confirms 'Decision to Part Company with Him'". Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Steven Crowder is Coming Back May 2!". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pajamas TV Reporter Tracks Stimulus Spending". Hannity. Fox News. August 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "CPAC 2011: Schedule of events" (PDF). Conservative Political Action Conference. 
  5. ^ Crowder, Steven (February 13, 2012). "Stop Lying and Let Racism Die". Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ Kaminsky, Ross (October 27, 2012). "Steven Crowder Wrecks Lena Dunham". American Spectator. 
  7. ^ Wemple, Erik (December 11, 2012). "Fox News contributor attacked at Michigan union protest". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Mackey, Robert. "Selective Editing by Fox News Contributor Revealed by Fox News". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Unedited Footage of Union Fight"
  10. ^ McMorris-Santoro, Evan (December 11, 2012). "AFL–CIO: 'Of Course We Do Not Condone' Ripping Down Of AFP Tent In Michigan". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ Wemple, Erik (March 8, 2013). "Fox News's Steven Crowder fistfight case: No charges". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Union Protester Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder Was Acting in Self-Defense, Will Not Be Prosecuted". 
  13. ^ "Waiting till the wedding night—getting married the right way". Fox News. September 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Martial Arts Ranking" Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  15. ^ "Support for MMA in New York"
  16. ^ Jordan Crowder credits at IMDB
  17. ^ Francine Crowder credits at IMDB

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