Terry Fator Biography

Updated On Oct 01, 2018 Published On Jun 17, 2018
Facts of Terry Fator
Date of Birth: 1965 , June-10
Birth Nation: United States
Name Terry Wayne Fator
Birth Name Terry Fator
Father Jeptha Wesley
Mother Edith Marie Clifton
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Dallas Texas
Ethnicity White
Profession ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian
Net Worth $140 million
Famous for America's Got Talent
Married Yes
Married to Angie Fiore (m. 2015), Taylor Dew (m. 2010–2015), Melinda Fator (m. 1991–2010)
Children No
Divorce Yes
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
TV Show America's Got Talent
Sisters Deborah
Siblings Jephtha Jr., Deborah
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Famous ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian, and singer Terry Fator was born on June 10, 1965, to father Jeptha Wesley and mother Edith Marie Clifton (later Marie Sligh). He was born and raised in Dallas Texas with his two siblings: an older brother Jephtha Jr. and a younger sister Deborah.

Terry Fator's cousin Chris Sligh is also a popular singer, an American Idol season six finalist. He belongs to White ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Fator, who went to Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia, says that he first encountered Ventriloquism when he was in 5th grade. It was while he was searching through school's library that he bumped into a book Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit by Paul Winchell.

His first puppet was a gift from his mother when he was 18, the money for puppet was saved by his mother for three years. Before that, he had been using a Willie Talk dummy from Sears.

Tommy Fator was also very interested in singing thus, he also sings and impersonates other people in his performance. He was also the lead singer of a band named Freedom Jam during 1987-88.

Though Fator's exact height is not known, he is a tall and good-looking man. He has a very successful career now compared to his vivid time span as a struggler.

Disheartened by the low number of audience, Terry Fator almost switched his career. It is when his family members encouraged him, he competed in America's Got Talent

Terry, who used to sing fairly and did impersonations most of the time, later amalgamated his ventriloquism with singing, comedy, and impersonations. This had a huge impact on his fan following and he started having success in people turning up for his shows and receiving standing ovations.

Terry Fator is known for winning America's Got Talent (AGT) 2nd season in 2005 just like Paul Zerdin who won it in 2015 season 10. Later, the same year, he became the headliner for Las Vegas ' The Mirage hotel and casino with a five-year contract signed for $100 million. He celebrated his 1,000th show at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on May 30, 2013.

His collection of puppets includes puppets like Donald Trump, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Julius, etc. He has been known to perform with 15 puppets at a time. He has written a book about himself and ventriloquism titled Who's the Dummy Now? His show Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas on September 2009 is available on DVD as well. 

Fator has been married thrice and has no child. He met his first girlfriend and later wife Melinda when he was still in the band. They married in January 1991 and later divorced in 2010.

A day after the divorce finalization with his ex-wife, Terry married his on-stage assistant Taylor Makakoa (a.k.a. Taylor Dew). While still married to Taylor, Tommy Fator proposed his now wife Angie Fiore on stage, in front of his then-wife Taylor. Taylor and Terry divorced in late August 2015 and married Angie on September 4, 2015.

Terry, who does more staged performances scheduled by his contract and less on-the-road tour, has a current net worth estimated at $140 million.

Likewise, he has a recorded salary of $1.5 million for 3 shows per month with the Las Vegas Hilton hotel from January to May 2008. He also had a $100 million deal with The Mirage Hotel and Casino in 2008.

In 2017, Tommy Fator earned over $18.5 million from his ventriloquism show at The Mirage in Las Vegas. 

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Born in Dallas, Texas


Famous ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian and singer Terry Fator was born on June 10, 1965, to parents father Jeptha Wesley and Edith Marie Clifton (later Marie Sligh). 

Won America's Got talent


Terry Fator won America's Got Talent AGT 2nd season in 2005. Later the same year he became the headliner for Las Vegas ' The Mirage hotel and casino. He has celebrated his 1,000th show at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on May 30, 2013.

Got Married to Angie Fiore


Fator has been trice and has no child. Terry proposed to his now wife Angie Fiore in front of his second wife Taylor Makakoa.  His first marriage was with Melinda from 1991 to 2010.