Doug Walker is a comedian, actor, and producer who is best known for ”Nostalgia Critic,” a comedy web series that runs on YouTube.
He was born on November 17, 1981, in Naples, Italy. His mother, Sandra Polkow Walker, was a former opera singer and a therapist and his father, Barney Walker, was a naval officer.
Since his father was in the Navy, Doug lived in many different places across the US when he was growing up. Later, his parents got divorced.
He also has a brother, Rob Walker, who co-wrote on ”Nostalgia Critic.”
Walker attended Northern Illinois University, where he studied communications and film. He began his career working as an illustrator.
In July 2007, Doug went on to launch a comedy web series on YouTube titled “Nostalgia Critic.” In this YouTube series, Doug uploaded videos where he, as “Nostalgia Critic,” sarcastically criticized movies.
He began his career on YouTube with a review of the Transformers movie.
The series eventually moved to Doug’s own site ”That Guy with the Glasses,” then to ”Channel Awesome.”
By 2009, an increased income from advertising on the new site allowed Doug to quit his day job and develop his web persona full-time.
In 2012, he decided to kill off the ”Nostalgia Critic” in ”To Boldly Flee” – a sci-fi epic celebrating the 4th anniversary of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com.
In 2013, he decided to bring back the ”Nostalgia Critic.” With loftier ambitions and improved production values, the new ”Nostalgia Critic” reviews have allowed Doug to continue exploring the possibilities of online entertainment while redefining the art of modern criticism.
Currently. his YouTube channel – Channel Awesome – has over 1.19 million subscribers. It also has more than 791 million views.
On September 18, 2019, he published a parody review of the film – ”Pink Floyd – The Wall.”
Doug Walker’s mother was born on December 17, 1947, and died on September 8, 2016, in her sleep.
Doug Walker married Robin Poage on June 15, 2012. Robin has occasionally appeared with him in videos.
Episode 121 titled, The Room, was taken down from YouTube shortly after its release following claims of copyright infringement from the film’s distributor.
Doug has worked on many other shows including as a writer for Demo Reel and the TV series Shut Up and Talk, Pop Quiz Hot Shot, Bum Reviews, Anime Abandon, Atop the Fourth Wall, The Cinema Snob, and the TV series documentary, Disneycember.
His nickname is ”That Guy With The Glasses.”
Walker has described himself as an addict of coffee.
Every episode, he wears a black hat and black suit with a white t-shirt and a loose red tie.
He begins every episode with the tagline, “Hello, I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don’t have to.”
His favorite movie is Brazil (1985).
Walker claims that “The Garbage Pail Kids Movie” is the worst movie he’s ever seen,
His 20 favorite films are:
- Brazil (1985);
- Titus (1999);
- Amadeus (1984);
- Hamlet (1996);
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962);
- Patton (1970);
- Batman (1989);
- Ed Wood (1994);
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999);
- Fantasia (1940);
- Lost in Translation (2003);
- The Secret of NIMH (1982);
- Good Night, and Good Luck (2005);
- Sideways (2004);
- The Dark Knight (2008);
- Spirited Away (2001);
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998);
- Citizen Kane (1941);
- Fearless (1993);
- A Clockwork Orange (1971).
”I say be brutally honest with yourself, really listen to your gut. If you are listening to all the people in the comments that’s not a good idea.”
”Bottom line you can never predict what people are going to like, but that’s also part of what makes it so great.”
”I don’t legitimately get angry at movies. Like I’ll start to get angry for fun just to let off steam or stress, but I know there are bigger problems in the world as I think the internet forgets a lot.”
”After Roger Ebert died, I was hit with the question of what it really means to be a critic. It sounds like a cliché, but I was really trying to figure out what makes a good critic.”
”I always like suitcoats. I am a sucker for suitcoats and I think everybody looks good in a suit coat. Men, Women, Kids. Everybody looks good in a suit coat.”
Doug Walker – Net Worth
Doug Walker earns most of his wealth from donations and advertisements on his website and YouTube channel. For instance, 1 million views on YouTube bring on average $2000.
Currently, ”Channel Awesome” has around 791 million views, which means about $1.582.000. Keeping this in mind, Doug Walker has an estimated net worth of $1.8 million.