Gavin Free is a filmmaker who’s wowed millions with his slow-motion videos on The Slow Mo Guys YouTube channel alongside Daniel Gruchy.
He was born on May 23, 1988, in Oxfordshire, England. Free was raised in Oxfordshire, England. His mother, Anna F. Imperato, is of Italian descent. His father, David W. Free, is England (Welsh).
In 2006, Gavin joined Green Door Films, the first production house in Europe to use Phantom digital high-speed cameras as a source of slow motion, working as a camera operator and data technician. Free has worked on music videos and adverts like:
- the “Everybody Hurts” charity single;
- X-Press 2;
- The Chemical Brothers;
- Enter Shikari;
Gavin launched his first YouTube channel, titled The Slow Mo Guys – with his friend Daniel Gruchy in 2010.
The Slow Mo Guys feature slow-motion footage of various stunts and pranks, garnering millions of views since starting it in 2010. The videos are being filmed using Free’s Phantom high-speed cameras. In April 2011, the YouTube channel was voted the winner of YouTube’s On The Rise program.
In February 2013, he announced that his YouTube channel had been picked up by Rooster Teeth (an American media and entertainment company headquartered in Austin, Texas and owned by Ellation, a division of Warner Bros) and that further episodes of the series would be released on Rooster Teeth’s website, as well as the series’ existing YouTube channel.
During an interview, Free said:
” Well, I’d been a fan of Rooster Teeth for like, nine years when I started working there. I’d gotten to know them pretty well throughout those nine years.”
He later added:
”I used to go to events and to meet them, and just hung out for the summer one time. So I was just excited to come and work with the people I liked, just have a really good time.”
The YouTube channel has earned over 12 million subscribers.
Free also worked with Chris Hemsworth (an Australian actor who rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away) doing the slow-motion cinematography for Snow White and the Huntsman.
In 2015, Gavin and Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns hosted multiple episodes of the hypothetical scenario series Million Dollars, But…, in which each comes up with a difficult scenario; for instance, having to date Adolf Hitler for 12 months – that the cast comically re-enact — for which they will be given a million dollars.
In 2016, he won Cinematography – Streamy Awards.
As of March 2019, Free is now a permanent resident of the US.
In 2013, Gavin Free began dating Meg Turney, an American internet personality, model, cosplayer, and vlogger.
Free explains his and Turney’s love story during the 2nd episode of Relationship Goals and states that he does not want to marry Meg due to his nationality becoming American. The couple currently resides in their mansion in Austin, Texas.
Free is 5 ft 10 in (177 cm) tall.
Gavin has had 2 cameo appearances in Barenaked Ladies music videos for their songs “Did I Say That Out Loud?” and “Odds Are.”
On April 5, 2016, he was nominated for a Webby Award in the Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video) category for his work on The Slow Mo Guys series.
In September 2012, The Slow Mo Guys series were featured on The Tonight Show.
Gavin directed the machinima Red vs. Blue: Recreation and Red vs. Blue: Relocated.
He has appeared alongside Gruchy in the annual YouTube Rewind series since 2013.
In 2016, Gavin starred as Woody in Rooster Teeth’s science fiction action comedy film Lazer Team. It received mixed to positive reviews from critics at film festival showings and upon its release. On January 27, 2016, the comedy film was released theatrically.
His acting roles include:
- Dredd (2012);
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011);
- Hot Fuzz (2007);
- Scarlet David in RWBY;
- Vav in the animated comedy series X-Ray and Vav;
- Woody in Lazer Team and its sequel.
In May 2013, Gavin began starring as a “lab rat” in the Rooster Teeth series Immersion, replacing Gus Sorola and Geoff Ramsey. In the series, Gavin must test video concepts in real life alongside co-worker Michael Jones (an American actor, voice actor, internet personality, and podcast host who is best known for his work with Rooster Teeth’s gameplay division Achievement Hunter).
On January 26, 2018, a deranged fan broke into his home armed with a handgun, firing one shot while Free and his girlfriend hid in a closet and contacted authorities. The suspect was confronted by police in the driveway and after an exchange of gunfire, he was killed by one of the officers.
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The attacker was pronounced dead at the scene, and the initial report from the medical examiner indicated he died of a self-inflicted gunshot. The gunman drove 11 hours from Albuquerque to the couple’s home. He was reportedly resentful of Gavin’s relationship and fame. According to authorities, the gunman had notes on his phone that included one that said:
“I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.”
Free is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C., a professional football club in London, England, which competes in the Premier League.
His favorite video game is Halo: Combat Evolved, a 2001 military science fiction first-person shooter video game that was published by Microsoft Game Studios.
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Gavin Free – Net Worth
Free earned most of his wealth from the YouTube channel The Slow Mo Guys, that he used to own with Daniel Gruchy. How much he earned from this YouTube channel is unknown, but The Slow Mo Guys channel has more than 1,990,000,000 views. This translates in about $3,900,000 in revenue.
In addition to YouTube, he streamed on Twitch. Also, he worked for Green Door Films, and acted in many films, especially voice acting. Therefore, Gavin Free has an estimated net worth of $5.5 million.
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