In his 20s, Steve volunteered his services to the Queensland Government's rogue crocodile relocation program, living alone for years in the mosquito-infested creeks, rivers and mangroves of North Queensland, catching huge troublesome crocodiles single-handedly and achieving a staggeringly successful catch rate.
In 1992, Steve and his friend, television producer John Stainton, created a distinctive new style of wildlife documentary. That one-hour program, The Crocodile Hunter, featured Steve, his new wife, American wildlife carer Terri Raines, and the animals of Far North Queensland. With the combination of Steve's larrikin charm, unconventional style and extraordinary daring, Terri's wit and composure in dangerous situations, and their amazingly close encounters with such potentially-deadly creatures as crocodiles, venomous snakes and spiders, The Crocodile Hunter became a worldwide hit.
In addition to The Crocodile Hunter series, Steve and Terri have filmed 52 episodes of the Emmy-Award nominated Croc Files, various one-off specials, and an intimate new series The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, a behind-the-scenes look at Steve's daily life at Australia Zoo.
Steve's next projects will be Steve Irwin's Ghosts of War, a two part miniseries based on the Pacific Conflict of World War II, and an animated series.
Steve and Terri Irwin are based on the Sunshine Coast, where they live with their daughter Bindi Sue and their dog Sui.
Steve Irwin Facts
|Birth Name||Stephen Robert Irwin|
|Birthday||February 22, 1962|
|Birthplace||Essendon, Victoria, Australia|
|Date of death||September 4, 2006 (Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, age 44)|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Steve Irwin compared to you?|