Chris Isaak is an American musician and occasional actor, best known for his hit singles ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.’ His falsetto and reverb-laden music with a stylized take on the ’50s and ’60s rock & roll made him into a star in the early ’90s.
Originally from Stockton, California, Chris Isaak was born on 26 June 1956 under the star sign Cancer. His birth name is Christopher Joseph Isaak. The 64-year-old musician is American by nationality and belongs to the mixed ethnicity of German, Italian, and American. He graduated from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in north Stockton, in 1974. Later, he transferred to the University of the Pacific from a local college, San Joaquin Delta Community College. In 1981, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and communications arts.
Net Worth, Salary, and Income
Isaak’s music career began after he signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records to release his first album Silvertone. Two tracks from the album, Livin’ For Your Lover and Fone Ridin, were featured in David Lynch’s movie Blue Velvet. His second self-titled album came out in 1987 and managed to scrape into the Billboard Top 200.
The song Wicked Game from Isaak’s third album Heart Shaped World became a national top 10 hit in February 1991, after Lynch featured the song in his another film Wild at Heart. In 1995, he released his fifth album Forever Blue, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. His other albums are Speak of the Devil, Always Got Tonight, Christmas, Mr Lucky, Beyond the Sun, and First Comes the Night.
In 2001, Isaak starred in his own TV show The Chris Isaak Show, which aired from March 2001 to March 2004 on the cable television network Showtime. He played a major role in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and also starred in the 1993 film Little Buddha alongside Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda. His other acting credits include Married to the Mob, The Silence of the Lambs, A Dirty Shame, to name a few.
To date, Isaak has released over 12 albums and many more singles. As an occasional actor, he has starred in numerous films and appeared in over 25 television shows. As of 2020, Isaak has an applaudable net worth of about $21 million.
Married, Wife, and Children
Though Isaak’s age is in the mid-’60s, he is still single. He never married anyone but dated a few. He made his first girlfriend named Carole Lowe at the age of 17 and experienced his first kiss with her.
Later, Isaak went on to date famous faces like Danish model Helena Christensen, Chinese actress Bai Ling and Canadian actress Caroline Rhea. But his relationships never lasted as his work always remained his first priority.
The longest relationship Isaak has ever been in is with his band. Although he thought about marriage and children, he couldn’t make it as he was either busy writing and recording music, acting, or on the road.
Family, Parents, and Siblings
The musician was born to parents Dorothy and Joseph “Joe” Isaak. His father, who died in 2012, was a forklift driver, and his mother used to work at a potato chip factory. His mother is Italian American, from Genoa while his father’s family is Catholic Black Sea Germon from North Dakota.
Isaak has two older brothers, Nick and Jeff. His brother, Nick, taught him to play the guitar.
Body Measurements: Height and Weight
Isaak is quite tall as he stands at the height of 6 feet 1 inch. He has brown eyes and light brown hair.