Chris Hardwick Biography 2024 - Comedian And Lydia Hearst's Husband

Chris Hardwick Biography - Comedian And Lydia Hearst's Husband

Chris Hardwick is a comedian and actor married to Lydia Hearst, Patty Hearst's daughter. Image Source: Chris Hardwick Instagram.

For any business enthusiast, the name Patty Hearst need no introduction. Who does not know the kidnapping saga of 1974 surrounding her? Well, Patty, who once was arrested for robbery and carrying ammunition, lives a low-key life away from the media. 

Lydia Hearst-Shaw is one of Patty Hearst's children with her late husband Bernard Shaw. Lydia, the daughter working as an actress, is happily married to Chris Hardwick. With a talented mind and pretty looks, Hardwick is much more than you have imagined. So, without further ado, let's learn more about his personal details and professional ventures in this biography. 

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The Son Of Professional Bowler

Patty Hearst's son-in-law was born Christopher Ryan Hardwick on November 23, 1971. His parents, Billy Hardwick and Sharon Hills raised him along with his siblings, Eddie Hardwick, Kelly Frasure, and Jamie Howell. Furthermore, Chris Hardwick's brothers, William Bruce Hardwick and Joseph Ryan Hardwick passed away as infants. 

Furthermore, as per some sites, Chris has a brother named Peter Hardwick. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, he was raised Roman Catholic by his mother, a real estate agent. Chris Hardwick's dad was a professional bowler. A member of the Professional Bowlers Association, papa Hardwick, earned a total of 18 PBA titles in his career. 

Following his retirement, Chris Hardwick's father opened Billy Hardwick's All-Star Lanes in Memphis. Unfortunately, he passed away on November 16, 2013, due to a heart attack. Billy Hardwick's son, Chris, often shares pictures of them and expresses how much he misses him. 

Regarding Chris's educational background, he attended St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova. Then, he transferred to Loyola High School after studying at Regis Jesuit High School for his senior year. After completing high school, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). There, he studied philosophy and was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, and he graduated in 1993. 

Chris Hardwick Net Worth - $25 Million

Chris has been active in acting and podcasting since the mid-1990s. At that time, he started his career as a radio DJ and soon began hosting a dating game show, Singled Out. Likewise, he made his acting debut through a role in Thirtysomething in 1991. Ever since, he has appeared in several other movies and TV series, including Guys Like Us, which was later canceled in 1999, and he collaborated with Rob Zombie.  

As a result of the collaboration, Hardwick was able to book roles in movies like Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses, among others. In 2010, he began hosting the Nerdist Podcast, followed by Talking Dead in 2011. The same year, he established Nerdist Industries, which Legendary Entertainment acquired in 2012, with him staying on as a co-president.

Now, let's take a look at his earnings, due to which Chris Hardwick's net worth is $25 million. 

Earnings From Movies And Television 

After making his acting debut in 1991, Hardwick worked on different movies and series as an actor. In 1998, he debuted as a co-producer in the film Art House. Over the years, he has worked on several movies, which have helped him earn immense fame and fortune. 

Here are some of the box office collections of movies that Hardwick has worked on. 

Movies Box Office Collections
House of 1,000 Corpses $450,200,000
Johnson Family Vacation $31,460,000
Halloween II $38,510,000
Extremely Loud & Incredible Close $55,250,000

Table Source: The Richest

Apart from being an actor and producer, Hardwick is also an established comedian. All in all, from his involvement in the entertainment industry, Chris seems to have amassed considerably, resulting in Chris Hardwick's net worth to be $25 million.

Earnings From Other Ventures

Apart from acting, producing, and comedy ventures, Chris also makes notable earnings from his podcasts. Likewise, he also makes quite a lot of money from real estate. In 2015, he bought an estate in Los Feliz. The property he purchased for $11 million initially hit the market for $12 million.

Likewise, in 2016, Chris sold a property for $3.477 million, which he originally listed for $4.05 million. Two years later, in 2018, he purchased a historic property in Los Angeles for $5.25 million. As a result of these, it is no wonder that Chris Hardwick's fortune is $25 million. 

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Blissfully Married For Quite Some Time

As mentioned earlier, Chris is Patty Hearst's daughter, Lydia Hearst's husband. On August 20, 2016, the lovebirds walked down the aisle at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. A total of 650 guests graced their ceremony.

Chris Hardwick's wife Lydia Hearst

Chris Hardwick tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend in 2016. Image Source: Lydia Hearst Instagram.

The couple met for the first time in 2013 during the production of a Talking Dead episode. Chris Hardwick's wife was a member of the audience and was introduced to him after the show. 

You might be wondering what drew the couple together. Well, don't worry, we've got all the details. The lovebirds reportedly bonded over the loss of their respective dads. His father had passed away the day before, and Lydia's dad was battling cancer, and he died a month after they met. 

While the duo met at the program, their relationship did not take off right away. They did not keep in touch for months, and nine months later, his friend, Sean James, set them up. Recalling the time when Chris reached out to her after many months, Lydia revealed that he actually called her, and the first voicemail he ever left is still saved on her phone.  

The pair then started going on dates, and most of the beginning part of their relationship happened over the phone and through FaceTime conversations because of her job. The duo got engaged in September 2015 after he won a Creative Arts Emmy Award. He first proposed to her with a candy ring. He later presented her with her grandmother's wedding ring, and they got married. 

Ever since then, the duo has been leading a blissful marital life, and we hope their marriage lasts a lifetime,

A Doting Father Of One

As of January 2023, Lydia and Chris have been married for four years and five months. As a husband and wife, the couple welcomed their first kid on January 29, 2022. Chris Hardwick's daughter, Dimity Facente Hearst-Hardwick, arrived two weeks earlier. The couple took to their respective Instagram handles to share the news of the arrival of their baby girl. 

Chris Hardwick's wife had to give birth to their daughter two weeks earlier because her placenta hardened and her fluid reserves were low. The couple revealed the news about their pregnancy in August 2021. All in all, the little girl is already loved, and it will be interesting to watch what she will do in the coming days. 

Allegations Of Sexual And Emotional Abuse 

Before marrying the love of his life, Chris dated several women. First, he had a failed engagement with the model and actress Jacinda Barrett. After that, he dated Andrea Savage, Janet Varnet, and Chloe Dykstra. However, the failed relationship with the latter took a different turn for the actor. 

In June 2018, Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend, Chloe, opened up about her painful experience with an unnamed former beau in an emotional first-person essay. In the essay, she revealed about her relationship with a man almost 20 years her senior who began showing controlling behavior, and within two weeks, rules were quickly established. She added that her nights were expected to be for him because of his busy schedule, which resulted in her being alienated from her friends. 

Many of her fans on Twitter believed she was referring to Chris. In June 2018, Chris Hardwick's wife broke the silence about the abuse allegations. She revealed that she stood in complete support of her hubby and said the truth will always triumph. Likewise, Chris also denied the allegations.

All in all, Chris seems to be doing well professionally and personally. His marriage has withstood the test of time and seems to be going strong. We wish him a better future ahead with abundant happiness. 

Trivia And Facts

  • Hardwick, a recovering alcoholic, has remained sober since October 8, 2003. 
  • He had been friends with Joan Rivers since he was four.

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