SEASON 2 ACTS: Terry Fator
BORN: June 10, 1965
HOMETOWN: Dallas, TX
FINISHED: Champion (2007)
Terry “The Human Jukebox” Fator got his first ventriloquism dummy when he was ten years old. He used it to win $25 in a performance at a local church picnic. In the late 1980s, he spent several years as the lead singer of Texas The Band, where he often shared the stage with his puppet, Walter T. Airdale.
After passing up a record deal, he decided to go solo – focusing on comedy and ventriloquism. “Fairs would stick me on a little stage in the back of fair and have me do three shows in the hottest part of the afternoon,” says Fator. “I had heat stroke a couple of times, almost passed out.”
The low point of his career? “Fairs would stick me on a little stage in the back of fair and have me do three shows in the hottest part of the afternoon,” he says. “I had heat stroke a couple of times, almost passed out.”
Prior to appearing on America’s Got Talent, Fator was an opening act for Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks.
- Terry was married to Melinda Fator on January 8, 1991. They divorced in October, 2010. The next day, Terry married his on-stage assistant, Taylor Makakoa
- Terry’s second cousin is Chris Sligh, a season six contestant on “American Idol”
Where Is He Now?
- After winning season two of “America’s Got Talent”, Terry signed a reported $100 million deal to appear at The Mirage in Las Vegas.