Born César Felipe Millán Favela under the sign of Virgo on the 27th of August 1969, in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, César Millán is a 49-year-old Hispanic dog behaviorist and reality TV star of Mexican descent, with US citizenship. He is perhaps best known for his eight-year-long screen presence as the main cast member of his Emmy-nominated reality TV series entitled “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”. He is world-renowned for his ability to understand canines, and for being a New York Times best-selling author, thanks primarily to the book entitled “César’s Way”, though all of his first three books were best sellers. He has been active in the sometimes lucrative dog behavior business since 1998.
Early Life: A Difficult Youth
César was raised apparently an only child in Culiacán in his birth region by his father Felipe Millán Guillen and his mother María Teresa Favela. He was surrounded with various kinds of domestic animals at a very early age, being born into a farming family, growing up on a farm where his grandfather was an employed tenant. Due to his extraordinary tendency to get along very well with dogs, he became nicknamed as “El Perrero” (Dog Herder) as a young boy. At some point in his youth, his family relocated to his birth town, but it’s unknown what sort of education César obtained, though under the assumption that he went to high school, he is thought to have matriculated in 1987. It wouldn’t be accurate to presume that César pursued a college degree, since he crossed the US border illegally at the age of 21 in search of a better future.
Surviving the Underworld
According to his statement in an interview for “Red Table Talk”, hosted by his old friend Jada Pinkett Smith, César has had to avoid various exploitation attempts during his time on the border. Consequently, he needed to quickly learn the rules of the street, mostly in order to literally survive. He stated that some of the men at the border were looking to kidnap people and sell their organs, which made the struggle into the US that much more difficult. In order to avoid kidnapping and starvation, César often let himself get caught by the US border patrol, since according to him, they would provide him with food while in custody, which wasn’t the case for Mexican border police.
Career Beginnings: Man with a Dream
As can be concluded from what César disclosed to “FOX Business”, he arrived into the US totally unable to speak English, and without any funds or connections. However, he knew exactly what he was after. In his own words, ‘I’m an immigrant and so for me, it’s what’s the need in this country that no one is fulfilling. This profession didn’t exist until I came into the picture.’ César was at first ready to take on any job for the sake of his livelihood; he washed cars and groomed dogs on occasion, ultimately making ends meet. At some point prior to 1998, he arrived in Los Angeles and began walking dogs, and soon showed his clients that he was able to work with just about any dog, regardless of species and behavior. This trait earned him a quick ascent in the eyes of clientele, and thus he soon started working for various celebrities.
Having earned significant income from his endeavors, César decided to open his first business – a training facility for canines entitled ”The Dog Psychology Center of Los Angeles“ in 1998. Within four years he achieved world fame for his understanding of dogs and unparalleled ability to train them, being featured in various news outlets. Soon he had producers at his door, having previously expressed the desire to televise his work, and signed a contract with the first episode of his very own show, entitled “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”, screening in 2004. What made the show all the more popular was the fact that he would tackle canines which were very hard to domesticate, and integrate them into families, instead of simply randomly training dogs. The abovementioned show ran for eight years, while two extra episodes were released later, one in 2013 and one in 2016. In 2014, he began working on a new show, this time his own production entitled “César 911” which ran until 2016, which is also when his one-year-long TV series entitled “Mutt & Stuff” came to a close. César is not currently working on any shows.
His Dog, Daddy
One of César’s closest friends and most famous canine was his late American pit bull terrier named Daddy. The dog was born in 1994 and passed away at the age of 16 in February 2010. Daddy’s presence alongside César achieved two important things: the dog’s assertive yet calm demeanor and very high tolerance for aggressive canines aided César in improving the behavior of many dogs that he worked with, while it also helped dissolve various myths about pit bulls, and thus proved this breed to be quite a household asset.
His Family, Kids and House
César began dating his first significant partner at some point prior to 1994, which is when he married Ilusion Wilson. Together they have two sons – Andre Millán born in 1995, and Calvin Millán born in 2001. Near the end of their marriage and two months after Daddy’s death, in May 2010 César survived a suicide attempt – Ilusion successfully filed for divorce in June 2010. In August of the same year, César began dating Jahira Dar, and though they still aren’t married, they publicized their engagement in April 2016. The two currently reside in a $2.85 million house situated in the Encino neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, California.
What is César Millán’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich César Millán is, as of early 2019? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total of César’s accumulated wealth is close to $25 million. He made his fortune training dogs including on television, most of all in “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”. As his career continues to develop, the said amount would seem very likely to increase.
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Concerning the physical attributes of the recognized dog behaviorist, his height is 5ft 4ins (165cm). His hair is dark gray and his eyes are dark brown, while his body shape is generally described as regular.
Social Media Presence
Thanks to the ever-expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their rating and profit. César himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. His Facebook page has almost nine million followers, his Twitter account over a million, and his Instagram account more than 1.2 million fans.