The ex-military man, and writer, Wil Willis is famous as the host of Forged in Fire. He has been the host of the show since it first premiered on June 22, 2015. Forged in Fire is an American show/series where the finest of the bladesmiths compete with each other to forge and remake exotic sharp weapons like swords, knives, and axes. The show still airs on the History channel.
As it happens, Wil Willis was the perfect man to host the show because he was the master of weapons. He is a trained weapon master and is also a collector of few. According to Verge wiki, Wil owns SR-25 Semi-Auto Sniper, Beretta M9 pistol, and A M4 Carbine.
So, let us further dig down into the show, and learn more about it.
Wil Willis as the Host of Forged in Fire
The Portuguese actor hosted the show since it first aired on June 22, 2015. Wil Willis was the perfect fit for the show considering his skills, knowledge, and love for weapons. The viewers of the show respect Wil and admire him as he was frequently seen providing required guidance and advice to the contestants.
Wil Willis hosted the show from Season 1 on June 22, 2015, to Season 7 on May 6, 2020. He was the fans’ favorite since he was associated with the show from the beginning. Apart from this, fans love him because of his guidance and respect for the contestants.
So, why did he leave the show? Let’s find out.
What Happened to the Host of Forged in Fire, Wil Willis?
The Forged in Fire fans were in dismay to see the show with a new host in Season 8. Everyone had the same question in mind. Where is Wil Willis?
Though Wil might not have been clear about his reason for leaving the show, it is quite clear to understand. With the additional responsibility of a newborn child, it is obvious that Wil had to provide more time to his family. His wife and newborn son needed him around them. The couple welcomed their son, Flash Orion in March. 2020. This could be the only reason Wil leaving the show. As we cannot see any other reasons in particular why this fans’ favorite could leave the show.
Forged in Fire currently has a new host, Grady Powell. The ex-US Army Green Beret, Powell is also the “Ultimate Survival Alaska” alumnus. Nonetheless, Powell is not a new face on television. He starred in the two seasons of Dual Survival on The Discovery Channel.
Wil Willis Wife
The Portuguese actor, Wil, and his lovely girlfriend, Krystle Amina engaged on March 24, 2017. They later married in the same year on October 11. This beautiful couple has a son named Flash Orion Willis. Wil and Amina welcomed their son in the March of 2020.
Willis also has two sons, Jacob and Caleb, with his previous wife. Yes, Wil had an ex-wife too. But, there is not much information about his previous wife and the cause of their divorce. It looks as if Jacob and Caleb are still on good terms with their father that can be seen on Wil’s Instagram.
According to celebrity net worth, Wil Willis is worth $500,000 as of 2021. Willis has amassed huge wealth working as a television host. Wil Willis’s income also comes from his career as an army officer.
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Wil Willis is also a huge fan of classic muscle cars. He has a red Ford Mustang GT.
This trained military man has also played in a few short movies. These have also added pretty good money to Wil’s bank account.
Born on February 13, 1975, Willis is 46 years of age, as of 2021. He was born in Portugal. Will, along with his family, came to Texas when he was just two years old. There are very few details about Wil’s mother on the internet. However, his father, Jacob Willis, is a retired military man. Jacob’s disciplinary character prevailed all around his family. He raised Wil and his other four siblings in a much-disciplined environment. Jacob paved as much way as he could for his son, Wil to apply for the military.
In 1993, Wil Willis completed his high school. As soon as he graduated from high school, he went on to enroll in the US Army. There, Wil was able to be a part of the 11B2V-Ranger Battalion, where he served as a ranger for four years. Before moving on to the US Air Force, Wil Willis served actively from October 1993 to February 1998. Willis was a pararescueman in the US Army from June 1998 to March 2007. Additionally, Wil served one more year of reserved duty for the US Air Force. It was from August 2007 till August 2008.
Apart from actively working for the US Air Force, Wil was also a trainer in 2007. He trained military science and technology at Assessment and Training Solutions. He was a master in his role. Wil trained till 2010 and went further searching for new life opportunities.
Wil Willis also holds a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in playwriting and screenwriting. He received it from the New York Film Academy.
Wil was working at the Broken Lizard Productions for some years after he took off from the military. The production asked Wil to host the show Special Ops Mission and Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World. Wil agreed and hosted the show, starting from 2009 to 2013 that aired on the Military Channel.
Wil made his return in the show Forged in Fire after a two years gap.
Willis also played in few short movies such as Sovereign (2015), Waste of Time (2011), In the Valley of Elah (2007), and Beerfest (2006).