Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe's nearly forgotten video game role

After being fired for the third time from his job at QVC, Mike Rowe found a "willingness to do whatever it took to pay the bills." That willingness landed him the role of a game show host clad in a fuchsia blazer in a game called Radio Active.

Before he was the host of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs and the narrator for The Deadliest Catch, Rowe worked as a salesperson for the TV-based retailer and even an opera singer. In the early '90s, he landed his one and only role in a video game.

"And so it came to pass that I auditioned for and won the coveted the role of Bobby Arpeggio," Rowe wrote on Facebook, "the central figure in what the producers called 'the first truly interactive gaming experience designed exclusively for the personal computer — the music trivia adventure called Radio Active!" (I called it 'Name That Tune,' but whatever.) I packed a bag, flew to San Francisco, and slipped into the wardrobe that was waiting for me. A week later I had a check in my pocket, and was off to the next gig."

At a recent event, a longtime fan, Guy Tautenhahn, presented Rowe with a reminder of his likeness in the game, which you can see above.

"When I saw this image, mixed in with all the other kind expressions of support, it made me laugh out loud, and reminded me that when a man can't deny his past (or his outfit), he might as well embrace it."

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