In most cases, celebrities in Hollywood want to keep their children away from the entertainment industry. And children rarely follow in their parent’s footsteps. Now, Olivia Namath is not exactly following in her father’s footsteps.
Yet, the celebrity child of Joseph William Namath is slowly, but steadily, entering the world of entertainment. She has already had a small role in several movies and movies.
Let’s take a look at the life of Olivia.
Who is her famous father?
Born Joseph William Namath, he is often known as Broadway Joe by his fans. Born in 1943, he is a former American professional football player. He played as a quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League for 13 years, most of them with the New York Jets.
During his five AFL seasons, he was a two-time MVP and led the league in passing yards two times. He also led the Jets to one AFL championship and one Super Bowl. More on the latter later on.
Born and raised in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the famous American football quarterback lived in a small city 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. He grew up in a lower-end neighborhood as the son of Catholic parents. His parents are Rose Namath and Janos John Andrew Namath. Both of them are of Hungarian descent.
Growing up, he was close to both of them. They eventually divorced, and after that, he lived with his mother. As the younger of four sons, he also had an adopted stepsister.
During his youth, he excelled in all sports at Beaver Falls High School. Among them, he was a standout quarterback, great guard in basketball, and outfielder in baseball. Fun fact: during his high school days, dunking was uncommon in high school basketball. Yet, he regularly dunked in games.
Upon his graduation, he received offers from several Major League Baseball teams, including the Yankees, Indians, Red, Pirates, and more. Yet, football prevailed. He wanted to sign with the Pirates and play baseball like his idol, Roberto Clemente.
But the reason he chose football was his mother. She wanted him to get a college education and he enrolled at the University of Alabama. He left before graduating to pursue a career in professional football. He finally got his degree at 64, after completing an external program BA.
He played most of his career with the Jets. His biggest shining moment came in 1969 when he led the underdog Jets against the Baltimore Colts in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
At the time, the first two Superbowls were blowout victories for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. Sports writers from NFL insisted that the AFL would take several more years before it can be truly competitive.
The 1968 Colts were considered the greatest football team in history by that point. ‘
Three days before the game, Joe Namath was tired of hearing how they will lose, and said, “We’re going to win the game. I guarantee it”.
Broadway Joe backed up his guarantee, with the Colts’ vaunted defense unable to contain the running or passing game of the Jets. Namath won the Super Bowl III MVP, completing eight passes to George Sauer Jr. for 133 yards.
The win made Namath the first quarterback to start and win a national championship game in college, a major professional league championship, and a Super Bowl.
He quickly became a media icon attracting mainstream popularity outside of sports. At the time, Joseph Namath was an iconic and popular figure.
After retirement, he transitioned into an acting career, appearing in several movies and television shows. In most of the television series, he guest starred often as himself.
Now let’s talk about the celebrity daughter of Joseph Namath, Olivia Namath. Born in December 1990 in the United States of America, she is the second daughter of the famous football player. Her mother is also a celebrity. Let’s take a look into her personal life.
Olivia is the child of talented American actress Deborah May. She also has a sister, Jessica Namath. Olivia is the youngest child of Deborah Tatiana Mays and Joseph Namath. She became famous because of her father’s popularity.
When she was 10 years old, her parents split. From there, she continued living with her father. Ever since she has been a teenager, Olivia has attracted some controversy. But more on that later.
She grew up with her parents and her sister Jessica Namath. There are no details about her early life. Olivia’s older sister married Brian Kennedy.
Attracting media attention
As we said before, ever since she was a teenager, Olivia has managed to find a way to get into the media spotlight. She has seen her fair share of controversy.
In 2010, for example, the police stopped her for over-speeding in West Palm Beach. After being taken into custody, officers found an open bottle of rum and marijuana in her car.
At the time, she was driving a silver Mercedes and was only 19 years old. According to the report by the police, the deputy saw what turned out to be marijuana in her car. The package contained 200.5g of marijuana packed in baggies in the trunk of the automobile.
Olivia, on her part, insisted she was ignorant of marijuana. According to her side of the story, she was going out with two males.
Is she married?
Olivia tied the knot with Edwin Baker III back in 2014. The two have been dating for years, and they have a daughter. But that is not her first child.
When she was only 16, which means in 2006, she was still in high school in Florida and gave birth to her daughter, Natalia Namath. Her first daughter was born in August 2007 in West Palm Beach before her marriage to Edward.
Her husband Edwin Baker III also has seen his fair share of controversy. He was once detained for robbing a McDonald’s restaurant and taking $10,000 by frightening the management. And he has been imprisoned for cocaine and marijuana possession.
Despite all the legal challenges, Joe, Olivia’s father, welcomes his son-in-law. Edward is an artist whose work is influenced by street art.
As we said before, Olivia Namath has followed in her parents’ footsteps and entered the entertainment industry. While there is not much information about her, we do know she is an actress.
Her mother Deborah Lynne Mays was an American actress famous for her role in the television series The Greatest American Hero, which aired from 1981 to 1983.
Olivia, on her part, had a performance in the movie The Wedding Ringer. Whether she will continue her acting career, we will have to wait and see.
Is she on social media?
Here is a fun fact. Olivia Namath is not on social media. She is a celebrity child who loves media attention, but she is not on social media. What is funnier is that her father, old Broadway Joe is active on Instagram with more than 46k followers.
Her father is more active on social media than Olivia. Isn’t that something interesting?
As we said before, Olivia is trying to make it in the acting world. Whether she will reach the popularity of her mother, a former actress, we will have to wait and see. Even her father used his popularity as an athlete to get into the acting world.
There is no info about how much money she has earned so far from her acting career. What we do know is the net worth of her father. As of August 2023, Joseph William Namath has a net worth of more than $25 million.