The diversity in the programming of American television serves several benefits. Not only does it cater to the multiplicity in interests of its over 300 million viewers but it also provides an opportunity for non-traditionally talented people to appear on television and make a living, like Justin Shearer, aka Big Chief who is not your typical actor but a street racer who is paid to show off his skills on the Discovery Channel show, Street Outlaws.
Big Chief is one of several men and women like him who have benefitted from this openness to interests like his shown on National Television. One could only imagine what his life would be like if he did not have this opportunity, but we do not have to because an inventive economy has made it possible to make money from his talent. Learn more about him below.
Who is Big Chief?
Big Chief, as he is known to several viewers of Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws is a street racer who was born as Justin Shearer to his parents on the 9th of December 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky.
For Big Chief, street racing has been part of his life since he was a child. Even while he was a student in school, taking in his foundational education, Justin was either simultaneously learning about cars with his father or planning a race. He got his first experience of the adrenaline activity at the young age of nine.
Like a story straight out the Fast and Furious franchise, Big Chief took in all the early lessons on racing and cars from his father as a boy. Growing up, his father worked with him on cars and would often take him to the tracks to watch professional races. Unfortunately, the relationship was cut short he lost his father but its effects have lasted a lifetime.
Big Chief stuck to the love and passion for cars he inherited from his father. He began to build a reputation as a street racer when he was a teenager in Oklahoma, earning money through wins and bets. The first car of a car enthusiast is always a big deal and Big Chief, after months and years of winning on the street, was able to buy his first car – a customized 1972 Pontiac LeMans which he affectionately named, ‘The Crow’.
Through his exploits on the road, Big Chief was able to attract the attention of Discovery Channel who sought out a new reality TV show. He started with the show, Midwest Street Cars before he joined Street Outlaws in 2013. The show has been on for over 10 seasons with Big Chief playing a huge role as the leader.
With racing as a big part of his life, it is no surprise that Big Chief is also a horse rider who was trained by his mother.
Is He Married or Divorced?
When it comes to the personal life of Big Chief, there is a lot that has remained outside the spotlight. There are conflicting reports on whether he is currently married or single, but we know that beginning from September 29, 2006, he was in a marriage relationship with Alicia Shearer.
They were together until 2017 when rumors of a divorce began to spread. The rumor kept brewing as a number of tabloids reported that his wife wanted to end the marriage over accusations of infidelity on Big Chief’s part. Although there is no official confirmation the big man confirmed that the divorced was finalised in 2017.
Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
Big Chief was in a loving relationship with his wife, Alicia Shearer for over 10 years until he lost the relationship to infidelity. He is said to have met his wife, Alicia when she was 18 years old and he was working in a gas station. Since that fateful meeting, they were together until 2017 when they reportedly got divorced. Over the course of their relationship, they gave birth to two children, Covil, and Corbin Shearer.
As for his girlfriend, it was reported that he cheated on his wife with a woman named Jacklyn Braasch and he has remained with her ever since the divorce. While we know his wife is a respiratory therapist, there is nothing known about the girlfriend.
Other Facts to Know About Big Chief
- He is a big fan of energy drinks, particularly the brand, Monster.
- The racer is a fitness junkie and he dedicates a lot of his time to the gym.
- His favorite movie is Two-Lane Blacktop.