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At the age of 19, Mike Holmes married a woman by the name of Alexandra Lorex and began a career as a contractor.

Later that same year, he started his own contracting company with 13 employees --quite a feat for such a young man.

To the millions of people around the world who watch Mike Holmes on TV every day, he is far more than just a contractor.

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From very early on, Mike exhibited great interest and a natural proficiency in the skilled trades.

At the tender age of three, he began to follow in the footsteps of his father, a licensed plumber employed with General Motors as an engineer, who also happened to be a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Stuck to his father’s knee as he completed odd jobs around the house and neighborhood, Mike took advantage of his father's wealth of knowledge. ’ So he made me think for myself,” he said in a TV interview.

“Make It Right” a remnant of his previous tattoo added in 2006 is highlighted in a banner, above a hammer and saw, crisscrossed “skull and crossbones” style just above his elbow.

On his left arm, Mike sports a half sleeve black and grey Viking on bended knee, which is a tribute to his Nordic heritage. we date back to the Vikings,” he explained in a recent episode of his show.

Dubbed “Canada’s most trusted contractor,” his reputation for quality, integrity and honesty have international appeal.

His reno-reality shows, Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, and his latest endeavor Holmes Makes It Right, air in multiple countries around the world, built upon the premise of Mike’s “Make it Right” credo.

From Curiosity to Craftsman As a youngster, Mike would often dismantle his toys to see how they worked to the chagrin of his father.

As he grew older, however, Mike's potential as a master craftsman became evident to all around him.

Michael James Holmes was born in Canada on August 3, 1963.

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