Kali Muscle is a recognizable face as he is an actor and bodybuilder who has made entertaining appearances in commercials for major brands. He is also a popular content creator on YouTube. As of 2022, Kali Muscle has a net worth of $5 million.
Kali’s real name is Chuck Kirkendall. He was born in Oakland, California on February 18, 1975. Kali and his three siblings were raised by his mother and stepfather as they never saw their biological father.
He grew up poor in a neighborhood filled with crime, which had a strong influence on him. His older brother died in an accident with a gun. This led to Chuck supporting his family by stealing from others.
In high school, he was a wrestler and track athlete. The young man got his chance in college when Fresno State University awarded him a football scholarship. However, he was unable to proceed as he was arrested by the authorities.
Prior to being jailed, Kirkendall worked out at a local 24-hour gym. He took the opportunity to spend his time training for free with weights.
When imprisoned, Kali Muscle continued to lift weights in the prison gym. The guards removed the equipment he was using as they were alarmed after seeing the massive growth of his body. It weighs around 235 to 245 pounds.
Chuck continued to lift fellow inmates as a substitute. After 11 years, he was finally released. He moved to Los Angeles, California, hoping to launch a career in acting and bodybuilding.
Climb to success
He had his first stint in a Jamey Johnson music video and in 2011 he landed a role in a Wonder Woman TV movie. He later became famous for appearing in advertisements for brands like Honda, Snickers, Comcast and GEICO.
Kirkendall also dabbled in professional bodybuilding. He trained for a year to win Mr. California 2012. While rebuilding his reputation, the fitness enthusiast was also uploading to YouTube on the side. His first video was released in 2008.
Since then, he has continued to develop his online presence. He launched his website, KaliMuscle.com, where he sells merchandise, books, and supplements. He currently has 2.55 million subscribers on Kali Muscle’s YouTube channel.
Net worth and earnings
Kali has many sources of income, and YouTube is one of her main ones. YouTube channels earn an average of $3 to $7 per 1,000 views. Based on this, Kali is estimated to earn around $230,000 per year with Google AdSense. He also earns extra money through his website.
Plus, there are his earnings as a bodybuilder. Professional bodybuilders earn between $19,726 and $187,200 per year in the United States. Finally, he makes money from cameos in movies, TV series, music videos and commercials. All this constitutes his fortune of 5 million dollars.
Kali has been married twice. He married R&B singer Dvyne Beverley in 2008, but they eventually divorced. He is currently with Helena Kirkendall, who bore him twins Kali Jr. and Brooke Taylor. However, the family also had problems. Kali had a heart attack in 2021 and is now recovering from the setback.