Who is Roger Kok?
Roger Cook was born in the United States of America, apparently in the mid-1950s. He is a landscape contractor, television personality and collaborator, best known as the host of the “This Old House” program, which has aired on PBS since 1988. He has been associated with the show for most of his career.
Roger Cook’s net worth
As of mid-2020, Roger Cook’s net worth is estimated to be over $11 million, primarily earned through a long and successful career in television. He is one of the most regular members of PBS and “This Old House”, not only on television but in other backgrounds, even serving on the editorial board of the magazine named after the show.
Beginning of early life, education and career
At a young age, Roger discovered an interest in the environment, particularly the conservation of natural habitats and associated wildlife, which eventually devolved into an interest in landscape design and creation. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Maine, where he earned a degree in wildlife management and conservation law. The university is known as the flagship of the entire University of Maine system, one of the few higher education institutions to have space, sea, and land scholarships.
He then moved to Massachusetts where he began to learn more about landscaping. After receiving a good education, he became a certified contractor in the area and also became a member of the Arborists Associations. He became a key figure in the Massachusetts landscape contractor group and joined the board of directors of New England Grows. In 1982 he founded his company called the K & R Tree and Landscape Companynamed after himself and his wife.
This old house
As Roger rose to prominence in the area, he was contracted to bigger and more valuable projects.
This eventually led to his association in “This old housewhile the company contracted them to be the landscape architects on numerous projects for the show, as well as the magazine. He was credited as the scenery foreman, and they would eventually become a critical part of the show’s continuation.
“This Old House” is a home improvement show that follows various remodeling projects that are often done over the course of weeks. The show initially started as a miniseries but eventually became so famous that the producers decided to continue it as a regular show. It has won over 17 Emmy Awards during its run and has created numerous sister shows and spin-offs, including “The New Yankee Workshop”, “The This Old House Tour”, and “This Old House Classics”.
The show focuses on remodeling older homes, usually of modest value or size. The owners of the house often collaborate with the crew, a tactic many other shows would later adopt. Eventually, the show shifted to show more lavish landscapes and homes.
The success of this old house
Although Cook had been working on “This Old House” since the early 1980s, it wasn’t until 1988 that he was signed on to become a full-time cast member on the show. After disputes with sponsors in the 1990s, shifts in cast and sponsorship followed, but the show continued to do well critically and was also a ratings hit.
In 2003, host Kevin O’Connor would join the cast, and it continues to air with numerous specials, such as for anniversaries.
In addition to the main program, Roger also became involved in the “Ask This Old House” spin-off, in which the show’s cast members answer questions written by viewers; guest members are often called upon to help answer these questions. The show’s success led to the creation of “This Old House” magazine, and Roger became a member of the editorial board. The magazine puts out about eight issues a year, and with the advent of the internet, they’ve also created a website with tips, instructions, and inspiring designs for viewers.
It also includes episodes from the shows, live broadcasts of renovations in progress, and information about the cast.
As the years progressed, fans noticed Cook taking on a significantly smaller role. In the mid-2010s, there were seasons when he was not a part of various renovation programs and participated in less and less screen time. He had become known for limping while walking, and although he never specified the reason for the injury, the limping had somehow gotten worse during that time. After countless questions about his condition, he finally came forward in 2018 to announce that he would be taking significant diminished role in all “This Old House” projects, due to several health issues he was struggling with at the same time.
He never specified what illnesses he was dealing with, although some rumors claim that he suffers from spinal stenosis, a very unpredictable disease that affects the spinal nerves, leading to numerous ailments in the body. Others believed the disease could be something similar to Parkinson’s, another nervous system-related disease that leads to stiffness, slower or uncontrollable movements. The two are diseases that are often related, although stenosis is more difficult to diagnose due to the many symptoms that can accompany it. There were also reports that he had suffered a heart attack or some form of heart disease; none of the news and the rumors have been confirmed.
Roger married Kathleen in the early 1980s and she helped set up his landscaping business. They have two children together. In the late 2000s, his wife was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer, which later claimed her life in 2010. He lives with his children in Burlington, Massachusetts, and he also has a home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
After a few years of barely being active on “This Old House,” host Kevin O’Connor made the announcement that Roger had officially resigned and retired due to medical concerns announced during a segment on “The Tonight Show”. When he left, he was replaced by Jenn Nawada, a veteran of the show who has made several guest appearances.