Who are Chris and Martin Kratt?

Martin William Kratt was born in Warren Township, New Jersey USA, on 23 December 1965, while his brother Christopher Frederick James ‘Chris’ Kratt followed on 19 July 1969 – Martin’s zodiac sign is Capricorn, Chris’ is Cancer, and they both hold American nationality. Both men are popular voice actors, film writers, producers, directors and zoologists, while they are perhaps known best for having created the children’s TV series’ “Zoboomafoo”, “Be the Creature” and “Kratts’ Creatures”.

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Their parents and early life

Martin and Chris were raised in New Jersey by their father William Kratt and mother Linda, but only a little is known about their parents, as the men respect their privacy; it’s said that their father was the owner of his own small business, and that their mother was an accountant. Chris and Martin’s grandfather, William Jacob Kratt was a worldwide known musical instrument maker.

Both brothers were physically quite active while growing up, and played various sports while attending Watchung Hills Regional High School; Chris was mostly into soccer and tennis, while Martin played football.

Martin matriculated in 1984 and enrolled at Duke University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology in 1988; Chris matriculated in 1987 and went on to attend Carleton College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1990.

Martin and Chris’ careers

Upon graduation in 1987, Martin began working on Dr. Kenneth Glander’s howler monkey project in Costa Rica as a research assistant, and travelled to Madagascar in the following year, working with Dr. Patricia Wright. Then in 1989, Martin worked with Dr. John Terbogh in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Chris began his internship at Washington, D.C.’s Conservation International in 1990, and the following year saw him launch the Carleton Organization for Biodiversity; his studies were financially supported by the National Science Foundation and the Explorers Club.

In 1996, the brothers co-created their own family series “Kratts’ Creatures”, together with Leo Eaton. They also starred in it alongside Shannon Duff – it follows Chris and Martin as they’re exploring various animals’ habitats and their lifestyles; the series was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Educational Film or TV Show, a Writers Guild of Canada Award, and a Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series.

From 1999 to 2001, they wrote the family comedy series “Zoboomafoo”, which they also starred in – similar to “Kratts’ Creatures”, the series follows the brothers as they’re ‘bringing their enthusiasm for animals to schools’, and it won a 2001 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series.

In 2003 and 2004, they wrote all the 14 episodes of the documentary show “Kratt Brothers: Be the Creature”, while they then took a seven-year break from appearing on TV.

In 2008, the brothers moved to Ottawa, Ontario where they have since been working at a zoo, while they’ve apparently also offered their help at several other zoos around Ontario.

Between 2011 and 2021, they wrote all the 153 episodes of the animated adventure comedy series “Wild Kratts”, while they also voiced the lead characters. The series follows Chris, Martin and their team, as they’re using their ‘Creature Power’ suits to learn more about animals from all over the world; it won a 2021 Canadian Screen Shaw Rocket Fund Kids’ Choice Award, while it was nominated for 10 other awards.

Other appearances

Both brothers had voice roles in the 2019 episode “Wild Bats!/No Bird Left Behind!” of the animated action adventure series “Nature Cat”, created by Adam Rudman and David Rudman, and which starred Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon and Kate Micucci.

The series follows a house cat and her friends’ adventures during which they are learning about nature and other animals; it was nominated for five awards.

Chris and Martin have made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, “Today” and “WGN Morning News”.

Love lives and wives

Since 2000, Chris has been married to American interior designer Tania Armstrong – the two exchanged vows in a private ceremony in Botswana, Southern Africa, attended by only a couple of their closest friends and family members. They’re today living together in Ottawa with their two sons Aidan and Nolan; the boys voice themselves in their father’s animated series “Wild Kratts”.

Martin is today also a married man, but the date of his wedding remains undisclosed; he exchanged vows with American non-celebrity Laura Wilkinson in a private ceremony, and have two sons together, Gavin and Ronan, both of whom also have voice roles in “Wild Kratts”.

Neither Chris nor Martin have spoken of any other women whom they have perhaps been with, and as of April 2022, they are both married men and have two sons each.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Chris and Martin have launched their Instagram account ‘The Kratt Brothers’, and it’s today followed by more than 100,000 people, while they’ve uploaded over 600 pictures and videos onto it. Most of these feature various animals, and the brothers offer details about them in the pictures and videos’ captions.

They are both physically active, and work out at the gym at least twice a week, while the brothers also enjoy going hiking up the mountains, and playing soccer together.

Chris is a fan of Hollywood movies – his favorite actor is Jim Carrey, while a couple of his favorite films include “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” and “Bruce Almighty”.

Both brothers’ favorite season is summer, mostly because they enjoy learning more about sea life, but they also like winter, and are both avid skiers.

Age, height and net worth

Martin’s age is 56, while Chris is 52 years old. Both brothers have brown hair, and Martin has blue eyes while Chris has brown. Martin’s slightly taller than Chris, with a height of 5ft 8ins (1.75m), while he also weighs a bit more than Chris, with his 165lbs (75kgs).

As of April 2022, both Chris and Martin’s net worth stands at more than $1 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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