My cat from hell

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 23 JANUARY -

jack­son galaxy is an un­usual-look­ing guy – he tow­ers above most peo­ple at 1.95m tall, plus he’s bald and sports fancy side­burns, a goa­tee, glasses and pierced ears. he has an equally un­usual job too: he’s a cat whis­perer. the my cat from hell (2011cur­rent) star also has the knack of turn­ing feral fe­lines into purring fur­balls…

his real name is richard kirschner. he changed it to jack­son galaxy when he was in his 20s. although the 48-year-old is a cat ex­pert, he has a master of fine arts de­gree in act­ing. jack­son’s been work­ing with cats since 1997. his orig­i­nal “cat from hell” was benny, whom he de­scribes as “three kilo­grams of fe­line frus­tra­tion who i loved with all my heart”. his first book, cat daddy: what the world’s most in­cor­ri­gi­ble cat taught me about life, love and com­ing clean (2013), was based on what benny taught him about life and con­quer­ing his in­ner demons. last year, jack­son re­leased his sec­ond book, ti­tled cat­i­fi­ca­tion. and just what were those demons? al­co­hol, drugs and food, jack­son says. “i grew up in a fat house­hold.” he had gas­tric by­pass surgery when he tipped the scales at 181kg. he’s also a mu­si­cian and song­writer and says that “i’m a rock and roller and an r&b kind of guy”. jack­son used to play gui­tar for the new york rock band pop of the cir­cus gods but left the band in 2007 when he moved to la. jack­son mar­ried long-time girl­friend mi­noo rah­bar in june 2014. their dog mooshka was the ring bearer. their other dog rudy is a blind jack rus­sell and the cou­ple also have eight cats. jack­son has more than 15 tat­toos on his arms, mostly cats. his first was in 1989 and was a “tiny pink pan­ther on my left arm”. he’s started with tat­toos on his legs to one day have a “full tat­too suit”.

Jack­son galaxy doesn’t look like your typ­i­cal

cat guy, does he?

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