Who is Roman Atwood?
Roman Atwood is a famous vlogger and online personality with over 20 million subscribers across two YouTube channels: RomanAtwoodVlogs and RomanAtwood. Born and raised in Ohio, Atwood has been producing video content since 2006, posting his first video to YouTube in 2009. Early in his career, he built a large and loyal fanbase by uploading a series of devilish prank videos, but he is currently most famous for his vlogs and lifestyle content. At age 37, Atwood is also a family man, with a wife, three kids, and another baby on the way—but he still finds some time to upload new content and entertain his fans along the way.
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Roman Bernard Atwood was born on May 28, 1983, in Millersport, Ohio. He grew up in Millersport, attending middle school and high school in the town’s public school system. His father, Curt Dale Atwood, owns a rope company—where Roman worked before starting his YouTube career—and a toy store. His brother, Dale, is also a YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, though he hasn’t uploaded a new video to his channel in about three years. Atwood’s mother, Susan, was one of her son’s greatest supporters before tragically passing away in 2019.
Atwood has three kids, two with his wife and current partner Brittney Smith-Atwood and one with Shanna Riley, with whom Atwood was married between 2001 and 2008. Atwood and Smith-Atwood have been together since 2008, when they met at the wedding of Atwood’s friend and fellow YouTuber Chase Gilroy. They’ve been married since 2018, celebrating their nuptials in a stunning ceremony in Maui, Hawaii, and are currently expecting their third child, announcing the pregnancy in a video on Atwood’s channel.
Alongside his human family, Atwood also has a menagerie of pets, including two cats named Nitro and Tux, a Siberian Husky named Flash, a donkey named Empire, and a tank full of fish. Another of Roman’s pets, a German Shepherd named Zeus, passed away in 2017.
In 2020, Atwood entered a surprise hiatus from uploading videos, with no new content appearing on his channel between December 2019 and August 2020, when he uploaded a mysterious video promising to explain the reason for his break. Though the video is light on details, Atwood said that there was a valid reason for the hiatus, with “absolute craziness” behind the scenes, and promised to provide his fans with more information as soon as he was able.
Atwood is also a tattoo addict, with ink dedicated to his children and family all over his chest and arms. He got his first tattoo, a Hollywood star emblazoned with his father’s name, in 2006, and has a multitude of other designs unrelated to his family, such as a tattoo depicting the Statue of Liberty.
Atwood’s first foray into professional video making came in 2006, when he produced and sold DVDs titled “The Nerd Herd” at Warped Tour events. He uploaded the first video to his prank channel, RomanAtwood, on YouTube in 2009, though the current oldest video available on the channel was uploaded in 2011.
At the beginning of his YouTube career, Atwood was best known as a prank master; his breakout came in 2012, when he uploaded a viral video titled “Cops Get Owned!!! - Epic Pee Prank.” The video featured Atwood’s fellow YouTube prankster Dennis Roady pretending to urinate in public in front of a group of policemen. Roady and Atwood have since collaborated on a number of videos, even starring together (alongside YouTuber Vitaly Zdorovetskiy) in a 2016 feature film named Natural Born Pranksters.
In 2013, Atwood began to move his career in a different direction, starting a vlog channel that primarily focuses on content showcasing his life with his family rather than the pranks for which he had previously been known. He also began producing a merchandise line, Smile More, to support his mission to spread positivity and cheer through his videos. Nowadays, Atwood’s most popular videos are vlogs about important events in his life, such as his decision to propose to his girlfriend and the birth of his youngest daughter, Cara. Still, longtime fans of Atwood will remember his hilarious older prank videos, which saw him get up to antics such as filling his house with plastic ball-pit balls before Brittney came home. Atwood currently has over 15.4 million subscribers and 5.3 billion views on his vlog channel and 10.5 million subscribers and 1.5 billion views on his prank channel.
Atwood has appeared as himself in a number of television shows and movies, but he has also dabbled in acting, most recently in the Logan Paul-powered film Airplane Mode, in which Atwood had a cameo role as an airport security guard. In 2016, he appeared in a video on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s YouTube channel as a fictionalized version of himself, and he also appeared in several sketches produced by the group Bad Weather Films in 2014.
In 2016, Atwood wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the feature film Natural Born Pranksters alongside YouTubers Dennis Roady and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy. His other producing credits include Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams, a 2017 YouTube Red show, and Roman Vs. Fousey, a behind-the-scenes documentary about Atwood’s live tour with YouTuber Yousef “Fousey” Erakat.
In 2016, Atwood teamed up with fellow YouTuber Yousef “Fousey” Erakat to put together a live show titled “Roman Vs. Fousey.” Billed as an “epic comedy showdown,” the show featured an on-stage battle between the pair for the title of Ultimate Jokester, with on-stage challenges, zany impressions, and rap battles to keep the competition fresh. Fousey and Atwood took the show on a five-city tour with stops in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles in California, and have performed together in Canada and the United Kingdom.
In 2017, Atwood published a book-length memoir titled Will Work for Smiles. A rags-to-riches narrative, Atwood’s memoir traces the YouTuber’s career from his origins working in his family’s Ohio rope factory to his successes on the global stage. The book is 256 pages long and was published by Gallery Press.
Sponsors and Partners
Throughout his career, Atwood has been sponsored by a number of well-known brands, including:
G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports® - Atwood has been sponsored by G FUEL since 2018. He’s long been vocal about his love for the leading gaming energy drink brand as a healthier and safer alternative to more traditional energy drinks.
In 2019, Atwood unveiled his own custom flavor, the tropical-themed Bahama Mama, along with limited-edition Bahama Mama and Rainbow Roman shaker cups.
You can also buy G FUEL Bahama Mama Cans in select stores throughout the U.S. Use the G FUEL Store Locator to find a store near you.
Prominent past sponsors of Atwood’s include Scott toilet paper, with whom Atwood collaborated in 2016 for a prank video, and Nissan, which hired Atwood to produce a Super Bowl commercial in 2015.
All official Roman Atwood merchandise can be found on Atwood’s online merch store, The Smile More Store, founded in 2013. Atwood’s current merchandise line centers around his message of positivity and features a wide range of apparel, including T-shirts, hats, hoodies, and even temporary tattoos showcasing the Smile More logo. His online store also includes a decked-out toy section that is sure to make kids of all ages—and all kids at heart—smile more.
Looking for official Roman Atwood popsockets?
Unfortunately, The Smile Store no longer sells them as of September 28, 2019.
In 2016, Atwood launched his own mobile app, SMILE Inc. Produced by Super Lame Games, the app is available for both Apple and Android users, featuring an infinite runner game based on the idea of Atwood and his friends getting “real” corporate jobs. The game has loads of playable characters and cameo appearances by many of Atwood’s friends and family—there’s even downloadable content that allows users to play as Roman’s sons Noah and Kane. It was a smash hit with his fanbase, becoming the top free game in Apple’s app store shortly after its release.
Atwood is a guru of positivity, using his platform to spread uplifting messages and advice to millions of fans across the world. He ends many of his videos with the catchphrase “You’re beautiful. You’re one of a kind. Smile more.” Below are some of Atwood’s other memorable and uplifting quotes:
“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.”
“Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.”
“Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”
“Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.”
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Awards and Nominations
Atwood has been awarded and nominated for several awards during his career. In 2014, he was a nominee in the Pranks category of the fourth annual Streamy Awards; the next year, he won the award for best brand campaign at the fifth iteration of the Streamy Awards. In 2016, Atwood was declared best YouTube comedian at the eighth annual Shorty Awards and nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the sixth annual Streamy Awards.
Throughout his career, Atwood has been involved in several charitable organizations and philanthropic initiatives. In 2014, Atwood teamed up with electronics manufacturer TigerDirect for a “positive prank” that involved the YouTuber pretending to break into the offices of a Florida charity that supports abused and neglected children, only to replace all of the electronics in the headquarters with brand-new equipment. In 2017, Atwood starred in Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams, a YouTube Red series in which he helped sick, orphaned, and handicapped children achieve dreams ranging from building a dream playground in their backyard to attending a NASCAR event. And in 2019, Atwood became involved in two separate charitable initiatives, launching a T-shirt campaign to support up-and-coming streamers and spending quality time with hospitalized fans through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Trivia and Fun Facts
- Full Name: Roman Bernard Atwood
- Birthday: May 28, 1983
- Age: 37
- Birthplace: Millersport, Ohio
- Astrological Sign: Gemini
- Height: 5 feet 8 inches
- Eye color: Green
- Hometown: Millersport, Ohio
- Former Jobs: Factory worker at rope company
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Favorite Drink: G FUEL
- Atwood dressed in a Goth style in high school.
- Atwood used to run a sketch comedy channel on YouTube called Sketch Empire.
- RomanAtwoodVlogs first hit one million subscribers on August 23, 2014.
- Atwood’s best friend and brother-in-law is his fellow YouTuber Chase Gilroy, who he calls “Chilroy.”
- Atwood owns two cars: a pickup truck nicknamed Clifford and a Nissan GTR.
Who is Roman Atwood?
Roman Atwood is a popular YouTuber and content creator with over 25 million subscribers across two channels: RomanAtwoodVlogs and RomanAtwood. Atwood is also partners with G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports®.
When is Roman Atwood's birthday?
Roman Atwood was born on May 28, 1983.
How old is Roman Atwood?
Roman Atwood is 37 years old.
Where was Roman Atwood born?
Roman Atwood was born in Millersport, Ohio.
How tall is Roman Atwood?
Roman Atwood is 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Where does Roman Atwood live?
Roman Atwood lives in Ohio.
Did Roman Atwood quit YouTube?
Roman Atwood took a hiatus from uploading YouTube videos from December 2019 to August 2020, but returned to uploading videos in August 2020.
Does Roman Atwood still have a donkey?
Yes, Roman Atwood still has a donkey named Empire who was born on May 6, 2016.
Who is Roman Atwood’s wife?
Roman Atwood’s wife is named Brittney Smith-Atwood.
How old is Roman Atwood’s wife?
Roman Atwood’s wife, Brittney Smith-Atwood, is 29 years old.
How many kids does Roman Atwood have?
Roman Atwood has three kids, with a fourth on the way.
What episode of Tanked is Roman Atwood on?
Roman Atwood is featured on episode 10, titled "Internet Tank Sensation," of season 10 of Tanked.
Who is Roman Atwood’s ex-wife?
Roman Atwood’s ex-wife is Shanna Riley.
Where did Roman Atwood go skydiving?
Roman Atwood went skydiving at the Team Fastrax facility in Middletown, Ohio.
What kind of car does Roman Atwood drive?
Roman Atwood drives a Nissan GT-R.
What camera does Roman Atwood use?
Roman Atwood uses a Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Sony Cyber-Shot DSCRX100 Mark IV, Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II, DJI Mavic Pro drone, and DJI Phantom 4 drone.
Website and Social Media Profiles
- Website: https://thesmilemorestore.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RomanAtwood/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/romanatwood/
- Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/RomanAtwood
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/RomanAtwood/
- Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/romanatwood
- YouTube (Active): https://www.youtube.com/user/RomanAtwoodVlogs
- YouTube (Inactive as of April 18, 2016): https://www.youtube.com/user/RomanAtwood
This article was written by Alexander Lee, an editor, freelance writer, and esports enthusiast based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @alexleewastaken.