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Tony Rader-Interesting Facts About Valarie Pettiford

Tony Rader is an American actor and businessman, who is known for his role as the waiter in the 1986 TV series, Fame. However, the actor gained more popularity after tying the knot with American Television veteran actress and jazz singer Valarie Pettiford. His wife Valarie got international recognization after portraying the character of Big Dee Dee in the 2002 TV series, Half & Half.

Nevertheless, Rader and his life-partner Pettiford are now separated after being together for over a decade. What was the reason behind their divorce? How did the formal couple first meet each other? Do they share any kids together? What is Tony up to nowadays?

Here are all the answers to your questions in the article below. Let’s explore!

Who Is Tony Rader? Early Life And Birth Details

Rader was born in 1962 in Austin, Texas, America. As per his birth details, his zodiac sign is Pieces. Tony is also known as Anthony Rader and celebrated his birthday in the month of March.

However, the details of his parents and siblings are yet to be revealed. Talking about his ethnicity, Tony belongs to German ancestry and holds American citizenship.

On the other hand, his former wife Valarie Pettiford was born on 8th July 1960 in New York, America. The actress Valarie is 62 years old as of 2022. She is the daughter of Ralph Pettiford (father) and Blanch Pettiford (mother). Talking about her education, Pettiford attended the High School Of Performing Arts at the age of 17.

How Old Is Tony?

Tony Rader is 60 years old as of 2022.

Highlights Of Tony Rader’s Professional Career

Tony got a big breakthrough in 1986 after starred in the American series Fame, where he played the character of the waiter. The series also featured some other big names including Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray, and Carlo Imperato.

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Tony Rader is an enterpuner

Before landing his career in TV series, Tony had worked in theater for over 12 years, which eventually helped him to acquire acting skills. In addition to this, Rader also featured in the 1997 TV series, Unhappily Ever After, where he acted as a delivery boy.

Besides his acting career, as mentioned in his Twitter bio, Rader is also an entrepreneur and marketer. Rader has previously worked for Wisecos & APPS from 2010 to 2015. He also worked as an agent for E. Thomas Bliss and Associates for a year from 2000 to 2001.

In addition to all that, Rader is also a former pitcher from Philadelphia Phillies.

What is Rader Up To Nowadays?

As per Tony Rader’s Linkedin, Tony currently works in My Life Recovery Centres as a managing director. He has been with the company since 2013. Furthermore, Rader is also working at Gold Standard Mortage since 2017. The broker office is located in Austin, Texas. He is a licensed pope mortgage broker at the office and his work is to provide loans to people at a certain interest.

Besides, Tony is also involved in helping realtors to build their businesses for free. Currently, the former celebrity spouse resides in Los Angeles, California, America.

How Did Tony Rader and Valarie  Meet?

As per sources, the two first came across in the late 980s. They intially became friends and their friendship gradually turned into romance. The couple started dating a few months after their meeting

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Tony Rader and Valarie Pettiford were married in 2000

Although the details about thier first meeting are scant in the media, Tony engaged to his then-girlfriend in 1991. But, they took several years to take their relationship to the next level.

Their Low-Key Marriage

After being together for nearly a decade, Rader and his wife Pettiford exchanged their vow in 2000 in a private ceremony. The nuptials consist of some of their closest ones and family members. They led a happy married life for a long time before getting divorce.

Despite their long-time marriage, they didn’t share kids together.

The Reason Behind Their Divorce Was Not Having Children

The couple tried a lot to have kids but the efforts didn’t work at all even after struggling for more than five years. The former duo visited infertility specialists quite often and sources claim that they had spent over $100k for this.

In an interview with Ebony magazine, the actress said that she had to through various mental problems and also suffered from depression during the period. Even after their efforts, the couple failed to become parents and eventually led the duo set their way apart.

After getting divorced, Tony stayed away from any of the media limelights and is reportedly single as of 2022. On the other hand, his ex-wife, Pettiford was married to actor Brain J White. However, her relationship with Brain also couldn’t last long as expected.

Is Tony Active On Social Media Platforms?

Although, the ex-celebrity spouse is living his life privately away from any of the media spots, Rader has a Twitter account which he joined in March 2009 but he hasn’t posted anything since May 2009.

On other hand, Tony’s ex-spouse, Valarie is quite active on social networking sites. She has around 39.5k followers on her Instagram handle. Pettiford keeps on sharing her day-to-day life through her Insta post and stories.

How Rich is Tony Rader? Net Worth

As of 2022, Rader has an estimated net worth of $600k. The former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had earned a fortune from his acting career, playing baseball, and also from the business.

On the contrary, Tony Rader’s former wife Valarie Pettiford has an estimated net worth of $5 million. The actress has acquired a fortune from her acting career.