Deborah Mays:
• Born in Remington, Indiana USA in 1961
• Former actress, now a housewife
• Ex-wife of American Football Player and Actor Joe Namath
• Grew up interested in acting, creative writing and volleyball
• Volunteered with charity organizations and animal shelters


Who is Deborah Mays?

Deborah Lynn Mays was born in Remington, Indiana USA, on 1 September 1961 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s a housewife and former actress, while she’s probably known best for being the ex-wife of Joseph William ‘Joe’ Namath, a former American Football player and actor.

Deborah has been staying away from the media’s attention since her divorce from Joe, and it’s believed that she’s today leading a peaceful life in her hometown.

Early life and education

Deborah was raised in Remington by her mother and father, about whom not a lot is known as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her mother worked as a cashier at a local supermarket, and that her father was a high school teacher. Deborah hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, and is thus believed to be an only child.

She grew up being interested in a couple of activities, including acting with her elementary school’s drama club, practicing creative writing, and playing volleyball with her peers. Deborah studied at a local high school and continued acting throughout her four years there, while she was also quite sporting, playing both volleyball and soccer for school teams.

She matriculated in 1979, and because she hasn’t spoken about her further education, it’s believed that she didn’t attend college.

Deborah’s career

Deborah hasn’t shared many details concerning her career with the public, and it’s believed that she had worked a couple of jobs by the time she turned 22, including being a waitress and dancer; she then met Joe, and chose to focus on being a housewife and raising their children.

Deborah has only a single acting credit: she played Tammy in five episodes of the adventure science fiction comedy series “The Greatest American Hero”, created by Stephen J. Cannell, and which starred William Katt, Connie Sellecca and Robert Culp. It follows a teacher who has become a superhero with the help of an alien suit, aired from 1981 to 1983, and won one of the 13 awards for which it was nominated.

Love life and marriage with Joe

Deborah and Joe met while they were both taking voice classes in 1983; she was 22 at the time, while Joe was 39. They were together for less than a year prior to exchanging vows in 1984, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members.

Deborah gave birth to their first daughter Jessica in 1986, and their second daughter Olivia followed in 1991.

The two had problems from the very beginning of their marriage, mostly because Joe had become an alcoholic. Deborah threatened to leave him if he didn’t sober up, and Joe did indeed stop drinking by 1987; they still eventually divorced in 2000, for unknown reasons, and because this wasn’t easy on Joe, he returned to drinking only a couple of months later.

Joe hasn’t mentioned any other women whom he has perhaps been with, while it’s widely known that Deborah had dated American plastic surgeon Brian Novack for around two years.

As of June 2022, Deborah seems to be single, was married to Joe Namath, and has two daughters with him.

Hobbies and other interests

Deborah’s a philanthropist, and has worked with various charity organizations since her teenage years, mostly with those that help underprivileged children and war veterans.

She’s also volunteered at an animal shelter close to her home – her favorite animals are horses and dogs.

Deborah’s passionate about travelling and has been to various US states, as well as to a couple of European countries, including Italy and France; her dream travel destination is Miami, Florida.

Her favorite season is summer, mostly because she enjoys sun tanning at the beach.

Deborah was a bit of a fashionista during her 20s and 30s, as she enjoyed keeping up with all the latest fashion trends by reading various women’s magazines.

She likes to watch movies in her spare time – her favorite actor and actress are Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep, while a couple of her favorite films include “Yes Man”, “Bruce Almighty” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.

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Age, height and net worth

Deborah’s age is 60. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of June 2022, Deborah’s net worth stands at over $2 million, most of which she received as a divorce settlement, while her former husband Joe’s net worth has been estimated at more than $18 million.

Who is her former husband, Joe Namath?

Joe was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania USA on 31 May 1943 – his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds American nationality.

He’s known best for the 13 seasons which he spent playing in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL).

Joe was raised in Beaver Falls alongside his three older brothers and an adopted sister, by their father Janos ‘John Andrew’ Namath who was a steelworker, and their mother Rose (nee Juhasz); both their parents were of Hungarian descent. When Joe’s parents divorced, he went to live with his mother.

He studied at Beaver Falls High School, and played various sports during his four years there, including basketball, football and baseball. In 1960, Joe and his football team won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AA Championship, winning all of their nine games.

He matriculated in 1961, and was then offered to play for several teams in Major League Baseball (MLB), however, Joe chose to pursue football, and thus enrolled at the University of Alabama on a scholarship; he quit after two years to become a professional Football Player.

In 1964, Joe was offered a contract with both the New York Jets of the AFL and the St. Louis Cardinals of NFL, and he chose to go with the former. He led his team to win the AFL Championship in 1968, when they beat the Oakland Raiders 27-23. In January 1969, the Jets faced the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, defeating them 16-7.

Joe went on to play for the Jets until 1977, when he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams, but because of numerous injuries, he chose to retire in the same year.

Joe was also an actor, having made his debut TV series appearance in the 1966 episode “Olympus 7-0000” of the musical comedy drama “ABC Stage 67”, while he made his debut film appearance in the 1970 comedy “Norwood”. Joe has since appeared in around 20 movies and TV series, while his most notable performance was perhaps his portrayal of Football Legend in the popular 2015 comedy movie “The Wedding Ringer”, written and directed by Jeremy Garelick, and which starred Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco. It follows a man who’s about to marry in two weeks, and who’s now trying to find a suitable best man; the movie won two of the six awards for which it was nominated. As of mid-2022, this was his last appearance.

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