Who is Christopher LaVoie? Man behind ‘4 Days’ reality shows has history of run-ins with police, dubious business ventures
Chris LaVoie, who helped build the careers of reality TV stars such as “Survivor” and “The Bachelors” has a long history with the law.
It wasn’t always this way. LaVoie grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and when he was a teenager, he sold marijuana.
He grew up to be a successful reality TV star, but when I first met him in his home in South Philly, he spoke with a calm composure about the way he got into the business.
“I’ll tell you my story,” he said. “I started out as a kid selling marijuana and stuff like that.”
Chris LaVoie in his home in South Philly.
(Courtesy of Chris LaVoie)
He grew up selling marijuana and marijuana edibles to tourists who would walk by his family’s businesses.
“They didn’t like my clothes, I wasn’t a good looking kid,” LaVoie said.
When he was 17, his father asked him to move to California with him.
“He didn’t want me selling pot,” LaVoie said.
LaVoie said he didn’t want to be at home, so he decided to hitchhike to California with his dad, and when he reached San Francisco he decided to try and find a job.
He drove to a few jobs, and then a friend asked him to help him with a job that would pay him $100.
“I can’t give you $100,” he said. “You want? You want more?”
He said the next thing he knew all of his life was gone.
He had been walking around for a few hours, in and out of the streets, and then his phone rang.
LaVoie ended up working in a McDonald’s in San Jose for the next few months, but he quit the job and moved to Los