Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey
Celebrated Name: Dav Pilkey
Real Name/Full Name: David Murray Pilkey, Jr.
Gender: Male
Age: 57 years old
Birth Date: 4 March 1966
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality: American
Height: 1.85m
Weight: 71kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife: Sayuri Pilkey (m. 2005), Katherine (m. 2014)
Children: No
Dating: N/A
Is Dav Pilkey Gay?: N/A
Profession: Author, Illustrator, Cartoonist
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $50 Million
Last Updated: February 2024

David Murray Pilkey is a renowned American writer, illustrator of children’s books, and comics. His notable works include a children’s novel series known as Captain Underpants as well as Dog Man. The American cartoonist is also well known for his graphic novel known as The Adventures of Ook and Gluk.

Maybe you know about Dav Pilkey very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Dav Pilkey’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

The renowned graphic illustrator was born on 4th March 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born David Murray Pilkey Jr. to parents Barbara and David Pilkey Sr. As a child, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder commonly known as ADHD.

He was schooled at North Ridgeville, Ohio, where the inception of Captain Underpants character came to be. In school, he always got himself into trouble with the teachers for being for his mischievous behavior. He later furthered his studies at Kent State University.

Personal Life

The graphic illustrator prefers to keep details about his life personal and away from the prying media. However, he has been in a relationship with Cynthia Rylant, an American author, and librarian. Details about their relationship and how it ended are, however, not disclosed. They might have been in love during his hay days, but they seemed to have moved on perfectly.

Pilkey, later on, got married to Sayuri Pilkey in 2005. Sayuri is a musician by profession. She also runs a Japanese restaurant known as Pilkey’s favorite. Unfortunately, the couple did not bear any children. Sadly their union ended in divorce over unclear circumstances in 2007. The graphic novelist did not give up the hope of falling in love again. In 2014 it was reported that he got married to a lady by the name of Katherine. Though they both have no children, the couple’s love is still going steady and strong.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 4 March 1966, Dav Pilkey is 57 years old as of  20th February 2024. His height is 1.85m tall, and his weight is 71 kg.


The 57-year-old multi-millionaire once worked in a pizza hut to make a living, talk of humble beginnings. His pen name stuck while he was working at the pizza joint as they forgot to include the last letter ‘e’ on his name tag. Though he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder commonly known as ADHD as a child, that did not deter him from excelling. He started practicing his writing skills from the time he was in elementary school. His often misdemeanor in a class led him to be put in the hallway. He used this chance to illustrate cartoon characters more so the character of Captain Underpants was incepted here.

While still in school, Pilkey had such a creative mind and was often jovial. This positive outlook in life pushed him to thrive in whatever he set his mind upon. He spent his free time sketching cartoon characters, including superheroes, monsters, and animals. Pilkey was not much of an outdoor person like most children his age then that preferred sports and other activities that boys do. The cartoonist drew up his inspiration for drawing cartoon characters from a teacher he met at Kent University.

He took part in a competition for student authors while he was still in school in 1987. His book “World War Won” earned him the ultimate winner of his age group’s competition. The winning prize also includes the publication of his book. He has so far published several other novels and including graphic illustrations. Some of his publications include the captain Underpants series The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future, among others.

Awards & Achievements

Dav won a student’s completion award when he was still in school and got his book “World War Won” published. Some of these awards include:

  • The Milner Award for the best children’s book in 2016
  • Disney Adventures Kid’s Choice Awards for Captain Underpants series in 2007
  • His book Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis was awarded the California Young Reader Medal in 1998
  • Caldecott Honor Award for his book titled The Paperboy in 1997.

Net Worth & Salary of Dav Pilkey in 2024

Dav Pilkey Net Worth
Dav Pilkey Net Worth

Dav Pilkey has published several children’s books that have contributed to his net worth status. For instance, Captain Underpants, which is one of the children’s favorites, has sold over 80 million copies worldwide, and the number keeps on rising. Not to mention the list of his other published books. His annual income, which is dependent on the sale of his publications, has not yet been disclosed. His net worth is estimated to be $50 million as of February 2024.

Dav Pilkey is a living proof that one can make a living just from their imagination and creativity. He did not let the fact that he was diagnosed with ADHD take away his dream of becoming an illustrator. His work brings him fulfillment, knowing it serves the purpose it is intended to.


  1. Dav Pilkey never divorced Sayuri Pilkey. He doesn’t know who “Katherine” is. Please check your sources before printing your article and quit spreading misinformation.


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