Anthony Bourdain has died -- take a look back at his incredible career from dishwasher to celebrity chef

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  • Anthony Bourdain, the award-winning television host, chef, and author, has died in France on Friday.
  • He was 61. He leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, and a longtime girlfriend, Asia Argento.
  • In his lifetime, Bourdain wrote more than a dozen books, hosted several award-winning television shows, and was the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

Anthony Bourdain has died at 61. His employer, CNN, confirmed on Friday that the cause of death was suicide.

Bourdain was a celebrity chef, an author, the host of CNN’s travel show “Parts Unknown,” and the winner of four Emmys and a Peabody Award. He often spoke about his earlier struggles with drug use and his rocky path to stardom.

Take a look back at Bourdain’s life and career.

Anthony Michael Bourdain was born in 1956 in New York. His father was a classical music executive with Columbia Records, and his mother was a New York Times copy editor.

The Oprah Winfrey Show/Oprah Winfrey NetworkBourdain on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ in 2001.

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He fell in love with food during childhood visits to France, where his paternal grandparents lived.

Parts Unknown/CNNBourdain in Marseille, France, for ‘Parts Unknown’ in 2015.

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His first restaurant job came in his teens, as a dishwasher. “Dishes had to go in the washer and come out taintless, and doing this swiftly and competently meant I was acknowledged as a human being by colleagues I wanted to be like,” he told The Guardian last year. “The day they promoted me to dunking fries I was overjoyed.”

Anthony Bourdain/FacebookBourdain posted this photo of what remains of one of his first restaurant employers in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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After graduating high school in 1973, Bourdain went to Vassar for two years, then dropped out.

NetflixBourdain at New York’s iconic hot dog eatery Papaya Dog.

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However, he kept his college job in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His early 20s in Provincetown is where he first encountered heroin; he struggled with drug addiction as a young adult.

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Bourdain described himself in his 20s as “a complete arsehole” in a Reddit AMA. “Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known,” he wrote. “I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house.”

Mike Coppola / Staff / Getty ImagesBourdain in 2016.



By 1978, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.

The Culinary Institute of America/FacebookBourdain in 2009 at the Culinary Institute of America.

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Bourdain took a chef job after graduation from the institute, something he said later was a mistake. “Taking a low-level position at a great restaurant and putting my nose to the grindstone” would have been smarter, he told Newsweek in 2011.

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He spent his 20s, 30s, and 40s holding various restaurant jobs in Manhattan. By 1998, at age 42, he was the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty ImagesExterior of Les Halles Bistro in Manhattan

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He married Nancy Putkoski, his high-school sweetheart, in 1985. They stayed married until 2005.

Netflix/No ReservationsBourdain in 2005.

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In 2000, at 44, Bourdain became a star after his nonfiction book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” became a best-seller. It was an outgrowth of an immensely popular article he wrote for The New Yorker in 1999.

WGBH-TV/YouTubeBourdain discusses his book with WGBH, a PBS member station in Boston, in 2000.

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“At age 44, I had never had health insurance,” Bourdain said in 2011 of his younger self. “I hadn’t paid my rent on time. I was 10 years behind on my taxes. I owed Amex for 10 years. I was still living like a college kid — worse even. I essentially partied my way out of a big-league career.”

Bourdain in 2005.Bourdain in 2005.

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The book was adapted to a short-lived sitcom, as well as a joint book deal and Food Network show, both called “A Cook’s Tour.”

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown/FacebookBourdain in Brazil in 2014 for ‘Parts Unknown.’

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His television stardom continued to expand. His series include the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” (2005-2012) and “The Layover” (2011-13), as well as “Parts Unknown” (2013-18).

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown/FacebookBourdain in Hanoi, Vietnam, for ‘Parts Unknown.’

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His television work won him four Emmys and a Peabody Award in 2013.

IMDbAnthony Bourdain in Parts Unknown

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He was also a judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and ABC’s “The Taste.”

Top Chef/BravoBourdain on ‘Top Chef’ in 2014.

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He married Ottavia Busia, a former MMA fighter, in 2007. His daughter, Ariane, was born the same year.

Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesTelevision personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia walk in the West Village on March 31, 2009 in New York City.

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“It’s such an understatement to say that having a kid changes your life,” Bourdain told Business Insider’s Rich Feloni in 2016. “You’re just no longer the first person you think about or care about. You’re not the most important person in the room. It’s not your film. The music doesn’t play for you — it’s all about the girl. And that changes everything.”

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Bourdain and Busia split in 2016. He then began dating the Italian actress Asia Argento.

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesAsia Argento and Anthony Bourdain

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Since “Kitchen Confidential,” Bourdain published 11 additional books, including three novels, two graphic novels, and a biography of Typhoid Mary.

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesBourdain signs his graphic novel ‘Get Jiro!’ in 2012.

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“I work really hard to not ever think about my place in the world,” Bourdain told Business Insider in 2016. “I’m aware of my good fortune. I’m very aware of it, and I’m very aware that because of it, people offer me things, opportunities to do extraordinary things.”

IMDbAnthony Bourdain in Parts Unknown

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“I’m still here — on my third life, or maybe fourth,” Bourdain said in 2016 of his rapid ascent to celebrity. “Who knows? I should have died in my 20s. I became successful in my 40s. I became a dad in my 50s. I feel like I’ve stolen a car — a really nice car — and I keep looking in the rearview mirror for flashing lights. But there’s been nothing yet.”

Facebook/Parts Unknown CNNBourdain in ‘Parts Unknown.’

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