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Early internet star turned celebrity Andy Milonakis revolutionized live streaming and virality, but he still has regrets

Early internet star turned celebrity Andy Milonakis revolutionized live streaming and virality, but he still has regrets

Andy Milonakis.
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Andy Milonakis is 45 now but shows no signs of slowing down.




Since creating his own television show in 2003, he's been a rapper, actor, performer, and live streamer.




A pioneer of the internet age, Milonakis feels he gets "judged" for his appearance.




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Andy Milonakis has spent the past two months in the mountains on the island of Crete, Greece at his grandparent's house. Almost every day, he livestreams the gorgeous landscape to thousands of viewers on Twitch. The 45-year-old television star, content creator, rapper, influencer, and comedian has managed to keep his career alive for nearly two decades after he went viral pre-YouTube. Listing his accomplishments sounds a bit like you created a career with a random generator: he achieved mainstream success on MTV with "The Andy Milonakis Show," voiced a microwave in a children's television show, started a rap group with actor Simon Rex, and pioneered real-world live-streaming on Twitch.Insider spoke to Milonakis about his career, how he got his start live streaming on Twitch and what he hopes he can achieve in this next phase of his career.

Milonakis was the first viral star to get his own television show

Milonakis was born in 1976 in Katonah, New York with a congenital growth hormone deficiency that gives him the appearance and voice of an adolescent.
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