Charles Barkley


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Birth Name: Charles Barkley
Born: 02/20/1963

He was born Charles Wade Barkley on Feb. 20, 1963, in Leeds, AL, the son of Frank Barkley and Charcey Glenn, a domestic worker. Frank abandoned the family and divorced Charcey not long after Charles' birth, which left him to be raised by his mother and grandmother, Johnnie Mae Mickens. Charcey remarried, but his stepfather was killed in a car accident when Charles was still in elementary school. In spite of the family's relative poverty, Charles developed a brashness and sense of humor as compensation for the anger he felt toward his absentee father. He convinced himself, if not others, that he was going to play professional basketball. It was an odd claim for an overweight adolescent standi... Continue Bio >>


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