Pauly Shore’s comedy career had reached its pinnacle back in the 90s. His MTV show Totally Pauly made him one of the most famous comedy sensations of his time. After that, though, he had to deal with many personal and professional issues—including losing his loved ones and rumors regarding his sexuality.

All of this led to a gradual decline in his career success over the years until the comedian finally made a comeback a couple of years back.

Shore Had to Bear the Loss of Several of His Loved Ones in the Past Two Decades

In wide contrast to the cheerful teen actor people had grown to love, Shore suddenly succumbed to solemn sadness in 1994.

The cause of that was the death of his ex-girlfriend Shannon Wilsey, who committed suicide in July 1994. Wilsey, whose pseudonym in the adult entertainment world was Savannah, shot herself in the head just hours after crashing her car.

She became Savannah. She became her character, who was into drugs, and needed reassurance all the time. She forgot who Shannon was.

That was only the first among a series of tragedies that would befall the actor. In 2018 and 2019, the comedian mourned the death of his family members and friends. He lost his beloved mother, Mitzi, and sister in 2018. He also lost his father, comedian Sammy, in 2019.

My journey made me realize, You need to look at what you have...not what you don't have.

The Comedian's Personal Loss Affected His Career

Shore's personal slump seems to have carried over to his career, too. After the 90s, his workflow steadily declined, and speaking with Page Six in October 2020, he even expressed his dejection over being cast in lesser-known movies.

“I was sad because I just loved making people happy,” he stated.


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The actor was also seen reminiscing his old movies through social media posts this past year, often asking filmmakers to sequel his old movies.

He Recently Made a Comeback in Hollywood

After a decade-long hiatus, Shore finally got cast in the comedy movie Guest House, where he played the role of a party animal. He expressed his excitement about his upcoming movie in an interview with Inverse.

He said, “I'm excited to come out and star in a movie. It's been a while for me…”

Besides Guest House, Shore is also part of other projects like Pauly Shore’s Random RantsPauly Shore’s Rancho Cuatro, Stick With The Dancing, and All things Comedy Podcast.


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He also expressed his willingness to make a sequel to Encino Man, a movie that made him a household name, while speaking to Screenrant in November 2020.

The Comedian Called Himself Gay on Social Media

Even though Shore is slowly regaining his career success, he does not seem to be doing so well in his dating life. Relationships never really worked out for Shore — he constantly jumped between women without ever settling on one.

While the actor was never at the end of any gay rumors as such, his "I'm gay now. Any first responders?" post on Facebook seemed to allude to his sexual orientation drew in a lot of attention.


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Whether he was serious or just joking is up for speculation, but it did stir up a wave of rumors surrounding his sexuality.

That being said, his past relationship with women suggests that he is definitely straight. According to Who Dated Who, he has had dated former adult star Jewel De'Nyle, the Australian singer Kylie Minogue, actress Jill St. Marks, and American actress Tiffani Thiessen.