Gil Bates from "Bringing Up Bates" stars in the UP reality docu-series. He married Kelly Jo Bates in 1987 and has 19 children.

South Carolina natives, Gil Bates and Kelly Jo met as undergraduate students at Anderson College. He can now officially say he has spent more years married to Kelly Jo than without her! He's in the business of trees, cutting and trimming them, and a few of his sons have joined the family company. Gil can also be called the frugal one of the family, but who can blame him with 19 kids? He holds a state championship title for wrestling.


Hometown: South Carolina
Wife: Kelly Jo Bates (19 children)

'Bringing Up Bates' Season 3 Returns with the Big Day — Premiering Thursday, January 7, the new season of the UP reality docu-series features Michaella & Brandon's much anticipated wedding and romantic honeymoon, Erin and Lawson's budding music careers, and more surprises from the family with 19 children. Read more...

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