Who is Michael Winslow?
Michael Winslow or Michael Leslie Winslow born September 6, 1958, is an American actor, comedian and beatboxer billed as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice. He is best known for his roles in all seven Police Academy films as Larvell Jones. He has also appeared in Spaceballs, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Nice Dreams, The Love Boat, and commercials for Cadbury and GEICO.
Michael Winslow Biography, Wiki
Michael Winslow was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of Verdie and Robert Winslow. He grew up at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, and later attended the Lisa Maile School of Acting, Modeling, and Imaging.
According to his own account, Winslow had few friends growing up. To pass time, he would imitate the sounds of engines, animals, flatulence, anything that made noise. Following his high school and college periods, he performed in nightclubs and theaters, where his sound imitation skills won him positive appraisal and enough money to move to and perform his act in Hollywood.
|Birth name||Michael Leslie Winslow|
|Born||September 6, 1958 (age 62)|
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television, radio, voice-over|
|Genres||Character comedy, physical comedy, improvisational comedy|
|Subject(s)||Pop culture, American culture|
|Spouse||Belinda Church(m. 1985; died 1993)|
Angela Baytops(m. 1997; div. 2001)
Sharon Winslow(m. 2003; div. 2014)
|Notable works and roles||Comedy Sound Smackdown|
Larvelle Jones in Police Academy
Radar Technician in Spaceballs
Michael Winslow On America’s Got Talent
A well-known actor from the 1980s made his America’s Got Talent debut this week.
Michael Winslow, whom host Terry Crews called a “legend,” is known for starring in the Police Academy film franchise, in addition to appearances in Spaceballs and Gremlins. But in 1993, Winslow stepped away from Hollywood to focus on raising his children after his first wife died.
“I ended up doing pretty well. But I stopped making movies because I quit the business for my children. I had to raise them because I became a widower. Now, after raising my two kids, I’m in a different phase. I think this is my time,” Winslow, 62, said on Tuesday’s episode. “And America’s Got Talent is the place for me to show the world I still have something to offer, I still have some sounds to make. There’s still room for a little more.”
For his audition, the voice-trumentalist from Orlando, Florida, also nicknamed “The Man of 10,000 Voices,” showcased his impressive catalog of noises. His range of sounds included different genres of music, as well as a spot-on impersonation of airplane chimes.
Judge Simon Cowell was quick to recognize Winslow from Police Academy, telling the actor: “I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that you’re here.”
Sharing his life story and how he learned how to mimic thousands of sound effects, Winslow told judges Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, “When I was growing up, I didn’t have a lot of friends. I was an Air Force brat, so every two or three years we had to move. That meant I had to make up my own friends, my own movies, my own soundtrack, my own soundscape. I just paint my own soundscape.”
As for why this season was the right time to try out, Winslow said, “My son said this is America’s Got Talent, you can come out here and be anything you want instead of being forced to be something you’re doing. This is the show you come to be yourself.”
After receiving four “gigantic” yes votes, Winslow stepped off the stage and told Crews that moving on to the next round “means my life has changed again for the better. I’ve gotten another blessing.”
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Michael Winslow Career
Michael Winslow’s first television appearance was on The Gong Show in which he squeezed in sound-alikes of Benji the movie dog, Star Trek, and Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. He is best known for his role as Larvell Jones in the Police Academy series of movies and TV shows. He was cast in the role after he was seen opening for Count Basie. In 1985, Island Records released a 12″ of Michael Winslow entitled “I Am My Own Walkman”. The song peaked at number 60 in Australia.
In 1986, Michael Winslow presented the Best Sound Effects Editing Oscar to Charles L. Campbell and Robert Rutledge for their work on Back to the Future.
In 1987, Winslow appeared as a radar operator in the movie Spaceballs, in which he performs all the sound effects during his scene himself. Mel Brooks (who wrote, directed, produced, and co-starred in the film), stated that by doing so, Winslow saved the film money. Winslow is also a motivational speaker. Since the fall of 2008, Winslow has hosted the motion-picture television series called “Way Back Wednesday with Winslow” on the cable superstation WGN America, which features movies mostly released in the 1980s. He continues to perform stand-up comedy around the globe.
Michael Winslow debuted his own iPhone and iPod Touch apps in 2010, bringing his sound effects and comedy to a mobile platform. ThatsKungFu generates Winslow’s kung fu fighting sounds when the device is swung in a fighting motion. NoizeyMan, billed as the “World’s Noiziest App”, contains video, ringtones, sound effects, and mini games, all created by Winslow.
In 2011, Winslow worked with Orlando, Florida-based game development studio Phyken Media on a mobile game for iOS and Android platforms entitled Wizard Ops Chapter 1, providing all the sound effects for the game. He also lent his voice on Wizard Ops Tactics, a turn-based tactical game and spiritual successor to the previous game.
He was also featured in a commercial for GEICO Insurance during their “we hired a celebrity” ad campaign.
In 2021, Winslow auditioned for the sixteenth season of America’s Got Talent.
Michael Winslow FAQ’s
Who is Michael Winslow?
Michael Leslie Winslow (born September 6, 1958) is an American actor, comedian and beatboxer billed as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice.
Who is Michael Winslow Wife?
Michael Winslow’s wives were Belinda Church(m. 1985; died 1993), Angela Baytops(m. 1997; div. 2001), Sharon Winslow(m. 2003; div. 2014)
What is Michael Winslow’s Son?
Michael Winslow has 3 children. Belinda, Angela, Sharon.
How many children does Michael Winslow have?
Michael Winslow has 3 children. Belinda, Angela, Sharon
What is Michael Winslow’s Net worth?
Michael Winslow has a net worth of $2 million as of 2021.