"Master of Vocal Effects"
September 6, 1958 to Robert and Verdie Winslow in Spokane, Washington, on Fairchild Air
Force Base Michael Winslow was the youngest of five brothers. His mother
often tells stories about when he was a baby she would hear him imitate airplane noises,
jet engines, anything that had sound living on base, there was always a lot going
"Growing up on an Air Force Base made it difficult to have friends,
so I created imaginary friends, dogs, cats, trucks, anything that would keep me occupied
for the moment," says Winslow.
high school and a brief stint at college, Michael had his first professional performance
at a club/theater in Boulder, Colorado named Tulagi's. This was very exciting
for him because Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Tommy Bolin and other famous bands had played there.
He was an opening act for a group called "Nova," an Italian Rock
Fusion Band. Through the grapevine he heard they were fans of Hendrix, so why not portray
none other than Jimi Hendrix. He had lots of props including his mother's afro wig he
borrowed from her closet. He was quite nervous, but the audience responded to his
rendition of "Purple Haze" with an applause he'll never forget. That moment he
knew he wanted to be an entertainer.
Michael Winslow then packed his bags and hitchhiked to Venice Beach where he would
remain homeless for quite some time until finally in 1984 he got his big chance. Director
Hugh Wilson and Producer Paul Maslanski came to see him perform at a Long Beach Theater
where he was opening for the one and only Count Basie and his Orchestra. They were
overwhelmed by his performance and so was he. They immediately wrote him into the script
of the unforgettable "Police Academy 1." The movie was such a
success it paved the way for other movies and commercials: "Spaceballs,"
"Cheech and Chong," "Gremlins," "Back to the Future 3,"
"Extra Large," and the list goes on.
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Born: ..in Washington state / born nWashington
..in Spokane / born SpokaneWA
Sep 6, 1958
Based: ..in Florida / based nFlorida