Steven John Wilkos was born March 9, 1964, in Chicago's northside. His parents are Stanley, a retired Chicago police officer, and Jeanette, a beauty school instructor. Steve is the third of four child, he has one brother and two sisters. In junior high, Steve was a puny 135 punds and wore glasses. Steve atttended the John J. Audubon school and Lane Tech High school. In high school, he started lifting weighs and his gained 110 pounds. Steve started playing baseball his freshman year of high school. He graduated from high school in 1982. Steve didn't care about going to college after high school, so he joined the Marine Corps and was enlisted for 7 years. In 1985, while in Quantico, Virginia, Steve met and married Rosae, who was a fellow marine. The couple divorced two years later. In 1989, he received an honorable discharge. In 1990, Steve followed in his father's footsteps and became a Chicago police officer. In May 1994, the producers for the Jerry Springer show needed to have security guards for a Klan show, so the decided to hire off-duty cops. Steve recruited fellow officers: Dave Johnsen, Mike McDermott, Mike O'Connor, Al Perales, and Jimmy Sherlock. He has been with the show since. In 1998, Steve and his second wife, Hannah, separated. They divorced in 1999. Steve loves baseball and is a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He's been a fan since 1969. Steve's other hobbies include playing golf, bowling, and reading. Steve is an animal lover and has had two dogs in his life. His current furry friend is Dina, a 12 year old Shepherd Lab mix. He would like to retire around 50 and travel. His favorite TV show is the Simpson's and he even appeared in an episode. Steve's favorite meal is steak and spaghetti. He really isn't into sweets. When is comes to women, he wants someone who loves life and appreciates humor. Steve credits his disciplinarian father for him not being in jail today. Steve's trademark bald head is shaved every other day using shaving cream and a razor.IMDb Mini Biography By: Sara Swihart <Lizinka2001@aol.com>
|Rachelle Consiglio||(? - present) 2 children|
His shaved head
Fancy, short-sleeved shirts
Retired from the Chicago Police Department in January 2002
Steve made his pro wrestling debut on a Maryland Championship Wrestling card on March 27th 2002 at Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA. He teamed up with ex-WWF lightweight wrestler Gillberg to beat Dino Divine and Chad Bowman in the main event.
Was portrayed by Guy Porritt in Jerry Springer: The Opera (2005)(TV)
Has two children with Rachelle Consiglio, Ruby and Jack.
Daughter Ruby (born 2004) and son Jack (born 2006).
[on his professional relationship with talk show host, Jerry Springer]: When I first started workin' for Jerry, we were doin' a show about guys telling their girlfriends that they were having an affair and they'd bring their lover out and it would be another guy. There were so many fights that day that Jerry asked me to sit up on-stage. So people were watching the episode on television and they called my parents up and said 'Steve is on TV and he's gay!'
Sometimes as a police officer, when we're arresting people, they're gonna fight back. Most of the guests on the Springer show are not gonna fight us.
[on the style of his own talk show]: Basically, it's easy for me, they're not trying to make me into a doctor or some kind of counselor. They're telling me, 'Go out there and host the show, just like you did when you were a policeman.' React and deal with it the same way - that I can do, because, even though I'm not a policeman, you still have that policeman, inside you. So, I don't coddle anybody on my show. If you're a bad guy, I'm going to get up in your face, and make you accountable for your actions, and I'm just being myself. So that makes it real easy for me.
[About his own talk show]: Basically, I was a Chicago policeman for 12 years, and mostly, people recognized me from being out of "The Jerry Springer Show" (1991), for 14 seasons. What we're doing with this show is basically taking the 911 calls and bring it on stage, and me dealing with that problem, just like I did, when I was a policeman.
[on why he wanted to shave his head bald]: Actually, it was after Richard Dominick's executive producer, who told me to shave my head for the show, "The Jerry Springer Show" (1991), and I shaved it. It really made me stand out on the Springer Show, and I think that's when people really start noticing me and the Springer Show was wild and popular, and a lot of people tuned in - 'I'm a big, tall, bald guy,' so, it lows me pretty easily.
[on a job that somehow ran in his family]: My father was a policeman for 30 years, and that's when I thought, my career was going to be, and I did it for 12 years. I never [in a million years] thought I was going to be on TV. As a policeman, you're driving the squad car around ... You don't think I'm going to end up on TV and get my own show, it just doesn't happen, it happened for me, but it's like winning the lottery, so, it's great, I love doing my own show. It's just a dream, it really is.
[When he wanted to do a talk show that is like this right-in-your-face personality]: If you're going to give me a show, you can't have me act any other way than who I am, because I'm not trained to do anything in the entertainment field. Me helping people, getting tough with the bad guys, going after the bad guy, that's what I've done my whole life, so it's a natural fit.
[Of his own talk show]: That's part of my personality, too. They're letting me be who I am. I served 6½ years on active duty, so you probably see that side of me coming out.
When people meet me, it's not like they're meeting a celebrity like Jerry Springer or Oprah Winfrey or even Dr. Phil. ... It's like they're meeting a cop they've already met.
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