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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 September 1958Spokane, Washington, USA
Birth NameMichael Leslie Winslow
Nickname Man of the 10.000 Sound Effects
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Winslow was born on September 6, 1958 in Spokane, Washington, USA as Michael Leslie Winslow. He is an actor, known for Spaceballs (1987), Police Academy (1984) and Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). He has been married to Sharon Larrieu since June 12, 2003. He was previously married to Angela Baytops and Belinda Church.

Spouse (3)

Sharon Larrieu (12 June 2003 - present)
Angela Baytops (3 May 1997 - 25 May 2001) (divorced)
Belinda Church (11 May 1985 - 12 May 1993) (her death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Ability to make realistic sound effects using only his voice

Trivia (15)

Skilled at making highly realistic sound effects with only his mouth.
Winslow's Police Academy character of Larvelle Jones is the only character to appear in all the installments of Police Academy, including all seven movies, the cartoon, and the TV series.
Won The Gong Show (1976)'s top honors twice.
Retreated from show business for a time after the mother of his two children died of a drug overdose in 1993.
His parents names are Robert, formerly in the Air Force, and Verdie.
His childhood abilities had him labeled a misfit, but he used his special talents (barking dog) as a defense from the rough kids.
Lasted one year at the University of Colorado at Denver majoring in political science curriculum before pursuing a standup career.
Living in Florida. [January 2007]
Apart from smaller roles in movies and TV, Michael has been touring for a little while as a stand-up comedian, displaying some of his vocal prowess as the "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" [May 2002]
Spokesperson for Cancer Foundations. [March 2007]
During his scene for Spaceballs, Winslow did all the sound effects himself. Mel Brooks mused that he saved around $1,000 by allowing Winslow to do so.
After moving to Los Angeles early in his career, he slept on Venice Beach. After he won a prize on the Gong Show, he was able to purchase a car.
Credits George Gaynes as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
His acting mentor was the late George Gaynes.
Born on the same day as Jeff Foxworthy.

Personal Quotes (4)

I know that you're better off making your own products, not just waiting for someone to hand you something. If you are handed something, it's a blessing and a curse. Look at hip hop artists, they produced everything themselves. Even people like Robert De Niro are getting into production. Again, it's art vs. marketing. Not everyone can take the risk. You have to break a few eggs to make a good omelet.
The music stuff has been very difficult. It's got to be right, and even then, it better be on key.
Keeping busy: This is a problem that you're glad to have.
I do get a lot of requests for specific things.

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