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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 March 1941Ashland, Kentucky, USA
Birth NameCharles Herbert Woolery
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chuck Woolery originally set his sights on a career in the music industry but had a change of heart when he joined the U.S. Navy instead. After two years military service, he attended college in his home state of Kentucky and afterward held various jobs including a stint as a sales rep at Pillsbury. He later moved to Nashville where he formed the rock band "Avant Garde". He has one daughter and an adopted son from his first marriage, and one daughter from his second marriage and two boys from his third marriage.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (4)

Kim Woolery (17 July 2006 - present)
Teri Nelson (16 March 1985 - 11 June 2004) (divorced) (2 children)
Jo Ann Pflug (21 December 1972 - 1980) (divorced) (1 child)
Margaret Hayes (1961 - ?) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Hand sign language before each commercial break of two digits

Trivia (35)

Attended Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.
On September 23, 1996, Woolery underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery in Los Angeles.
Worked 39 days per year while hosting Love Connection (1983).
Wrote 1968 hit (Billboard #40) "Naturally Stoned" by studio group Avant-Garde.
Has eight children.
In addition to writing the #40 hit "Naturally Stoned" by the duo "The Avant-Garde", he was one half of the duo, along with Elkin Thomas Fowler (better known as Elkin 'Bubba' Fowler).
Former son-in-law of David Nelson.
Over 2,000 episodes of Love Connection (1983) were taped in the 11 years he hosted the show (1983-1994), making it one of the longest lasting game shows in syndication.
A new version of Love Connection (1983) was attempted from 1998-1999. Comedian Pat Bullard took over the hosting from Woolery. Though it retained the original format, viewers unfamiliarity with Bullard and late night time slots in most markets hindered the show, and it ceased production after only one season.
His longest lasting game show is Love Connection (1983). He hosted that show for 11 years (1983-1994). He hosted Scrabble (1984) on NBC for 7 years (1984-1990, 1993) and was the first host of Wheel of Fortune (1975) (1975-1981) before he left after a contract dispute with creator Merv Griffin (Pat Sajak took over and still is the host today). Woolery's most recent game show outputs were a short lived syndicated revival of The Dating Game (1997) from 1998 to 2000 and the big money game show Greed: The Series (1999) on FOX from 1999 to 2000. Starting in August of 2002, Chuck has been hosting Lingo (2002) on Game Show Network (GSN).
Before he was a game show host, he was a singer and an actor.
Father, with Margaret Hayes, of Cary, Katherine and Chad, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1986 at age 19; father, with Jo Ann Pflug, of daughter Melissa; father, with Teri Nelson, of sons Michael and Sean.
Had a quadruple heart bypass operation on September 23, 1996.
Spokesman, "Generation America".
Made a successful comeback with Love Connection (1983), after a two-year absence on television.
Graduated from Ashland High School (now Paul G. Blazer High School) in Ashland, Kentucky, in 1959.
Best known by the public as the host of Wheel of Fortune (1975), Love Connection (1983), Scrabble (1984) and Lingo (2002).
Missed a week's worth of episodes of Wheel of Fortune (1975), because he was in the hospital, hence, Alex Trebek subbed for him.
Went to high school with future basketball player Harold Sergent.
In the mid-1960s, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to become a musician.
Spent two years in the U.S. Navy.
Had appeared on Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (1983), just a few days before he began hosting Scrabble (1984) for NBC.
Ranked #8 as GSN's Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time.
At one point, he was going to be a guitarist and singer.
Received a letter from Bob Barker who wanted to expressed his condolences on one of Woolery's three sons, Chad, who died in an motorcycle accident in 1986.
His idols when he was very young were Bill Cullen and his ex-brother-in-law Tom Kennedy.
According to himself, when his show Love Connection (1983) was canceled, of the roughly 22,000 couples who met on the show, there were a total of 29 marriages, 8 engagements, and 15 children.
He, alongside Bob Eubanks and Jamie Farr, was one of the three rotating hosts of the $250,000 Game Show Spectacular at the Las Vegas Hilton, until the show closed in April 2008.
With Jo Ann Pflug, he appeared alongside Bill Cullen and his wife Ann Mocamber along with Allen Ludden and his wife Betty White on Tattletales (1974) in 1974.
Is one of the founders of the political action committee Restart Congress, along with, among others, Michigan's 41st Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land.
Is politically libertarian conservative.
While in the hospital, he tried to commit suicide.
In Hollywood taping a new season of Lingo (2002) on the Game Show Network (GSN) cable network. [August 2005]
As of 2016, he is the first game show emcee to have hosted four long-running shows.

Personal Quotes (2)

[Of his current residence]: It's just like Venice Beach, California right in the middle of Texas. It's a very eclectic, interesting place. I like it.
At the time I thought my career was on the rise. I had no idea it was Wheel of Fortune that was on the rise. The show escaped cancellation multiple times while I was hosting, so I wanted financial security in case NBC decided to dump it. Looking back at it, I let my ego get in the way of my decision making and it was a terrible mistake. I'm happy for the success Merv (Griffin) has had with the show. I have no idea if the show would become a huge hit if I stayed on board.

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