About Michael Winslow
Actor and comedian Michael Winslow is known worldwide for his wacky role as officer Larvelle Jones in the "Police Academy" film series.
After winning the Gong Show's top honors twice, he made his film debut in "Cheech And Chongs Next Movie" followed by "Cheech And Chong's Nice Dreams". His movie career continued with featured roles in "Alphabet City" with Vincent Spano and "Grand View USA" starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
When "Police Academy" became a smash success, his celebrity status was all but assured. He then went on to play a part in Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs", a film that helped to further spotlight his unique style of comedy. He was also heard, but not seen, when he supplied the voice of Stripe, the evil little creature, in the hit movie "Gremlins".
Michael, a master of vocal gymnastics, can imitate over 1,000 sound effects using his voice alone. Whether he is recreating the frenzy of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar, or the roar of a jet plane, his versatility is truly remarkable.
Born 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 on.
"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.
After 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 Jimmy 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 Jimmy 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.
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.