Who is Chuck Woolery?

Charles Herbert ‘Chuck’ Woolery was born in Ashland, Kentucky USA, on 16 March 1941 – his zodiac sign is Pisces, and he holds American nationality. He’s a former game-show and talk-show host, as well as a musician, who’s probably still known best for having served as the original host of the family game-show “Wheel of Fortune”. It was created by Merv Griffin, aired from 1975 to 1981, and also starred Susan Stafford and Charlie O’Donnell; the show features contestants trying to guess a word or phrase.

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Early life and education

Chuck was raised in Ashland alongside his sister Sue Woolery, by their parents Dan and Katherine, about whom only little is known, because Chuck respects their privacy; it’s said that their father was a bank teller, and that their mother was a housewife.

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Chuck was mostly interested in music while growing up, and practiced singing and learned to play various instruments while attending a local high school. He was also physically active during those four years, as he played soccer and football for school teams, while Chuck also appeared in a couple of school plays, mostly portraying supporting characters.

Upon matriculating in 1959, he served two years in the US Navy.

Career as a musician

Chuck launched his career as a musician upon leaving the Navy, and sang and played the double bass in the trio The Bordermen.

After their split in 1964, Chuck became one-half of the psychedelic pop duo The Avant-Garde, with the other half being Bubba Fowler, and they signed a contract with Columbia Records in 1967.

The following year saw Chuck and Bubba release their hit single “Naturally Stoned”, which found itself featured in the Top 40 Chart; they released only two other singles prior to disbanding.

While working on his way up in the music industry, Chuck simultaneously worked as a truck driver.

After his and Bubba’s split, he launched his solo career by signing a contract with Columbia Records, and in 1970, Chuck signed a new contract with RCA. The same year saw the release of his single “Forgive My Heart”, and in 1971 Chuck released “Love Me, Love Me”.

He turned to acting after he had failed to attract a lot of attention with his music, but this didn’t last long either, so he returned to music in 1977, releasing his singles “The Greatest Love Affair” and “Painted Lady” in the same year, both of which charted on Hot Country Songs.

Career as a game-show and talk-show host

In the first half of the ‘70s, Chuck was invited to host the children’s show “New Zoo Revue”, and in 1974, he made a guest appearance in the game-show “Tattletales”.

It was on 6 January 1975 that he began hosting “Wheel of Fortune”, after having been invited by the show’s creator Merv, and Chuck spent the following six years focused solely on hosting the game-show.

The following years saw him host numerous shows, including “Love Connection” between 1983 and 1994, “Home & Family” from 1996 to ‘98, and “The Dating Game” between 1997 and 1999. Chuck also hosted his own talk-show “The Chuck Woolery Show” in 1991, but it was cancelled after only a couple of months.

In 2003, he hosted the staged production show “The Price Is Right LIVE!”

Since 2012, Chuck has been hosting the radio commentary show “Save Us, Chuck Woolery”, and since 2014 has been co-hosting the podcast “Blunt Force Truth” together with Mark Young.

Acting credits

Chuck gained recognition in 1974, with his portrayal of the main character Victor Spivak in the adventure movie “The Treasure of Jamaica Reef”, directed by Virginia L. Stone, and which also starred Stephen Boyd and David Ladd. It follows a group of people searching for a Spanish Galleon which had sunk two centuries earlier.

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A couple of Chuck’s following roles were in the 1978 romantic comedy movie “A Guide for the Married Woman”, the 1980 episode “The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2” of the mystery crime series “CHiPs”, and the 1982 sports comedy movie “Six Pack”.

In 1989, Chuck played a supporting character in the crime comedy movie “Cold Feet”, directed by Robert Dornhelm, and which starred Keith Carradine, Sally Kirkland and Tom Waits. It follows two men and a woman who have stolen jewels, while one of the men has now taken them for himself, and is running across the country from his former partners; the film won a Romy Gala Award for Best Cinematography.

Chuck has appeared in only a couple of other movies and TV series, while his three most recent roles have been in the 2004 episode “My Cake” of the comedy series “Scrubs”, the 2009 episode “Do Over” of the comedy series “Drop Dead Diva”, and the 2010 episode “Love Rollercoaster” of the animated adventure comedy series “The Cleveland Show” (voice role).

Wife and children

Chuck has married four times. He exchanged vows with his first wife Margaret Hayes in 1961, and they divorced 10 years later; Chuck and Margaret had a son and daughter together, but their son Chad died when he crashed his motorcycle in January 1986.

Chuck married the American actress Jo Ann Pflug in 1972, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; Jo gave birth to their daughter Melissa, but Jo and Chuck divorced in 1980.

In 1985, Chuck married the non-celebrity American Teri Nelson, who gave birth to their sons Michael and Sean, before Chuck and Teri divorced in 2004.

He exchanged vows with his fourth wife Kim Barnes in 2006, and they have since been together.

As of March 2022, Chuck’s married to his fourth wife Kim Barnes, and has at least five children, as it’s speculated that he has more.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Chuck’s a philanthropist, while he mostly volunteers in ministry.

He supports the Republican Party, and is a gun rights activist.

Chuck initially believed that coronavirus wasn’t real, and that the Democratic Party, media and doctors were all lying about it. He changed his mind after his son had tested positive for COVID-19.

Although Chuck today prefers to stay at his home in Kentucky, he was once passionate about travelling, and his career has taken him all around the world.

He likes to watch movies starring his favorite actor Bruce Willis, such as “Pulp Fiction”, “The Fifth Element” and “Armageddon”.

Donald Trump tweet

After Chuck had tweeted about the coronavirus being nothing but a big lie on 12 July 2020, the now-former US President Donald Trump retweeted Chuck’s claims.

Age, height and net worth

Chuck’s age is 81. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft 2ins (1.9m) and he weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).

As of March 2022, Chuck’s net worth stands at more than $10 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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