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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Who is Michael Winslow?

 

You may not know Michael Winslow by his appearance, but you definitely know him for his sounds and voices in movies like Police Academy, Spaceballs, and Gremlins.

Michael Winslow, also know as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects is literally a human noise maker.  Winslow started developing his unique talent at a very young age. Winslow's father served in the army, which meant his family moved ever two years making it difficult for him to make friends. So he started created sounds, his first sounds were jets and plane taking off, and dog barking sound effects.

Michael Winslow had did a few movies and tv series, but he big brake was when he starred in Police Academy as Officer Larvell Jones. He would go on to appear in all seven Police Academy movies, as well as the Police Academy series. Winslow also starred in Gremlins as the voices of Stripe, Mel Brooks' Spaceballs as a Radar Technician.
 

In the height of Michael Winslow's career, he had to step back due to the passing of wife and the responsibility of raising his children. He was able to take on small roles, voice acting parts, and tour comedy clubs. Michael Winslow has done countless interviews and stand up routines. In many of his interviews he claimed the number of sound effects he can make is like hundreds of thousands, instead of just 10,000.

In July of 2021 at the age of 62, Michael Winslow impressed the world appearing on American's Got Talent. As soon as Winslow stood in front of the AGT's judges, they knew who he was. Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel lit up with excitement and Simon made reference to the Police Academy movies. Even though Michael's set was less than 3 minutes long, he blew the roof off of the place.




Aside from everything, a vary interesting fact about Michael Winslow and Howie Mandel. They both starred in Gremlins together 37 years ago. Winslow voiced the evil "Stripe" and Mandel voiced the cute Mogwai "Gizmo".


Michael Winslow Showcases His Voicetramentalist Talents - America's Got Talent 2021



Michael Winslow's Sound Effects: Extended Cut (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

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