Wolfman Jack

Highest Rated: 96% American Graffiti (1973)
Birthday: Jan 21, 1938
Birthplace: Not Available
With his trademark howls, distinctive gravelly voice (almost the personification of the R&B music he loved so well), and flamboyant but laid-back cool, radio personality Wolfman Jack tore up the airwaves of the 1960s with the dangerous, subversive sounds of black rhythm & blues, a new kind of ethnic music that had been thus far banned from mainstream AM radio. Broadcasting from the X, a shadowy but powerful radio station located just across the Mexican border, the Wolfman was an enigma to most of his audience. His voice, accent, and style revealed nothing of his origins, which turned out to be humble. He was born Robert Weston Smith in Brooklyn and spent much of his time growing up trying to stay out of gangs and other forms of trouble, preferring instead to nurture his love of pop radio. A high school dropout who would later excel in broadcasting school, Smith started out as a gofer for the Paramount radio network, the home of his hero Alan Freed. This led to experience at a New Jersey station and then night classes at Virginia's National Academy of Broadcasting. Graduating at the top of his class, Smith found work at a station in Shreveport, LA. Though popular there, Smith had bigger goals and moved to Mexico, to work first at XERF-AM (where he began developing his new lycanthropic character) and then the powerful XERB-AM in 1965. It was there that Wolfman became a radio legend. At the height of his popularity, the identity of the mysterious W.J. was the subject of widespread media speculation and thanks largely to his influence, R&B music was making its way into the mainstream. He was so popular that several rock musicians, including Todd Rundgren, the Guess Who, and Freddie King wrote songs about him.The mystery of Wolfman Jack was solved when Smith appeared as himself in longtime listener George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973); it was not his first involvement in feature films, as he had played himself in The Committee (1968), an experimental comedy anthology from San Francisco, and The Seven Minutes (1971), filmmaker Russ Meyer's one attempt at a serious, socially relevant film. Though no longer an enigma, his popularity continued and he made cameo appearances in movies and on television, where he hosted The Midnight Special for eight years and made countless appearances on other shows. Though in films he most frequently played himself, the Wolfman occasionally played other characters, as in Motel Hell (1980) and Mortuary Academy (1991).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rock 'N' Roll Stars Actor 2008
No Score Yet Cruisin' Hits of the '60s Actor 2007
No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Hits Actor 2004
No Score Yet Rock n' Roll Invaders: The AM Radio DJ's Actor 1998
No Score Yet Storybook Actor 1995
No Score Yet Stanley the Ugly Duckling Actor 1991
No Score Yet Midnight Actor 1989
No Score Yet Rock's First Teen Idols Actor 1988
No Score Yet Mortuary Academy Bernie Berkowitz 1988
No Score Yet Rock 'N' Roll Invaders: The AM Radio DJs Actor 1987
No Score Yet Garfield: In Paradise High Rama Lama 1986
71% Motel Hell Rev. Billy 1980
20% More American Graffiti Himself $8.2M 1979
No Score Yet Deadman's Curve Jackal 1978
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Our Guests at Heartland 1978
No Score Yet Hanging on a Star Actor 1978
96% American Graffiti XERB Disc Jockey 1973
No Score Yet The Seven Minutes Himself 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Himself
  • 1995
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Infra Red
  • 1978
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Himself
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Himself
  • 1973

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