Woolery in 2004
|Born||Charles Herbert Woolery
March 16, 1941
Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
Charles Herbert "Chuck" Woolery (born March 16, 1941) is an American game show host, occasional actor and talk show host, and former musician. He has had long-running tenures hosting several different game shows. He was the original host of Wheel of Fortune (1975–81), the original incarnation of Love Connection (1983–94), Scrabble (1984–90, and during a brief revival in 1993), and the original version of Lingo on GSN from 2002 to 2007.
Woolery served two years in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school. In 1963, Woolery worked as a wine consultant for Wasserstrom Wine & Import Company in Columbus, Ohio. He was also a sales representative for Pillsbury. In the 1960s, Woolery and Elkin "Bubba" Fowler recorded as the musical duo The Avant-Garde which had one-hit wonder success in 1968 with the top 40 pop hit "Naturally Stoned". Also during this time, he worked as a truck driver to supplement his income. Between 1977 and 1980, Woolery recorded for Warner Bros. Records and Epic Records as a solo artist, with two low-charting singles on Hot Country Songs.
While co-starring as Mr. Dingle on New Zoo Revue, Woolery's first game show appearance was on an episode of Tattletales, alongside then-wife Jo Ann Pflug. Starting as a singer, Woolery appeared on an episode of Your Hit Parade. On January 6, 1975, he began hosting Wheel of Fortune at the suggestion of creator Merv Griffin, who had seen Woolery sing on The Tonight Show, and Woolery hosted for six years. In 1981, Woolery was involved in a salary dispute with the program's producers. Woolery stated in a 2007 interview that he demanded a raise from $65,000 a year to about $500,000 a year because the program was drawing a 44 share at the time, and other hosts were making that much. Griffin offered Woolery $400,000 a year, and NBC offered to pay the additional $100,000, but after Griffin threatened to move the program to CBS, NBC withdrew the offer. Griffin dismissed Woolery, whose final episode aired on December 25, 1981. New host Pat Sajak replaced him.
Woolery hosted Love Connection (1983–94), The Big Spin (1985), Scrabble (1984–90, 1993), The Home and Family Show (1996–98, co-host), The Dating Game (1997–99), Greed (1999–2000), and Lingo (2002–07). In addition, he was the subject of a short-lived reality show, Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned in 2003,. He also hosted his own talk show, The Chuck Woolery Show, which lasted for only a few months in 1991. He has also hosted The Price Is Right Live! at Harrah's casinos, and appeared in the live stage show "$250,000 Game Show Spectacular" at the Las Vegas Hilton until the show ended in April 2008. While hosting "Love Connection" Woolery began his trademark phrase "We'll be back in two and two," before pitching to a commercial break. Two minutes and two seconds was the standard length of a commercial break.
Woolery has been seen on television infomercials as a national spokesman for National Recreational Properties, promoting developing real-estate such as Holiday Island in Arkansas. He appeared in infomercials for the company in 2006 selling properties in Horseshoe Bay, Texas and Angel Fire, New Mexico.
In 1983, Woolery hosted and provided play-by-play commentary the first annual Playmate Playoffs at Playboy Mansion West – an event involving Playmates of the Month – which was featured in the March 1983 issue of Playboy and filmed for broadcast on the Playboy Channel that year in three separate episodes. Woolery was also the co-host, along with Cristina Ferrare, of the unique talk and information show The Home and Family Show, that aired on The Family Channel in the late 1990s. Michael Burger replaced Woolery in the final year of the show.
Woolery, who has often spoken enthusiastically about bass fishing, sells his own line of fishing products, including the "MotoLure," a motorized lure that simulates the motions of a small fish. Woolery's passion for the outdoors has also enabled him to become the official outdoor spokesman on QVC, where he promotes many other signature products. Woolery has also played on the World Poker Tour Hollywood Home Game for the charity Safe Passage.
In the early 1960s he was part of a duo called The Avant-Garde who were in the psychedelic pop genre. The other half of the duo was Elkin "Bubba" Fowler. They signed to Columbia Records and had a top 40 hit with "Naturally Stoned" in 1968. They released three singles. As a solo artist he released five records with Columbia. After 1970 he signed with RCA and released "Forgive My Heart." In 1971, another single "Love Me, Love Me" failed to make any impact. He then turned to acting. In the late 1970s, he returned to his singing career. Woolery charted on Hot Country Songs with "Painted Lady" and "The Greatest Love Affair".
As an actor he has appeared with Stephen Boyd, Rosey Grier and Cheryl Ladd in the mid-70's film Evil in the Deep. He appeared as himself in the 1989 film Cold Feet that starred Keith Carradine and Rip Torn.
Woolery is politically libertarian conservative, and has spoken publicly in favor of conservative political positions. He is an active supporter of the Republican Party, and has mainly donated to Republican and conservative causes. He occasionally writes political editorials, which are syndicated and appear in such publications as The Washington Times and Newsmax.
Woolery and his first wife, Margaret Hayes have three children: Cary; Katherine; and Chad. With second wife Jo Ann Pflug he has a daughter, Melissa. With Teri Nelson, the daughter of actor David Nelson, he has two sons, Michael and Sean. Woolery married Kim Barnes in 2006.
|1972||New Zoo Revue||Mr. Dingle|
|1973||Love, American Style||Mr. Thompson||Segment: "Love and the Cozy Comrades"|
|1974||Sonic Boom||Pilot Rogers||Short film|
|1975||The Treasure of Jamaica Reef||Detective||Also known as Evil in the Deep|
|1978||A Guide for the Married Woman||Tennis Pro||Made for television|
|1982||Romance Theatre||"Marisol" Parts 1–5|
|1982||Six Pack||TV Commentator #2|
|1989||227||As Himself||Episode: "A Date to Remember"|
|1975–81||Wheel of Fortune|
|1991||The Chuck Woolery Show||11 episodes|
|1996–98||The Home and Family Show||Co-host with Cristina Ferrare|
|1997–99||The Dating Game|
|"Take 'Er Down, Boys"||—|
|1980||"The Greatest Love Affair"||94|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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- "Cold Feet (1989) - Cast, Credits & Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
- Official website
- Chuck Woolery at the Internet Movie Database
- Chuck Woolery on Facebook
- Chuck Woolery Sessions & Singles at Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies
Edd Byrnes (1974 pilot)
|Host of Wheel of Fortune (daytime)
January 6, 1975 – December 25, 1981
|Host of Love Connection
September 19, 1983 – June 30, 1995
|Host of Lingo
August 5, 2002 – June 6, 2007
|Host of The Big Spin
October 28, 1985 – November 18, 1985