Ray Cokes, Poperinge, Belgium 2011
24 February 1958 |
Isle of Wight, England, UK
|Occupation||TV presenter, actor|
His father was an officer in the Royal Navy, who was stationed at various navy bases around the world. At age 15 they permanently moved back to Britain. At age 20 he had become a punk and moved to Belgium, where he took on various jobs, including being a DJ in a club and on a local radio station. This led to a job as a music presenter on Belgian national TV channel RTBF in 1982, where he presented the show Rox Box (in French) which featured alternative music videos and live studio performances.
His success led to additional music video shows on Sky Channel and Music Box. When MTV Europe launched in 1987 he became a Video Jockey there. Arguably his most popular programme was "Cokes and Vanthilt", with co-presenter Marcel Vanthilt.
MTV's Most Wanted
Between 1992 and 1995, Cokes hosted MTV Europe's cult live television series MTV's Most Wanted, an award winning daily show which soon became the most popular one on MTV Europe and gave a break to presenters such as Davina McCall. After it ended in 1995 Ray got a weekly 90 minute show X-Ray which was not as successful. He left MTV Europe in 1996.
In 1994, Cokes released a single titled Simply Sexy! under the name Ray Cokes & the Sex Gods featuring Al Agami, the song's title referring to one of the catchphrases frequently used in Most Wanted.
During the summer of 2009, Ray Cokes and Jean Blaute co-hosted "Tournée Générale", a 10-part exploration of Belgian beer around the world from Sputnik media, on Flemish channel Canvas. A second 10-part series was aired in 2011 and a third in 2013 on Belgian's first channel Eén.
In August 2011, Ray Cokes was part of a prank in which he was apparently kidnapped by a Minecraft player with the username JulianClark. The kidnapper posted a comment on the Minecraft branch of Reddit. The post stated that he was the godson of Ray Cokes, and that he would kill Ray Cokes if he did not receive a "Minecraft Cape." Before the kidnapping occurred, the phrase "Bring me Ray Cokes" was shown on Minecraft. After the prank, JulianClark received the "Minecraft Cape."
During 2012 and 2013 he was one of the three judges in the first Belgium's Got Talent.
In February 2014, he hosted the Swedish Grammy awards.
In October 2014, he released his autobiography, My Most Wanted Life - On-Screen, Off-Screen and In-Between, available in German and English editions
In popular culture
One of the "splash" messages that can appear on the title screen of Minecraft reads "Bring me Ray Cokes!"
- "Ray+Cokes". Everything2. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
- "Ray Cokes & Sex Gods, The – Simply Sexy!". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "En Direct de - France 4" (in French). France4. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2008.
- "Cokes wants to become Belgian" (in Dutch). De Standaard. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- Canvas Tournée Générale
- Classic 21 Cokes Calling
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