Wilkos at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
|Born||Steven John Wilkos
March 9, 1964
|Residence||Fairfield County, Connecticut|
|Occupation||Television host, talk show host, U.S. Marine, former police officer, patrolman, director of security|
|Years active||1982–1989 (Marine)
1990–2001 (police officer)
1994–2007 (Director of Security)
2007–present (television host)
|Known for||The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show|
|Spouse(s)||Rachelle Wilkos (m. 2000)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1982–1989|
|Unit||7th Comm Battalion, Okinawa
MCB Quantico, Virginia
MCRD Parris Island
Steven John Wilkos (//; born March 9, 1964) is an American television personality, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a former law enforcement officer with the Chicago Police Department. He has been hosting The Steve Wilkos Show since 2007, and was director of security on The Jerry Springer Show from 1994 to 2007. He had previously substituted for Springer as host on several occasions before being given his own talk show.
Early life and education
Wilkos was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jeanette (née Pelikan), a beauty school instructor, and Stanley Wilkos, a former police officer who was in the Korean War as an army paratrooper. He has a brother and two sisters, the third of four children. Wilkos grew up poor He went to John J Audubon grammar school and graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1982.
Chicago Police Department
The Jerry Springer Show
In May 1994, the producers of The Jerry Springer Show, taped in Chicago at that time, needed security guards, so they decided to hire Wilkos and other off-duty police officers to work part-time for the show. Wilkos recruited several fellow officers for the job, and he retired from the force and worked exclusively for the show beginning in 2001.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Wilkos became a professional wrestler with the Maryland Championship Wrestling during a temporary production hiatus of Springer. In 2005, Wilkos appeared as a guest on Check, Please!, a restaurant-reviewing program on Chicago's PBS station, WTTW. In 2006, after Springer began what would be a seven-episode stint on Dancing with the Stars, Wilkos filled in for him in the meantime and Springer later recruited Wilkos to substitute for him each Monday, calling him "the obvious choice."
Beyond Springer, he has made cameo appearances on the MLB Network. He's also appeared on TV series Between Brothers, The Wayans Bros. and in the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as a security guard for Jerry Springer.
The Steve Wilkos Show
In January 2007, NBC Universal Television officially announced that Wilkos would host a talk show of his own based at NBC Tower in Chicago. The self-titled program premiered on September 10, 2007 and received high ratings. Steve is known for his abrasive approach to solving disputes.
Wilkos expressed disapproval with the first season of the talk show, as he reflected: "All I did was yell at everybody and throw people off the stage. There was no level of emotion -- just hardcore yelling." Wilkos said this was how he was produced by his original executive producer, but that his wife encouraged him to be himself and go with his "gut."
On January 21, 2018, Wilkos was involved in a rollover crash near his home and was charged with drunk driving. He has asked a judge for an alternative punishment which would result in charges being dismissed upon completion of an education and treatment program.
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