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Chuck Woolery is a multifaceted personality whose life story unfolds like a series of intriguing episodes. Beyond the glitz and glamour of television, Woolery’s journey is marked by a unique blend of accomplishments, from his iconic hosting roles to his ventures in music and acting.

However, it is not just the spotlight that defines him; it’s also his journey through love and family. With four marriages and five children, Woolery has experienced moments of joy and tragedy.

Chuck Woolery biography

Chuck Woolery

Charles Herbert Woolery, born on March 16, 1941, is an American game show host, talk show host and musician. He is known for his extended stints as the host of various game shows. Woolery hails from Ashland, Kentucky.

Following his high school graduation, he reportedly served in the United States Navy for two years. In 1963, Woolery took on the role of a wine consultant for the Wasserstrom Wine and Import Company in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, he worked as a sales representative for Pillsbury.

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Chuck Woolery career

Chuck Woolery at an event

Woolery joined the folk song trio known as “The Bordermen” in the early 1960s and he sang and played the double bass. By 1967, he and Elkin “Bubba” Fowler formed the American psychedelic pop group called “The Avant-Garde”.

This duo released three singles on Columbia Records between 1967 and 1968, including “Yellow Beads”, “Naturally Stoned” and “Fly with Me!” Although Naturally Stoned managed to reach #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in mid-1968, the group disbanded after releasing Fly with Me! and did not produce a full album. To support himself while trying to make a name in the music industry, Woolery worked as a truck driver.

Later, he embarked on a solo career and released five records with Columbia Records. After 1970, he signed with RCA and released the single, “Forgive My Heart”. His subsequent single with RCA, titled “Love Me, Love Me”, came out in 1971 but did not make a significant impact, leading Woolery to shift his focus towards acting.

Woolery took on the role of “Mr. Dingle” in the American children’s television show, New Zoo Revue, which aired in first-run syndication from  1972 to 1977. In 1973, he portrayed “Mr. Thompson” in the segment “Love and the Cozy Comrades” from the ABC anthology comedy television series, Love, American Style. The following year, he appeared as “Pilot Rogers” in the short film, Sonic Boom. He made his first game show appearance with his then-wife, Jo Ann Pflug, in an episode of Tattletales.

In 1974 and 1975, Woolery was featured in the programme Your Hit Parade, which was brought back by CBS. He starred alongside Stephen Boyd, Cheryl Ladd, and Rosey Grier in the 1975 American film The Treasure of Jamaica Reef, also known as Evil in the Deep.

Subsequently, he appeared in the TV movie, A Guide for the Married Woman (1978), TV series such as $weepstake$ (1979), Romance Theatre (1982), 227 (1989) and Scrubs (2004), and in the films Six Pack (1982) and Cold Feet (1989).

While working on various television and film projects, Woolery returned to singing in the late 1970s. He became a country music artist on Warner Bros. Records and later Epic Records. Two of his songs, Painted Lady, released in 1977 through Warner Bros. Records, and The Greatest Love Affair, released in 1980 through Epic Records, charted on Hot Country Songs. He also co-wrote the song The Joys of Being a Woman, with Dan Hoffman and it was part of Tammy Wynette’s 1971 album, titled: We Sure Can Love Each Other. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.

During this time, Merv Griffin, who had seen Woolery sing on The Tonight Show, created an American television game show, Wheel of Fortune, and suggested Woolery as its host. The network version of the show premiered on January 6, 1975, with Woolery and Susan Stafford as the original hosts.

Woolery left the show in 1981 due to a salary dispute with its producers and was replaced by Pat Sajak. In a 2007 interview, Woolery mentioned that he had asked for a raise from $65,000 per annum to about $500,000 per annum, as other hosts were earning similar amounts.

Griffin offered $400,000 per annum and NBC offered an additional $100,000, but when Griffin threatened to move the show to CBS, NBC withdrew the offer. Woolery’s contract was not renewed and he made his final appearance on the show on December 25, 1981.

Following his departure from Wheel of Fortune, Woolery became a prominent host on various television game shows, including Love Connection (1983–1994), Scrabble (1984–1990, 1993), The Big Spin (1985), The Dating Game (1997–1999), TV Land Ultimate Fan Search (1999–2000), Greed (1999–2000), Lingo (2002–2007) and Think Like a Cat (2008). He also hosted talk shows such as Home & Family (1996–1998, co-hosted with Cristina Ferrare) and his short-lived show, The Chuck Woolery Show” (1991).

Additionally, Woolery starred in a short-lived American reality television show, Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned, which focused on his personal life and his role as the host of Lingo. This show aired for six episodes on Game Show Network between June 15 and July 27, 2003.

He hosted the staged production show, The Price Is Right Live! at Harrah’s Entertainment casinos and was featured in The $250,000 Game Show Spectacular, a live stage show at the Westgate Las Vegas until April 2008.
Since 2012, he has been hosting Save Us, Chuck Woolery, a nationally syndicated radio commentary show. This show originated from a series of humorous political YouTube videos featuring Woolery, which made him a YouTube sensation. In 2014, Woolery started a long-format podcast titled: “Blunt Force Truth”, which he co-hosts with Mark Young.

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Chuck Woolery movies

Chuck Woolery smiling

Here is a brief overview of the movies he has acted in and the roles he played:

  • New Zoo Revue (1972) – In this American children’s television show, Woolery portrayed the character “Mr. Dingle”.
  • Love, American Style (1973) – Woolery appeared as “Mr. Thompson” in a segment of this anthology comedy television series.
  • Sonic Boom (1974) – In this short film, Woolery played the role of “Pilot Rogers”.
  • The Treasure of Jamaica Reef (1975) – Woolery had a role as a Detective in this American film, also known as “Evil in the Deep”.
  • A Guide for the Married Woman (1978) – He portrayed the character “Tennis Pro” in this TV movie.
  • $weepstake$ (1979) – Woolery appeared as “Tyler” in this television series.
  • Six Pack (1982) – In this film, he played the role of “TV Commentator #2”.
  • 227 (1989) – Woolery appeared as himself in this TV series.
  • Cold Feet (1989)- He also appeared as himself in this project.
  • Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees (1997) – In this television show, Woolery played the character “Chuck”.
  • Scrubs (2004) – He made an appearance as himself in an episode of this medical comedy-drama series.

Chuck Woolery’s net worth

Woolery has an estimated net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Chuck Woolery Family

Woolery has been married four times and he is the father of five children.

  • His first marriage was to Margaret Hayes, with whom he had two children: Katherine and Chad. Chad was, however, killed in a motorcycle accident in January 1986.
  • In 1972, he married actress Jo Ann Pflug and they divorced in 1980. They had a daughter together named Melissa.
  • With his third wife, Teri Nelson, who is the adopted daughter of actor David Nelson and the granddaughter of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, he has two sons, Michael and Sean.
  • In 2006, Woolery married Kim Barnes.

Chuck Woolery age

Woolery was born on March 16, 1941. He is 82 years old.

Chuck Woolery Twitter

Woolery has an active social media presence on Twitter, having 695,300 followers as of the time of writing this article. He uses his Twitter page to air his views as a political activist.

Woolery is known for his active support of the Republican Party and his substantial donations to Republican and conservative causes. He is a staunch advocate of conservatism in the United States and has publicly expressed his views in favour of this political ideology.

In May 2017, Woolery made several tweets, one of which drew controversy. He mentioned that Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin were both Jewish and this statement led to accusations of anti-Semitism.

On July 12, 2020, he tweeted conspiracy theories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He claimed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Democratic Party, medical practitioners, and the media were all lying about the pandemic. It is worth noting that his claims were retweeted by then-US President Donald Trump.

However, the very next day, Woolery posted a tweet stating that the “COVID-19 pandemic is real” and mentioned that his son had tested positive for the virus. During this period, Woolery’s Twitter account was made private for some time.

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