Michael was born September 6, 1958 to Robert and Verdie Winslow, on
Fairchild Air force Base with never a dull moment. The youngest of six
brothers. His mom tells stories about when he was young he would imitate the
airplanes, jet engines, basically anything that made a noise he copied with
sounds that came out of his mouth. “Growing up in the Air Force Base made it
difficult to have friends, so I created imaginary friends, dogs, cats,
trucks, anything that would keep me occupied for the moment” says Michael.
After graduated High School and a short-lived college, he had his first
professional performance at a club/theater in Boulder, Colorado named
Tulagi’s. This was very exciting for him because Jimi Hendrix, The Doors,
Tommy Bolin and other famous bands played there (By the way Michael does an
incredible imitation on Hendrix’s guitar playing).
He opened and act for a group called “Nova” and Italian Rock Fusion Band, He
heard through the grapevine that this group were fans of Jimi Hendrix, so
why not portray him? He had lots of props including his mother’s Afro wig.
He was so nervous, but the audience was flabbergasted with his rendition of
“Purple Haze”. The ovation and the applause from the audience was
overwhelming. From that moment on he knew his calling. He wanted to be an
Mr. Michael packed his bags and hitchhiked to Venice Beach where he would be
homeless for a short time….He Auditioned for the “Gong Show” hosted by the
infamous Chuck Barris and he won a whoping $516.32 that finally got him out
of homelessness and allowed him to by a vehicle, that took him to Los
Angeles to all the local comedy clubs. At this point in time, Bud Friedman,
believed in him and featured in him in the famous EVENING AT THE IMPROV
(which we all known now as the Comedy Improve Clubs).
Until 1984 when he finally got his BIG CHANCE. Director Hugh Wilson and
producer Paul Manslanski came to see him perform at Long Beach Theater where
he was opening for the incomparable Count Basie & his Orquestra. Needless to
say, Wilson and Manslanski were blown away! They immediately wrote him into
the script of the unforgettable “Police Academy I through VII” As soon as
this movie came out and it became an instant success so did Michael! His
celebrity status was in place. He then went to play a part in Mel Brooks
“Spaceballs”. This film helped in furthering his spotlight as a unique
comedian. A man with a special talent that made “families” laugh. Michael
was also heard, but not seen, when he gave the voice to Stripe, the evil
little creature, in another Hit Movie “Gremlins”.
He also did voice-overs for Disney and Universal Studios in such rides as
“Back to the Future and Terminator” Currently you can also hear him in the
Television Hits “Robo Chicken and Family Guy” You can't miss him on those
great “Geico” commercials. And in the spring of 2008 he will grace the red
carpet premiere of National Lampoon's Robo Doc.
Michael, a master of vocal gymnastics, can imitate over 1000 sound effects
using his voice alone. Whether he is recreating the frenzy of Jimi Hendrix
playing the guitar, or the roar of a jet plane, his talent is truly
remarkable and his versatility admirable and enjoyable for all ages!
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