Steve Wilkos

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Steve Wilkos

Steve Wilkos before a taping in 2011.
BornSteven John Wilkos
(1964-03-09) March 9, 1964 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationU.S. Marine, United States Marine Corps (1982-1989), Television host
Known forThe Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Spouse(s)Rachelle Consiglio
Website
www.stevewilkos.com
 
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Steve Wilkos

Steve Wilkos before a taping in 2011.
BornSteven John Wilkos
(1964-03-09) March 9, 1964 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationU.S. Marine, United States Marine Corps (1982-1989), Television host
Known forThe Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Spouse(s)Rachelle Consiglio
Website
www.stevewilkos.com

Steven John "Steve" Wilkos (play /ˈwɪlks/; born March 9, 1964)[1] is an American television personality, a U.S. Marine and officer with the Chicago police.[2] He currently hosts his own talk show, The Steve Wilkos Show, and is also known as the former director of security on The Jerry Springer Show. Wilkos had previously substituted for Springer as host on several occasions before being given his own talk show.

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Early life

Wilkos was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1982 then joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1982 to 1989. He joined the Chicago Police Department in 1990.[1][2] His wife, Rachelle Wilkos, is the executive producer for Springer as well as his own show; Steve and Rachelle have two children, Ruby (born 2003) and Jack (born 2005). They lived in Park Ridge, Illinois while working in Chicago.[3] Steve and his family currently reside in Stamford, Connecticut.[4]

Career

The Jerry Springer Show

In May 1994, the producers of The Jerry Springer Show, taped in Chicago, needed security guards for a Ku Klux Klan-related show, so they decided to hire off-duty police. Wilkos then worked part-time for Springer security.[5] He recruited several fellow officers for the job,[2] and worked exclusively for the show, leaving the police department in 2001.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Wilkos became a professional wrestler with the Maryland Championship Wrestling, during a temporary production hiatus of Springer.[6][7] In 2005, Wilkos appeared as a guest on Check, Please!, a restaurant-reviewing program on Chicago's PBS station, WTTW.[8]

Beyond Springer, he has made cameo appearances on the TV series Between Brothers, The Wayans Bros. and The Simpsons, and in the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me where he was seen as a security guard for Jerry Springer.[9]

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 to high ratings.[10] Steve is known for his abrasive approach to solving disputes.

While performing security functions at The Jerry Springer Show, Wilkos would occasionally step in to interrupt or separate guests that would get involved in physical altercations. During his attempt to separate the fighting party, the crowd would sometimes call out his name, "STEVE! STEVE! STEVE!" in support of his actions. Other times, he would be the subject of flirtatious comments by either the invited guests or the audience; afterwards someone in the crowd would again call his name out. This action replicated itself on his own show, often substituting applause for "STEVE! STEVE! STEVE!" as a sign of approval.[citation needed]

As of August 2009, the show has moved its taping location to Stamford, Connecticut.[citation needed]

On October 25, 2010, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution announced The Steve Wilkos Show has been renewed through September 2014.

The show started airing on Living 2, then Living it and later, Sky Living.

The show was parodied on the adult television cartoon, The Boondocks, with John DiMaggio voicing Wilkos.[episode needed]

References

  1. ^ a b "Steve Wilkos". NNDB. 2007. http://www.nndb.com/people/737/000164245/. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Weller, Sam (1998-01-12). "Talk Toughs". Weekly Wire. http://weeklywire.com/ww/01-12-98/chicago_cover.html. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  3. ^ Chicago Sun-Times - Recent home sales
  4. ^ Fillo, Maryellen (March 12, 2010). "Steve Wilkos And Rachelle Wilkos Show Off Their Home". The Hartford Courant. http://www.courant.com/features/home-garden/hc-steve-wilkos-home-0312.artmar12,0,3371219.story. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ Graham, Colin (1999). "Steve's Interview". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Picture/5433/steve.htm%3F20079&date=2009-10-25+08:11:04. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  6. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2002-03-29). "ABC Cancels "Once and Again"". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,220962,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  7. ^ YouTube - MCW Steve Wilkos & Gillberg Vs. Dino Divine & Chad Bowman
  8. ^ "Vivienne on Check Please!". Toyus Interruptus. 2005-10-20. http://toyus.blogspot.com/2005/10/vivienne-on-check-please.html. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  9. ^ "About Steve Wilkos". WGN-TV. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. http://web.archive.org/web/20071214035256/http://wgntv.trb.com/entertainment/syn/stevewilkos/. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  10. ^ Pursell, Chris (2007-09-11). "‘TMZ,’ ‘Wilkos’ Have Strong Debuts in Syndication". TV Week. http://www.tvweek.com/news/2007/09/tmz_wilkos_have_strong_debuts.php. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 

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