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Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 21, 1938
DiedJuly 1, 1995, Belvedere, North Carolina, United States
SpouseLou Smith
MarkWolf howl and gravelly voice
FactOnce appeared in a commercial for Clearasil.

Wolfman Jack was born Robert Weston Smith on January 21, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York. His father, an insurance salesman, died when Wolfman was just four years old. His mother remarried and the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where Wolfman attended Maury High School. It was there that he developed a love for rhythm and blues music.

Wolfman began his career in radio in the early 1960s, working at a number of small stations in North Carolina and Virginia. He eventually landed a job at XERF, a Mexican border blaster with a powerful signal that could be heard across the United States. It was at XERF that Wolfman developed his signature style, which included speaking in a gravelly voice and playing music by black artists that was not typically heard on mainstream radio.

In the early 1970s, Wolfman moved to Los Angeles, where he began working at KDAY. It was there that he gained a wider audience and became one of the most popular DJs in the country. He also began making appearances on television and in films, including American Graffiti (1973) and The Wolfman (1981).

Wolfman continued to work in radio and television until his death from a heart attack on July 1, 1995. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

At the time of his death, Wolfman Jack was estimated to have a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameWolfman Jack
Date Of BirthJanuary 21, 1938
DiedJuly 1, 1995, Belvedere, North Carolina, United States
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionDisc jockey, Actor, Radio personality


SpouseLou Smith
ChildrenJoy Rene Smith, Tod Weston Smith
ParentsAnson Weston Smith, Rosamond Small


MoviesMortuary Academy, Garfield in Paradise, Stanley the Ugly Duckling, Motel Hell, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Deadman's Curve, Deranged, American Graffiti, Rock's First Teen Idols
TV ShowsThe Midnight Special

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#Marks / Signs
1Wolf howl and gravelly voice


1Began his radio career in 1960 at WYOU in Newport News, Virginia, and later moved to KCIJ in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he first came up with the idea of the Wolfman Jack character.
2He was a fan of disc jockey Alan Freed who helped to turn African-American rhythm and blues into Caucasian rock and roll music. Freed originally called himself the Moondog after New York City street musician Moondog. Freed both adopted this name and used a recorded howl to give his early broadcasts a unique character. The Wolfman's adaptation of the Moondog theme was to call himself Wolfman Jack and add his own sound effects. The character was based in part on the manner and style of bluesman Howling Wolf. He created the nickname Wolfman Jack and attempted to mask his true identity to create public interest in his radio character.
3Once appeared in a commercial for Clearasil.
4A final tribute show aired one week after Wolfman's death on over 100 radio stations.
5For the last two years of his life, Wolfman Jack did a live weekly show from WXTR-FM in Washington, DC, which was carried on 50 affiliate stations around the United States.
6Career began on KCIJ-AM, a daytime station in Shreveport, Louisiana.
7He is referred to in the songs, "Ramble on Rose", by Grateful Dead, "Clap For the Wolfman" by The Guess Who, and "Wolfman Jack" by Todd Rundgren.
8Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108)
9"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.
10He died almost immediately after returning home from a promotional tour for his autobiography, "Have Mercy." He entered his house, hugged his wife, said "Oh, it is so good to be home!" and literally died in his wife's arms.
11Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1964 to 1966 for the (then) 250,000 watt radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas, USA, which is among borders of Texas and Mexico.
12Wolfman Jack was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, where he was officially known as and nicknamed "Reverend Jack".
13He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, DC, on Friday Night, June 30, 1995.




Garfield and Friends1994TV Series
Swamp Thing1992TV SeriesHurly
DJ Boy1989Video GameDisk Jockey (US version, voice)
Mortuary Academy1988Bernie Berkowitz
Rags to Riches1987TV SeriesMorgan W. Hollywood
Garfield in Paradise1986TV ShortChief (voice)
The Midnight Hour1985TV MovieRadio D.J. (voice)
Stanley, the Ugly Duckling1982TV MovieEagle One (voice)
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang1980-1981TV SeriesOpening Narrator
Motel Hell1980Reverend Billy
More American Graffiti1979Wolfman Jack
Wonder Woman1978TV SeriesInfra Red
Hanging on a Star1978Gordon Shep
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978Our Guests at Heartland
Deadman's Curve1978TV MovieThe Jackal
James at 161978TV SeriesAnnouncer
Police Story1978TV SeriesFelco
Have I Got a Christmas for You1977TV MovieChips Domino
The Wolfman Jack Show1976TV SeriesHost
What's Happening!!1976TV SeriesEmcee
Emergency!1975TV Series
The Odd Couple1973TV SeriesWolfman Jack
American Graffiti1973Disc Jockey


312016performer: "Graveyard Ball", "Wings of Lightning", "Wolfman Jack Show Promo", "Big Party", "Wolfman Jack Halloween Show"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale


Tenacity and Gratitude: The Frank Cotolo Story2014Documentary in loving memory of / in memory of
Flying High1978TV Series thanks - 1 episode


Moondog Airwaves2015Short completedHimself
Married with Children1995TV SeriesHimself
Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues1987TV SpecialHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Return of Bruno1987TV MovieHimself
Wolf Rock TV1984TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1972-1980TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself / Himself-Announcer / ...
Galactica 19801980TV SeriesHimself
Vega$1980TV SeriesHimself
The Wolfman Jack Radio Show1980TV MovieHimself - Host
Dance Fever1979TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesGuest Appearance
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Murder at the Mardi Gras1978TV MovieHimself
Science Fiction Film Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
What's Happening!!1978TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1977TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Hamel Show1976TV SeriesHimself
The Wolfman Jack Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
New American Bandstand 19651975TV SeriesHimself
NBC Special Treat1975TV SeriesHimself
The Seven Minutes1971Himself

Archive Footage

Tenacity and Gratitude: The Frank Cotolo Story2014DocumentaryHimself
Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio2008DocumentaryHimself
Conquest of the Earth1981TV MovieHimself

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