Explaining how he became a "voicetramentalist," the 62-year-old said, "I always did this, and this was just a part of me. I've been making sounds since I was a kid."
Back in the 1980s, Michael Winslow was all rage when it came to his amazing ability to create sound effects using his voice. Thanks to his unique talent, the self-proclaimed "voicetramentalist" managed to bag the role of officer Lavell Jones in all seven Police Academy movies. The actor also appeared in the 80s classic movies like Gremlin and Mel Brooks' Spaceball, and presented the Best Sound Effects Editing award to Back to the Future during the 1986 Oscars. But soon after he simply disappeared from the industry. On Tuesday, decades later, Winslow stood on the stage of America's Got Talent and reintroduced his vocal skills, as host Terry Crews deemed him a "legend."
Explaining how he became a "voicetramentalist," the 62-year-old said, "I always did this, and this was just a part of me. I've been making sounds since I was a kid." Being an "Air Force brat" he moved quite a bit while growing up and this led to him creating his own imaginary friends. "So, after high school, I hitchhiked to Los Angeles, and I didn't know where to go. I didn't know what I was going to do. I just knew that I wanted to do this. And then I ended up being part of this movie called Police Academy, and suddenly my life changed from there. … I ended up doing pretty well!"
Appearing on the popular talent show, Winslow revealed that he had to scale back his career after his first wife Belinda Church passed away in 1993. Being a single parent, Winslow stopped appearing in movies so he could take care of his kids and spend more time with them. "But I stopped making movies because I quit the business for my children. I had to raise them, because I became a widower," he said according to Yahoo! News. Although he occasionally did commercials and stand-up comedy later, the 62-year-old just did not have the same recognition that he once did. So after being encouraged by his son to part take in America's Got Talent, Winslow made his way to the stage, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Next, he surprised the judges with an array of sounds like transistor radio noises, chimes on an airplane, a beatbox rendition of Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, and also performed Hendrix's version of "The Star spangled Banner. "I always say the best races I love watching, because I love motor-racing, is sometimes all the big champions come back and they battle with the rookies. And that makes it a proper competition. So, the fact that you’ve come and you’ve set a standard here is just so thrilling for me. I’m absolutely ecstatic. That’s how you do it," expressed judge Simon Cowell.
After leaving the stage, Winslow told Crews, "My life has changed again for the better, and I’ve gotten another blessing." He continued, "Now, after raising my two kids, I'm in a different phase. I think this is my time. America's Got Talent is the place for me to show I still have something to offer. I’ve still got some sounds to make, and there's still room for a little more." Although it's been years since the audience last saw Winslow, his talent remained unchanged. Artists like Winslow are a reminder that when some celebrities fade away it is not necessarily due to a lack of skill but real problems that every human being faces in life. It was definitely inspiring to see the wonderful performer courageously giving his career another shot on the big stage.
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