12:48 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
Steve Wilkos is the host of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's nationally syndicated series "The Steve Wilkos Show."
A native of Chicago, Wilkos served his country in the U.S. Marine Corpsfor almost seven years before joining the Chicago Police Department. For almost 12 years, he kept the streets of Chicago's volatile 14th District (Shakespeare) safe while moonlighting during his off hours on television. Wilkos retired from the police force in 2001 and now devotes himself full time to his family and his show.
Prior to starting a show of his own, Wilkos filled in for Jerry Springer as host of the long-running "The Jerry Springer Show" on more than 50 episodes, using his law enforcement background and no-nonsense style to create his own identity as a talk show host.
Touted as a man of and for the people, Wilkos' popularity has skyrocketed and his sincerity and moral fiber have made for a very diverse fan base that includes people from all walks of life. When not watching cartoons with his two young children, Wilkos makes time to catch his favorite show of all time,"The Simpsons,"for which he lent his voice for a cameo on a past episode (a milestone he proudly calls "the highlight of my career so far.") Wilkos has also appeared in several TV shows and films, including the hit motion picture "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
In 2008, Wilkos became a national spokesman for USA CARES, a charitable organization dedicated to providing financial guidance to post9/11active dutyU.S. militaryservice personnel, veterans and their families. "I am honored to be associated with USA CARES, and fully support their vision of providing the tools to sustain military personnel and their families," says Wilkos.
A huge sports fan, Wilkos can be spotted at various professional sporting events in his free time, such as baseball, basketball and football games.
Wilkos and his wife, Rachelle Wilkos, who is executive producer of "The Steve Wilkos Show" and "The Jerry Springer Show," have two young children and live in Connecticut.
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