Who is Rob Zombie? Most everyone knows him as the growling singer behind numerous horror rock records, both as a solo artist and in his first band White Zombie, as well as the writer and director of brutal terror films like the trippy House of 1000 Corpses and its grittier sequel The Devil's Rejects, as well as the two most recent installments in the Halloween franchise, and both The Lords of Salem and the 2016 film 31.
But these are merely surface level Rob Zombie facts. How did he come to be the horror Renaissance man he is today? Other than the works for which he's best known, what else has he done? What about projects that never made it off the ground?Take a brief tour of the Rob Zombie biography below, and learn a thing or two about the man behind the legend. Here are some of the most badass facts about Rob Zombie you probably didn't know.
He Made a Voice Cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy
He doesn't appear on screen, but Zombie provided the voice of the computer Ravager navigator system.
His First Job Was as a Gofer for 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse'
Zombie originally revealed this tidbit in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, and elaborated on his duties in Westword magazine:
"It was a cool job to have. But I was probably nineteen years old. It was everything from delivering stuff to doing little crap work around the set. I don't even know if I was a P.A. Whatever is just below a P.A. I'm not even sure it counts as below a P.A., but that was my job. Lowest rung on the ladder -- that would be [the title I give myself for that job]."It was cool, and I liked it. Besides being a fan of Pee Wee Herman, Phil Hartman was on the show. William Marshall, Blacula, was the King of Cartoons. There were all kinds of people I really liked on the show. So it was pretty exciting."
He Directed a Woolite Commercial
It's true. The ad debuted back in 2011 and was part of an "alternative" campaign to add a bit of humor - and possibly controversy - to the detergent brand. Zombie stated he tried to make something less overtly "scary" or horrific, and aim for a lighter, "Tim Burton" feel.
He Attributed Much of White Zombie's Success to Beavis and Butt-Head
In 1992, Zombie's first band, White Zombie, had a break-out hit with "Thunderkiss '65." However, if it hadn't been for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head, the song, its album - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 - and the group itself might have fallen into absolute obscurity. He told Entertainment Weekly in 1993:
"The record immediately started picking up in markets where we never played, like Wyoming and Missouri-places where Beavis and Butt-Head was the only thing happening, where it’s just cows. It always seemed we needed something to give the album a kick in the butt, and I guess this was the thing."As a result, Zombie befriended series creator Mike Judge and contributed an animated hallucination sequence in the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.