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 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.
His First Job Was As A Gofer For 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse'Photo: CBS
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.2,864279Did this surprise you?
He Made A Voice Cameo In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'Photo: MarvelHe doesn't appear on screen, but Zombie provided the voice of the computer Ravager navigator system.2,392268Did this surprise you?
He Directed A Woolite CommercialVideo: YouTubeIt'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.2,464291Did this surprise you?
His First 45 Was The Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine"Video: YouTube
In this interview with Graham Hartmann of Loudwire, Zombie plays a round of "Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction," in which Hartmann goes through facts presented on Rob Zombie's Wikipedia page to sleuth what is real and what is totally made up. Hartmann notes that the page states the first record Zombie ever bought was an Alice Cooper release.Zombie notes that this is technically true, as Cooper's was the first album he bought; however, the first record - a 45 RPM, 7-inch single - was the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine," which he purchased sometime in kindergarten and played repeatedly, much to the annoyance of his parents.1,149233Did this surprise you?