Zacherley (John Zacherle) "The Cool Ghoul" is one of America's most well known and television horror hosts, also a radio personality, DJ, voice-over artist and recording artist with a long and varied career in broadcasting. At the height of his fame, he mostly worked and appeared in the Philadelphia and New York areas during the 1950s and 1960s as horror host Zacherley. Considered by many to be one of the all time greats.
Born John Zacherle on September the 27th 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents wouldn't allow him to watch horror movies, which were popular at the time. When he grew-up he went into television, taking small bit-part roles in a variety of TV series. In 1957, when the famous SHOCK film package, he asked to be the host. And so he donned his now infamous costume.
The nickname "The Cool Ghoul" is said to have come from Dick Clark, of American Bandstand fame. He and Zacherley worked together, Zacherley sometimes filling in for Clark during the 1960s on Bandstand tours. It was with Clark's help that Zacherley recorded his 1959 top ten hit "Dinner With Drac". However Clark thought the song was lyrically to dark and gory for the wholesome Bandstand, so had Zacherley record a toned-down version for the show.
Weird Retro Fact: On Valentine's Day 1970, Zacherley introduced the Grateful Dead at the famous Fillmore East rock venue in the East Village of New York City.
Weird Retro Fact: Zacherley turned 96 on the 25th of September 2014. He still makes personal appearances at conventions.