Ted Nugent Biography

Ted Nugent

Quick Facts About Ted Nugent

Celebrated Name Ted Nugent
Age 72 Years
Nick Name The Nuge, Motor City Madman, Uncle Ted, Terrible Ted
Birth Name Theodore Anthony Nugent
Birth Date 1948-12-13
Gender Male
Profession Singer

Theodore Anthony Nugent, popularly known as Ted Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pro-gun political activist. Nugent rose to prominence as the lead guitarist of the rock band, The Amboy Dukes. The band was formed in 1963 and is known for its hit single, "Journey to the Center of the Mind". The band dismissed in 1975 and Nugent pursued a solo career. During his solo career, he collaborated with numerous artists. He also became a member of the rock supergroup, Damn Yankees. This group is known for their songs, "High Enough" and "Where You Goin' Now". The group went on hiatus in 1994 when Nugent revived his solo career. They later reunited in the late 1990s.

Besides his music career, Nugent is a pro-gun political activist. He is the board member of the National Rifle Association. He is also known for his political views and controversial statements. 

What is Ted Nugent Famous For?

  • The former member (lead guitarist) of The Amboy Dukes.
  • The former member of the supergroup, Damn Yankees.

Where is Ted Nugent From?

Ted Nugent was born on 13 December 1948. His birth name is Theodore Anthony Nugent. His birth place is in Redford, Michigan in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He was born to father Warren Henry Nugent and mother Marion Dorothy. He has 3 siblings, Jeff, John, and Kathy. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Regarding his educational background, he attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and William Fremd High School. After high school, he attended Oakland Community College. 

Nugent comes from a military family. His father was a career army sergeant. However, Nugent never served in the army. Nugent stated in interviews during the 1990s that he deliberately failed his draft physical test by taking drugs, eating nothing but junk food for days beforehand, and defecating and urinating in his pants. He later stated in a 2018 interview that his defecation story was for his and his band's amusement. His Selective Service classification record shows that he initially qualified for student deferments. He failed a draft physical in August 1969. He was reclassified 4-F. 

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Ted Nugent Career

  • Nugent's music career started with the formation of the rock band, The Amboy Dukes in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. 
  • The band's name comes from the title of a novel by Irving Shulman. 
  • Nugent was the only consistent member of the band. 
  • The band is known for their hit single, "Journey to the Center of the Mind".
  • The band released 7 albums before they split in 1975. 
  • The band later reunited in 2009 to perform at the Detroit Music Awards. They were honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for their contribution to rock music. 
  • After the band The Amboy Dukes was dropped in 1975, Nugent pursued a solo career. 
  • He signed to Epic Records. 
  • As a solo artist, he released albums, Ted Nugent (1975), Free-for-All (1976), Cat Scratch Fever (1977), Weekend Warriors (1978), State of Shock (1979), and Scream Dream (1980) under Epic Records.
  • He then signed with Atlantic Records. He released albums, Nugent (1982), Penetrator (1984), Little Miss Dangerous (1986), If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick'Em (1988), and Spirit of the World (1995).
  • He joined the supergroup Damn Yankees in 1989. Other members were Styx's Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger's Jack Blades, and Michael Cartellone.

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  • The band released two albums, Damn Yankees (1990) and Don't Tread (1992). 
  • The group's hit songs are "High Enough" and "Where You Goin' Now".
  • Nugent revived his solo career and left the band. 
  • The band later reunited for various shows. 
  • He continued his solo career as well. He released other albums under various record labels. He released his album, Craveman in 2002, Love Grenade in 2007, Shutup & Jam! in 2014, and The Music Made Me Do It in 2018.
  • Besides music, Nugent starred in numerous television shows including Spirit of the Wild on the Outdoor Channel. 
  • He hosted the VH1 reality tv show, Surviving Nugent in 2003 and its miniseries, Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments in 2004. 
  • He also hosted the reality show, Wanted: Ted or Alive in 2005. 
  • He appeared on the VH1 reality show, SuperGroup in 2006. 
  • He also starred in several movies and television series as an actor.
  • He is also an author who wrote several books including New York Times Best Selling God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll in 2000.

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Ted Nugent Activism

Ted Nugent is a pro-gun political activist. He advocates for hunting and gun ownership rights. He is also a board member of the National Rifle Association. 

Nugent is also known for his political stand. He is a pro-Republican and has made several controversial political comments. He was a vocal critic of former US President, Barack Obama.

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Ted Nugent Wife

Ted Nugent dated several women in the past. Among several relationships, he married twice. He first married Sandra Jezowski in 1970. The couple shared two children, a son, Theodore Tobias "Toby" Nugent, and a daughter, Sasha Nugent". The couple divorced in 1979. Sandra died in a car crash in 1982. He then married Shemane Deziel in January 1989. The couple shares a son, Rocco Winchester Nugent.

Nugent also has children from other relationships. He father a boy, Ted Mann, and a girl before marrying his first wife, Sandra. Nugent gave up them for adoption in infancy. Their existence became public only in 2010 when those kids sought to learn the identity of their biological father. He also fathered a son with Karen Gutowski while he was married to Shemane. He agreed to pay $3,500 monthly in child support. Altogether, he has 6 children. 

He was accused of having sexual relationships with underage girls. He denied the accusations.

Nugent suffers from hearing loss. He announced via social media in April 2021 that he tested positive for COVID-19. He had previously claimed COVID fake and refused to get the vaccine. He referred to it as the "Chinese shit". 

Ted Nugent Height

Ted Nugent stands at a height of 1.83 m i.e. 6 feet tall. He has a body weight of 181 lbs i.e. 82 kg. He has an average body build. His eye color is green and his hair color is salt and pepper. His sexual orientation is straight. 

Ted Nugent Net Worth

Ted Nugent is one of the successful musicians. Having started his music career in the 1960s with the band The Amboy Dukes, the band released 7 albums before being disbanded in 1975. He pursued a solo music career and has already released 17 studio albums to date. As a member of the supergroup, Damn Yankees, they released 2 albums. In his music career that has spanned over 7 decades, he has given numerous hit songs and albums. The majority of his income came from his music career. He also earned from television endeavors where he starred in numerous television shows. Summing up, he made his fortune from the music industry. At present, his net worth is estimated at around $10 million.

Did You Know?

  • Nugent is known for his Gibson Byrdland, his bluesy and frenzied guitar playing and his energetic live shows.
  • His maternal grandparents were Swedish.
  • He was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • While filming Surviving Nugent: the Ted Commandments in 2004, he injured himself with a chainsaw that required 44 stitches and a leg brace.
  • He was cast in the 1976 horror/comedy movie The Demon Lover.
  • He hosted a radio show, The Ted Nugent Morning Show on "The Bear" 102.7 FM in Detroit.
  • He is a strong supporter of the Republican Party.
  • He is a supporter of Donald Trump.
  • His controversial statements about President Barack Obama led him to be investigated by the Secret Service.
  • He is an outspoken critic of Islam.
  • In 2014, Nugent worked as the treasurer and co-chairman for Sid Miller's campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
  • The band Goldfinger has a song titled, "Fuck Ted Nugent" on their album, Open Your Eyes.
  • He is an outspoken opponent of animal rights. For which, he has received death threats against him and his family from animal rights activists.
  • He owns a 340-acre hunting ranch, Sunrize Acres near Jackson, Michigan.
  • He pleaded guilty to illegally killing and transporting an American black bear in April 2012. He was penalized for the charges.
  • Nugent was a vocal opponent of a proposition to reintroduce gray wolves into Colorado passed in 2020.
  • He expressed interest in possibly running for US President as a Republican in the 2016 US Presidential election. He never ran.
  • Nugent is a fan of the Detroit Red Wings in ice hockey, Detroit Pistons in basketball, Detroit Lions in football, and Detroit Tigers in baseball.
  • Nugent is a national spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
  • Nugent declared his support for the legalization of marijuana for medical use.