Name at birth: Robert Cummings
A comics writer, filmmaker and rock star, Rob Zombie is best known as the front man for 1990s rock band White Zombie and for his song, "Dragula," heard in the movie The Matrix (1999). White Zombie had their major label debut in 1991 with La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1, an album that included the hit song "Thunder Kiss '65." They had another big hit a few years later with "More Human Than Human" (1995). Rob Zombie then began releasing records under his own name, and his songs popped up in TV shows, video games and feature films, including Howard Stern's film Private Parts (1997), End of Days (1999, with Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Mission: Impossible II (2000, with Tom Cruise). Zombie is famous for his love of classic horror themes and makes his own feature films, including House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil's Rejects (2005). He made the phony trailer for Werewolf Women of the S.S. seen in the Robert Rodriguez-Quentin Tarantino project Grindhouse (2007), and then wrote and directed another version of the 1978 horror film Halloween. Zombie has also written for several comic books, including The Nail (with Steve Niles), Rob Zombie's Spookshow International and Bigfoot with Richard Corben.
Before he was a rock star, Zombie was a production assistant on Pee Wee Herman‘s Saturday morning show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse… Zombie once recorded a duet with Alice Cooper for the television show The X-Files (starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson)… Zombie draws and designs the covers, logos and interior art for his albums, and he designed the hallucination scene for the 1996 movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996).