Danny Koker Bio
Danny Koker (Danny “The Count” Koker) born Daniel Nicholas Koker II, is the owner of Count’s Kustoms and a talented vocalist. He was born on January 5, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Cleveland and Detroit with family blood lines that gifted him with his stellar vocal stylings and with the innate love of all things automotive.
He is the son of the late Daniel Nicholas Koker I (“Danny Koker”). His father worked as a musician, singer, composer, conductor and arranger in many quartets and bands such as: Foggy River Boys, Weatherford Quartet, The Cathedral Quartet, Oak Ridge Boys, CL Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, The Rex Humbard Family Singers and The Koker Family Singers.
Having grown up with a father (Daniel Koker Sr.) that excelled as a musician, singer and composer, it is no wonder that the talented vocalist followed in the same footsteps. With such an inspirational role model at the helm of his education into the music industry Koker was a natural born entertainer performing before audiences on-stage at Carnegie Hall from the tender age of 11.
Danny fell in love with automobiles during his early years in Michigan and Ohio, where his father worked as an executive for the Ford Motor Company. He credits his dad for igniting his burning, lifelong passion when he gave him his first motorcycle at only eight years old. Danny taught himself to take it apart and put it back together again, a hobby he relentlessly pursued when he wasn’t touring the world with his uncle’s Southern gospel group, the Rex Humbard Singers.
Danny first became known on the Sin City scene hosting a cable TV show, Saturday Fright at the Movies. Using a patchy Eastern European accent copied from his immigrant grandparents, he introduced classic horror movies as a vampire Elvis, decked out in cape, aviators and sipping from a goblet of blood. It’s been years since Danny portrayed the Count Cool Rider character he created for the show, but the nickname stuck and now lends itself to the dealership he acquired after turning his hobby into a full time business.
As the owner of Count’s Kustoms, Danny Koker is the creative force behind each project leaving his Las Vegas-based hotrod and chopper shop. He customises choppers, hot rods and muscle cars for highway obsessed aficionados. With the help of his talented team, Danny ‘pimps out’ the vintage rides and sells them on in a hurry.
He owns a local tattoo parlour and The Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill, which was first opened with Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe as a testament to their mutual love of dirty rock ‘n’ roll. Having since become the sole proprietor, Danny himself frequently performs there with his band Count 77, growling through covers from the likes of Black Sabbath and The Doors.
Danny Koker Age
He was born on January 5, 1964. He is currently 54 years.
Danny Koker Height
Danny is 1.89 m tall.
Danny Koker Wife – Danny Koker Married
Danny Koker is married to Korie Koker who is a co-owner of Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill founded by Danny.
Danny Koker Children – Danny Koker Kids – Danny and Korie Koker Children
It is not clear whether Danny and wife Korie Koker have children.
Danny Koker Net Worth – Danny the Count Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of between $10 to $15 million.
Danny Koker Car Collection
Danny has 58 cars and 78 motorcycles in his collections which costs thousands of dollars. He has always wanted to own a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV. As of 2015, Danny disclosed he’s yet to possess the vehicle.
“… I have a lot of different cars from very high-performance exotic cars and sports cars to hot rods … I’m truly addicted. I think I need an intervention. I need some help!” He quipped.
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The eighth season of “Counting Cars” kicks off at 10 p.m. Tuesday on History, and Danny Koker, the show’s star, is still involved in every car and motorcycle built at Count’s Kustoms. That means he works from first thing in the morning till 7 or 8 p.m. It’s not uncommon for him to be there on weekends, as well.
That’s in addition to his being “the owner-slash-CEO-El Presidente” of four local businesses — Count’s Kustoms, Count’s Tattoo Company, the rock club Count’s Vamp’d and the recording studio Desert Moon — as well as the lead singer of the rock band Count’s 77.
If you’re noticing a theme here, it’s all connected to the years Koker, 53, spent as Count Cool Rider, the vampiric host of “Saturday Fright at the Movies,” which aired from 1989 to 2000 on what’s now KVCW-TV, Channel 33.
When he appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” in 2014, the show’s producers dug up and aired a clip of Count Cool Rider, much to Koker’s delight. “I always chuckle. I can’t help it. I giggle,” he says. “Those were great times.”
Koker took some of his rare free time to talk about “Counting Cars,” his massive collection of cars and bikes and, with Halloween coming up, Count Cool Rider.
Review-Journal: Every time we talk, I’m amazed at how busy you are.
Koker: Dude, I am, too. (Laughing) The insanity just doesn’t seem to end, man, but that’s just a blessing. It sure beats the alternative.
What’s your work week like now when you’re in production? Or are you ever really out of production?
We are rarely ever out of production. And the reason is because there are approximately 45 of us here, just at the Count’s Kustoms shop. And I’ve got no less than 15 builds going on at a time. So we’re constantly going. … At any given time, out of these, say, 15 projects, there is a vehicle in one department or another. So as far as production is concerned, they’ve gotta keep rolling on all of this stuff, or they’re going to miss something vital on an episode.
When you started “Counting Cars,” did you ever think you’d be doing it this long?
No. I think the first contract we did was for 26 episodes, and they greenlighted 13 of ’em with the option for the other 13. And I thought, “You know what? That’s really cool. It’ll be phenomenal promotion for the shop, and I’m really stoked about it.” … The honest answer is, I hoped in my heart of hearts that it would do well, and I had no idea it would do this well.
Do you have any idea how far the show’s reach is?
We’re in 160 countries around the world right now. We’re translated into I don’t know how many languages. … At least once a week, somebody contacts us here to talk to me about doing a Count’s Kustoms (franchise) in India. It blows my mind.
How many cars and bikes do you own now?
Oh, my Lord. I’m an addict. I make jokes to the people around me that I need an intervention, and everybody chuckles, but it’s the truth. If there’s a rehab center for this addiction, I need to go to it. I’m probably at about 110 vehicles now in my personal collection. I need help, bro.
Do you have a favorite?
I’ve still got a group of vehicles that I started collecting with my father years ago. And they’ve just been sitting for years. And I’m starting to dig out a couple of the very personal vehicles that were my father’s years ago that now belong to me, that I really haven’t been able to think about or look at or touch for a long time, because he was the biggest person in my life. I lost Dad in ’08, so it’s been difficult. But now I’m starting to go through some very personal things. And I’m trying to figure out a good way to share those with the fans.
How important was Count Cool Rider in getting you to where you are today?
(Laughing) Huge, man! Huge! I love that you bring that up, man. I really do. Count Cool Rider, so important to me. I’ve been a horror movie guy ever since I was a kid. I grew up between the cities of Cleveland and Detroit, and both of those cities had late-night horror hosts that I always watched. … (Count Cool Rider) was me paying respect to the guys that I grew up watching.
Did you actually enjoy any of those movies? Or were they just the cheapest ones you could get your hands on?
We were fortunate enough that “Saturday Fright at the Movies” did so well here at the local level that the studio could take the time to invest in the best horror movies that we could possibly get the rights to. So yes and no. Sure, we played some real stinkers, but we had some fun with them. And then, yeah, we got some really good movies along the way. So yes, I did enjoy probably most of the movies we played.
What’s your favorite scary movie?
When I dig back into the classics, I have to say I just love “Dracula” with Bela Lugosi. I know that sounds so cliche, but it’s just a magical film. I love “Nosferatu” starring Max Schreck. That was an amazing film, but the vampire was very much a monster. Bela Lugosi made him romantic, made him cool, and took him to a whole ‘nother level. I’m a huge Vincent Price fan as well. I think “Theater of Blood” was arguably one of the coolest Vincent Price movies that was out there. But I also then go into things like “The Shining.” Oh, my Lord, talk about just an amazing film. “The Shining” was just awesome.