Rob Van Winkle

Robert Matthew Van Winkle is better known as Rob Van Winkle. Apart from his career as a rapper, he has acted and hosted various TV shows. There was no star bigger than him in 1990. He was one of the best-selling rappers the world had ever seen. His song “Ice Ice Baby” is one of the most successful songs, which made him nominated for the Grammy Award.

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Biography and Early Life

Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born on October 31, 1967, in South Dallas, Texas. His mother’s name was Camilla Beth. He had never known his biological father as his father left him when he was four years old. Since then, he was raised by many stepfathers. When he was a teenager, Robert was a student with poor and dismal grades. He even skips his school often. When he was 18 years old, he dropped out of school. He made his living by washing cars.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Rob Van Winkle in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Rob Van Winkle’s age is 53 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 31 October 1967. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 180cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 180lbs in Pound and 82kg in Kilograms.


When it comes to the education of Robert Matthew Van winkle, nothing is mentioned more about his schooling. Robert was a student in R.L Turner High School. He was weak in his studies as a student. He got dismal grades and even skipped school often. At the age of 18, when he was in the 10th grade, he dropped out of school. After dropping out of school, he never attended any colleges. He then made out his living by washing cars. Later on, he became more interested in pop music in took his career further in rapping and after acting in films and various TV shows.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Rob Van Winkle was born in Dallas. His mother’s name was Camilla Berth. His father left him when he was four. So his mother named his title with her last husband’s name. He never knew who his father was. He, along with his mother, constantly changed place often from Dallas to Miami. When Winkle was affected by Hip Hop at a very early age saying it was his passion. Between the age of 13 and 14, he practiced breakdancing, which laid his friends name him Vanilla.

Shortly afterward, he started the battle in rapping, and then his friends called him MC Vanilla. At the age of sixteen, he published his album ‘Ice Ice Baby’ which became his instant hit. Robert dated Madonna for eight months during his career days in the year 1991. By 1997, he got married to Laura and have two daughters with her named Dusti Rail and kee Lee Breeze. In 2016, his wife Laura filed for divorce. In 2018, he had his third child with his new wife.

Is Rob Van Winkle Gay?

Though not given in any public statement, Robert Matthew Van Winkle is most definitely not gay. His relationship with Madonna for eight months and even his marriage with Laura Giaritta in 1997 make it very relevant that he is not gay. His marriage with her saw the birth of two children, namely Dusti Rain and KeeLee Breeze indicate the fact that he is not gay. Even his long-lasting relationship with his wife Laura makes it very clear that Robert is definitely straight when it comes to his sexual orientation.

Professional Career

When it comes to the professional career of Rob Van Winkle, it is seen that he was most successful. In the year 1989, Robert signed up with SBK records and released his LP “hooked,” which contained the single “Play That Funky Music.” Which was sent to play at the radio station. In later 1990, a local DJ played “Ice Ice Baby” in contrary to “Play That Funky Music,” which became his huge success. He even won a Grammy nomination for it.

Robert fever was everywhere. Soon there was merchandise in his names, such as a Barbie doll with his image and board games. In 1991, he decided to get involved in movies. He made his debut in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze” and later was featured in the film “Cool As Ice.” Robert spent two years taking up motocross under his real name and dropped out from the music world.

In the next four years, he focused on family life while he still played for a couple of shows. Then in 1998, he made his comeback with his album “Hard to Swallow.” Although it was not that popular yet, it was well-received by fans. He hosted the series The Vanilla Ice Project in 2010. At the gathering of the Juggalos in 2011, it was announced that he had signed to Psychopathic Records.


Rob Van Winkle has marked a great number of successes when it comes to his life. He has also achieved a lot of awards and popularity in his name. He has won multiple nominations and awards in his whole career. He won a nomination for “Ice Ice Baby” in 1991 for Grammy Award. He also won two American Music Awards in the category ‘Favourite Pop/Rock New Artist’ and ‘Favourite Rap/Hip Hop album’ in 1991. He also won the ‘Factual Entertainment Awards’ in 2011 and the ‘People’s Choice Awards in 1991.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Rob Van Winkle in 2021

With his insanely successful professional career, Rob Van Winkle has made a net worth of $15 million as of 2021. His career as a rapper and releasing multiple albums has brought him a lot of fame and reputation and add to his earnings. He had also worked as an actor and a TV host, which also added to his earnings. He appeared in various films and TV shows and was a contestant in ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in 2016. Robert also left a legacy to achieve major success along with the House Of Pain and Beastie Boys.

Robert Matthew Van Winkle captured America with his album ‘Ice Ice Baby. This hit Billboard 200. He has barbie dolls made with his image. After he made his movie Cool As Ice, he releases a second studio album called mind-blowing. During this time, he, unfortunately, got into drag racing and was arrested and took a break from the spotlight.


Facts of Robert Matthew Van Winkle

  • Gender Male
  • full nameRobert Matthew Van Winkle
  • birthplaceDallas, Texas, US
  • Date of Birth October 31, 1967
  • Age 56 years 5 months
  • Horoscope Scorpio
  • Lucky Number 10
  • Lucky Stone Garnet
  • Lucky Color Purple
  • Best Match for Marriage Capricorn, Cancer, Pisces
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionChristianity
  • net worth$15 million
  • professionAmerican rapper, actor, and television host
  • weightIn Kilograms – 82 Kg, In Pounds – 180 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 180 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
  • hair colorLight brown
  • eye colorHazel
  • high schoolR.L Turner High School

Written by Joel S. Elkins

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