June 24, 1927
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
March 15, 2004 (aged 76)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from a stroke|
|Alma mater||American International College|
Nancy Neidel (m. 1964)
Niles was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and first gained notoriety on Los Angeles commercial jazz station KNOB-FM in 1957. In 1965 he moved to KBCA-FM (later KKGO). After that station switched formats, he took over the afternoon drive slot at the non-commercial, publicly supported KLON-FM (now KKJZ) on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. Chuck Niles was a DJ for KKJZ from 1990 until his death in Santa Monica in 2004.
He also appeared in small parts in several films. In 1958, he appeared as Ivan the Zombie in the Jerry Warren cult film Teenage Zombies. He later said of the film, "I was just walking around like Frankenstein, that's all, no lines, just 'gluergugluergu,' and I'm pretty good at that... the movie was just terrible".
In 2004, at the age of 76, Niles died of complications from a stroke.