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|Wilson in 1969|
|Full name||Clerow Wilson Jr.|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1933-12-08)December 8, 1933
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Deceased||November 25, 1998(1998-11-25)
Malibu, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Spouse||Lavenia Patricia “Peaches” Wilson nee Dean (m. 1957; div. 1967)
Tuanchai MacKenzie (m. 1979; div. 1984)
|Notable works and roles||The Flip Wilson Show|
Clerow Wilson, Jr. (Jersey City, New Jersey, December 8, 1933 – Malibu, California, November 25, 1998) better known as Flip Wilson , was a stand-up Comedy comedian and American theater and television actor who enjoyed great success in the 70s.
He won a Grammy Award for his comedy album The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress.
After performing minor roles in television series during the 1960s and 1970s, Wilson created the television show called The Flip Wilson Show. The show won eleven Emmy nominations.
For his performance on the show, Wilson won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in Television Series – Comedy or Musical,” the Emmy Award for “Best Screenplay in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series” and ” best series of comedy, varieties or music »all in 1971.
In January 1972, Time magazine called him “the first black television superstar.”
Died at 64 years of age, due to liver cancer.
Flip Wilson’s Biography
First years, family and origin of his nickname
Clerow Wilson, Jr. was one of ten children of Cornelia Bullock and Clerow Wilson, Sr. His father was a maintenance staff and, because of the Great Depression, became unemployed . His mother left the family in the 1940s. His father, unable to care for so many children by himself, sent many of them to orphanages. A few years later, Clerow managed to join the United States Air Force by claiming to be of legal age (at that time, he was only 16 years old). His extroverted personality and funny stories made him popular; He was even asked to tour the military bases and encourage his comrades. Because of this personality, his classmates called him “Flip” (which he later used as a stage name). Discharged in 1954, he began working as a bellboy in a hotel in San Francisco. That’s where he started acting, at first he just improvised, but over time, he added scripts and his act began to improve.
During the 1960s, he became a regular actor at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and was invited to television shows such as: The Tonight Show, Laugh-In, and The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1970, he won a Grammy Award for his comedy album The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress.
His show, recognition and success in audience
His song “Columbus”, from the album Cowboys and Colored People, took Wilson to Hollywood and began the development of his television program.
On September 17, 1970 The Flip Wilson Show debuted at the National Broadcasting Company. He acted in comedy sketches and hosted many African-American artists, including The Jackson Five, The Temptations, comedian Redd Foxx, and basketball player Bill Russell.
George Carlin was one of the writers and actors of the program. Flip’s characters included: Reverend Leroy and his most popular character, Geraldine Jones, who always referred to his boyfriend as “Assassin”, and whose line: “The devil made me do it” became a slogan national.
The show aired in 1974, generating high ratings and popularity among viewers and gaining critical applause, with a record eleven Emmy nominations during his career, of which he won two . Flip also won a Golden Globe.
When the show ended, Flip made several special appearances in numerous television comedies and variety shows, such as Here’s Lucy starring Lucille Ball, The Dean Martin Show, among others. Ed Sullivan invited him several times on his popular show. Flip starred in television and theater films including Uptown Saturday Night and The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh. In 1976, he appeared in a Pinocchio television musical adaptation, starring Sandy Duncan in the lead role and Danny Kaye as Geppetto, with songs by composer Billy Barnes.
In his roles he made numerous cameos in movies and television series such as People Are Funny (1984), Charlie & amp; Co (1985-1986) and Living Single (November 1993.
Personal life and death
In 1957 he married Lavenia Wilson (née Dean) and they divorced in 1967. In 1979, he married Tuanchai MacKenzie; They divorced in 1984. After winning custody of their children in 1979, he made fewer appearances on television in order to spend more time with his family. On November 25, 1998, Wilson died of liver cancer in California, aged 64.
In popular culture
The phrase “What you see is what you get” by Geraldine Wilson was used to create the acronym WYSIWYG.
Flip Wilson Net Worth – $6 Million
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