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Nipsey Russell

Comedian

Died when: 87 years 17 days (1044 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Nipsey Russell

Julius "Nipsey" Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an American comedian, poet, and dancer best known for his appearances as a panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, and Pyramid.

His appearances were often distinguished by short, humorous poems he recited during the broadcast, which led to his nickname "the poet laureate of television".

He had one of the leading roles in the film version of The Wiz as the Tin Man.He was a frequent guest on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast series and often appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien during the program's early years.


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