Flip Wilson

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Clerow Wilson
  • Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/08/1933, Sagittarius
  • Date of Death: 11/25/1998
  • Profession: Comedian; actor
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Flip Wilson Fast Facts:
  • Received the nickname Flip from Air Force barracks mates for his penchant for telling such outlandish stories that they thought he was "flipping out."
  • Got his big break in 1965, when Johnny Carson asked Redd Foxx who was the funniest comic around and Foxx immediately replied ''Flip Wilson."
  • Hired Richard Pryor and George Carlin to write and perform on his variety hour, The Flip Wilson Show.
  • Was deemed "TV's First Black Superstar" by Time magazine in 1972.
  • His line "the devil made me do it" became a national catchphrase in the 1970s.
  • Flip Wilson Relationships:
  • Lovenia Patricia Wilson - Ex-wife
  • Kevin Wilson - Son
  • Stacey Wilson - Daughter
  • Michelle Trice - Daughter
  • Tamara Wilson - Daughter
  • Blonell Pittman - Ex-significant Other
  • David Wilson - Son
  • Cookie Mackenzie - Ex-wife
  • Cornelia Wilson - Mother
  • Clerow Wilson Sr. - Father
  • Flip Wilson Awards:
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical (Variety and Popular Music) - Nominee
  • 1971 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Musical Series - Nominee
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Musical - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Musical - Winner
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music - Winner

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