Flip Wilson

  • Birth Name: Clerow Wilson
  • Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
  • Died: November 25, 1998
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor
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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.

Awards

  • 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, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical (Variety and Popular Music): Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Musical Series: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series - Musical: Winner
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series - Musical: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music: Winner

Relationships

  • David Wilson — Son
  • Lovenia Patricia Wilson — Ex-wife
  • Kevin Wilson — Son
  • Stacey Wilson — Daughter
  • Cookie Mackenzie — Ex-wife
  • Cornelia Wilson — Mother
  • Clerow Wilson Sr. — Father
  • Michelle Trice — Daughter
  • Tamara Wilson — Daughter
  • Blonell Pittman — Ex-significant Other

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