Nipsey Russell

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Nipsey Russell

Russell in 1971
Birth name Julius Russell
Born September 15, 1918(1918-09-15)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Died October 2, 2005(2005-10-02) (aged 87)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up comedy, television, movie
Nationality American
Years active 1950–1996
Influences Michael Gough, Dean Martin, Pat Hingle, James Brown, Milton Berle, Foster Brooks, Orson Welles, Redd Foxx
Influenced Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Nipsey Hussle, Bernie Mac

Julius "Nipsey" Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005)[1][2] was an American comedian.

He is best known for being a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s. Games he was on include Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. He would tell short, humorous poems. Because of the poems people like Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Betty White, and others called him "the poet laureate of television."

He also was in the movie The Wiz as the Tin Man. He was a guest many times on the long-running "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" series.

He died in 2005 in New York City. He had stomach cancer. His ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.

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  1. Nipsey J. Russell, born 15 September 1918, died 2 October 2005. Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index (Death Master File).
  2. U.S. Census, 1 January 1920, state of Georgia, county of DeKalb, city of Atlanta, enumeration district 180, page 4-A, family 75, Julius Russell, age 1 year 2 months.

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