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Nipsey Russell

Nipsey Russell
Russell in 1983
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NameNipsey Russell
Birth nameJulius Russell
Birth dateSeptember 15, 1918
Birth placeAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Death dateOctober 02, 2005(age 87)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy, television, film
Years active1950 1996
InfluencesMichael Gough, Dean Martin, Pat Hingle, James Brown, Milton Berle, Foster Brooks, Orson Welles, Redd Foxx
InfluencedMichael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Nipsey Hussle, Bernie Mac

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Julius "Nipsey" Russell (September 15, 1918 October 2, 2005) was an American comedian, best known today for his appearances as a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, especially Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. His appearances were distinguished in part by the short, humorous poems he would recite during the broadcast. These lyrics became so closely associated with Russell that Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Betty White, and others regularly referred to him as "the poet laureate of television." He also had a leading role in the film version of The Wiz. Russell was also a frequent guest on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.

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