Julius "Nipsey" Russell 9/15/1918 - 10/2/2005 Comedian, best know for his many appearances as a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960's through the 1990's, Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. On late nights with Conan O'Brien, Nipsey would often appear and deliver his trademark rhymes. Nipsey died from stomach cancer at the age of 87 years - Panache Report
Born Clerow Wilson, Jr. (December 8, 1933 – November 25, 1998) in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was one of ten children born to Cornelia Bullock and Clerow Wilson, Sr. Flip Wilson was an African American comedian and actor. In the early 1970s, Wilson hosted his own weekly variety series, The Flip Wilson Show. The series earned Wilson a Golden Globe and two Emmy Awards. In January 1972, Time magazine featured Wilson's image on their cover and named him "TV's first black superstar"
DB: When did you realize you were a comedian or enjoyed comedy? BW: At the breakfast table at home. I was an only child, and my mom and dad had a wonderful, wonderful sense of humor. We laughed a lot. When I found out I couldn’t be a forest ranger, because girls couldn’t be forest rangers at that point, I decided I wanted to be in show business.
John Witherspoon, comedian and actor who has had roles in over 28 films and 20 TV shows. Mostly known for Boomerang ("Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang") and the Friday movie series, he has been acting for over 5 decades. He has also starred in Hollywood Shuffle, The Wayans Brothers, The Tracy Morgan Show, Barnaby Jones, and provides the voice of Robert Jebediah Freeman, a.k.a. "Grandad" on the animated series, The Boondocks.
Bernie Mac (born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough), American stand-up comedian, TV and film actor, voice artist, & comedian. His films include Ocean's Eleven, The Original Kings of Comedy ("Him downstairs."), Friday, The Players Club, Head of State, Madagascar 2, Pride, Soul Men & Mr. 3000. He was also the star of The Bernie Mac Show, which was loosely based on his life. Bernie, you are missed. R.I.P.