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Flip Wilson

Biography

Two-time Emmy Award-winning BLACK comedian who often played the sassy Geraldine about the tv screen variety display, The Turn Wilson Display. He lied about his age group and became a member of the U.S. Air flow Pressure at 16 yrs . old after jumping around foster homes. In 1972, Period magazine known as him TV’s 1st dark superstar. He wedded first wife, Lovenia Patricia Wilson in 1957 plus they divorced after a decade. He’d remarry and divorce over ten years later on with Tuanchai MacKenzie. He was recognized to possess affected the comedic design of Chris Rock.

Quick Facts


Full Name Flip Wilson
Date Of Birth December 8, 1933
Died November 25, 1998, Malibu, California, United States
Place Of Birth Jersey City, NJ
Profession TV Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Tuanchai MacKenzie, Lovenia Patricia Wilson
Children Michelle Trice, David Wilson, Tamara Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Stacy Wilson
Parents Cornelia Wilson, Clerow Wilson, Sr.
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program
Nominations WGA Award for Best Variety Series or Special: Musical or Comedy - Television, WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series - Television
Movies Skatetown, U.S.A., Pinocchio, Uptown Saturday Night, Cancel My Reservation, Flip Wilson: Vols. 3 & 4, Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14
TV Shows Charlie & Co., People are Funny, The Flip Wilson Show
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1His remains were cremated.
2He was nominated for the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services in the Performance Arts.
3Cousin of Rashon Khan.
4Father of Charles Wilson, Stacy Wilson, and Tamara Wilson.
5Was sacked from a regular Seven-Up commercial spot in 1981, after being arrested for possession of a small amount of cocaine.
6Frequently acted as master of ceremonies at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
7Stand-up comic and teller of circuitous and outrageous stories, usually in jive slang. While serving in the Air Force, his penchant for crazy dialects led some of his fellow servicemen to think he was 'flipping out', and so the nickname 'Flip' evolved. His commanding officer encouraged him to take up studying and, by the time of his discharge in 1954, he embarked on a career as a professional comedian.
8Escaped eight times from the reformatory where he grew up.
9As a child, Wilson was put into a foster home, but he was unhappy there. He asked to be sent to the reformatory where his brother was. His request was granted.
10Had four children with common-law wife Blonell Pitman.
11He is the subject of a song by the World/Inferno Friendship Society, "Nosliw Pilf".
12He also claimed (seriously) that one of the homes he lived in was haunted in some way.
13He won a Grammy in 1970 for Best Comedy Recording for "The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress".
14He got custody of his children in 1979 and quit show biz to devote more time to them.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Flip Wilson Special1974TV Special
Flip1970-1974TV Series writer - 94 episodes
Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 141972TV Movie story

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drew Carey Show1996TV SeriesFlip Wilson
American Playhouse1990TV Series
2271988-1989TV SeriesEd Fulton / Mr. Grant
Charlie & Co.1985-1986TV SeriesCharlie Richmond
The Love Boat1981TV SeriesFrank Dalton
The Cheap Detective1980TV ShortEddie Krowder
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh1979Coach 'Jock' Delaney
Skatetown, U.S.A.1979Harvey Ross
Insight1978TV SeriesGod
The Six Million Dollar Man1976TV SeriesBilly Parker / The Prime Minister
Pinocchio1976TV MovieFox
Uptown Saturday Night1974The Reverend
Clerow Wilson's Great Escape1974TV MovieClerow Wilson Geraldine Jones Ralph the Invisible Dog ... (voice)
Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 141972TV MovieClerow Wilson Geraldine Jones Reverend Leroy ... (voice)
Here's Lucy1971TV SeriesFlip Wilson
Laugh-In1969-1970TV SeriesGuest / Performer / Regular Performer
Love, American Style1969TV SeriesBig Red (segment "Love and the Hustler")
The Jerry Lewis Show1968TV SeriesPrisoner

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Helen Reddy Show1973TV Series executive producer - 1973

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flip1971TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents2012TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
Rolonda1996TV SeriesHimself
Living Single1993TV SeriesHimself
The Jaleel White Special1992TV MovieHimself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself / ...
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Host
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1985TV SeriesHimself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Host
People Are Funny1984TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XVI1984TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team Captain
Saturday Night Live1983TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
Happy Birthday, Bob!1983TV SpecialHimself
The Suzanne Somers Special1982TV SpecialHimself
The Big Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Host
Uptown: A Tribute to the Apollo Theatre1980TV SpecialHimself - Host
The First 40 Years1980TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1979TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host
Leif1979TV SpecialHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
The Stars Salute Israel at 301978TV MovieHimself
A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle1978TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra1978TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 21977TV MovieHimself - Host
Laugh-In1977TV SeriesHimself
US Against the World1977TV MovieHimself
They Said It with Music: Yankee Doodle to Ragtime1977TV Special
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes1977TV SpecialHimself
3 Girls 31977TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Van Dyke and Company1976TV SeriesHimself
Joys1976TV SpecialHimself
Travels with Flip1975TV MovieHimself - Host
HBO Boxing1975TV Series documentaryHimself - Ringside Guest
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope on Campus1975TV Special
The Flip Wilson Special1975TV MovieHimself - Host
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
Cher1975TV SeriesHimself
The Flip Wilson Special1974TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope1974TV SpecialHimself
Flip Wilson... Of Course1974TV MovieHimself - Host
The Midnight Special1974TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Flip1970-1974TV SeriesHimself - Host
Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy1974TV MovieHimself
The Helen Reddy Show1973TV SeriesHimself
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Jack Benny's First Farewell Special1973TV SpecialHimself
Cancel My Reservation1972Himself, Flip Wilson (uncredited)
The Hollywood Squares1968-1972TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Sesame Street1971TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself
The Don Knotts Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1967-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Bing Crosby - Cooling It1970TV SpecialHimself
The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians1970TV MovieHimself (voice)
Della1970TV SeriesHimself
The Many Moods of Perry Como1970TV MovieHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1968-1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Hollywood Palace1969TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Cameo
The Bob Hope Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Personality1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
That's Life1968TV SeriesHimself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Performer
The Match Game1968TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
Snap Judgment1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
The Pat Boone Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Summer Show Starring Your Host Vic Damone1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
The Kraft Summer Music Hall1966TV SeriesRegular

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - episode of Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Unsung Hollywood2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Geraldine Jones
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (In Memory Of)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #42
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present1993TV SpecialHimself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself
Sesame Street1971-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalFlip (1970)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Series - MusicalFlip (1970)· Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or MusicFlip (1970)· Herbert Baker (writer)
· Hal Goodman (writer)
· Larry Klein (writer)
· Bob Weiskopf (writer)
· Bob Schiller (writer)
· Norman Steinberg (writer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalFlip (1970)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Musical SeriesFlip (1970)· Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or MusicFlip (1970)· Herbert Baker
· Mike Marmer
· Stan Burns
· Don Hinkley
· Richard Hills
· Sidney Green
· Paul McCauley
· Peter Gallay
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalFlip (1970)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Series - MusicalFlip (1970)· Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular MusicFlip (1970)· Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or MusicFlip (1970)· Herbert Baker
· Hal Goodman
· Larry Klein
· Bob Schiller
· Bob Weiskopf
· Sidney Green
· Richard Hills


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#Quote
1One of his famous quotes from the Flip Wilson Show is "In the booth, in the back, in the corner, in the dark."


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