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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
1 His remains were cremated.
2 He was nominated for the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services in the Performance Arts.
3 Cousin of Rashon Khan.
4 Father of Charles Wilson, Stacy Wilson, and Tamara Wilson.
5 Was sacked from a regular Seven-Up commercial spot in 1981, after being arrested for possession of a small amount of cocaine.
6 Frequently acted as master of ceremonies at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
7 Stand-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.
8 Escaped eight times from the reformatory where he grew up.
9 As 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.
10 Had four children with common-law wife Blonell Pitman.
11 He is the subject of a song by the World/Inferno Friendship Society, "Nosliw Pilf".
12 He also claimed (seriously) that one of the homes he lived in was haunted in some way.
13 He won a Grammy in 1970 for Best Comedy Recording for "The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress".
14 He got custody of his children in 1979 and quit show biz to devote more time to them.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Flip Wilson Special 1974 TV Special
Flip 1970-1974 TV Series writer - 94 episodes
Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14 1972 TV Movie story

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drew Carey Show 1996 TV Series Flip Wilson
American Playhouse 1990 TV Series
227 1988-1989 TV Series Ed Fulton / Mr. Grant
Charlie & Co. 1985-1986 TV Series Charlie Richmond
The Love Boat 1981 TV Series Frank Dalton
The Cheap Detective 1980 TV Short Eddie Krowder
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 Coach 'Jock' Delaney
Skatetown, U.S.A. 1979 Harvey Ross
Insight 1978 TV Series God
The Six Million Dollar Man 1976 TV Series Billy Parker / The Prime Minister
Pinocchio 1976 TV Movie Fox
Uptown Saturday Night 1974 The Reverend
Clerow Wilson's Great Escape 1974 TV Movie Clerow Wilson Geraldine Jones Ralph the Invisible Dog ... (voice)
Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14 1972 TV Movie Clerow Wilson Geraldine Jones Reverend Leroy ... (voice)
Here's Lucy 1971 TV Series Flip Wilson
Laugh-In 1969-1970 TV Series Guest / Performer / Regular Performer
Love, American Style 1969 TV Series Big Red (segment "Love and the Hustler")
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968 TV Series Prisoner

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series executive producer - 1973

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flip 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Howard Stern 1997 TV Series Himself
Rolonda 1996 TV Series Himself
Living Single 1993 TV Series Himself
The Jaleel White Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Host
The Joan Rivers Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965-1989 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself / ...
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Host
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1983-1985 TV Series Himself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Host
People Are Funny 1984 TV Series Himself
Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1984 TV Special Himself - NBC Team Captain
Saturday Night Live 1983 TV Series Himself - Host / Various
Happy Birthday, Bob! 1983 TV Special Himself
The Suzanne Somers Special 1982 TV Special Himself
The Big Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Host
Uptown: A Tribute to the Apollo Theatre 1980 TV Special Himself - Host
The First 40 Years 1980 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974-1979 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host
Leif 1979 TV Special Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Himself
The Stars Salute Israel at 30 1978 TV Movie Himself
A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle 1978 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra 1978 TV Special Himself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 2 1977 TV Movie Himself - Host
Laugh-In 1977 TV Series Himself
US Against the World 1977 TV Movie Himself
They Said It with Music: Yankee Doodle to Ragtime 1977 TV Special
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 TV Special Himself
3 Girls 3 1977 TV Series Himself
The Sonny and Cher Show 1977 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Van Dyke and Company 1976 TV Series Himself
Joys 1976 TV Special Himself
Travels with Flip 1975 TV Movie Himself - Host
HBO Boxing 1975 TV Series documentary Himself - Ringside Guest
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope on Campus 1975 TV Special
The Flip Wilson Special 1975 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
Cher 1975 TV Series Himself
The Flip Wilson Special 1974 TV Special Himself - Host
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope 1974 TV Special Himself
Flip Wilson... Of Course 1974 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series Himself - Cameo
Flip 1970-1974 TV Series Himself - Host
Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series Himself
The Bobby Darin Show 1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
Jack Benny's First Farewell Special 1973 TV Special Himself
Cancel My Reservation 1972 Himself, Flip Wilson (uncredited)
The Hollywood Squares 1968-1972 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Sesame Street 1971 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself
The Don Knotts Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1967-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
Bing Crosby - Cooling It 1970 TV Special Himself
The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians 1970 TV Movie Himself (voice)
Della 1970 TV Series Himself
The Many Moods of Perry Como 1970 TV Movie Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1968-1970 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1969 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Cameo
The Bob Hope Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Personality 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
That's Life 1968 TV Series Himself
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Himself - Host
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Performer
The Match Game 1968 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Himself
Snap Judgment 1968 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Host
The Pat Boone Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Summer Show Starring Your Host Vic Damone 1967 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Himself - Bachelor Judge
The Kraft Summer Music Hall 1966 TV Series Regular

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - episode of Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Unsung Hollywood 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Geraldine Jones
BET Comedy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (In Memory Of)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #42
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present 1993 TV Special Himself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television 1975 TV Special Himself
Sesame Street 1971-1972 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical Flip (1970)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Series - Musical Flip (1970) · Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music Flip (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
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical Flip (1970)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Musical Series Flip (1970) · Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music Flip (1970) · Herbert Baker
· Mike Marmer
· Stan Burns
· Don Hinkley
· Richard Hills
· Sidney Green
· Paul McCauley
· Peter Gallay
1972 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical Flip (1970)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Series - Musical Flip (1970) · Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular Music Flip (1970) · Monte Kay (executive producer)
· Bob Henry (producer)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music Flip (1970) · Herbert Baker
· Hal Goodman
· Larry Klein
· Bob Schiller
· Bob Weiskopf
· Sidney Green
· Richard Hills


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#Quote
1 One 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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