Nipsey Russell (1918–2005)

Actor | Soundtrack | Writer
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KNOWN FOR 
The Wiz (1978) | Posse (1993) | Barefoot in the Park (1970)
AKA 
Nipsy Russell
NICKNAMEs  
The Poet Laureate of Television, The Poet Laureate of Comedy, Harlem's Son of Fun, Nipsey
BORN 
Sep 15, 1918 (died Oct 2, 2005)
HEIGHT 
5' 9" (1.75m)

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Past Film & Video (6 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Car 54, Where Are You?Car 54, Where Are You? Police Captain Dave Anderson  Less 1994 $11MM $1.2MM / —
  • Primary photo for PossePosse Snopes  Less 1993 $10MM $18MM / —
  • Primary photo for WildcatsWildcats Ben Edwards  Less 1986 $26MM / —
  • Primary photo for NemoNemo Mr. Rip / Benjamin  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for The WizThe Wiz Tinman, Performer ("What Would I Do If I Could Feel?", "Slide Some Oil To Me", "Ease On Down The Road #2", "Ease On Down The Road #3", "Be A Lion", "Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day")  Less 1978 $24MM $21MM / —
  • Primary photo for Wiz on Down the RoadWiz on Down the Road (Short) Tinman  Less 1978
Past Television (17 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Performer ("Brand New Day") (2 episodes, 2009)  Less 2009 2
  • Primary photo for 100 Centre Street100 Centre Street (TV Series) Wallace Roy (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
  • Primary photo for Spin CitySpin City (TV Series) Nipsey Russell (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
  • Primary photo for 227227 (TV Series) Uncle Edmund (1 episode, 1987)  Less 1987 1
  • Primary photo for The Love BoatThe Love Boat (TV Series) Dapper Dan Manhoney (1 episode, 1980)  Less 1980 1
  • Primary photo for The Magic of David Copperfield III: Levitating FerrariThe Magic of David Copperfield III: Levitating Ferrari (TV Special) Performer ("A Brand New Day")  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Flying HighFlying High (TV Series) Man (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for FameFame (TV Movie) Vinny  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Police WomanPolice Woman (TV Series) Witt (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977 1
    • Guns (Nov 1, 1977) Witt  Less
  • Primary photo for Captain KangarooCaptain Kangaroo (TV Series) Mr. Spelling (3 episodes, 1976)  Less 1976–1977 3
  • Primary photo for The Bob Hope ShowThe Bob Hope Show (TV Series) Barney (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for Barefoot in the ParkBarefoot in the Park (TV Series) Honey Robinson (9 episodes, 1970)  Less 1970 9
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  • Primary photo for SoulSoul (TV Movie) Himself, Writer (additional material)  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for The Red Skelton ShowThe Red Skelton Show (TV Series) Hardsell Hopkins / Insurance Doctor / Nipsey Ralston (Main Sketch) (2 episodes, 1967)  Less 1967–1968 2
  • Primary photo for Walter of the JungleWalter of the Jungle (TV Short) Actor  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Car 54, Where Are You?Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series) Officer Dave Anderson (15 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961–1962 15
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  • Primary photo for Show Time at the ApolloShow Time at the Apollo (TV Series) Himself - Comedian / Singer (2 episodes), Performer ("Such a Night") (1 episode), Performer ("You're Mine in Every Way") (1 episode)  Less 1955–  2
    • Beale Street Revue Himself - Comedian / Singer, Performer ("You're Mine in Every Way")  Less
    • Blues in Harlem Himself - Comedian, Performer ("Such a Night")  Less
Self (97 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing ElvisKissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis (Short) Himself  Less 2018
  • Primary photo for The History of Everything Circa 1993: F/K/A Kissy Cousins Monster BabiesThe History of Everything Circa 1993: F/K/A Kissy Cousins Monster Babies Himself  Less 2018
  • Primary photo for Star WordsStar Words (TV Special) Himself - Host  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Hollywood SquaresHollywood Squares (TV Series) Himself - Panelist (5 episodes, 2003)  Less 2003
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  • Primary photo for NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & IINY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Late Night with Conan O'BrienLate Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1996)  Less 1996–1997
  • Primary photo for Viva VarietyViva Variety (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The Chris Rock ShowThe Chris Rock Show (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1997)  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for BiographyBiography (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1995)  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Late Night with David LettermanLate Night with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for Wolf Trap Presents Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday CelebrationWolf Trap Presents Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration (TV Special) Himself  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for The $25,000 PyramidThe $25,000 Pyramid (TV Series) Himself - Celebrity Contestant (37 episodes, 1974)  Less 1974–1988
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  • Primary photo for JackpotJackpot (TV Series) Host (1984 CBS Pilot Only)  Less 1985–1988
  • Primary photo for The $10,000 PyramidThe $10,000 Pyramid (TV Series) Himself - Celebrity Contestant / Himself (162 episodes, 1973)  Less 1973–1987
    • Episode #10.25 (Oct 22, 1982) Himself - Celebrity Contestant  Less
    • Episode #10.24 (Oct 21, 1982) Himself - Celebrity Contestant  Less
    • Episode #10.23 (Oct 20, 1982) Himself - Celebrity Contestant  Less
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  • Primary photo for Double TalkDouble Talk (TV Series) Himself (5 episodes, 1986)  Less 1986
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  • Primary photo for Super PasswordSuper Password (TV Series) Himself - Celebrity Contestant (5 episodes, 1985)  Less 1985
    • Episode #2.45 (Nov 22, 1985) Himself - Celebrity Contestant  Less
    • Episode #2.44 (Nov 21, 1985) Himself - Celebrity Contestant  Less
    • Episode #2.43 (Nov 20, 1985) Himself - Celebrity Contestant  Less
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  • Primary photo for Your Number's UpYour Number's Up (TV Series) Himself - Host (1 episode, 1985)  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for Hot PotatoHot Potato (TV Series) Himself (5 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984
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  • Primary photo for Match Game/Hollywood Squares HourMatch Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (TV Series) Himself - Panelist (5 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984
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  • Primary photo for Family FeudFamily Feud (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1983)  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Juvenile JuryJuvenile Jury (TV Series) Host  Less 1983– 
  • Primary photo for Password PlusPassword Plus (TV Series) Himself - Celebrity Contestant (12 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979–1981
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  • Primary photo for To Tell the TruthTo Tell the Truth (TV Series) Himself - Panelist (1980-1981)  Less 1980–1981
  • Primary photo for Uptown: A Tribute to the Apollo TheatreUptown: A Tribute to the Apollo Theatre (TV Special) Himself  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Chain ReactionChain Reaction (TV Series) Himself (10 episodes, 1980)  Less 1980
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  • Primary photo for Match Game PMMatch Game PM (TV Series) Himself - Panelist (13 episodes, 1976)  Less 1976–1979
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  • Primary photo for Dance FeverDance Fever (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for Match Game 73Match Game 73 (TV Series) Himself - Panelist (135 episodes, 1973)  Less 1973–1979
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  • Primary photo for All-Star Salute to Pearl BaileyAll-Star Salute to Pearl Bailey (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for Kids Are People, TooKids Are People, Too (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for Live WednesdayLive Wednesday (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1978)  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for To Tell the TruthTo Tell the Truth (TV Series) Himself - Panelist (3 episodes, 1977)  Less 1977–1978
  • Primary photo for Shoot for the StarsShoot for the Stars (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1977)  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Captain KangarooCaptain Kangaroo (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Gabe KaplanDean Martin Celebrity Roast: Gabe Kaplan (TV Special) Himself  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd FoxxDean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx (TV Special) Himself  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The Cross-WitsThe Cross-Wits (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Celebrity SweepstakesCelebrity Sweepstakes (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Rhyme and ReasonRhyme and Reason (TV Series) Himself (38 episodes, 1975)  Less 1975–1976
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  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dennis WeaverDean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dennis Weaver (TV Special) Himself  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Donny and MarieDonny and Marie (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean MartinDean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean Martin (TV Special) Himself  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Muhammad AliThe Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Muhammad Ali (TV Special) Himself  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Valerie HarperDean Martin Celebrity Roast: Valerie Harper (TV Special) Himself  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Evel KnievelThe Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Evel Knievel (TV Special) Himself  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for BandstandBandstand (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for Dinah!Dinah! (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for Blankety BlanksBlankety Blanks (TV Series) Himself (10 episodes, 1975)  Less 1975
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  • Primary photo for Celebrity BowlingCelebrity Bowling (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1974)  Less 1974–1975
  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr.Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr. (TV Special) Himself  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jackie GleasonThe Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jackie Gleason (TV Special) Himself  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille BallThe Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball (TV Special) Himself  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for Finish LineFinish Line (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob HopeThe Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope (TV Special) Himself  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for Masquerade PartyMasquerade Party (TV Series) Himself / panelist  Less 1974– 
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Comedy WorldThe Dean Martin Comedy World (TV Series) Himself - Host (6 episodes, 1974)  Less 1974
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  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin ShowThe Dean Martin Show (TV Series) Himself / Donald Reagan (15 episodes, 1972)  Less 1972–1974
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  • Primary photo for Music Country U.S.A.Music Country U.S.A. (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Guest (13 episodes, 1963)  Less 1963–1973
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  • Primary photo for The Mouse FactoryThe Mouse Factory (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1972)  Less 1972–1973
  • Primary photo for The Galloping GourmetThe Galloping Gourmet (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1972)  Less 1972
  • Primary photo for The David Frost ShowThe David Frost Show (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1971)  Less 1971–1972
  • Primary photo for The Mike Douglas ShowThe Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) Himself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host (2 episodes, 1966)  Less 1966–1971
  • Primary photo for Comedy TonightComedy Tonight (TV Series) Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for Can You Top ThisCan You Top This (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to MemphisKing: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Himself  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Choice Is YoursThe Choice Is Yours (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Bob Hope ShowThe Bob Hope Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for The Merv Griffin ShowThe Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) Himself (4 episodes, 1965)  Less 1965–1969
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  • Primary photo for You're Putting Me OnYou're Putting Me On (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1969)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for The Match GameThe Match Game (TV Series) Himself - Team Captain (19 episodes, 1963)  Less 1963–1969
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  • Primary photo for The Joey Bishop ShowThe Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Host (5 episodes, 1968)  Less 1968–1969
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  • Primary photo for PersonalityPersonality (TV Series) Himself (4 episodes, 1967)  Less 1967–1969
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  • Primary photo for The Hollywood PalaceThe Hollywood Palace (TV Series) Himself - Comedian (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for The Jackie Gleason ShowThe Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1969)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for Laugh-InLaugh-In (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for The Alan King ShowThe Alan King Show (TV Movie) Himself - Comedian (as Nipsy Russell)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for What's My Line?What's My Line? (TV Series) Himself - Guest Panelist (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for How's Your Mother-in-Law?How's Your Mother-in-Law? (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Dream Girl of '67Dream Girl of '67 (TV Series) Himself - Bachelor Judge (15 episodes, 1967)  Less 1967
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  • Primary photo for Our PlaceOur Place (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Candid CameraCandid Camera (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Snap JudgmentSnap Judgment (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Toast of the TownToast of the Town (TV Series) Himself - Comedian / Himself (7 episodes, 1957)  Less 1957–1967
    • Episode #20.21 (Jan 29, 1967) Himself - Comedian (as Nipsy Russell)  Less
    • Episode #20.3 (Sep 25, 1966) Himself - Comedian (as Nipsy Russell)  Less
    • Episode #18.7 (Nov 8, 1964) Himself - Comedian  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Sammy Davis, Jr. ShowThe Sammy Davis, Jr. Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1966)  Less 1966
  • Primary photo for The Strolling '20sThe Strolling '20s (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1966
  • Primary photo for ABC's NightlifeABC's Nightlife (TV Series) Himself - Co-Host (20 episodes, 1965)  Less 1965
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  • Primary photo for Call My BluffCall My Bluff (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965
  • Primary photo for Missing LinksMissing Links (TV Series) Himself (20 episodes, 1963)  Less 1963–1964
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  • Primary photo for Open EndOpen End (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1964)  Less 1964
  • Primary photo for Talent ScoutsTalent Scouts (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1963)  Less 1963
  • Primary photo for The Tonight ShowThe Tonight Show (TV Series) Himself - Comedian (3 episodes, 1962)  Less 1962
  • Primary photo for Tonight Starring Jack PaarTonight Starring Jack Paar (TV Series) Himself (9 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961–1962
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  • Primary photo for Basin Street RevueBasin Street Revue Himself  Less 1956
  • Primary photo for Rock 'n' Roll RevueRock 'n' Roll Revue (Short) Himself  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for Rhythm and Blues RevueRhythm and Blues Revue Himself (as Nipsy Russell)  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for Show Time at the ApolloShow Time at the Apollo (TV Series) Himself - Comedian / Singer (7 episodes)  Less 1955– 
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