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Nipsey Russell

Nipsey RussellBorn: 13-Oct-1924
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Died: 2-Oct-2005
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Comic, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Tinman in The Wiz

Military service: US Army

Although frequently remembered for his role in The Wiz as the Tinman, Nipsey Russell spent most of his energy as a comic, starting out as a nightclub comedian in the 1950s. He made frequent appearances on The Tonight Show and Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, and utilized his quick wit on numerous talk shows, most notably Match Game. His trademark on stage was the recital of a poem.

    High School: Washington High School, Atlanta, GA
    University: BA English, University of Cincinnati

    TELEVISION
    Barefoot in the Park Honey Robinson (1970)
    Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Anderson (1961-62)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Car 54, Where Are You? (28-Jan-1994)
    Posse (14-May-1993) · Snopes
    Wildcats (14-Feb-1986)
    The Wiz (24-Oct-1978)
    Wiz on Down the Road (1978) · Tinman


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