Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Nipsey Russell, RIP

A different type of comedian and pioneer, Nipsey Russell was the "poet laureate" of television and one of the first black entertainers to be a regular panelist on TV game shows and talk shows, most notably Match Game PM and To Tell The Truth. He served the US as a captain in the then-segregated Army during WWII (a heinous situation that Pres. Truman, to his credit, rectified after WWII).

Nipsey Russell died Sunday from cancer just 11 days short of his 81st birthday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Harlem.


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