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Overview (5)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died in Washington, District of Columbia, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameRichard Claxton Gregory
Nickname Greg
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dick Gregory was born on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Richard Claxton Gregory. He was an actor and writer, known for Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (2008), Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal (2012) and What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015). He was married to Lillian Gregory. He died on August 19, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

Spouse (1)

Lillian Gregory (2 February 1959 - 19 August 2017) (his death) (11 children)

Trivia (11)

Interviewed in "The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" by Larry Wilde (1968).
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 194-195. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Attended and graduated from Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Brother of Delores Gregory and Ron Gregory.
He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
He was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri on May 21, 1995.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 1650 Vine Street on February 2, 2015.
Dick Gregory passed away on August 19, 2017, two months away from what would have been his 85th birthday on October 12.

Personal Quotes (6)

People keep telling me about the white race and the black race - and it really doesn't make sense. I played Miami, met a fellow two shades darker than me - and his name was Ginsberg! Took my place in two sit-in demonstrations - nobody knew the difference. The he tried for a third lunch counter and blew the whole bit... asked for blintzes.
The NAACP is a wonderful organization. Belong to it myself. But do you realize if tomorrow morning we had complete integration, all them cats would be out of work?
To a heckler: Why do you heckle me? You want excitement? Go down to the NAACP and ask for the white washroom.
For a black man, there's no difference between the North and the South. In the South, they don't mind how close I get, as long as I don't get too big. In the North, they don't mind how big I get, as long as I don't get too close.
A Klaner (KKK) is a cat who gets out of bed in the middle of the night and takes his sheet with him.
[on Lenny Bruce] This guy is the eighth wonder of the world. You have to go back to Mark Twain to find anything remotely like him. And if they don't kill him or throw him in jail, he's liable to shake up the whole country.

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