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Nipsey Russell (1918–2005)


Nipsey Russell was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1918. He got his start in Rock and Roll Review and other music revues in the 1950s. In the 1960s Russell achieved his first major role as Officer Anderson in Car 54, Where Are You? (1961). After being on the show for a year, Russell was a mainstay on variety shows, appearing on Laugh-In, The Dean ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wiz
The Wiz Tinman
(1978)
Posse
Posse Snopes
(1993)
Barefoot in the Park
Barefoot in the Park Honey Robinson
(1970)
Wildcats
Wildcats Ben Edwards
(1986)

Filmography

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 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Wallace Roy
- Joe Must Go (2001) ... Wallace Roy
 1999 Spin City (TV Series)
Nipsey Russell
- James and the Giant Speech (1999) ... Nipsey Russell
 1994 Car 54, Where Are You?
Police Captain Dave Anderson
 1993 Posse
Snopes
 1987 227 (TV Series)
Uncle Edmund
- Men's Club (1987) ... Uncle Edmund
 1986 Wildcats
Ben Edwards
 1984 Nemo
Mr. Rip / Benjamin
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Dapper Dan Manhoney
- Sergeant Bull/Friends and Lovers/Miss Mother (1980) ... Dapper Dan Manhoney
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
Man
- The Challenges (1979) ... Man
 1978 Wiz on Down the Road (Short)
Tinman
 1978 Fame (TV Movie)
Vinny
 1978 The Wiz
Tinman
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Witt
- Guns (1977) ... Witt
 1976-1977 Captain Kangaroo (TV Series)
Mr. Spelling
- Episode dated 20 October 1976 (1976) ... Mr. Spelling
 1973 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Barney
- Energy Crisis (1973) ... Barney
 1970 Barefoot in the Park (TV Series)
Honey Robinson
- No Fancy Fixtures (1970) ... Honey Robinson
- Corie's Rear Window (1970) ... Honey Robinson
- Somethin' Fishy (1970) ... Honey Robinson
- Down with the Landlord (1970) ... Honey Robinson
- The Marriage Proposal (1970) ... Honey Robinson
 1967-1968 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Hardsell Hopkins / Insurance Doctor / Nipsey Ralston (Main Sketch)
- Rings on Her Fingers Also Go Through Your Nose (1968) ... Hardsell Hopkins / Insurance Doctor
- The Nag and I (1967) ... Nipsey Ralston (Main Sketch)
 1967 Walter of the Jungle (TV Short)
 1961-1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Officer Dave Anderson
- The Courtship of Sylvia Schnauser (1962) ... Officer Dave Anderson
- The Beast Who Walked the Bronx (1962) ... Officer Dave Anderson (uncredited)
- No More Pickpockets (1962) ... Officer Dave Anderson (uncredited)
- What Happened to Thursday? (1962) ... Officer Dave Anderson (uncredited)
- How High Is Up? (1962) ... Officer Dave Anderson (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Music video: Chris Rock's "Champagne" (1997). See more »

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3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nipsy Russell

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

I've always had the ability to manipulate words and communicate ideas and thoughts. Writing poems is very simple to do....I start with the joke line and write backward. See more »

Trivia:

An early job as a carhop kick-started his career. To generate tips he would joke around to make his customers laugh. It helped him hone his nightclub act at such establishments as the Club Baby Grand and Apollo Theater. Received his first big break in the late 1950s on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948). See more »

Trademark:

Always presenting a poem at his shows

Nickname:

Harlem's Son of Fun See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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