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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 September 1921Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of Death 7 November 1995Brigantine, New Jersey, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameMelvin White

Mini Bio (1)

Slappy White was born on September 20, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Melvin White. He was an actor, known for Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx (1976) and Amazing Grace (1974). He was married to La Vern Baker. He died on November 7, 1995 in Brigantine, New Jersey, USA.

Spouse (1)

La Vern Baker (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (14)

He and Redd Foxx were partners in the Chitlins Circuit of stand up comedy during the 50s.
Once wed to R&B singer La Vern Baker.
A regular on the Dean Martin celebrity roasts.
Drug problems that led to missed performances were a contributing factor in his split with Steve Rossi in the mid-70s.
White was an honorary board member and inductee in the National Comedy Hall of Fame.
Performed briefly with the circus at age 14.
One-time emcee for singer Dinah Washington's road show.
Raised in dire poverty and started out dancing on the streets for small change.
The wearing of a white and a black glove on either hand which symbolized the need for racial harmony was one of Slappy's trademarks.
In 1969, White teamed with up with Steve Rossi, becoming one of the first successful racially-mixed comedy acts.
After a brief stint in the circus at age 14, he went on to become the MC for Dinah Washington's road show.
At one time, he partnered with Redd Foxx. Many years later, after both had become famous comics, they would sometimes perform together. He often drew upon the hardships of his early life to create his comedy.
He spent the bulk of his long career performing in nightclubs, particularly those catering to black audiences in Atlantic City, NJ and Las Vegas. He only occasionally appeared in feature films.
He was an honor board member and inductee in the National Comedy Hall of Fame.

Personal Quotes (1)

The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning, you're on the job.

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