Clerow Flip Wilson was an African-American comedian and actor. His flippant sense of humor earned him his nickname while he was serving in the United States Air Force.
From 1970 to 1974, Wilson hosted a popular television program, The Flip Wilson Show. He also made many guest appearances on other TV comedies and variety shows, and acted in TV and theatrical movies including Uptown Saturday Night and The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh.
As a comedian, Wilson was known for creating such characters as Reverend Leroy (pastor of The Church of What's Happenin' Now) and Geraldine, who was famous for the catch phrase, The devil made me do it.
Wilson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and died of liver cancer in 1998, in Malibu, California.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
Flip Wilson Facts
|Birth Name||Clerow Wilson|
|Birthday||December 8, 1933|
|Date of death||November 25, 1998 (age 64)|
|Awards||1971 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Flip Wilson Show)|