FLIP WILSON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Flip Wilson was born on December 8th, 1933 in Jersey City, New Jersey with the birth name Clerow Wilson. He was one of eighteen children born into a very poor family. As a young boy he was put into foster care but disliked it so much he requested live with his brother in a reformatory and his request was granted. Over his time in the reformatory, he attempted eight escapes.
When Flip was sixteen years old he lied about his age so he could join the United States Air force then in 1954 he was discharged and found work as a bellhop in San Francisco. Soon he was able to find comedy work at night performing an act at the Plaza Club and then his act was so well received he began performing it in various night clubs throughout California.
By the mid 60's he was a regular performer at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York and was also making guest appearances on such shows as the, 'The Ed Sullivan Show". It took some time for him to establish a name for himself, but then once he did Hollywood began to take notice. He as given the chance to have his own television show on NBC, "The Flip Wilson Show" (1970). His show featured such entertainers as, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five and The Temptations. His show aired through 1974 and earned eleven Emmy nominations for which it won two. He also earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series.
Although his show came to an end, his career did not. He continued working and making appearances on such series as, "Here's Lucy", "Uptown Saturday Night", "The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh", Pinocchio" and he also played the starring role in a CBS sitcom titled, "Charlie & Co" (1985-1986).
Throughout his lifetime he married twice, first to Lovenia Patricia Wilson from 1957 through 1967. He then married Tuanchai MacKenzie in 1979 and after having one child this marriage ended in divorce in 1984He also had four children with his common law wife, Blonell Pitman. He originally lost custody of his kids but after leaving show business to dedicate more time to his family, he was awarded custody back in 1979.
About 11 years later, he passed away on November 25th, 1998 in Malibu, California after suffering from liver cancer.
1990 American Playhouse
1985-1986 Charlie & Co.
1981 The Love Boat
1980 The Cheap Detective
1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
1979 Skatetown, U.S.A.
1976 The Six Million Dollar Man
1976 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
1975 Bob Hope on Campus
1974 Flip Wilson... Of Course
1974 Uptown Saturday Night
1974 Clerow Wilson's Great Escape
1972 Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14
1969-1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1969 Love, American Style
1969 The Bob Hope Show