American Comedian

Nipsey Russell

  • Sep 15, 1918 - Oct 02, 2005 (age 87)
  • 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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2005
Nipsey Russell
PersonalOctober 2005

Nipsey Russell

Nipsey Russell passed away.
1997
The Chris Rock Show
TV ShowFeb 7, 1997

The Chris Rock Show

The Chris Rock Show was a weekly, Friday night, late …
The Chris Rock Show was a weekly, Friday night, late-night talk show featured on HBO. It was created by Chris Rock and featured various guests. The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program in 1999. It ran for five seasons from February 7, 1997 to November 25, 2000.
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1996
Spin City
TV ShowSep 17, 1996

Spin City

Spin City is an American sitcom television series that aired …
Spin City is an American sitcom television series that aired from September 17, 1996 until April 30, 2002 on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was set in a fictionalized version of the New York City mayor's office, and originally starred Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York. Fox departed in 2000 at the conclusion of Season 4 due to symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and Charlie Sheen assumed the lead role of Charlie Crawford for the final two seasons. The series was cancelled in May 2002 after a decline in ratings.
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1994
Car 54, Where Are You?
MovieJan 28, 1994

Car 54, Where Are You?

Brash NYC policeman …
Brash NYC policeman Officer Gunther Toody is partnered with stiff, by-the-book Officer Francis Muldoon to protect an important mafia witness prior to testifying against orgainzed crime in Brooklyn, all the while dealing with their personal lives, overbearing spouses, common criminals, arms dealers, and their officious boss Captain Anderson.
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1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
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TV ShowSep 13, 1993

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan …
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity interviews, and musical and comedy performances. Late Night aired weeknights at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central and 12:37 am Mountain in the United States. From 1993 until 2000, Andy Richter served as O'Brien's sidekick; following his departure, O'Brien was the show's sole featured performer. The show's house musical act was The Max Weinberg 7, led by E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.
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Posse
MovieMay 14, 1993

Posse

A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the …
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.
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1987
Showtime at the Apollo
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TV ShowSep 12, 1987

Showtime at the Apollo

Showtime at the Apollo …
Showtime at the Apollo (formerly It's Showtime at the Apollo and Apollo Live) (originally syndicated) is a music television show, first broadcast on September 12, 1987 to May 24, 2008 with 1093 episodes, and is produced by the Apollo Theater. In 2018, the series returned on Fox with Steve Harvey hosting. The show features live performances from both professional and up-and-coming artists, and also features the Amateur Night competition made popular at the famous Apollo Theater in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, where the show is recorded. The series was rebooted as Apollo Live and hosted by comedian Tony Rock. In many cities such as New York (where it aired on WNBC), it often aired after Saturday Night Live on early Sunday mornings, and was often paired with the similarly-syndicated Soul Train.
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Biography
TV ShowApr 6, 1987

Biography

Biography is an American documentary television …
Biography is an American documentary television series and media franchise created in the 1960s by David L. Wolper and owned by A&E Networks since 1987. Each episode depicts the life of a notable person with narration, on-camera interviews, photographs, and stock footage. The show originally ran in syndication in 1962–1964, and in 1979, on A&E from 1987 to 2006, and on The Biography Channel (later Bio, now FYI) from 2006 to 2012. After a five-year hiatus, the franchise was relaunched in 2017. Over the years, the Biography media franchise has expanded domestically and internationally, spinning off several cable television channels, a website, a children's program, a line of books and records, and a series of made-for-TV movies, specials, and miniseries, among other media properties. Biography has won a Peabody Award (1962) and three Emmy Awards (1997, 1999, 2002).
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1986
Wildcats
MovieFeb 14, 1986

Wildcats

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she …
A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.
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1985
Your Number's Up
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TV ShowSep 23, 1985

Your Number's Up

Your Number's Up is a game show that aired on NBC from …
Your Number's Up is a game show that aired on NBC from September 23 to December 20, 1985. The show was hosted by Nipsey Russell with Lee Menning as co-host. Announcing duties were handled by Gene Wood for the first month and John Harlan for the rest of the run, with Johnny Haymer and Johnny Gilbert as substitutes.
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227
TV ShowSep 14, 1985

227

227 is an American sitcom television series that …
227 is an American sitcom television series that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as Mary Jenkins, a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and housewife, and lower-floor neighbors Sandra Clark and Pearl Shay.
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1984
Nemo
MovieDec 12, 1984

Nemo

A young boy imagines being in a tale he's about to hear. In …
A young boy imagines being in a tale he's about to hear. In this magical world he encounters many famous characters from other tales, aliens and other beings and, of course, a beautiful princess.
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Super Password
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TV ShowSep 24, 1984

Super Password

Two teams, consisting of a celebrity guest and a contestant, …
Two teams, consisting of a celebrity guest and a contestant, guess words from one word clues given by their partners, with each "password" a clue to the "password puzzle" (the name of a person, place, or thing).
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Hot Potato
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TV ShowJan 23, 1984

Hot Potato

Hot Potato is a television game show that was broadcast on …
Hot Potato is a television game show that was broadcast on NBC in the United States from January 23 to June 29, 1984. From April 23 until its conclusion, the show was known as Celebrity Hot Potato. Bill Cullen was the show's host, his final hosting job for a network series, and Charlie O'Donnell was the announcer. Cullen remarked that he had been chosen to host largely by default, since the originally intended host had flopped during an early run-through of the game and neither Barry & Enright nor NBC could think of anyone else to ask (he also noted that it had been a very common scenario in his career, hence why he had so many game show hosting gigs to his credit).
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1983
Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour
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TV ShowOct 31, 1983

Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour

The Match Game-Hollywood …
The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour is an American television panel game show that combined two panel games of the 1960s and 1970s – The Match Game and The Hollywood Squares – into an hour-long format.
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1982
Late Night with David Letterman
TV ShowFeb 1, 1982

Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David …
Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982, and concluded on June 25, 1993. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in August 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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1980
Chain Reaction
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TV ShowJan 14, 1980

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is an American game show created by Bob …
Chain Reaction is an American game show created by Bob Stewart, in which players compete to form chains composed of two-word phrases. The show has aired four separate runs: Bill Cullen hosted the original series on NBC from January 14 to June 20, 1980. The second version aired on the USA Network from September 29, 1986 to December 27, 1991, and was hosted first by Blake Emmons and later by Geoff Edwards. A third version on GSN aired a pilot on March 29, 2006, hosted by Tim Vincent. The series was subsequently given to Dylan Lane; it aired from August 1, 2006 to June 9, 2007. A fourth version, also on GSN, was announced on January 26, 2015, with Vincent Rubino as executive producer and hosted by Mike Catherwood. Forty episodes were ordered for this version, which started airing from July 16, 2015 to January 29, 2016.
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1979
Password Plus
TV ShowJan 8, 1979

Password Plus

Password Plus and Super Password are American TV …
Password Plus and Super Password are American TV game shows that aired separately between 1979 and 1989. Both shows were revivals of Password, which originally ran from 1961 to 1975 in various incarnations. With only subtle differences between them, both Password Plus and Super Password followed the same general gameplay as their predecessor, whereby two teams of two people each – a celebrity and a contestant – attempted to guess a mystery word using only one-word clues.
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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Award1979

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motio…

Won award for "The Wiz".
NAACP Image Award
1978
Fame
MovieNov 30, 1978

Fame

A waiter becomes a sudden overnight success as a …
A waiter becomes a sudden overnight success as a playwright, and then begins negotiations with an Italian movie director to turn his play into a film. The results are unexpected.
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The Wiz
MovieOct 24, 1978

The Wiz

24-year-old kindergarten teacher Dorothy, born, raised, and …
24-year-old kindergarten teacher Dorothy, born, raised, and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to be thankful for much. She lives a self-imposed sheltered life and is shy and unfulfilled. When she gets caught in a snowstorm while chasing her dog Toto, they're transported to the mysterious Land of Oz, where she's informed that the only way she can find her way home is through the assistance of the powerful wizard in Emerald City. As she searches for him, she befriends some creatures who face problems in their lives. In their quest to find the wizard, they also face Evillene, the equally-evil sister of Evermean, the wicked witch Dorothy inadvertently killed when she arrived in Oz; Evillene might be their biggest obstacle.
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1977
The Love Boat
TV ShowSep 24, 1977

The Love Boat

The Love Boat (simply Love Boat in its final season) is an …
The Love Boat (simply Love Boat in its final season) is an American comedy/drama television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S.S. Pacific Princess, which aired on the ABC television network from 1977 to 1987; in addition, four three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990. The series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing (played by Gavin MacLeod) and a handful of its crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC's popular Saturday-night lineup of the time, which also included Fantasy Island until that series ended two years earlier in 1984. Its regular port of call was Puerto Vallarta.
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Shoot for the Stars
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TV ShowJan 3, 1977

Shoot for the Stars

Shoot for the Stars (originally called Shoot the Works when it was …
Shoot for the Stars (originally called Shoot the Works when it was a pilot) is a game show created and produced by Bob Stewart, and aired on the NBC television network. The show aired from January 3 to September 30, 1977, and was produced in New York City. During most of its run, it had originally videotaped at NBC's headquarters in Rockefeller Center, but some weeks of episodes were recorded at Studio 50 at CBS, also known as the Ed Sullivan Theater.
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1976
Donny & Marie
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TV ShowJan 23, 1976

Donny & Marie

Donny & Marie is an American variety show that aired on …
Donny & Marie is an American variety show that aired on ABC from January 1976 to January 1979. The show starred brother-and-sister pop duo Donny and Marie Osmond. Donny had first become popular singing in a music group with his brothers, The Osmonds, and Marie was one of the youngest singers to reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts (with "Paper Roses", in 1973).
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1974
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast
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TV ShowOct 31, 1974

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

The Dean Martin Celebrity …
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast is a series of television specials hosted by entertainer Dean Martin and airing from 1974 to 1984. For a series of 54 specials and shows, Martin and his friends would "roast" a celebrity. The roasts were patterned after the roasts held at the New York Friars' Club.
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Police Woman
TV ShowSep 13, 1974

Police Woman

Police Woman is an American police procedural television …
Police Woman is an American police procedural television series created by Robert L. Collins, starring Angie Dickinson that ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13, 1974, to March 29, 1978.
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1973
Pyramid
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TV ShowMar 26, 1973

Pyramid

Pyramid is the collective name of a series of American television …
Pyramid is the collective name of a series of American television game shows that has aired several versions domestically and internationally. The original series, The $10,000 Pyramid, debuted on March 26, 1973, and spawned seven subsequent Pyramid series. Most later series featured a full title format matching the original series, with the title reflecting an increasing top prize. The game features two contestants, each paired with a celebrity. Contestants attempt to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given to them by their teammates. The title refers to the show's pyramid-shaped gameboard, featuring six categories arranged in a triangular fashion. The various Pyramid series have won a total of nine Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show, second only to Jeopardy!, which has won 13.
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1970
Barefoot in the Park
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TV ShowSep 24, 1970

Barefoot in the Park

Barefoot in the Park is an American sitcom that aired in 1970 on …
Barefoot in the Park is an American sitcom that aired in 1970 on ABC. Based on the Neil Simon's Broadway play of the same name, the series cast members are predominantly black, making it the first American television sitcom since Amos 'n' Andy to have a predominantly black cast (Vito Scotti is the sole major white character). Barefoot in the Park had been a 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
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1969
You're Putting Me On
TV ShowJun 30, 1969

You're Putting Me On

You're Putting Me On! is an NBC game show in which …
You're Putting Me On! is an NBC game show in which celebrities tried to communicate the identities of famous people through odd and interesting clues. Bill Leyden was the original host, with Larry Blyden taking over halfway through the run. The program was broadcast from June 30 to December 26, 1969, at 1:30 pm.
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1968
The Galloping Gourmet
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TV ShowDec 30, 1968

The Galloping Gourmet

One of the first classic …
One of the first classic cooking shows, "The Galloping Gourmet" featured charismatic, ribald cook Graham Kerr doing obscenely rich and decadent recipes. The series was a smash hit in Canada...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
TV ShowJan 22, 1968

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In …
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (often simply referred to as Laugh-In) is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. It originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967, and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8 pm (ET). It quickly became the most popular television show in the United States.
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1965
The Dean Martin Show
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TV ShowSep 16, 1965

The Dean Martin Show

The Dean Martin Show, not to be confused with the Dean …
The Dean Martin Show, not to be confused with the Dean Martin Variety Show (1959–1960), is a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes. It was broadcast by NBC and hosted by entertainer Dean Martin. The theme song to the series was his 1964 hit "Everybody Loves Somebody".
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1964
The Hollywood Palace
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TV ShowJan 4, 1964

The Hollywood Palace

The Hollywood Palace is an hour-long American television …
The Hollywood Palace is an hour-long American television variety show that was broadcast weekly Saturday nights (except September 1967 to January 1968, when it was seen Monday nights) on ABC from January 4, 1964, to February 7, 1970. Titled The Saturday Night Hollywood Palace during its first few weeks, it began as a midseason replacement for The Jerry Lewis Show, another variety show, which had lasted only three months.
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1962
Match Game
TV ShowDec 31, 1962

Match Game

Match Game is an American television panel game show …
Match Game is an American television panel game show that premiered on NBC in 1962 and was revived several times over the course of the next three decades. The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions that are often formed as humorous double entendres (beginning in the CBS run), the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.
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The Merv Griffin Show
TV ShowOct 1, 1962

The Merv Griffin Show

The Merv Griffin Show is an …
The Merv Griffin Show is an American television talk show starring Merv Griffin. The series ran from October 1, 1962 to March 29, 1963 on NBC, May 1965 to August 15, 1969 in first-run syndication, from August 18, 1969 to February 11, 1972 at 11:30 PM ET weeknights on CBS and again in first-run syndication from February 14, 1972 to September 5, 1986.
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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
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TV ShowOct 1, 1962

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring …
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise that aired on NBC from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first decade, Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show was based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, with some episodes recorded at NBC's West Coast studios in Burbank, California; on May 1, 1972, the show moved to Burbank as its main venue and remained there exclusively after May 1973 until Carson's retirement. In 2002, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was ranked No. 12 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2013 it was ranked No. 22 on their list of 60 Best Series.
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1961
Password
TV ShowOct 2, 1961

Password

Password is an American television game show which was …
Password is an American television game show which was created by Bob Stewart for Goodson-Todman Productions. The host was Allen Ludden, who had previously been well known as the host of the G.E. College Bowl. In the game, two teams, each composed of a celebrity player and a contestant, attempt to convey mystery words to each other using only single-word clues, in order to win cash prizes.
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Car 54, Where Are You?
TV ShowSep 17, 1961

Car 54, Where Are You?

Car 54, Where Are You?, an …
Car 54, Where Are You?, an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 1961 to April 1963, is the story of two New York City police officers based in the fictional 53rd precinct in The Bronx. Car 54 was their patrol car. The series was filmed in black-and-white and had a rotating group of directors, including Al De Caprio, Stanley Prager and series creator Nat Hiken - who helmed several episodes. Filming was on location, and at Biograph Studios in the Bronx.
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1955
Captain Kangaroo
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TV ShowOct 3, 1955

Captain Kangaroo

Captain Kangaroo was an American children's …
Captain Kangaroo was an American children's television series that aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 to 1984, making it the longest-running nationally broadcast children's television program of its day. In 1986, the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) integrated some newly produced segments into reruns of past episodes, distributing the newer version of the series on PBS until 1993.
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1951
The Red Skelton Show
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TV ShowSep 30, 1951

The Red Skelton Show

The Red Skelton Show is an American television …
The Red Skelton Show is an American television comedy/variety show that, from 1951 to 1971, was an entertainment staple and an institution to a generation of viewers. In the decade prior to hosting the show, Richard "Red" Skelton had a successful career as a radio and motion pictures star. Although his television series is largely associated with CBS, where it appeared for more than sixteen years, it actually began and ended on NBC. During its run, the program received three Emmy Awards, for Skelton as best comedian and the program as best comedy show during its initial season, and an award for comedy writing in 1961. In 1959 Skelton also received a Golden Globe for Best TV Show.
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1948
The Ed Sullivan Show
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TV ShowJun 20, 1948

The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety …
The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran on CBS from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie.
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1947
Juvenile Jury
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TV ShowApr 3, 1947

Juvenile Jury

Juvenile Jury is an American children's game show which …
Juvenile Jury is an American children's game show which originally ran on NBC from April 3, 1947, to August 1, 1954. It was hosted by Jack Barry and featured a panel of kids aged ten or less giving advice to solve the problems of other kids. The show began in 1946 as a radio program on WOR in New York, but then successfully made the transition to television. It continued to be broadcast as a radio program until 1953.
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1918
Nipsey Russell
BirthSeptember 1918

Nipsey Russell

Nipsey Russell was born.
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