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    YORK (Reuters) - Nipsey Russell, the first black comedian to regularly appear on U.S. network television game shows, has died of cancer two weeks before his 81st birthday, his manager said on Tuesday.

    Dubbed "the poet laureate of TV" for the quick-witted poems he would recite, Russell died in a New York hospital on Sunday, Joseph Rapp said.

    Russell got his start after World War Two as the master of ceremonies at the Baby Grand club in Harlem. He built a following and became known to the mainstream white show business world, Rapp said.

    Russell had a featured role in the popular 1961 TV sitcom "Car 54, Where are You?"

    In 1963, near the height of the U.S. civil rights era, he became the first black performer to appear as a regular guest on a television game show, "Missing Links," hosted by Ed McMahon, Rapp said.

    It was McMahon who dubbed him "poet laureate" because of the poems, some of which were playfully political, that he would recite at the close of the show.

    "He was not as heavy-handed as the others that were coming up," Rapp said. "In those years, it was very hard for a black comedian to be that political."

    Russell later was a frequent guest on other game shows, such as the "$10,000 Pyramid," and "The Match Game," and hosted his own game show "Your Number's Up."

    He appeared in such films as "Posse," with Mario Van Peebles and "Wildcats," with Goldie Hawn.

    Born in Atlanta, Russell graduated from high school at age 16, majored in English and European history at the University of Cincinnati and spoke four languages, Rapp sa

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    Yeah I heard about his passing last night....R.I.P. Nipsey!!!!!

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    'Nite Nipsey sleep well. Loved his quick poems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunya
    'Nite Nipsey sleep well. Loved his quick poems.
    Yeah, this guy was a true talent. I remember when he used to appear from time to time on, "Laugh In".

    RIP Nipsey!!!!!


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    I'll always remember him as the Tin Man in "The Wiz"...RIP, brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring
    I'll always remember him as the Tin Man in "The Wiz"...RIP, brother.
    Yeah same here.

    I liked him as the principal in Wildcats, trying to get rid of all the peanut brittle that was leftover from a fundraiser the school tried to have.

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