Flip Wilson

The showbiz name of black comedian Flip Wilson who starred in his own comedy variety show THE FLIP WILSON SHOW/NBC/1970-74. Flip’s real name is Clerow Wilson.

When Flip Wilson was a guest on the NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW guest hosted by Jan Leno (10/3/89) he told the origin of why he’s called “Flip.” It seems he was dubbed “Flip” by his barracks mates during a four year hitch in the US Air Force (1950-54) when someone said “He has flippeth his lid.”

In 1985, Flip Wilson starred in the situation comedy CHARLIE AND COMPANY/CBS/1985-86 as Charlie Richmond, a black middle-class employee of the Division of Highways living on the South Side of Chicago with his wife and three children.

Born in New Jersey on December 8, 1933, comedian Flip Wilson died of liver cancer on November, 25 1998.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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