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Also Known As: Richard Claxton Gregory Died: August 19, 2017
Born: October 12, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Profession:

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Dick Gregory was a comedian and actor whose successful career was overshadowed by his decades as a social activist. During the early stages of his acting career, Gregory worked in films like "Sweet Love, Bitter" (1967). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "Comedy News II" (1972-73), "An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr." (NBC, 1985-86) and "Comic Relief II" (HBO, 1987-88). During these years, he also worked in film, earning a part in "Panther" (1995). He also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Met Life Presents the Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame" (1994-95), "Race, Reality and the Simpson Trial" (BET, 1994-95) and "African-African American Summit: Coming Home" (PBS, 1994-95). Gregory continued to exercise his talent in the early 2000s, taking on a mix of projects like "Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Hugh M. Hefner" (Comedy Central, 2001-02), "Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza" (Showtime, 2002-03) and "The Hot Chick" (2002) starring Rob Schneider. His credits also expanded to "One Bright Shining Moment" (2005). Gregory appeared on the documentary "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" (2013) with Cornel...

Dick Gregory was a comedian and actor whose successful career was overshadowed by his decades as a social activist. During the early stages of his acting career, Gregory worked in films like "Sweet Love, Bitter" (1967). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "Comedy News II" (1972-73), "An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr." (NBC, 1985-86) and "Comic Relief II" (HBO, 1987-88). During these years, he also worked in film, earning a part in "Panther" (1995). He also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Met Life Presents the Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame" (1994-95), "Race, Reality and the Simpson Trial" (BET, 1994-95) and "African-African American Summit: Coming Home" (PBS, 1994-95). Gregory continued to exercise his talent in the early 2000s, taking on a mix of projects like "Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Hugh M. Hefner" (Comedy Central, 2001-02), "Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza" (Showtime, 2002-03) and "The Hot Chick" (2002) starring Rob Schneider. His credits also expanded to "One Bright Shining Moment" (2005). Gregory appeared on the documentary "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" (2013) with Cornel West. Dick Gregory died of heart failure on August 19, 2017, a week after being admitted to the hospital for treatment of a bacterial infection. He was 84 years old.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Hot Chick, The (2002) Bathroom Attendant
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 Mark Twain (2001) Interviewee
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 Panther (1995) Reverend Slocum
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 March for Disarmament, The (1988) Himself
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1995:
Played Reverend Slocum in "Panther"
2002:
Had a small cameo in "The Hot Chick"

Education

Southern Illinois University: - 1952 - 1956

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