Veteran Actor Nipsey Russell Dies

NEW YORK—The man who was once known as the poet laureate of TV has died.

Comedian and actor Nipsey Russell has died of cancer—less than two weeks shy of his 81st birthday. His longtime manager said Russell had cancer and passed away Sunday at a New York City hospital.

Russell started his decades-long career in stage, television and film, as a child song and dance artist. But eventually he made his mark in TV, movies and the stage. He starred in the TV sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?” in 1961 as the police dispatcher and did the role again—complete with a promotion—in a 1993 movie remake.

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