- Name: Dick Gregory
- Age at Death: 84 years old
- Height: 5ft 8in (173 cm)
- Occupation: Activist
- Net Worth: US $8 Million
- Status: Deceased
Dick Gregory was an American civil rights activist, comedian, author and entrepreneur. He rose to prominence in the 1960s with his own style of stand-up comedy. In his later years, he ventured into the health and fitness business. Gregory was born Richard Claxton Gregory on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was raised by a single mother, Lucille. He had five siblings. Gregory attended Sumner High School where he excelled in track and field. He continued his studies at Southern Illinois University on an athletic scholarship. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.
Gregory began his career as a stand-up comedian during his tenure in the U.S. Army. He won several talent contests and was named to the Army’s entertainment division. Shortly after he was discharged he moved to Chicago, Illinois. Gregory was part of the new generation of black comedians which included acts like Bill Cosby and Nipsey Russell. In 1961, he gained recognition performing at Hugh Hefner‘s Playboy Club in Chicago. His performance earned him a profile in Time magazine and a television appearance on the Tonight Starring Jack Paar. Through comedy, Gregory was able to target racism, poverty and segregation. His comedy albums include In Living Black and White (1961), Dick Gregory Talks Turkey (1962), The Light Side: The Dark Side (1969), and You Don’t Know Dick (2016).
In addition to comedy, Gregory was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. He protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested for civil disobedience on a number of occasions. During the 1960s, Gregory became associated with key figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Chicago in 1967. He ran for president of the United States in 1968 as a member of the Freedom and Peace Party. Gregory shifted from comedy to focus on his political interest in the early 1970s. He later became a vegetarian and a health and fitness expert. He built a business around what was called the “Bahamian Diet”. He attributed the lower life expectancy of African-Americans to poor diet and drug/alcohol abuse.
Gregory has written several books including Nigger: An Autobiography (1964), No More Lies: The Myth and the Reality of American History (1971), Callus on My Soul (2000), and African American Humor (2002). He starred in the 1996 Off-Broadway production of Dick Gregory Live!. His film credits include The Hot Chick (2002) with Rob Schneider, and Panther (1995) with Kadeem Hardison. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.PERSONAL
Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017 at the age of 84. His reported cause of death was heart failure. He was hospitalized with a bacterial infection one week prior. Gregory was about 5ft 8in tall and he was of African-American descent. His net worth was estimated at $8 million. He was married to ‘Lillian Smith’ from 1959 until his death. They had a total of 11 children. He’s survived by his wife and 10 children.
Dick Gregory Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: Richard Claxton Gregory
- Birthday: October 12, 1932
- How Old : Age: 85 years old
- Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- How Tall : Height: 5ft 8in (173 cm)
- Occupation: Civil Rights Activist, Comedian, Entrepreneur, Author
- Years Active: 1954-2017
- Net Worth & Salary: US $8 Million
- Marriage(s): Lillian Smith
- Death-O-Meter: Dead
- Died: August 19, 2017
- Cause of Death: Heart Failure
- Place of Death: Washington, D.C., U.S.