Richard Claxton Gregory popularly known as Dick Gregory was an African-American comedian, social critic, civil rights activist, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is the first black comedian to perform to a white audience. He died on August 19, 2017. Now let’s have a close look on Dick Gregory’s net worth in 2019.
Dick Gregory was born on October 12, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He was born to Lucille and Presley Gregory. He was a good runner, and he earned a scholarship to the Southern Illinois University (SIU). He was drafted into the United States Army while he was still in school.
He went back to the University after he was discharged from the army. He left the University because according to him, they only wanted him to run not study. He moved to Illinois where he joined a group of black comedians.
Dick Gregory married Lilian Smith in 1959. The couple had 11 children. He was often criticised for his absence in the life of his children. He often dismissed it by saying even Adolf Hitler had a father.
After moving this Illinois, Gregory tried to pursue a professional comedy career. He first opened a club called Apex Nightclub. The club, however, failed leaving him in debt. In 1959, he got a job at an MC in Roberts Show Bar. He performed to a white audience in that bar. He was performing in 1961 when Hugh Hefner took notice of him.
He was hired by Hugh to work at the Playboy Club in Chicago. He made his first TV appearance on the “Tonight Starring Jack Paar” show. He was invited by Paar to perform on the show but declined the offer every time. He later explained to Paar that he always refused to perform on the show due to the fact that blacks were not allowed interviews after the show.
The Show producers made an amendment and allowed Paar to have an interview with Dick Gregory after the show. This made waves, and it was the first time in the history of the show. Gregory ventured into other activities. He co-hosted a morning show dubbed “The Power.”
He also appeared on the TV show titled “Wonder Showzen,” he was “Mr. Sun.” He also made an appearance on “The Alex Jones Show.” Gregory was a strong activist against racism. He was also a civil right activist. In 1968, he ran for president of the United States, he was unsuccessful.
He released the book titled “Write Me In,” a book that talked about his presidential campaign. He was also an advocate for women’s right. He also wrote a lot more books including his autobiography titled “Nigger.” He also founded Health Enterprises, a company which distributes weight loss pills.
Awards & Achievements
Dick Gregory earned a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Net Worth of Dick Gregory
Dick Gregory had an estimated net worth of $10 million. He was one of the highest rated black comedians. He made his money from his career as a comedian and a writer. There are no records of his annual salary or his salary per performance.
Dick Gregory Death
Dick Gregory died of a heart attack in a hospital in Washington D.C. He died on August 19, 2017. He was 84 years old.
Dick Gregory performed on many platforms and events. He was known for his funny comments. He created controversy among the whites. Some considered him to be a racist for his jokes. He is known as the personality behind the rise of black comedy in the United States.