Dick Gregory

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Dick Gregory ’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Dick Gregory

Eye Color


Place Of Birth

St. Louis, USA


84 years old (died on August 19, 2017)

Birth Date

October 12, 1932

Star Sign


Dick Gregory Facts

Child Star?



American Comedian, Civil Rights Activist, Writer, Entrepreneur, Actor

Education & Qualifications

Southern Illinois University

Net Worth

$8 million

Current Partner

Lillian Gregory


Gregory, Michele, Ayanna, Yohance, Paula, Stephanie, Christian, Lynne, Miss, Pamela, Richard Jr.


Lucille Gregory, Presley Gregory


Ron Gregory, Delores Gregory, Presley Eugene Gregory, Pauline Gregory


1.7m (5'6"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Monkey

About Dick Gregory 

Dick Gregory was born to his parents on October 12, 1932.

Dick was a prominent civil rights leader, writer, actor, entrepreneur, and American comedian. His birthplace is St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

He was born in a low-income family. He came through all challenging phases over the years. Dick Gregory's real name is Richard Claxton Gregory. He sold many bestselling writings. Dick was an integral part of several comedy records and comedy clubs during 1961. The same year, he debuted at The Blue Angel nightclub in New York. He recorded his live set for his album 'East & West'. Dick was an active member of the civil rights movement. Besides comedy as a profession, he was also a keynote speaker, guest for various radio shows, co-host for radio, and spoke about animal rights. During his political activism, he often went on hunger strikes. During 1964, he was quite active in the Vietnam war as a civil rights activist. He did a bibliography for 'No More Lies: The Myth And The Reality Of American History'.

Dick Gregory's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Dick Gregory's net worth?

Dick Gregory accumulated a net worth of about $8 million during his lifetime.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Dick Gregory?

Dick Gregory was 5 ft 8 in (172 cm) tall.

How old was Dick Gregory?

Dick Gregory died at 84 on August 19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. He died due to heart failure.

Childhood And Education

Dick Gregory studied at the Sumner High School. Many of his teachers supported him, and one of them was Warren St. James. He was excellent with running. In 1950, he won the State Cross Country Championship. Later, he achieved an athletic scholarship for Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Back in those days, he was the first one to attend a college from Gregory's family. He made records for miler and half-miler in the school. Around the year 1954, Dick's college career took a back seat for almost two years. This was the time when he was recruited for the US Army.

During the US Army days, Dick's commanding officer saw his inclination for jokes. Later, he participated in several US Army talent shows and won them. His comedy career took a start during his service in the US Army. Dick Gregory came back in 1956 but dropped out of the university. Subsequently, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a comedian.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Lucille Gregory and Presley Gregory were Dick Gregory's parents.

Who was Dick Gregory's partner?

Dick Gregory's wife was called Lillian Smith. He met her at an African-American club. They got married in 1959. Together Dick and Lillian Gregory had 11 children named Gregory, Michele, Ayanna, Yohance, Paula, Stephanie, Christian, Lynne, Miss, Pamela, and Richard Jr., who died just two months post his birth.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dick Gregory is a well-known personality to perform for the all-white crowds. He was the first black comedian to perform. After he left the university, Dick moved to Chicago, Illinois. He aspired to be a professional stand-up comedian. Later, Dick met some of the renowned comedians like Bill Cosby, Nipsey Russell, and Godfrey Cambridge. These comedians broke the stereotypes through Minstrel show which was quite common during the early 19th century. Dick picked topics of daily life inspirations, racial issues, and current affairs or events. He worked at the United States Postal Service during the day and often performed night shows as a comedian.

Dick Gregory started his political activist career in 1967 by running for Mayor of Chicago. He had no luck and lost it. However, the urge to stand in the political field made him persistent. Dick Gregory stood again, but this time for the president of the United States. It is during 1968 and for a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party. He received some great votes, about 47,097 in total. These actions directed him to the master list of Nixon's political opponents.

The civil rights movement helped him understand animal rights in 1965. The benefits of fasting and vegetarianism were spread as a philosophy to everyone around him. He often felt animal pain just like humans as a civil rights activist.

Charity Work

Dick Gregory's journey as a stand-up comedian, political career, and activism is quite inspiring. There are a lot of things he did for several people while being at his job in those specific sectors. As of 2022, there is a nonprofit organization, Dick Gregory Foundation. They help with health and social awareness initiatives. His son is one of the members of the organization.

What awards did Dick Gregory win?

Dick Gregory got recognition through his work. He won the Star On The Walk Of Fame in St. Louis. He also won the Missouri Mile Championship, Ebony-Topaz Fleritage, and a Freedom Award in 1953. During his college days at Southern Illinois University, he won the Outstanding Athlete Award in 1953 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1978.

Dick Gregory's Hobbies And Interests

Dick Gregory was inclined to make jokes, leading to a professional career as a comedian. His efforts to master several sectors proved right and helped him shape better lives.

Other Interesting Dick Gregory Facts And Trivia

  • Dick Gregory has done a bibliography for the African-American Humor. It was Mel Watkins' 'The Best Black Comedy From Slavery To Today'.
  • Dick was the founder of Health Enterprises, Inc. They dealt with weight-loss products.
  • Fast-forward to 2022, Dick's eighth son, Dr. Christian Claxton Gregory, is the manufacturer of Wellness In Nature. It is a nutritional supplement brand.
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