Your Number's UP follows the stories of real life lottery winners whose dreams of happiness came to a tragic and deadly end. Many of us fantasize about scooping a jackpot, quitting our jobs and going on the vacation of a lifetime. But all too often winning the lottery can trigger infidelity, jealousy and murder. From long-lost relatives coming out of the wood-work asking for money, to being stalked by criminal predators, "Your Number's UP" proves that when you win the lottery your life doesn't always change for the better.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Your Number's UP - Nipsey Russell - Netflix
Julius “Nipsey” Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an American comedian, best known for his appearances as a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. His appearances were frequently distinguished in part by the short, humorous poems he would recite during the broadcast. These lyrics became so closely associated with Russell that Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Betty White, and others regularly referred to him as “the poet laureate of television.” He also had a leading role in the film version of The Wiz as the Tin Man. He was also a frequent guest on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast series.
Your Number's UP - Early life - Netflix
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Russell went to Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta and attended the University of Cincinnati for one semester in 1936. He served as a medic in the United States Army during World War II, enlisting as a private on June 27, 1941, and returning from Europe in 1945 as a second lieutenant. He got his start in the 1940s as a carhop at the Atlanta drive-in The Varsity, where he increased the tips he earned by making customers laugh. He was discovered after he began performing in nightclubs in the 1950s. He subsequently made many “party albums,” which were essentially compilations of his stand-up routines.
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