Comedian Charlie Hill, who grew up in Oneida and became a groundbreaking influence for Native American comedians and other Native Americans in the entertainment industry, died Monday. He was 62.
Hill attended the University of Wisconsin before moving to California to pursue show business. He made his debut on “The Richard Pryor Show” in 1977 and went on to become the first Native American comedian to be on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”
He was a regular at the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles and forged friendships that led to appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Late Show with David Letterman” throughout his career. He also wrote for the TV sitcom “Roseanne.”
Hill had been battling lymphoma, according to Indian Country Today. News of his death sparked condolences and tributes on Twitter:
Funeral arrangements for Hill are pending with Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory in De Pere.
Born: 7/6/1951, Oneida, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 13/30/2013, Oneida, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Charlie Hill's western - himself:
Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (TV) - 2012 [himself]