Wilson’s story should make a great biopic. The Jersey City, NJ native born Clerow Wilson was the 13th of 24 children who grew up in foster care for a portion of his life. He joined the Air Force at age 16 and got his first big TV break through fellow comic Redd Foxx. Wilson, through his On Golden Pond Film partnership with Atmosphere Entertainment is currently narrowing down an actor to play his famous father. Chris Tucker, Tracey Morgan and Cuba Gooding, Jr. are all being considered to play the comic icon in a film based on the book.
“This could be someone’s really breakthrough role. We’re looking at Oscar-type stuff with this project,” Wilson says. “The book is very, very personal to me. I think a lot of people have forgotten who he is.”
“The Flip Wilson Show” was on from 1970-1974. By that time, Wilson was the #2 show on TV, drawing in 40 million viewers. Wilson left the show after gaining custody of his four children and being asked to make budget cuts on his show. The famed comedian died of liver cancer in 2009 at age 64.