Charlie Hill was the first Native American stand-up comic to appear on a late night talk show. Richard Pryor first hosted Hill on his show in 1977. David Letterman and Jay Leno would go on to do the same later in Hill’s career. Beyond stand-up comedy, Hill broke into to movie business as an actor, refusing to be typecasted.
“They only ask you if you can ride a horse. They don’t care if you can act or not,” Hill shared with First Person Radio. “And they always cast you in westerns. It’s like we don’t exist in contemporary times.”
Hear more about Hill’s Legacy in this story by Britta Greene.
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