Carl Wright, dancer/comedian, 75

Film credits include 'Barbershop,' 'Soul Food'

Actor Carl Wright, who began his career as a tap dancer and comedian, died of cancer May 19 in Chicago. He was 75

Wright’s film credits include “Barbershop,” “Soul Food” and “Big Momma’s House.”

Born in Orlando, Fla., Wright traveled the world as a young man working as a tap dancer, and he once danced with a one-legged partner as a team called the Three-Leggers, his daughter said. He also worked as a comedian, emcee and songwriter during his career.

His movie career began late in his life, his daughter Kia said.

“He’s done so many things,” she said. “He worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra.”

Wright is survived by his wife, Shirley, by two other daughters and by one granddaughter.

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