Late Native American stand-up comedian Charlie Hill’s legacy has been honoured by Google this week as a graphic of Hill was displayed on the search engine’s home page.
The Google Doodle of the comedian commemorates what would have been his 71st birthday today (6 July).
Hill’s family were involved in the creation of the Doodle and also reflected on his legacy almost a decade on.
Following Hill’s Google Doodle, some are now curious to know if Charlie Hill was married and also more about his family life.
Charlie Hill honoured with Google Doodle
Born 6 July 1951, comedian Charlie Hill is remembered by many as the first Native American stand-up comedian to appear on US Television.
He made his television debut on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977 and later made history again as he performed on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.
In celebration of what would have been his 71st birthday this week, Google has honoured Hill’s legacy with a Google Doodle.
The graphic, which is displayed today on the search engine’s homepages across the US, pictures Hill with a microphone in hand with smaller illustrations surrounding him, representing all the things he loved.
Was Charlie Hill married?
Yes. The celebrated comedian was married to wife Lenora Hatathlie for 33 years before his passing.
They tied the knot in 1980 and welcomed four children together: Diné Nizhoni, Nasbah, Nanabah and Nabahe.
During his career, Hill mentioned his wife Lenora in his comedy shows. In one particular set, Hill reflected on the moment he planned to propose to her, as he joked about the moment he went to her father for his permission.
Hill’s family collaborated on late comedian’s Google Doodle
Charlie Hill was survived by his four children and wife Lenora. Almost a decade following his passing, they came together this week to celebrate Hill as they collaborated on the project of his Google Doodle.
As well as working with Doodle’s illustrator Alanah Astehtsi Otsistohkwa (Morningstar) Jewell, the family also reflected on Hill’s legacy in a statement.
In the message, Hill’s loved ones looked back on his achievements during his career and remembered the comedian’s love for his family.
They explained how when he was not entertaining with his comedy most of his time was dedicated to his family and that he considered them “his most outstanding achievement.”
Hill died in 2013 aged 62
The comedian died aged 62 on December 30 2013, after a year-long battle with lymphoma cancer.
His passing was confirmed the following day by Hill’s younger brother Rick to the Indian Country Today Media Network.
At the time, Rick admitted his brother kept his sense of humour till the end as he reflected on the moment they learnt of his diagnosis.
He remarked: “He always had a sense of humour, you know, and just wanted to go out with a standing ovation—which he deserves.”