Harry Ellsworth Sykes was an American who served in the US Army and is known because of her daughter, Wanda Sykes. Wanda Sykes is an American standup comedian who started her career in 1987 by performing in front of a live audience in Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington, DC. Harry’s wife and Wanda’s mother was a banker in Maryland. Wanda along being a comedian, is also a prominent LGBTQ+ activist.
Harry Ellsworth Sykes Personal Life & Family
Harry Ellsworth Sykes was born in 1934 in Virginia, USA to Luther and Maggie. Harry grew up and joined the US Army, not much is known about him. Whereas, his daughter Wanda Sykes became successful owing to her profession of standup comedy. She started her career by performing in local venues while working in NSA, once she achieved success locally she moved to New York to achieve greater heights. One of her early appearances was in 1990 on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.
At Caroline’s Comedy Club, she got her first big break by opening for Chris Rock. She also worked in the writing team for the Chris Rock Show which went on to bag Emmys for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special”. From then on she appeared in numerous shows and movies such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Tomorrow Night, Down to Earth. She also appeared in Wanda at Large, a brief-lived Fox network sitcom. She made it to the list of “Annual Power 50 List’ in April 2009, at number 35. Sykes made history by becoming the first openly LGBT person and the first African American woman to perform at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in May 2009.
From 1991-1998, Wanda was married to Dave Hall, Record Producer. However, in 2008 she came out publicly as a lesbian and then in the same year she married a French woman, Alex Niedbalski. They have a daughter and son, named Olivia and Lucas. Her sexuality came as a shock to Wanda Parents, especially to Harry Ellsworth when she told them at the age of 40. The parents did not attend Wanda’s wedding to Alex but later they accepted her.
Harry Ellsworth Sykes’ Net Worth
Harry’s net worth is not known because of the private life he lives. Although her daughter, Wanda, being a public figure has made quite a fortune by being in the comedy and acting business. Wanda has a $10 million net worth. Sykes has accumulated her wealth through her appearances in movies, television series, voice roles in animated movies, and stand-up comedy acts.