*Famous Faces on "Good Times" (Season One)!

by gattonero975 | created - 18 Apr 2016 | updated - 19 Apr 2016 | Public

GOOD TIMES was that rare hit show which was a spin-off of a spin-off! (TV's "All in the Family" begat "Maude", which in turn spawned GOOD TIMES on CBS) Airing for six highly-rated seasons, GOOD TIMES altered America's cultural landscape by tackling topical, often controversial issues from a uniquely African-American perspective, while delivering heart-warming laughs.

Focusing on a poor but proud family in the Chicago projects, the Evans clan- headed by James (John Amos) and sharp-tongued mother Florida (Esther Rolle)- struggled against adversity while keeping their heads held high, striking a chord with audiences of all colors. The trailblazing show also made a star of jive-talkin' comedian Jimmie Walker whose catchphrase "DYN-O-MITE!" became part of "70s pop culture.

1. Jimmie Walker

Actor | Good Times

He symbolized the 70s American dream of success -- the former kid from the ghetto who rose to wisecracking TV superstardom. While in his element as the broadly strutting, gleamy-toothed J.J. Evans of the popular urban-styled sitcom Good Times (1974), Jimmie Walker lived the extremely good life. ...

"James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr."

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 5 Michael Gets Suspended (8 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial ( 26 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 13 My Son the Lover ( 10 May 1974)

2. John Amos

Actor | Coming to America

A native of New Jersey and son of a mechanic, African-American John Amos has relied on his imposing build, eruptive nature and strong, forceful looks to obtain acting jobs, and a serious desire for better roles to earn a satisfying place in the annals of film and TV. He has found it a constant ...

"James Evans, Sr."

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 5 Michael Gets Suspended (8 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial ( 26 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 13 My Son the Lover ( 10 May 1974)

3. Ralph Carter

Actor | Good Times

Ralph Carter was born on May 30, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA as Ralph D. Carter. He is an actor, known for Good Times (1974), The Groomsmen (2006) and Gramma's Hands.

Michael Evans"

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 5 Michael Gets Suspended (8 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial ( 26 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974)

4. Ja'net DuBois

Actress | Good Times

Ja'Net is a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and began her career on Broadway. She has appeared in various plays, including "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., and "A Raisin in the Sun".

Ja'Net moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody Award for a...

"Willona Woods" (as Ja'net Du Bois)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 5 Michael Gets Suspended (8 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial ( 26 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 13 My Son the Lover ( 10 May 1974)

5. Esther Rolle

Actress | Driving Miss Daisy

Best known for the role of Florida Evans on the 1970s sitcoms Maude (1972) and Good Times (1974), African-American actress Esther Rolle proved to be as spirited and iron-willed off-camera as well. The gap-toothed actress with the gravelly voice was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, the 10th child of ...

"Florida Evans"

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 5 Michael Gets Suspended (8 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial ( 26 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 13 My Son the Lover ( 10 May 1974)

6. BernNadette Stanis

Actress | Good Times

BernNadette Stanis is best known as Thelma from Good Times (1974), but there's much more to her than that. In the 1970s she was the personification of black beauty. As sophisticated and graceful as she was, she still became TV's first black sex symbol or "It" girl. Thelma/BernNadette and the Evans ...

"Thelma Evans" (as Bern Nadette)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 5 Michael Gets Suspended (8 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial (26 April 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 13 My Son the Lover ( 10 May 1974)

7. Roscoe Lee Browne

Actor | The Cowboys

He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims.

...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 4 God's Business is Good Business (1 March 1974) Reverend Sam

8. Woodrow Parfrey

Actor | The Outlaw Josey Wales

Parfrey was born Sydney Woodrow Parfrey in New York City, New York, to Hazel (James) and Sidney Parfrey, both Welsh immigrants. One of the most interesting character actors to emerge on American film and television in the 1960s, Parfrey brought a quirky charisma to every role he played, from ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974) Interviewer

9. Philip Michael Thomas

Actor | Miami Vice

Philip Michael Thomas - the multi-talented performer best known as Detective Rico Tubbs in the iconic 1980s TV series Miami Vice (1984) - made his Broadway debut in 1971 in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play No Place to Be Somebody...and hasn't looked back since.

In a remarkable career that spans ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 6 Sex and the Evans Family (15 March 1974) Eddie Conroy (as Philip Thomas)

10. Hal Williams

Actor | Guess Who

A veteran professional actor who has co-starred as a television series regular in NINE, prime time, HIT series, and has established himself solidly in both the areas of comedy and drama. Hal's latest projects include Disney Family Channel's Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008) and Hallmark's Generation Gap ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974) Tom

11. Raymond Allen

Actor | Sanford and Son

Raymond Allen was born on March 5, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Raymond Gilmore Allen. He is an actor, known for Sanford and Son (1972), Darktown Strutters (1975) and Mean Mother (1974). He was previously married to Barbra Williams.

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974) Ned the Wino (as Raymond G. Allen)

12. Ernie Lee Banks

Actor | Mystery Men

Ernie Lee Banks is known for his work on Mystery Men (1999), Bulworth (1998) and Life (1999).

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974) Eddie (as Ernie Banks)

13. Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Actor | Mush and Milk

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard was born on January 1, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Beard Jr. He was an actor, known for Mush and Milk (1933), A Lad an' a Lamp (1932) and Free Wheeling (1932). He was married to Annie. He died on January 8, 1981 in Los Angeles.

"Monty" (as Stymie Beard)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 1 Too Old Blues (8 February 1974)

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974)

14. Robin Braxton

Actress | Blue Thunder

Robin Braxton is an actress, known for Blue Thunder (1983), Hunter (1984) and Lonely Boy (2013).

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974) Mrs. Vinson

15. Ed Cambridge

Actor | Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Edmund J. Cambridge is the Founding Member of the Legendary "Cambridge Players" a Theater Troupe that First Produce James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner" on Broadway in 1965 which was produced by Nat King Cole Wife "Maria Ellington". The founding members of The Cambridge Players are Juanita Moore, ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 7 Junior gets a Patron (22 March 1974) Leroy Jackson (as Edmund Cambridge)

16. Frank Campanella

Actor | Pretty Woman

Frank Campanella was born on March 12, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Pretty Woman (1990), Overboard (1987) and Raising Helen (2004). He died on December 30, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 8 Junior the Senior (29 March 1974) Mr. Kirkwood

17. Betty Cole

Actress | The Postman Always Rings Twice

Betty Cole was born on April 4, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elizabeth Carpenter Lee. She was an actress, known for The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Martin (1992) and Cover Up (1984). She was married to Eddie Cole. She died on November 16, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974) Mrs. Hines

18. Carl M. Craig

Actor | Seabiscuit

Carl M. Craig was born in Gilmore, Texas, USA as Carl Mathis Craig. He was an actor, known for Seabiscuit (2003), Kojak (1973) and Switch (1975). He died on October 31, 2012 in Oak Glen, California, USA.

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 3 Getting up the Rent (22 February 1974) Hustler (as Carl Craig)

19. Simeon Holloway

Actor | Trouble Man

Simeon Holloway is an actor, known for Trouble Man (1972), Hill Street Blues (1981) and Skag (1980).

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 10 Springtime in the Ghetto (19 April 1974) Mr. Johnson

20. Eric Monte

Writer | Good Times

Kenneth Williams, most popularly known by his stage name Eric Monte, was born and raised in the economically impoverished Cabrini-Green Housing project in Chicago. It was an environment filled with gangs, high unemployment, and drugs. When Monte was five years old, he loved to play cowboys and ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 2 Black Jesus (15 February 1974) The Runner

*special note: Monte was the co-writer, along with actor/writer Mike Evans, of "Good Times". *

21. Ernest Morrison

Actor | Ghosts on the Loose

"Sunshine Sammy" Morrison was most famous as one of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids, but he was probably the most experienced actor of that group. Morrison made his film debut while still an infant; his father worked for a wealthy Los Angeles family that had connections in the film industry, and ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 11 The TV Commercial ( April 1974) The Messenger

22. Dean Santoro

Actor | Remington Steele

Dean Santoro was born on January 30, 1938 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Remington Steele (1982), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) and House Calls (1979). He died on June 10, 1987 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 12 The Checkup ( 5 May 1974) The Doctor

23. Richard B. Shull

Actor | Splash

Veteran character actor Richard B. Shull was born on February 24, 1929 in Evanston, Illinois and raised in the Midwest. He attended the University of Iowa, then served with the U.S. Army in 1953. Finding work as a stage manager following his release, he finally made his Broadway debut in the Marx ...

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 9 The Visitor (5 April 1974) William Stonehurst

24. Ta-Tanisha

Actress | The Sting

Ta-Tanisha was born on January 15, 1953 in Bronx, New York, USA as Shirley Cummings. She is an actress, known for The Sting (1973), Mission: Impossible (1966) and Mannix (1967). She has been married to Lee Weaver since July 10, 1971. They have one child.

Good Times: Season 1, Episode 13 My Son the Lover ( 10 May 1974) Marcy



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