Have you ever wondered who is still alive from ‘Good Times’ cast? Here are the cast members that are still alive as of spring 2022:
- Janet Jackson. She played “Penny Woods” in Good Times. She is Michael Jackson’s sister and a very successful singer and songwriter.
- Chip Fields. She played “Linella Gordon”, Penny’s abusive biological mother. She is the mother of actor Kim Fields who starred in Facts of Life and Living Single.
- John Amos. He played “James Evans Sr.”, a family patriarch. John Amos also starred in many other TV shows and movies.
- Jimmie Walker. He played “J.J. Evans”, the oldest child of the Evans. Jimmy JJ Walker became popular with his Dyn-O-Mite personality and J.J. dolls, toys that were inspired by him.
- Bern Nadette Stanis. She played “Thelma Evans”, the only daughter of the Evans’ who married a professional football player named Keith.
- Ralph Carter. He played “Michael Evans”, J.J.’s younger brother.
And below are who has died from ‘Good Times’ cast.
- Ben Powers, who played “Keith Anderson”, died from cancer at the age of 64 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
- Ja’net DuBois, who played “Willona Woods“, died from heart failure in early 2020 in Glendale, California. There are disagreements about her age at the time she passed away.
- Moses Gunn, who played “Carl Dixon”, died from asthma complications in late 1993 in Guilford, Connecticut.
- Esther Rolle, who played “Florida Evans”, died from diabetes complications at age 78 in 1998 in Culver City, California.
- Johnny Brown, who played “Nathan Bookman”, the building superintendent and Willona’s longtime enemy. He died from a heart attack in March 2022.
There are also several other actors with repetitive roles on Good Times that have passed away. Below are some of them:
- Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard, who played “Monty”, died in 1981
- Albert Reed, who played “Alderman Fred Davis”, died in 1986
- Teddy Wilson, who played “Sweet Daddy Williams”, died in 1991
- Dap Sugar Willie, who played “Looting Lenny”, died in 1994
- Helen Martin, who played “Weeping Wanda Williams”, died in 2000
- Bubba Smith, who played “Claude”, died in 2011
- Raymond Allen, who played “Ned the Wino”, died in 2020