Good Times Cast – Who Has Died, Who is Still Alive?

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

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