Where Are They Now? The Cast of “Good Times”

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April 11, 2012 ‐ By

Source: blackthespian.com

Esther Rolle

Where would the Evans family have been without Florida? The matriarch of the family, she took no mess, but was always a supportive ear for her children’s issues. The widow was the backbone of her family, and she also had many memorable lines and moments on the show: *Drops bowl* “Damn, damn, damn DAMN!!!!” Once the show ended, Rolle released an album, The Garden of My Mind, did a little bit of psychic work (side eye), and appeared in a great deal of movies. That includes How to Make an America Quilt, Rosewood and Down in the Delta. Rolle passed away in 1998 due to complications from diabetes. She was 78.

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  • mrsoulo

    How could you not mention John Amos’ starring role in ROOTS???

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  • LaWanda

    I was surprised by the bio on Ben Powers. I thought it was going to say he went on to become a comedian. I thought Ben Powers was Sinbad all this time.

  • jodega

    I will never forget John Amos’s remarkable work as Kunta “Toby” Kinta in Alex Haley’s made for T.V. mini series ROOTS!

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  • B J

    Dayum dayum dayum she still looks awesome. She aged well like fine wine.

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  • jacqueline mitchell

    I recall seeing Ben Powers play Nell Carter’s ex-husband on an episode of “Gimme A Break”.

  • guest

    I still watch the show today…it has everything that’s important to me: a strong family head, a supportive wife who was just as strong when she needed to be, respectful children who were loved and were loving in return, great friendships, a sense of community, hard times, and GOOOOOD TIIIIIIIIMESSSS yeah!!!…makes you see just how much of a breakdown in family there really is in the world today 

  • Lightbulb

    James Evans was the epitome of what a father and husband was in the 70′s.  His character did a lot for me.

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  • Cami

    It was one of my favs back in the day and still is today.  As a natural curly, I have so much more appreciation for Esther Rolle and her choice to rock her natural hair throughout the series.  Too bad Oprah didn’t have a reunion of the cast before the passing of Ms. Rolle. Now THAT would’ve been some “must see TV”. 

  • MadBrooke

    DY-NO-MITE

  • Mzpocahontas2k

    On the show JJ was swexy in his own way. He was silly, but he could be serius like when he found out Penny’s mom was beating on her, that really hurt him.

  • Mzpocahontas2k

    Let’s not forget that John Amos starred in the movie Roots as Toby/kunta kinte.

    • Safargaj

      We know this poco, you review something else.

  • Julius

    Hated it. JJ Walker character ridiculous. They removed all the strong male influences of John Amos and filled it with 20 minutes of JJ Walker Foolishness.

    • ElvisWasAHero2Most

      Hated Good Times?!?!??  That’s blasphemous dog, that’s like saying you ain’t vote for Obama… did you?

    • Kay

      Sorry but JJ is the one who made the show so popular. It is what it is!

  • Whathahellizat

    John Amos also had guest spots on Two and A Half Men

    • So_What

      and he was Lisa’s dad in Coming to America.

  • http://twitter.com/BubblyBlackGirl BubblyBlackGirl

    Ja’Net DuBois also had a small appearance in Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle, #IJS

  • Darkfather504

    Still in love with  

    Bern Nadette Stanis

  • pirate

    Had a crush on Thelma but JJ always got in the way.

  • iking821

    Wow Ralph……..

    • So_What

      …….he looks older than Mr. Bitterman the Superintendant.

      • iking821

        Older than Esther did when she passed too….

  • Kia

    Ralph Carter looks scarey, he did not age well

  • Eestoomuch

    i used to have a mad crush on James! lol! when he was the old Kunta Kinte…mmhmm…but when i seent a photo of him circa 2005 with some braids and that hairline…NO SIR!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKQE4UQRBBVNOIRAL4EB2SPCWI Jen

      LMAO @seent!!!!! 

  • Smacks_hoes

    I was born in 1991 but good times Is timeless!! I watch the reruns daily…similar to full house. Those types of sitcoms warmed my heart.

  • Jackieo Perkins

    great show…

  • RedButterfly81

    One of my all time favorite TV shows and I wasn’t even born when this was on the air (I was born in 1981), but I wish I was though.

    • IllyPhilly

       Then you wouldn’t be able to get ‘em all at once on DVD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

    Chip Fields is ageless!! She looks amazing!!