Raymond Allen, Actor on 'Sanford and Son,' Dies at 91

Lawrence Kim
August 12, 2020

Raymond Allen, an actor who had memorable recurring roles on classic '70s sitcoms "Sanford and Son" and "Good Times", died yesterday of a non-COVID respiratory illness at a long-term care facility in California.

His daughter announced his passing on Monday on her Facebook account. His laughter will ring in heaven. "The last of 12 siblings", Ta Ronce Allen wrote. Relaxation In Heavenly Peace Raymond Allen.

She continued, "What a day that is been. They are now both being held by the wings of angels". He largely withdrew from acting following his string of '70s roles.

Along with playing Uncle Woody during the show's run from 1972 to 1977, he reprised the role for a spinoff series called The Sanford Arms. Woody was the husband of Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page), the sister-in-law of titular character Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx). Concurrently, he showed up as Ned the Wino on the CBS comedy Good Times and as Merl the Earl, owner of a body shop, on the ABC crime drama Starsky and Hutch. Allen's character was introduced in the tenth episode of season 1 titled "Springtime in the Ghetto", which saw the Evans family's youngest child Michael (Ralph Carter) bring home what appears to be a drunk homeless man he wants to help get his act together. Allen further made various guest appearances in shows including "The Jeffersons", "What's Happening!" and "The Love Boat".

Allen is survived by his daughters, Ta Ronce and Brenda Allen.

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