Demond Wilson
American actor, ordanined minister, and TV personality
Demond Wilson
Grady Demond Wilson is an American actor, author, and pastor. He is best known for his role opposite Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford's long-suffering son, Lamont Sanford, in the 1970s’ NBC-TV sitcom Sanford and Son.
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Not Quite the Big One: 'Sanford and Son' 38 Years Later
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Thirty-eight years ago this week, Sanford and Son ended its historic television run after 136 groundbreaking episodes. The show was anchored by the incomparable Redd Foxx and then-rising-star Demond Wilson. While Sanford and Son does not hold the distinction of being the first primetime African-American television show, it's arrival signaled a turn toward a new wave of a self-authenticated black American experience presented to television audiences. Sanford and Son introduced a level of self-assuredness in tone and subject that is all over the current flood of ethnically led and focused programming. Well before Fresh Off the Boat Tuesdays, Empire/Black-ish Wednesdays or Shondaland Thursdays, Fred G. S-A-N-F-O-R-D, period and Lamont showed us their finest antiques and trinkets on Fridays. Reaching the place where culturally aware shows were accepted and embraced right alongside their mainstream counterparts was a slow and at times a painful process. June 28, 1951: The Columba Bro ...
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Demond Wilson returns to So. GA - WALB-TV
Google News - almost 6 years
Demond Wilson, playing Lamont Sanford, co-starred with comedian Redd Foxx in the NBC series "Sanford and Son," which aired for six seasons in the 1970s on WALB and NBC. Since then, Wilson has become a speaker and has continued to act as well
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“Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?”: 16 TV-character ... - A.V. Club Chicago
Google News - almost 6 years
After Lamont Sanford (Demond Wilson) crosses paths with Chuck Barris on the NBC lot, his crotchety junkman father Fred (Redd Foxx) winds up with four tickets to a Gong Show taping. But Fred is so appalled by a performance of “If I Didn't Care” that he
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Redd Foxx, Cantankerous Master of Bawdy Humor, Is Dead at 68
NYTimes - over 25 years
Redd Foxx, a ground-breaking comedian best known for his portrayal of a curmudgeonly junk dealer in the 1970's televison series "Sanford and Son," died late Friday night in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack on the set of his new television series. He was 68 years old. Mr. Foxx collapsed during a rehearsal for the CBS series "The Royal
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Redd Foxx, Cantankerous Master Of Bawdy Humor, Is Dead at 68
NYTimes - over 25 years
Redd Foxx, a ground-breaking comedian best known for his portrayal of a curmudgeonly junk dealer in the 1970's televison series "Sanford and Son," died late last night in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack on the set of his new television series. He was 68 years old. Mr. Foxx collapsed during a rehearsal for the CBS series "The Royal
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'Odd Couple' Is Returning to Do a Good Deed
NYTimes - over 25 years
Neil Simon's "Odd Couple" has had many odd couples in its 26-year history. Art Carney was the fussy Felix and Walter Matthau portrayed Oscar the slob in the original Broadway production in 1965; Jack Lemmon and Mr. Matthau starred in the 1968 movie; Ron Glass and Demond Wilson assumed the roles in "The New Odd Couple," a short-lived 1982 television
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'FAST COPY,' MAGAZINE-STYLE PROGRAM
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: ''FAST COPY'' is an entertainment program that looks like a news program, or maybe it's the other way around. In other words, it's ''infotainment,'' or popcorn news, and as such, it's not bad at all. Meanwhile, even if it's not trying to, ''Fast Copy'' is slyly raising a question: Does television need reporters? ''FAST COPY'' is an
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ROY RADIN: LIFE AND DEATH IN SHOW-BUSINESS DEMIMONDE
NYTimes - over 33 years
The following article is based on reporting by Leslie Bennetts and Frank J. Prial and was written by Mr. Prial. There was some talk about having Roy Radin's funeral in Southampton, L.I., but his mother would have none of it. ''I wanted him laid out in the city,'' she said, ''with the funeral at St. Malachy's. After all, a lot of his friends would
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'NEW ODD COUPLE,' 'CHASTITY GULCH'
NYTimes - over 34 years
YOU have got to have a gimmick, the old show-business adage insists, and the producer Garry Marshall (''Laverne and Shirley'' and so on) has come up with a clever one for an ABC-TV series that starts tonight at 8:30. ''The Odd Couple,'' based on a Neil Simon play, is being brought back as ''The New Odd Couple.'' The difference is that this time
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FANCIFUL MEN, MORE REALISTIC WOMEN
NYTimes - over 34 years
On the face of it, real life takes a back seat to fantasy, adventure and escapism in this fall's new prime-time shows. Two are unabashed knockoffs of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark,'' itself an homage to 1930's movie serials. One new series is set around a witch with psychic powers, another features two fellows with the capacity to travel into the
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ABC-TV PLANS 7 NEW SERIES
NYTimes - almost 35 years
ABC Television will present seven new series in its 1982-83 primetime schedule beginning Sept. 27: three half-hour comedies, three one-hour comedy-adventure dramas and ''Ripley's Believe It or Not!'' Six series are being canceled: ''Taxi,'' ''Barney Miller,'' ''Mork & Mindy,'' ''Strike Force,'' ''The New F.B.I.'' and ''Code Red.'' The new comedies
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Demond Wilson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 64
    In summer of 2011 Wilson started appearing with actress Nina Nicole in a touring production of the play The Measure of a Man by playwright Matt Hardwick.
    More Details Hide Details The play is described as "a faith-based production" and is set in a small town in south Georgia. Wilson has been working since 2010 to produce and act in a melodramatic family film based on the play Faith Ties. Says Wilson of the project: "I play a broken down old drunk whose wife and daughter are killed and he's given up on life. The protagonist is a pastor who is in the middle while he watches the lives of people crumbling around him." Wilson has been married to the former model Cicely Johnston since the 1970s; they have six children.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    Wilson has also authored the book Second Banana: The Bittersweet Memoirs of the Sanford & Son Years, which was released on August 31, 2009.
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    Wilson was a guest on Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor on January 30, 2009.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 51
    Wilson has written several Christian books concerning the New Age Movement and its hidden dangers to society. New Age Millennium was released by CAP Publishing & Literary Co. LLC on December 1, 1998. (Demond's first name is misspelled "Desmond" on some book selling websites.) Wilson, who has also authored numerous children's books, stated the book to be an "exposé" of certain New Age "symbols and slogans".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 48
    Later, in 1995, he founded Restoration House, a center that helps rehabilitate former prison inmates by providing mentoring, spiritual guidance, and vocational training.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 37
    Wilson lived in Conroe, Texas for many years until 1984, when he became an ordained minister, fulfilling his childhood vow.
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    In 1980–1981, Foxx attempted to revive the show with the short-lived sitcom Sanford, but Wilson refused to reprise his role as Lamont Sanford for the new series.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson also appeared in the films Full Moon High (1981), Me and the Kid (1993), and Hammer-Lock (2000).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 27
    Wilson played Lamont through the run of the series, and became the star when Redd Foxx walked off the show in 1974 over a salary dispute with the producers and his character was written out for the rest of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Foxx returned the following year and the pair worked together until 1977 when the show was canceled despite being still very popular.
  • 1971
    Age 24
    Later in 1971, after appearing as a robber on All in the Family with Cleavon Little, Wilson won the role of Lamont Sanford in the NBC sitcom Sanford and Son.
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  • 1970
    Age 23
    Wilson later starred as divorcé Raymond Ellis in the short-lived CBS-TV comedy series Baby, I'm Back and as Oscar Madison, opposite actor Ron Glass (who co-starred as Felix Unger) in the ABC TV sitcom The New Odd Couple, a revamped black version of the original 1970–75 series on the same network which starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    Wilson served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 and was in the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam where he was wounded.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning home as a decorated veteran in the late 1960s, Wilson was featured in several Broadway and Off Broadway stage productions before moving to Hollywood where he performed guest roles on several television series such as Mission: Impossible and All in the Family and acted in films such as The Dealing (1970) and The Organization (1971).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on October 13, 1946.
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