'Sanford and Son' Actor Raymond Allen Dead at 91

Raymond G. Allen, Sr., known for playing Uncle Woody on the iconic Black sitcom ‘Sanford and Son,’ has died.

He was 91.

via TMZ:

Allen’s family tells TMZ, he was in a long-term facility in California when he was found unresponsive early Monday morning. EMT’s tried reviving him, to no avail.

The family says Allen died as a result of respiratory issues, but not COVID-related.

Allen was a working character actor, who also played Ned the Wino on “Good Times.”

“Good Times” was a huge hit in the ’70s, and Allen’s character was hilarious. In “Sanford and Son” he played Aunt Esther’s husband who never turned down a drink.

Allen also had roles in “Starsky and Hutch,” playing a mechanic — Merle the Earl.

And, there were many guest appearances, including “The Jeffersons,” “What’s Happening!!” and “The Love Boat,”

Allen had been sick for a while … he was in a health care facility since 2016 … where he had bouts with pneumonia.

Raymond Allen is survived by 2 children.


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