TV-MOVIES

Good Times
Actors You May
Not Know
Passed Away

By HEATHER DEMPSEY

Leading "Good Times" actress Esther Rolle, who played the show's matriarch Florida Evans, died in 1998 — just nine days after her 78th birthday. Before she passed away due to complications from diabetes, she enjoyed a long and successful screen career.

Esther Rolle

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Multi-talented DuBois not only played local gossip and friend of the Evans family, Willona Woods but she co-wrote and sang “Movin’ On Up” the theme song to “The Jeffersons.” She died of natural causes in 2020.

Ja'net DuBois

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The first of the sitcom's cast to pass away, Reed Jr., who died in 1986, played disreputable local politician Fred C. Davis on the series. Reed was also a real-life law enforcement officer as well as an actor.

Albert Reed Jr.

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