Ben Powers
Ben Powers as Keith
Ben Powers as Keith Anderson
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birth name: Alton Adelbert Powers
Born: (1950-07-05)July 5, 1950
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died April 6, 2015(2015-04-06) (aged 64)
Deathplace: New Bedford, MA, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Years active: 1975–1985
Character information
Appeared on: Good Times
Character played: Keith Anderson
24 episodes in Season 6

Alton "Ben" Powers (born July 5, 1950 - died April 6, 2015) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Thelma Evans' husband, Keith Anderson, during the sixth and final season of the 1970s TV show Good Times (1978–1979). He also did a season of the revival of the NBC-TV comedy/variety series Laugh-In in the late 1970s. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Providence, RI.


Ben got his first Hollywood acting break in the 1970s with Adrian Hall, director at Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I., his hometown. In addition to stage acting, Powers did stand-up comedy, amazing impressions, and sang standards as well as original music he wrote. He was discovered by a Hollywood agent in Providence, signed on to do movies, and entertained at the Playboy club in Las Vegas. In a recent interview conducted with his former co-star, Bern Nadette Stanis, Powers currently resides in his homestate, Rhode Island.

Good Times, other TV show rolesEdit

After Good Times Powers guest starred on a number of popular TV dramas and sitcom shows of the 80s including Gimme a Break, Flamingo Road, The Greatest American Hero, The New Odd Couple with former Sanford and Son star Demond Wilson and Ron Glass, and Laverne & Shirley.

Ben was also a regular on the CBS-TV hit detective drama show Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in 1984-85, until the star, Stacy Keach, was arrested in London for cocaine smuggling and the show was canceled while Keach did time in England. Powers had left the Hollywood scene at the end of 1985, before the detective series was picked up again.

Film rolesEdit

In the early 1980s, Powers appeared in a handful of big-screen films which included Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, Things Are Tough All Over and The Man Who Loved Women as well as a number of made-for-TV movies, mostly in smaller supporting roles.

Powers died on April 6, 2015 at the age of 64.[1][2][3]


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