Teddy Wilson in scene from the NBC-TV series "Qunatum Leap".
|Born:||December 10, 1943|
|Birthplace:||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died||July 21, 1991(aged 47)|
|Related to:||2 children with Pringle|
|Spouse(s):||Joan Pringle, 1980-1991|
|Appeared on:||Good Times|
|Character played:||Stanley Byrd / Marion "Sweet Daddy" Williams|
Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (December 10, 1943 – July 21, 1991) appeared in the recurring role as Marion "Sweet Daddy" Williams on Good Times; he also made another appearance as nightclub owner Stanley Byrd in the episode "The Comedian and the Loan Sharks" in Season 4.
Born in New York City, Teddy made his acting debut in the blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes to Harlem, along with Sanford and Son series star Redd Foxx. He would go on to appear in several blaxploitation films of the era. In addition to films, Wilson also landed roles in several popular television shows. Wilson portrayed Earl the postman and barber in the series That's My Mama. He also played several characters in the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!!, including the role of Al Dunbar in a popular two-part episode. In the conclusion of the two-part episode, Wilson's character gets arrested for bootlegging a Doobie Brothers concert.
In 1977, Wilson starred in the short-lived sitcom The Sanford Arms, a spin-off of Sanford and Son. After the series was canceled, Wilson made various guest appearances in episodes of The White Shadow (he also wrote a 1980 episode), Enos, Gimme a Break!, The Golden Girls, and What's Happening Now. In 1986, he had a recurring role on another short-lived series, The Redd Foxx Show.
Wilson continued to work steadily throughout the late 1980s and 1990s appearing in Alien Nation, CBS-TV's Dallas, ABC-TV's Family Matters, Tales from the Crypt, Gabriel's Fire, Mama's Family, and NBC-TV's Quantum Leap. He was also featured in films The Hunter (1980), Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess (1986) and That;s Life! (1986). Wilson made his last onscreen appearance in Blood in Blood Out, a 1993 crime drama series released after his death.
Personal life and death
- What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 1"
- What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 2"
- Obituaries: Theodore Wilson, Actor, 47, Associated Press for the The New York Times, 1991-07-25, accessed 2010-09-23. Quote: His sister-in-law, Naomi Pringle, said he (Wilson) had suffered a stroke..
- [Actress Joan Pringle Will Oversee $40,000 Estate of Theodore Wilson, 1991-11-04, Jet magazine article, accessed 2009-02-28.]
- Theodore Wilson at the Internet Movie Datatbase (IMDb)
- Theodore Wilson at Find A Grave Memorial
- Theodore Wilson article at Wikipedia