Sunday, January 16, 2011

Remembering the cast of "Sanford and Son" (1972-1977)

The folks remembered in this post all appeared on the wonderful 1970's sitcom about a junk dealer and his "dummy" son. 9114 South Central, home to Fred and Lamont Sanford... Redd Foxx (1922-1991) -Fred G. Sanford, a cantankerous and stubborn 65-year-old junk dealer with a heart of gold LaWanda Page (1920-2002) -Aunt Esther Anderson, the sister of Fred's late wife Elizabeth and the target of his insults Whitman Mayo (1930-2002) -Grady Wilson, Fred's best friend Don Bexley (1910-1997) -Bubba Bexley, Fred's good friend and constant fellow schemer Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932-2005) -Ah Chew, a neighbor and friend to Lamont. Fred often insulted him. Noam Pitlik (1932-1999) -Officer "Swanny" Swanhauser, a Caucasian neighborhood cop who appeared during season 1 and 2. He was replaced by Howard Platt who played Officer Hopkins. Nancy Kulp (1921-1991) -Mrs. May Hopkins, mother to Officer Hopkins and a tenant in Fred's boarding house Slappy White (1921-1995) -Melvin, Fred's friend who appeared during seasons 1 and 2 Arnold Johnson (1921-2000) -George F. "Hutch" Hutton, a tenant of Fred's who was released from jail after 30 years Beah Richards (1920-2000) -Aunt Ethel, another sister of Fred's deceased wife, she appeared in season 2 only DeForest Covan (1917-2007) -Uncle Woodrow "Woody" Anderson, Aunt Esther's long suffering husband. Covan only appeared as Woody in one episode in 1973. STILL WITH US Demond Wilson (1946- ) -Lamont Sanford, Fred's 35-year-old son who longed to be rich and successful Raymond Allen (1929- ) -Uncle Woodrow "Woody" Anderson, replaced DeForest Covan as Woody and played him on a recurring basis from 1974 to 1977 Nathaniel Taylor (1938- ) -Rollo Lawson, Lamont's best friend, much to Fred's chagrin Lynn Hamilton (1930- ) -Nurse Donna Harris, Fred's fiancee during the entire series run Gregory Sierra (1941- ) Julio Fuentas, Lamont's Puerto Rican friend and the Sanford's neighbor (Seasons 1-4) Hal Williams (1938- ) -Officer T. "Smitty" Smith, an African American neighborhood cop, Fred called him "Brother Smith" Howard Platt (1938- ) -Officer Howard "Hoppy" Hopkins, a Caucasian neighborhood cop, Smitty's partner, his mother rented a room at the Sanford Arms. He replaced Officer "Swanny" in season 2 and remained until the series ended. In Memoriam Remembers: The Late Members of the cast of "Sanford and Son"