May 30, 1961 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Carter is best known for his work as a child and teenager, both in the Broadway musical Raisin (based on the Lorraine Hansberry drama A Raisin in the Sun) and as the character Michael Evans, the youngest member of the Evans family, on the 1970s sitcom Good Times. For his work in Raisin, Carter was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical). He has the distinction of having appeared in two Galt MacDermot flop musicals in the same season, Dude, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer, and Via Galactica.
He recently wrote a play called Grandma's Hands, that is inspired by the women in his family.
In 1975, Carter recorded an album called When You're Young and in Love. The title song, along with another called "Extra, Extra" were hits at disco clubs and charting #10 and #12 respectively. He also sang the title song of his album on "The Rent Party" episode of Good Times, which aired on March 2, 1976. On the October 4, 1975 episode of Soul Train, Ralph Carter performed "When You're Young and in Love." See List of Soul Train episodes (seasons 1-9).
In 1985, Carter released a single called "Get It Right".
Good Times reunions
On June 28, 2006, Carter appeared at the BET Awards in a mini-Good Times reunion, joining former cast members Jimmie Walker (J. J. Evans), Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma) and Janet Jackson (Penny). The reunion included neither John Amos (James) — although Amos has remained friendly with the cast, appearing in other Good Times reunion events — nor Ja'net Dubois (Willona Woods). Cast member Esther Rolle (Florida) had died in 1998. The entire surviving original cast (excluding Janet Jackson and Ben Powers) appeared together at the 2006 TV Land Awards on March 19, 2006, in Santa Monica, California.
During the Good Times marathon that aired on TV One the weekend of April 25, 2009, Carter appeared in-between episodes alongside Bern Nadette Stanis. They shared their stories on some of the episodes that the fans selected as their favorites.
- Ralph Carter African American Actor Birth & Reference
- Joel Whitburn Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003 Billboard
- Ralph Carter at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ralph Carter at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Ralph Carter at the Internet Movie Database
- Good Times 's Michael Evans quotes and photographs