|Born||Theodore Rosevelt Wilson
December 10, 1943
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||July 21, 1991
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Other names||Teddy Wilson
Theodore R. Wilson
|Spouse(s)||Joan Pringle (m. 1980–91)|
Born in New York City, New York, Wilson made his acting debut in the blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes to Harlem. 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 on 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, Dallas, Family Matters, Tales from the Crypt, Gabriel's Fire, Mama's Family and Quantum Leap. He was also featured in films The Hunter (1980), Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess and That's Life! (both 1986). Wilson made his last onscreen appearance in Blood in Blood Out, a 1993 crime drama released after his death.
Personal life and death
|1970||Cotton Comes to Harlem||Barry|
|1972||Come Back, Charleston Blue||Cemetery Guard|
|1972–1973||The Waltons||Hawthorne Dooley||2 episodes|
|1973||Cleopatra Jones||Pickle (Doodlebug's hood)|
|1973–1974||Roll Out||High Strung||8 episodes|
|1974||M*A*S*H||Warrant Officer Martin "Marty" Williams||Episode: "The General Flipped at Dawn"|
|1975||Medical Story||Hadley||Television movie|
|1976||The River Niger||Chips|
|1976||All in the Family||Whitey Monroe||2 episodes|
|1976–1979||Good Times||Sweet Daddy Williams||7 episodes|
|1977||The Greatest||Gardener||Credited as Theodore R. Wilson|
|1979||The White Shadow||Doug Buchanan||Episode: "A Christmas Present"|
|1980||Loose Shoes||Elijah Abdoul Jamaal Muhammed||Alternative titles: Coming Attractions
|1981||The Oklahoma City Dolls||Tom Petree||Television movie|
|1982||The Ambush Murders||Jay King||Television movie|
|1983||Amanda's||Episode: "Last of the Red Hot Brothers"|
|1985||The New Twilight Zone||Henderson||Segment: "Night of the Meek"|
|1986||Stewardess School||Probation Officer|
|1986||227||Cousin Ray||Episode: "We the People"|
|1987||Cagney & Lacey||Judge Charnas||Episode: "Easy Does It"|
|1987||Maid to Order||Woodrow|
|1988||The Golden Girls||Ben||Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket?"|
|1989||Mama's Family||Gus||Episode: "More Power to You"|
|1990||Beauty and the Beast||Raymond Ensign||Episode: "Legacies"|
|1991||Life Stinks||Fumes||Alternative title: Life Sucks|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Wallace||Alternative title: Bound by Honor|
- What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 1"
- What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 2"
- Associated Press (1991-07-25). "Obituaries: Theodore Wilson, Actor, 47". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-23. "His sister-in-law, Naomi Pringle, said he had suffered a stroke."
- "Actress Joan Pringle Will Oversee $40,000 Estate of Theodore Wilson". Jet. 1991-11-04. p. 36.