Theodore Wilson

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Theodore Wilson
Born Theodore Rosevelt Wilson
(1943-12-10)December 10, 1943
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 21, 1991(1991-07-21) (aged 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Stroke
Other names Teddy Wilson
Theodore R. Wilson
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–1991
Spouse(s) Joan Pringle (m. 198091)

Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (December 10, 1943 – July 21, 1991) was an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Sweet Daddy Williams on the CBS sitcom Good Times.


Born in New York City, New York, Wilson began as a soul singer fronting a band called the Counts before making 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.[1][2]

In 1976, he played a messenger in Sanford and Son in Episode 1, Season 6, "The Hawaiian Connection". 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 throughout the late 1980s and early 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[edit]

In 1980, Wilson married actress Joan Pringle. The couple had two children. On July 21, 1991, Wilson died of a stroke at the age of 47 in Los Angeles, California.[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
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 Roll Out High Strung 8 episodes
1973 The Partridge Family Sam Mulvoney
1974 Black Eye Lindy
1974–1977 Police Woman Harold Martin/Tommy Thompson
1974 M*A*S*H Warrant Officer Martin "Marty" Williams Episode: "The General Flipped at Dawn"
1974–1975 That's My Mama Earl Chambers
1975 Medical Story Hadley Television movie
1976 The River Niger Chips
1976 All in the Family Whitey Monroe 2 episodes
1976 Sanford and Son Messenger
1976–1979 Good Times Sweet Daddy Williams Recurring role, 7 episodes
1976–1978 What's Happening!! Al Dunbar/Marty/Mr. Wilson 4 episodes
1977 The Jeffersons Clarence
1977 Kojak Joe Penney
1977 Sanford Arms Phil Wheeler
1977 The Greatest Gardener Credited as Theodore R. Wilson
1979 The Dukes of Hazzard Morgan
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"
1984–1987 Gimme a Break Rev. George Dixen/Club owner
1984 Weekend Pass Nat
1985 What's Happening Now!! Mr.Lee/Bum
1985 The New Twilight Zone Henderson Segment: "Night of the Meek"
1986 Stewardess School Probation Officer
1986 The Redd Foxx Show Jim-Jam
1986 227 Cousin Ray Episode: "We the People"
1986–1988 The Golden Girls Ben/Albert
1987 Cagney & Lacey Judge Charnas Episode: "Easy Does It"
1987 Maid to Order Woodrow
1989 Mama's Family Gus Episode: "More Power to You"
1990 Beauty and the Beast Raymond Ensign Episode: "Legacies"
1990 Family Matters Captain Casper Davenport
1991 Life Stinks Fumes Alternative title: Life Sucks
1992 The Vagrant X-Rays
1993 Blood In Blood Out Wallace Alternative title: Bound by Honor


  1. ^ ""What's Happening!!" Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 1 (TV Episode 1978)". IMDb. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  2. ^ markaran (27 February 2006). ""What's Happening!!" Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 2 (TV Episode 1978)". IMDb. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Actress Joan Pringle Will Oversee $200,000 Estate of Theodore Wilson". Jet. 1991-11-04. p. 36. 

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