Raymond Allen Bio, Wiki
Raymond Allen was an American television actor. He was best known for his appearances on television during the 1970s. He had recurring roles as Ned the Wino on Good Times, as Aunt Esther’s husband, Woodrow “Woody” Anderson on the NBC sitcom series Sanford and Son, and as mechanic Merle the Earl on Starsky and Hutch. He reprised his role as Uncle Woody Anderson in the Sanford and Son spin-off, The Sanford Arms. Allen also made guest appearances on The Jeffersons, What’s Happening!!, The Love Boat and the film Wattstax.
Although Allen had not appeared in any acting roles since 1985, he continued making public appearances where he spoke to people and signed autographs. According to his MySpace page, Allen was forced to retire from acting due to illness.
Raymond Allen Wife, Children
Allen was married to Barbara Williams from 1963 to 1977; they have three children that include two daughters Ta-Ronce Allen and Brenda Allen as well as son, Raymond Gilmore Allen Jr. (deceased). His daughter, Ta-Ronce Allen is an American actress best known for her appearances as a teen actress on television in the 1970s. She had a role as Michael Evans’s girlfriend “Yvonne” in two episodes of the CBS sitcom Good Times in 1976 and 1977.
On his Facebook page, Allen said that he had been widowed since January 2017. Allen says on his page that he lived in Lancaster, California. According to a post from his daughter, Allen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Raymond Allen Death & Cause
Allen died on August 10, 2020. His daughter, Ta-Ronce Allen confirmed the news on her Facebook page. He was 91.
Ta Ronce Allen wrote, “Just wanted to let The Allen Family and friends know that Dad received his wing two hours ago. His warmth, kind heart and cleaver sayings will be missed. His laughter will ring in heaven. Rest In Heavenly Peace Raymond Allen. The last of 12 siblings.” In a follow-up Facebook post, Ta Ronce Allen said that her cousin and her father’s niece had also passed away on the same day.
In May 2020, Ta Ronce Allen said in a Facebook post that her father had been diagnosed with a bacterial infection but had tested negative for Covid-19. Ta Rone Allen said that Allen was being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Lynnwood, California. She added, “He is one strong 91-year-old.”
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