Theodore Rosevelt "Teddy" Wilson (December 10, 1943 – July 21, 1991) was an American stage, film, and television actor. Wilson is best known for his recurring roles as Earl the Postman on the ABC sitcom That's My Mama, and Sweet Daddy Williams on the CBS sitcom Good Times.
Theodore Rosevelt Wilson
December 10, 1943
New York City, U.S.
|Died||July 21, 1991 (aged 47)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Teddy Wilson|
|Alma mater||Florida A&M University|
Born in Harlem, New York City, Wilson studied music at Florida A&M University before switching to drama. Upon returning to New York, he joined the Negro Ensemble Company and later worked with the Arena Stage Repertory. He made his acting debut in the blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes to Harlem, in 1970. The following year, Wilson moved to Los Angeles. He made his television debut in a two-episode role as Hawthorne Dooley on the television series The Waltons. In 1973, Wilson was cast as High Strung on the CBS sitcom Roll Out. The series was cancelled after 12 episodes. The following year, Wilson was cast as Earl Chambers, a postman on the ABC sitcom That's My Mama. That series was also short-lived and cancelled after two seasons.
In September 1976, Wilson signed with Tandem Productions, the production company owned by Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear who produced some of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s. Wilson went on to guest star in several Yorkin/Lear-produced series including All in the Family, Sanford and Son, What's Happening!!, The Jeffersons, and 13 Queens Boulevard. In 1976, Wilson was cast as Sweet Daddy Williams, a street hustler on the CBS sitcom Good Times. Wilson appeared as Sweet Daddy in a recurring role. In August 1977, it was announced that Wilson would star in a spin-off of the hit sitcom Sanford and Son called Sanford Arms. The series was intended to be a continuation of the highly popular Sanford and Son, which ended in March 1977 when both the series' stars, Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson, left the series. Wilson starred as Phil Wheeler, an Army veteran and widower who has purchased the Sanford Arms, a rooming house, from his old Army buddy Fred G. Sanford. Upon its premiere in September 1977, Sanford Arms was critically panned and drew low ratings. It was cancelled after four episodes.
After the series was cancelled, 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 role as Jim-Jam 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.
|1970||Cotton Comes to Harlem||Barry|
|1972||Come Back, Charleston Blue||Cemetery Guard|
|1973||Cleopatra Jones||Pickle (Doodlebug's hood)|
|1976||The River Niger||Chips|
|1976||Gang Wars||Black Spade|
|1977||The Greatest||Joe, the Gardener||Credited as Theodore R. Wilson|
|1977||Run for the Roses||Flash|
|1978||Loose Shoes||Elijah Abdoul Jamaal Muhammed||Alternative titles: Coming Attractions|
|1980||The Hunter||Winston Blue|
|1986||Stewardess School||Probation Officer|
|1986||A Fine Mess||Covington|
|1987||Maid to Order||Woodrow|
|1990||Penny Ante: The Motion Picture||Willie|
|1991||Life Stinks||Fumes||Alternative title: Life Sucks|
|1992||The Vagrant||X-Rays||Released posthumously|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Wallace||Alternative title: Bound by Honor|
Released posthumously, (final film role)
|1972–1973||The Waltons||Hawthorne Dooley||2 episodes|
|1973||The Partridge Family||Sam Mulvoney||Episode: "Hate Thy Neighbor"|
|1973||Roll Out||High Strung||8 episodes|
|1974||M*A*S*H||Warrant Officer Martin "Marty" Williams||Episode: "The General Flipped at Dawn"|
|1974–1975||That's My Mama||Earl Chambers||38 episodes|
|1975||Medical Story||Hadley||Television movie|
|1976||Baretta||Flash||Episode: "Pay or Die"|
|1976||Good Heavens||Special Bingham||Episode: "Jack the Ribber and Me"|
|1976–1979||Good Times||Sweet Daddy Williams||7 episodes|
|1977||Phyllis||Jimmy Carter||Episode: "Boss or Buddy or Both or Neither"|
|1977||The Bionic Woman||Warner Williams||Episode: "Iron Ships and Dead Men"|
|1977||Sanford Arms||Phil Wheeler||8 episodes|
|1977||Kojak||Joe Penney||Episode: "Once More from Birdland"|
|1977||Police Woman||Harold Martin||Episode: "Shadow of a Doubt"|
|1976-1978||What's Happening!!||Al Dunbar/Marty/Mr. Wilson||4 episodes|
|1979||The Dukes of Hazzard||Morgan||Episode: "Route 7-11"|
|1979||The White Shadow||Doug Buchanan||Episode: "A Christmas Present"|
|1981||The Oklahoma City Dolls||Tom Petree||Television movie|
|1982||The Ambush Murders||Jay King||Television movie|
|1983||Amanda's||Philip Oliver||Episode: "Last of the Red Hot Brothers"|
|1985||A Bunny's Tale||Older Club Employee||Television movie|
|1985||Malice in Wonderland||Collins||Television movie|
|1985||What's Happening Now!!||Mr. Lee/Bum||2 episodes|
|1985||The New Twilight Zone||Henderson||Segment: "Night of the Meek"|
|1985||Crazy Like a Fox||Eddie||2 episodes|
|1986||"The Golden Girls"||Diner Owner||Episode "Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas (20 Dec. 1986)"|
|1986||227||Cousin Ray||Episode: "We the People"|
|1986||The Redd Foxx Show||Jim-Jam||5 episodes|
|1986||Easy Street||Jackie||Episode: "Be-Bop Man"|
|1987||The New Mike Hammer||Booker||Episode: "Body Shot"|
|1987||Cagney & Lacey||Judge Charnas||Episode: "Easy Does It"|
|1987-1988||You Can't Take It with You||Durwood M. Pinner||3 episodes|
|1988||Annie McGuire||Jordan||Episode: "The Journey"|
|1988||The Golden Girls||Ben||Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket?"|
|1989||Sweet Bird of Youth||Fly||Television movie|
|1989||Midnight Caller||Quinton Oliver||Episode: "Take Back the Streets"|
|1989||Alien Nation||Dr. Roscoe Brennan||2 episodes|
|1989||The Munsters Today||Louis||Episode: "The Melting Pot"|
|1990||Beauty and the Beast||Raymond Ensign||Episode: "Legacies"|
|1990||Family Matters||Captain Casper Davenport||Episode: "Sitting Pretty"|
|1990||The New Adam-12||Street Artist||Episode: "The Landlord"|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Ernie Tyler / Jimmy Grady||2 episodes, "Rebel Without a Clue" & "Pool Hall Blues"|
|1991||Wings||John||Episode: "Plane Nine from Nantucket"|
- "Actor Theodore Wilson, 47, Dies Of Stroke In L.A." Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 80 (17): 56. August 12, 1991. ISSN 0021-5996.
- "'Sanford and Son' Replacement Set". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Washington. August 26, 1977. p. 23. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- "New stars to shine in 'Sanford Arms'". Boca Raton News. Boca Raton, Florida. August 24, 1977. p. 8B. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- "Theodore Wilson dies; appeared on TV shows". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. July 24, 1991. p. 31. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- "Actress Joan Pringle Will Oversee $40,000 Estate Of Late Actor Theodore Wilson". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 81 (3): 36. November 4, 1991. ISSN 0021-5996.
- "Obituaries: Theodore Wilson, Actor, 47". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 25, 1991. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
His sister-in-law, Naomi Pringle, said he had suffered a stroke.
- "Theodore Wilson Dies, Television, Movie Actor". orlandosentinel.com. July 25, 1991. Retrieved April 3, 2016.