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As co-creator of "Good Times" (1974), his job duties increased, forcing him to leave "The Jeffersons" (1975). He was temporarily replaced by Damon Evans.


Both Evans and his writing partner Eric Monte drifted into entertainment oblivion after the demise of "Good Times" (1974) in 1979. While Evans stayed afloat for a time, returning to his Lionel Jefferson acting role until 1981, Monte, who also wrote the film Cooley High (1975), subsequently developed a crack addiction and had a series of strokes before being discovered living in an East L.A. homeless shelter in 2006. He is currently recovered and trying to write again and get back into the business.


Had been a real estate investor prior to his death. He received his real estate license in 1986.


Studied acting at Los Angeles City College.


Survived by his daughter, Tammy; his mother, Annie; his brother, Thomas; his cousin, Harold; and his niece, Chrystal.


Played Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons.


His last TV role was in 2000, on an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. Evans was also a real estate investor and owned properties in California's Inland Empire


Ralph Carter's character Michael Evans(Good Times) was named after him.


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