‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘Good Times’ Actor, Raymond Allen Dead at 91

by Taylor Handberry Staggers

August 12, 2020

Actor Raymond Allen has passed away at age 91. He was most known for his role as Aunt Esther’s husband Woodrow “Uncle Woody” Anderson on ‘Sanford and Son.’

Allen was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in May but tested negative for COVID-19. He was found unresponsive in his room at a California health care facility where he had been receiving treatment since 2016. His daughter, Ta Ronce confirmed his passing via a Facebook post.

The father-of-three portrayed the-always-drunk Uncle Woody on ‘Sanford and Son’ from 1972 to 1977. His character also appeared on the show’s spinoff ‘The Sandford Arms.’ Allen’s career resume includes appearances on other popular sitcoms such as ‘Good Times,’ ‘The Love Boat,” and ‘The Jeffersons.’

The Kansas City native has gone home reuniting with his fellow ‘Sanford and Son’ cast members, Redd Fox (Fred), LaWanda Page (Esther), who passed away in 1991 and 2002 respectively. Desmond Wilson, who starred as Lamont Sandford, is alive and well at 73-years-young.

Allen is survived by his daughters Ta Ronce and Brenda Allen.

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