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Ralph Carter
Born May 30, 1961 (1961-05-30) (age 48)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1973 – present
Religious beliefs Christianity

Ralph Carter (born May 30, 1961) is an American actor. [1]

Carter is best known for his work as a child and teenager, both in the Broadway musical Raisin (based on the Lorraine Hansberry drama A Raisin in the Sun) and as the character Michael Evans, the youngest member of the Evans family, on the 1970s sitcom Good Times. For his work in Raisin, Carter was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical). He has the distinction of having appeared in two Galt MacDermot flop musicals in the same season, Dude, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer, and Via Galactica.

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Music Career

In 1975, Carter recorded an album called "When You're Young and In Love." The title song, along with another called "Extra, Extra" were hits at disco clubs and charted highly. Carter also sang the title song of his album in one of the episodes of Good Times. On the October 4, 1975 episode of Soul Train, Ralph Carter performed "When You're Young and In Love." See List of Soul Train episodes (seasons 1-9).

Carter also appeared on the children's show Wonderama and sang a duet with singer Stephanie Mills.

Good Times Reunions

On June 28, 2006, Carter appeared at the BET Awards in a mini-Good Times reunion, joining former cast members Jimmie Walker (J. J. Evans), Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma) and Janet Jackson (Penny) in playing their respective roles. The reunion included neither John Amos (James) — although Amos has remained friendly with the cast, appearing in other Good Times reunion events — nor Ja'net Dubois (Willona Woods). Cast member Esther Rolle (Florida) had died in 1998. The entire surviving original cast (excluding Janet Jackson and Ben Powers) appeared together at the 2006 TV Land Awards on March 19, 2006, in Santa Monica, California.

During the "Good Times" marathon that aired on TV One the weekend of April 25, 2009, Carter appeared in-between episodes alongside Bern Nadette Stanis. They shared their stories on some of the episodes that the fans selected as their favorites.

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