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Raymond Allen
Born Raymond Gilmore Allen
March 5, 1929 (1929-03-05) (age 80)
Kansas City, Missouri USA
Occupation actor
Years active 1946–1985

Raymond Gilmore Allen (born March 5, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American actor best known for his appearances on television in the 1970s. He had recurring roles as Ned the Wino on the series Good Times, as Aunt Esther's long-suffering, prone to drink husband, Uncle Woody on on the NBC-TV sitcom series Sanford and Son, and as mechanic Merle the Earl on Starsky and Hutch. He reprised his role of 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.

Personal life

Allen has not appeared in any acting roles since 1985, but still makes infrequent public appearances, where he speaks and signs autographs. According to his MySpace page, Allen was forced to semi-retire from acting due to illness. Presently, Allen lives with his wife Barbara and daughter, former child actress Ta-Ronce Allen in Lancaster, California. He visits the Los Angeles area to visit his daughter Brenda Allen.


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