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Theodore Wilson
Born Theodore Rosevelt Wilson
December 10, 1943(1943-12-10)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 21, 1991 (aged 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Teddy Wilson
Theodore R. Wilson
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970 – 1991
Spouse(s) Joan Pringle (m. 1980–1991) «start: (1980-01-11)–end+1: (1991-07-22)»"Marriage: Joan Pringle to Theodore Wilson" Location: (linkback:

Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (December 10, 1943 – July 21, 1991) was an American character actor best known for his recurring role as Sweet Daddy Williams on the CBS sitcom Good Times.



Born in New York, New York, Wilson made his acting debut in the blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes to Harlem. He would go on to appear in several blaxploitation films of the era. In addition to films, Wilson also landed roles in several popular television shows. Wilson portrayed Earl the postman in the series That's My Mama, and also played the role of Al Dunbar in a popular two-part episode of the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!!. In the conclusion of the two-part episode, Wilson's character gets arrested for bootlegging a Doobie Brothers concert.[1][2]

In 1977, Wilson starred in the short-lived sitcom The Sanford Arms, a spin-off of Sanford and Son. After the series was canceled, 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 recurring role on another short-lived series, The Redd Foxx Show.

Wilson continued to work steadily throughout the late 1980s and 1990s appearing in Alien Nation, Dallas, Family Matters, Tales from the Crypt, Gabriel's Fire, 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.

Personal life and death

In 1980, Wilson married actress Joan Pringle. The couple had two children. On July 21, 1991, Wilson died of a stroke at the age of 47 in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem Barry
1972 Come Back, Charleston Blue Cemetery Guard
1973 Cleopatra Jones Pickle (Doodlebug's hood)
1974 Black Eye Lindy
1976 The River Niger Chips
1977 The Greatest Gardener Credited as Theodore R. Wilson
1980 Loose Shoes Elijah Abdoul Jamaal Muhammed Alternative titles: Coming Attractions
1984 Weekend Pass Nat
1986 Stewardess School Probation Officer
1987 Maid to Order Woodrow
1990 Genuine Risk Billy
1991 Life Stinks Fumes Alternative title: Life Sucks
1992 The Vagrant X-Rays
1993 Blood in Blood Out Wallace Alternative title: Bound by Honor
Year Title Role Notes
1972-1973 The Waltons Hawthorne Dooley 2 episode
1973-1974 Roll Out High Strung 8 episodes
1974 M*A*S*H Warrant Officer Martin "Marty" Williams 1 episode
1975 Medical Story Hadley Television movie
1976 All in the Family Whitey Monroe 2 episode
1976-1979 Good Times Sweet Daddy Williams 7 episodes
1979 The White Shadow Doug Buchanan 1 episode
1981 The Oklahoma City Dolls Tom Petree Television movie
1982 The Ambush Murders Jay King Television movie
1985 The New Twilight Zone Henderson 1 episode (Segment: "Night of the Meek")
1986 227 Cousin Ray 1 episode
1987 Cagney & Lacey Judge Charnas 1 episode
1989 Mama's Family Gus 1 episode
1990 Beauty and the Beast Raymond Ensign 1 episode
1990 Family Matters Capt. Casper Davenport 1 episode "Sitting Pretty"


  1. ^ What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 1"
  2. ^ What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 2"
  3. ^ "Actress Joan Pringle Will Oversee $40,000 Estate of Theodore Wilson". Jet. 1991-11-04. pp. 36.  

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