Monday, April 20, 2015

Rest in Peace, Ben Powers

Alton "Ben" Powers, who was best known for his role as Thelma Evans' husband during the final season of Good Times has passed away at age 64.

Mr. Powers was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in  Providence, Rhode Island. His first public performances were at church, where he sang in the choir. He headed for Hollywood to follow his acting dreams and got a role on a short lived Laugh-In revival.

It was his role as the down on his luck Keith Anderson that proved to be his big break. While he starred in a variety of roles in the years following Good Times, none were as high profile. He quietly retired from acting thirty years ago and had not starred in anything since.