‘Sanford and Son’ Star, Raymond Allen, Dead at 91

by Hunter Miller

Raymond Allen Sr., an actor primarily known for his role as Uncle Woody in “Sanford and Son,” has died. He was 91 years old.

Allen’s family spoke with TMZ about his condition in his final days. The actor was living in a long-term facility in California. Early on Monday morning, medical professionals at the facility found Allen unresponsive. EMT’s attempts to revive Allen proved unsuccessful.

According to Allen’s family, he died of respiratory issues. However, the issues were not COVID-19 related. The late actor reportedly had respiratory issues in the past. Back in 2016, he sought treatment at a health care facility battling pneumonia.

Raymond Allen: One of TV’s Favorite Charactor Actors

Allen’s “Sanford and Son” character, Uncle Woodrow “Woody” Anderson, played husband to Aunt Esther on the show. He appeared on nine episodes of the highly-rated series.

Furthermore, Allen’s other roles as a character actor included Ned the Wino on “Good Times.” The popular sitcom aired from 1974 to 1980. He also had a role in “Starsky and Hutch” playing a mechanic named Merle the Earl. The drama aired from 1975 to 1979.

Allen’s first acting credit includes a role in the 1946 film “Fight That Ghost.” Later, in the ’70s, Allen appeared in 1973 film “Mean Mother” and 1975 film “Dark Strutters.” He transitioned to television in 1975 making an appearance on American religious-anthology series “Insight.”

In addition to his recurring roles, Allen also made guest appearances in several shows including “The Jeffersons, “What’s Happening,” and “The Love Boat.” His final role came in 1985’s “Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster.”

Allen’s daughter, Ta-Ronce Allen, confirmed the news of his passing on her Facebook page, Daily Mail reports. “What a day this is (sic) been,” she writes. “I am so surrounded by love from friends and family. This has been one of the hardest days of my life I lost my father Raymond Allen and my cousin Deborah Doll (his niece). They are now both being held by the wings of angels.”