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Whitman Mayo (1930–2001)

Noted for portraying characters older than his actual age, Whitman Mayo was in his early 40s in the early 1970s when he first played the sexagenarian "Grady" on "Sandford & Son" -- a role that popularized the expression "Good Goobily Goop!" Nearly thirty years later his "Grady" role had just about caught up with him in terms of age and, in terms of... See full bio »


(age 70) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son Grady Wilson
Boyz n the Hood
Boyz n the Hood The Old Man
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 2001 Boycott (TV Movie)
Reverend Banyon
 1999 ER (TV Series)
Jesse Morgan
- Middle of Nowhere (1999) ... Jesse Morgan
 1997 Kenan & Kel (TV Series)
Uncle Raymond
- Turkey Day ... Uncle Raymond
 1996-1997 The Cape (TV Series)
Sweets (owner of the Moonshot Bar & Grill) / Sweets
- Just Like Old Times (1997) ... Sweets (owner of the Moonshot Bar & Grill)
- In Friends We Trust (1996) ... Sweets
- Pilot (1996) ... Sweets (owner of the Moonshot Bar & Grill)
 1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
- They Shoot Urkels, Don't They? (1995) ... Fletcher
 1995 Martin (TV Series)
Mr. Mackey
 1993 Love & War (TV Series)
 1992 You Must Remember This (TV Movie)
 1992 Pacific Station (TV Series)
 1992 Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story (TV Movie)
 1991 Full House (TV Series)
Eddie Johnson
 1991 Amen (TV Series)
- Date with an Angel (1991) ... Swifty
- Ernie and the Sublimes (1991) ... Swifty
 1991 Shannon's Deal (TV Series)
- Greed (1991) ... Kennedy
 1986-1990 227 (TV Series)
Henry Hurley
- Blues (1988) ... Henry Hurley
 1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Winston Tyler
- Hello in There (1990) ... Winston Tyler
 1988 The Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Doc Sterling
- The Revival (1988) ... Doc Sterling
- Dick Burgess: Between the Sheets (1988) ... Doc Sterling
- Chris' Old Flame (1988) ... Doc Sterling
- A Dark and Stormy Night (1988) ... Doc Sterling
- The Benefit (1988) ... Doc Sterling
 1987 Duet (TV Series)
 1986 You Again? (TV Series)
Kenny Gordon
- Sports Fantasy (1986) ... Kenny Gordon
 1983-1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Vagrant / Barney
- Suitcase (1986) ... Vagrant
- The Belles of St. Mary's (1983) ... Barney
 1985 The Grand Baby (TV Movie)
 1983-1985 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Lewis B. Larkin / D.L. Browne
- A Wheel in a Wheel (1985) ... Lewis B. Larkin
- Old Man Liver (1983) ... D.L. Browne
 1985 Hell Town (TV Movie)
One Ball
 1985 And the Children Shall Lead (TV Movie)
Rev. Wilson
 1984 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Papa Jack Jenkins
- The Center (1984) ... Papa Jack Jenkins
 1984 Whiz Kids (TV Series)
- The Lollypop Gang Strikes Back (1984) ... Teddy
 1983 The Best of Times (TV Series)
Howling' Joe
- Pilot (1983) ... Howling' Joe
 1982 Mr. Merlin (TV Series)
- Arrivederci Dink (1982) ... Dink
 1981 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie)
 1981 Sanford (TV Series)
Grady Wilson
- Freeway (1981) ... Grady Wilson
 1981 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Fred Jenkins
- Generations (1981) ... Fred Jenkins
 1979 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Jethro Simpson
- The Adoption: Part 2 (1979) ... Jethro Simpson
- The Adoption: Part 1 (1979) ... Jethro Simpson
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Lick Smith
- Yes, My Darling Daughter (1978) ... Lick Smith
 1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
- The Heavyweight (1978) ... Jeeter
 1977 A.E.S. Hudson Street (TV Series)
- Pilot (1977) ... Quincy
 1977 Sanford Arms (TV Series)
Grady Wilson
- The TV Show (1977) ... Grady Wilson
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
Joey Rich
- Can't Win for Losin' (1976) ... Joey Rich
- The Dippers (1976) ... Joey Rich
 1976 That's Cat (TV Series)
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I've always played older parts. When I was 19, I played 60. When I was a kid I got pleasure out of studying old people. I took joy in their idiosyncrasies. Older folk are like children. They can do and say what they want and get away with it.


His last two wives were more than ten years younger than him. See more »



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