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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 13 October 1946Valdosta, Georgia, USA
Birth NameGrady Demond Wilson

Mini Bio (1)

Demond Wilson was born on October 13, 1946 in Valdosta, Georgia, USA as Grady Demond Wilson. He is an actor, known for Sanford and Son (1972), The New Odd Couple (1982) and Baby, I'm Back (1977). He has been married to Cicely Loise Johnston since May 3, 1974. They have six children.

Spouse (1)

Cicely Loise Johnston (3 May 1974 - present) (6 children)

Trivia (6)

Became a minister in 1984.
In 1994 he formed the Restoration House of America which gives Spiritual guidance and vocational training to former inmates.
Served in the Vietnam War in the early '60s.
His acting mentor was Redd Foxx.
Best known by the public for his role as Lamont Sanford on Sanford and Son (1972).
Release of his book, "Second Banana: Bittersweet Memoir of Sanford and Son".

Personal Quotes (9)

Travel around, preachin' the Lord's gospel, that's what. If He wants me to do a film or be a pastor, we'll have to wrestle a little bit. But I'll do whatever He wants me to do.
[When he was later called to be a minister rather than an actor]: I love preaching more than anything else I've ever done. I'm so happy now. I feel honored to be chosen. Even when you got everything - clothes, jewelry, nice house - you don't feel happy. I was like Jonah, running from the Lord.
[When he made the change from being an actor to a preacher]: On your own, you can't make the transition, I questioned it, too. God makes you a new person. He says, 'Just be patient - I'll show you how.'
God took me out of this world. He refined me and took my mind out of acting. I didn't have the desire to be in it anymore.
[on his first experience attending a Pentecostal church with his grandmother]: That was my first experience with jumping and shouting about the Lord, of which I'm a part of now, of which I choreograph, of which I promote! Hey, ya'lls not jumpin' and shoutin' enough over there!
That was the one thing my folks weren't too happy about, they were relieved when I drove back to Hollywood.
[When he abstained from television to become a full-time minister]: I'm using what I learned in television and on the stage to glorify God.
I'm a Holy Ghost-filled, fire-baptizing man.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with singer/comedian, Redd Foxx, who played Fred G. Sanford]: The producers said we need a straight man for Redd. It was a little difficult at first because his outlook was totally alien to me, but we found a common ground and, after while, we fell in love with each other.

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