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CrossCourt~Rally
Dec 22nd, 2006, 08:30 PM
TWENTYNINE PALMS, California (Dec. 22) - Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV comedy series "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," has died. He was 57.

Evans died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, said his niece, Chrystal Evans.

Evans, along with Eric Monte, also created and wrote for "Good Times," one of the first TV comedy series that featured a primarily black cast.

Michael Jonas Evans was born Nov. 3, 1949, in Salisbury, North Carolina. His father, Theodore Evans Sr., was a dentist while his mother, Annie Sue Evans, was a school teacher.

The family moved to Los Angeles when Evans was a child.

He studied acting at Los Angeles City College before getting the role of Lionel Jefferson in the 1970s situation comedy "All in the Family."

Evans kept the role of Lionel when "The Jeffersons" launched in 1975. The hit show was a spinoff featuring bigoted Archie Bunker's black neighbors in Queens who "move on up to the East Side" of Manhattan.

Evans was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for four years, then he returned to the series from 1979 to 1981.

He also acted in the 1976 TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and made guest appearances on the TV series "Love, American Style" and "The Streets of San Francisco." His last role was in a 2000 episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger."

In recent years he had invested in real estate in Southern California

Helen Lawson
Dec 22nd, 2006, 08:34 PM
He never won an Oscar like I did!

He was my favorite Lionel, I couldn't stand the other one.

Rocketta
Dec 22nd, 2006, 08:53 PM
Lionel.....:sobbing:

timafi
Dec 22nd, 2006, 09:39 PM
anyone has a pic of him?:confused:

StarDuvallGrant
Dec 22nd, 2006, 09:41 PM
He sure was my favorite Lionel. So that leaves George, Mr. Bentley and the Florence right?

CrossCourt~Rally
Dec 22nd, 2006, 09:56 PM
He sure was my favorite Lionel. So that leaves George, Mr. Bentley and the Florence right?

I think JENNY ( his wife ) is also still alive :D

lizchris
Dec 22nd, 2006, 10:46 PM
He never won an Oscar like I did!

He was my favorite Lionel, I couldn't stand the other one.


Me too.

kiwifan
Dec 22nd, 2006, 10:50 PM
I think JENNY ( his wife ) is also still alive :D

Jenny was FOIN. :drool:

Major Mama!!! :hearts:

Too bad for Lionel :(, wonder if the family in Good Time's being named "Evans " was...:scratch: ;)

lizchris
Dec 22nd, 2006, 11:00 PM
He sure was my favorite Lionel. So that leaves George, Mr. Bentley and the Florence right?


The staus of the cast of the Jeffersons is as follows:

Sherman Hemsley (Goerge Jefferson) - Still living
Isabell Sanford (Louise "Wheezy" Jefferson) - Died 7/09/04
Mike Evans (Lionel Jefferson) - Died 12/14/06
Damon Evans ("Other" Lionel Jefferson) - Still living
Roxie Roker (Helen Willis) - Died 12/1/95
Franlkin Cover (Tom Willis) - Died 2/05/06
Marla Gibbs (Florence Johnston) - Still living
Berlinda Tolbert (Jenny Willis Jefferson) - Still living
Paul Benedict (Harry Bentley) - Still Living
Jay Hammer (Allan Willis, the white sheep of the Willis family) - Still living
Zara Cully (Olivia "Mother" Jefferson) - Died 2/28/78
Ebonie Smith (Jessica Jefferson, Loinel and Jenny's daughter) - Still living