Raymond Allen
Raymond Allen
Raymond Allen replaced DeForest Covan as Woodrow, Aunt Esther's husband on "Sanford and Son" in 1973, playing the role for the duration of the series, until 1977.
Vital Information
Born: (1929-03-05) March 5, 1929 (age 89)
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Years active: 1965-1985
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Barbara Williams, 1969-1977 (3 children)
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Character(s) played: Woodrow "Woody" Anderson
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Raymond Gilmore Allen (born March 5, 1929) is an American actor best known for his appearances on television in the 1970s. He had recurring roles as Ned the Wino on the CBS-TV series Good Times, as Aunt Esther's long-suffering, prone to drink husband, Uncle Woodrow on the NBC-TV sitcom series Sanford and Son, and as mechanic Merle the Earl on Starsky and Hutch. Allen also made guest appearances on The Jeffersons, What's Happening!!, The Love Boat and the film Wattstax.

Personal lifeEdit

Allen has not appeared in any acting roles since 1985, but still makes infrequent public appearances, where he speaks and signs autographs. According to his MySpace page, Allen was forced to retire from acting due to illness. Presently, Allen, who was married to the former Barbara Williams from 1969 to 1977, lives with his daughter, former child actress Ta-Ronce Allen in Lancaster, California. He often visits the nearby Los Angeles area to visit his other daughter Brenda Allen.


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