Sonny Jim Gaines
Sonny Jim Gaines
Sonny Jim Gaines guest appeared in 2 episodes of "Sanford and Son" and in an episode of "Sanford".
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Birthname: James E. Gaines
Born: (1927-09-10)September 10, 1927
Birthplace: North Caroina (?), U.S.
Died September 2, 2006(2006-09-02) (aged 78)
Deathplace: Manhattan, Suffolk Couthy, New York, U.S.
Years active: 1970-2003
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son/Sanford
Character(s) played: Grip Madlock/"Bottom Of The Deck" Dan/Bailiff (in Sanford)
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Sonny Jim Gaines (born September 10, 1927-died September 2, 2006) was a veteran character actor who worked on TV 1970's through the early 2000's. He appeared in two Sanford and Son episodes: first in Season 4's "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe" where he appeared as "Big Money" Grip Madlock, an old buddy of Fred's from St. Louis, then as "Bottom Of The Deck" Dan a poker hustling gambler accquaintance of Fred and Bubba's in the episode "The Lucky Streak" in Season 5. He also appeared on Sanford as a bailiff in the episode "Jury Duty".

Acting careerEdit

Born James E. Gaines in North Carolina, Sonny Jim, who was raised in New York City. In addition to his Sanford and Son appearances, made numerous other guest appearances on TV, such as Good Times, Baretta and Law and Order. Gaines also had roles in several films which included the 1973 blaxploitation flick Five On The Black Hand Side, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, The Distingushed Gentleman opposite Sheryl Lee Ralph and the films star, Eddie Murphy, the Oscar nominated 1992 biopic Malcolm X, which starred Denzel Washington, with whom he also appeared in the 1993 film The Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts.


A resident for many years of Balitimore, MD, Sonny Jim died in Manhattan, NY.

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