Theodore "Teddy" Wilson
Teddy WIlson MASH
Teddy Wilson in scene from the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1943-12-10)December 10, 1943
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 21, 1991(1991-07-21) (aged 47)
Years active: 1970-1990
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Joan Pringle, 1980-1991
Related to: 2 children with Pringle
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
The Sanford Arms
Character(s) played: Phil Wheeler
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script

Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (December 10, 1943 – July 21, 1991) first appeared as the delivery agent that delivers Fred a telegram inviting him to a bogus junk man convention in Hawaii in Episode one of "Hawaiian Connection" aired on September 24, 1976. Later, he appeared as Phil Wheeler, an old army buddy of Fred's who bought the Sanford and Son Salvage and the Sanford Arms, in the failed 1977 NBC-TV spinoff comedy series titled The Sanford Arms. Teddy was probably best known for his recurring role as Sweet Daddy Williams on the CBS-TV sitcom series Good Times.


Born in New York City, Teddy made his acting debut in the blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes to Harlem, along with Sanford and Son series star Redd Foxx. He would go on to appear in several blaxploitation films of the era. In addition to films, Wilson also landed roles in several popular television shows. Wilson portrayed Earl the postman and barber in the series That's My Mama. He also played several characters in the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!!, including the role of Al Dunbar in a popular two-part episode. In the conclusion of the two-part episode, Wilson's character gets arrested for bootlegging a Doobie Brothers concert.[1][2]

In 1977, Wilson starred in the short-lived sitcom The Sanford Arms, a spin-off of Sanford and Son. After the series was canceled, Wilson made various guest appearances in episodes of The White Shadow (he also wrote a 1980 episode), Enos, Gimme a Break!, The Golden Girls, and What's Happening Now. In 1986, he had a recurring role on another short-lived series, The Redd Foxx Show.

Wilson continued to work steadily throughout the late 1980s and 1990s appearing in Alien Nation, CBS-TV's Dallas, ABC-TV's Family Matters, Tales from the Crypt, Gabriel's Fire, Mama's Family, and NBC-TV's Quantum Leap. He was also featured in films The Hunter (1980), Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess (1986) and That;s Life! (1986). Wilson made his last onscreen appearance in Blood in Blood Out, a 1993 crime drama series released after his death.

Personal life and deathEdit

In 1980, Wilson married actress Joan Pringle. The couple had two children. On July 21, 1991, Wilson died of a stroke at the age of 47 in Los Angeles, California.[3][4]


  1. What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 1"
  2. What's Happening!!, "Doobie or Not Doobie: Part 2"
  3. Obituaries: Theodore Wilson, Actor, 47, Associated Press for the The New York Times, 1991-07-25, accessed 2010-09-23. Quote: His sister-in-law, Naomi Pringle, said he (Wilson) had suffered a stroke..
  4. [Actress Joan Pringle Will Oversee $40,000 Estate of Theodore Wilson, 1991-11-04, Jet magazine article, accessed 2009-02-28.]

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