Good Times was one of the most beloved sitcoms of the 1970s. The show centered around the Evans family, and their trials and tribulations living in the inner city of Chicago. The iconic show is often remembered for its catchphrases such as “Dyn-O-Mite!” and “What you see is what you get!”
Jimmie Walker, who famously played the character J.J. Evans, recently made a shocking revelation. He revealed that he never spoke to several of his co-stars, much to the surprise of fans everywhere. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the cast members with whom Walker never interacted.
Who Was on the “Good Times” Cast?
Before diving into Jimmie Walker’s revelation, let’s quickly go over who was part of the Good Times cast. Here’s a quick list:
- Esther Rolle as Florida Evans
- John Amos as James Evans Sr.
- Ja’net DuBois as Willona Woods
- Jimmie Walker as J.J. Evans
- Ralph Carter as Michael Evans
- BernNadette Stanis as Thelma Evans
Jimmie Walker’s Revelation
During a recent interview, Jimmie Walker revealed that he barely interacted with Esther Rolle, John Amos, Ja’net DuBois, Ralph Carter, and BernNadette Stanis. He was even quoted saying, “I didn’t talk to anybody. Honestly, I didn’t…If we were filming, I’d just get up, get the script and just go home. That’s all.”
What Caused such a Rift Between the Good Times Co-stars?
While Walker never went into further detail about why he was disconnected from the rest of the Good Times cast, many fans have speculated that it was due to tensions on the set.
Walker has suggested that the divide between himself and his co-stars may have been due to the fact that he was receiving more attention than anybody else in the cast. In an interview in 2017, he said that “There was too much Walker on the show”. This statement was likely made in jest but could still speak to deeper issues among the cast.
Other fans have hypothesized that Walker’s lack of interaction with his co-stars may have been related to his then-divisive political views. Walker has been an outspoken conservative for many years, and it is possible that his views were not well received by certain members of the cast who were vocal about their left-leaning political positions.
What Are The Cast Members of Good Times Doing Now?
The cast of “Good Times” may have drifted apart after the show ended in 1979, but where are the cast members now?
Esther Rolle passed away in 1998, but the remaining cast members have remained in show business in some way. Here’s a list of what they’ve been up to since Good Times went off the air:
John Amos: Amos has remained active in show business, appearing in films such as Die Hard 2 and Independence Day, as well as recurring roles in both The West Wing and Men in Trees.
Ja’net DuBois: DuBois has continued to stay active, appearing in sitcoms such as Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris and The Bold and The Beautiful.
Jimmie Walker: Walker has appeared in several television shows, such as King of Queens and the movie Airplane! He has also made a few select stage appearances in the play, Dutchman.
Ralph Carter: Carter has mostly worked behind the scenes to continue his career. He’s appeared in many TV shows as a director and acted as a producer on the show Sister, Sister.
BernNadette Stanis: Stanis has continued to appear in television shows and movies, with guest roles in The Parkers, Bonanza: The Lost Episodes, and the film The Honeymooners. She’s also the author of Situations 101.
Good Times was an iconic show for its time, and it’s fascinating to learn more about the behind the scenes stories from the show. Jimmie Walker’s revelation that he didn’t speak to several of his castmates is a shock to longtime fans, but certain clues may shed some light on why such a divide existed.
Most of the cast of Good Times is still actively involved in television and film today, and it’s inspiring to see that they’ve continued to pursue their passion. Despite the divide between them, their work will always remain a part of TV history.