Johnny Brown, the actor from ‘Good Times,’ died at the age of 84.
According to his daughter, Sharon Brown, actor Johnny Brown, who portrayed building superintendent Nathan Bookman on the 1970s comedy “Good Times,” has died. He was 84 years old when he died on March 2, according to his daughter.
“It’s just too bad. It will never be otherwise. It’s a surprise. He was actually yanked from our life. It’s not yet real for us “Sharon Brown, a composer and performer, wrote on Friday. “So, more will be said later, but not now. Dad was the greatest of the best. We adore him to pieces.”
“Good Times” was a spinoff from “Maude” that followed the Evans family in a Chicago housing project, led by matriarch Florida (Esther Rolle). It also starred a young Janet Jackson and Jimmie Walker, who became renowned for his distinctive “Dynomite!” remark. In addition to his four-year stint on the show, Brown featured often on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and had a long singing and theatre career. Other television appearances include “The Flip Wilson Show,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Martin.” In the 1960s, he starred on Broadway alongside Sammy Davis Jr. and Cicely Tyson. The reason of death was not disclosed.
Johnny Brown, who portrayed Nathan Bookman, the superintendent of a housing complex, on the immensely successful comedy “Good Times,” has died.
Johnny’s daughter, Sharon Catherine Brown, told TMZ that dad was at his doctor’s office in Los Angeles on Wednesday getting his pacemaker looked out when he fell into cardiac arrest and collapsed. He was transferred to a local hospital and died there. She claims the appointment was regular, thus his abrupt death came as a surprise.
Sharon remarked, “Our entire family is distraught. Devastated. Devastated. Heartbroken beyond words. I was barely able to breathe.”
Johnny was Sammy Davis Jr.’s protégé. Johnny’s career took off after Sammy landed him a position on Broadway. He appeared in Sidney Poitier’s film “Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights.” Neil Simon took note, and Johnny was cast in “The Out of Towners.”
His breakthrough role, though, came in “Good Times.” He joined the programme at the middle of season 2 in 1975.
Jimmie Walker, a co-star on the programme, tells TMZ that he is devastated since he adored his co-star.
Johnny’s credentials include three seasons on ‘Laugh In,’ ‘Julia,’ ‘Maude,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Archie Bunker’s Place,’ ‘Family Matters,’ ‘Sister, Sister,’ ‘Moonlighting,’ and ‘Martin.’
Johnny is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon, and their son, John Jr.