Johnny Brown, actor, comedian, and singer from Good Times has unfortunately died at the age 84.
His family posted the news via social networking, calling it a “surprising” announcement. “tough loss”Saying Johnny was “snatched out of our lives”.
Johnny was born in St Petersberg (Florida) in 1937.
He is best remembered for his role as Nathan Bookman, who starred from 1974 to the cancellation of CBS’ Good Times in 1979.
Johnny’s daughter Sharon Catherine Brown, a Broadway actress, shared the news with an Instagram photo of her father.
The caption said: “Our family has been devastated. Devastated. Devastated. Beyond heartbroken. Breathing is difficult.
“We respectfully ask for privacy at this time because we need a minute to process the unthinkable.
“To convey the deepest levels of profound sadness. This is my mom’s husband for sixty one years, mine and JJ’s dad, Elijah and Levi’s Pop Pop, older brother to George and brother in law to Pat and extended family to Chris, Hihat, Damian and Derell.
“It’s too terrible. It will never not be. It’s a shock. He was literally snatched out of our lives. It’s not real for us yet. So there will be more to say but not now.
“Dad was the best. We loved him so much.
Good Times was the first African American sitcom with two parents.
It was actually a spinoff of Maude, which was also a spinoff from All in the Family. This made it the first spinoff from a spun-off.
Netflix will create an animated version in 2020, according to a statement made by Seth MacFarlane, Steph Curry, executive producer Norman Lear, and Family Guy founder.
His TV credits also include The Flip Wilson Show and The Jeffersons, Family Matters and Sister Sister, The Jamie Foxx Show and The Wayans Bros and Martin.
He also appeared in The Out-of-Towers, a 1970 film.
On his Instagram post, his daughter received tributes from fans.
One wrote: “All love & condolences to you & your family Sharon.”
Another one: “Sharon. I am sooooo sorry to hear this news about your iconic Dad. Praying for you and your family sis.”
An additional third: “My deepest condolences to the whole Brown family.
“Your father is a legend. It was an honor to be able to meet him.
“I remember the way he beamed watching you perform was the same way he beamed sitting in your dressing room, talking and laughing: Just pure pride and love.
“I’m sending all the strength, love, and healing energy as I hold you in my thoughts and prayers.”
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