Ac­tor Ben Pow­ers, known for ‘Good Times’ TV role, dies at 64

The China Post - - ARTS -

Ac­tor Al­ton “Ben” Pow­ers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS tele­vi­sion se­ries “Good Times,” has died at age 64.

Pow­ers died April 6 in New Bed­ford, Mas­sachusetts, ac­cord­ing to the Au­clair Fu­neral Home, which is han­dling ar­range­ments. De­tails were not re­leased.

Pow­ers played foot­ball player Keith An­der­son, the hus­band of Thelma Evans, played by Bern Nadette Sta­nis, in “Good Times.” The show was a Nor­man Lear hit about a black fam­ily in in­ner-city Chicago.

Pow­ers also ap­peared as Moochie in the 1980s CBS se­ries “Mickey Spil­lane’s Mike Ham­mer” with Stacey Keach, and had guest roles on other TV shows in­clud­ing “Gim­mie a Break,” “Flamingo Road,” “The Great­est Amer­i­can Hero,” “The New Odd Cou­ple,” and “Lav­erne & Shirley.”

Pow­ers also acted in sev­eral 1980s movies in­clud­ing “Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie,” “Things Are Tough All Over” and “The Man Who Loved Women.”

His first TV roles were on NBC’s “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in.”

The Brook­lyn, New York, na­tive, was brought up by his grand­par­ents in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land. He sang in the choir and was can­tor at the First Taber­na­cle Pen­te­costal church, ac­cord­ing to his fam­ily. He at­tended the Rhode Is­land School of De­sign, and be­gan his act­ing ca­reer at the Trinity Reper­tory Theater in Prov­i­dence, his fam­ily said.

Pow­ers is sur­vived by his mother, two sis­ters, two un­cles, two aunts, four neph­ews and three nieces.

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