Actor Ben Powers reportedly died on April 6, according to Deadline.
Known for his supporting role on the popular 1970s sitcom Good Times, Powers died at the age of 64.
Ben Powers played Keith Washington, a professional football player that fell in love and got married to Thelma in the show’s sixth season.
— CNN (@CNN) April 19, 2015
For the entire final season of the long-running TV series, Powers was part of the main cast. The woman who played his TV wife, actress Bern Nadette Stanis, shared her condolences and heartfelt words in reference to Ben Powers’ death on her Facebook page Thursday.
“My condolences goes out to the family of Ben Powers who past a few days ago. He was a great actor and great friend who is gone too soon. He will be missed by many. Until next lifetime my friend.”
The sincere message was posted along with an old picture of the two Good Times stars together. It looks like it could have been a cast photo that was first taken during the original series run.
The death of actor Ben Powers marks the second death of a Good Times cast member. Actress Esther Rolle, the woman who played matriarch Florida Evans, died on November 17, 1988.
Rolle passed away due to complications from her diagnosed case of diabetes. Her death occurred nine days after Esther’s 78th birthday.
R.I.P. Ben Powers aka Keith from Good Times. He was gon get that tryout with the Bears then he tore his knee up at home. Damn
— Oran Juice Bonds (@magneticbonds) April 19, 2015
— Di Oro (@Ways2BWicked) April 19, 2015
— DJ Mikelarry (@iamDjMikelarry) April 20, 2015
In addition to Ben Powers’ season on Good Times, he also guest starred on quite a few other TV series throughout the 1980s.
For instance, he made appearances on such sitcoms as Laverne & Shirley, The New Odd Couple, Flamingo Road, and Gimme a Break. Along with his extensive career on the small screen, Ben Powers also starred in several big-screen movies — including The Man Who Loved Women, Things Are Tough All Over, and Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.
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