‘Sanford and Son’ Actor Raymond Allen Dies at 91

August 11, 2020

Raymond G. Allen, Sr., known for his role as Woodrow ‘Woody’ Robertson on the classic sitcom “Sanford and Son,” has died at 91.

Allen’s daughter, Ta-Ronce Allen, confirmed the news on her Facebook page Tuesday.

“What a day this is [sic] been,” Ta-Ronce wrote. “I am so surrounded by love from friends and family. This has been one of the hardest days of my life I lost my father Raymond Allen and my cousin Deborah Doll (his niece). They are now both being held by the wings of angels.”

TMZ reports that the actor was found unresponsive on Monday morning and EMT tried without success to revive him.

Allen’s family told the outlet that the actor died from respiratory issues, although they noted that the death was not coronavirus related.

In addition to his “Sanford and Son” role as Woody, who was Aunt Esther’s husband, Allen’s other notable character roles included Ned the Wino on “Good Times,” and Merle the Earl, a mechanic on “Starsky and Hutch.”

He also appeared on series including “The Jeffersons,” “What’s Happening!!” and “The Love Boat.”

The actor had been living in a health care facility since 2016, where he suffered through multiple bouts of pneumonia.

He is survived by two children.

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