R.I.P. Johnny Brown (1937-2022)

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Apr 7, 2018
New Hampshire, U.S.
R.I.P. to actor and singer Johnny Brown, best known for the role of Nathan Brookman on Good Times and as one of the regulars on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. He voiced Splashdown in the Rickety Rocket segment of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, and was also a voice actor on Alvin & The Chipmunks.

Brown made guest appearances on shows including Love, American Style, Night Gallery, Maude, The Ghost Busters (i.e. the live action show by Filmation), Chico and The Man, Gimme a Break!, Archie Bunker's Place, The Jeffersons, Fantasy Island, Punky Brewster, Moonlighting, 227, Martin, Family Matters, Sister, Sister, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Wayans Bros., Touched by an Angel, Cousin Skeeter, Kenan and Kel, The Parent 'Hood, The Parkers, and Everybody Hates Chris. He was in movies such as The Out of Towners, The Wiz and Life (1999). He was a panelist on The Hollywood Squares and Match Game in the 1970s.

He was known for doing impressions, including Louis Armstrong. He was considered for the role of Lamont Sanford on Sanford and Son; due to his contractual obligation to Laugh-In, Demond Wilson got the part instead.
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