Sunday, April 19, 2015

'Good Times' Actor Ben Powers Dead At 64

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at the age of 64.

The Auclair Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, said Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Details were not released. Powers played football player Keith Anderson, the husband of Thelma Evans (Bern Nadette Stanis) in "Good Times."

He also appeared in the 1980s CBS series "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" with Stacey Keach, and had roles in several 1980s movies.

Powers, a Brooklyn, New York, native, was brought up by his grandparents in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and began his acting career at the Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence.

His first TV roles were on NBC's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in."

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