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Q&A: Wilson's life after 'Sanford & Son'

Wilson's life after 'Sanford & Son'

Whatever became of Demond Wilson of Sanford & Son? I really enjoyed his role on the show. Redd Foxx wasn't bad either.

Grady Demond Wilson played Lamont Sanford, the oft-exasperated son of Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) in the popular TV sitcom Sanford & Son. The show debuted in January 1972 on NBC and was shown for six seasons, ending when Foxx was lured away by ABC. In 2007, Time magazine named Sanford & Son one of the 100 best TV shows of all time.

Wilson, now 63 and living near Palm Springs, Calif., also had roles in the TV series Baby, I'm Back, The New Odd Couple and Girlfriends. He's been married since 1974 and has six children.

In 1984, Wilson was ordained as a minister. In 1995 he started Restoration House of America, a center near Lynchburg, Va., that helps rehabilitate prison inmates. He has written several books warning of the dangers of the "New Age" movement, and has made appearances on various TV shows, including Praise the Lord and The O'Reilly Factor.

In 1999 he wrote a screenplay, The Legend of Ned Turner, about the life and times of an ex-slave, and in 2009, he authored a behind-the-scenes look at the Sanford & Son show called Second Banana: The Bittersweet Memoirs of the Sanford & Son Years. It's available at

Wilson is starring in a movie scheduled for a fall release, titled Faith Ties. He stars as a "broken-down old drunk whose wife and daughter are killed, and he's given up on life. The protagonist is a pastor who is in the middle while he watches the lives of people crumbling around him. It's a wonderful story," he said in a 2009 interview with

His Sanford & Son co-star, Foxx, died in October 1991 at age 68 of a heart attack while on the set of The Royal Family, a sitcom in its first season.

'NCIS' song was by Johnny Cash

On the May 18 episode of NCIS, what was the name of the song they played when Gibbs was riding down the beach, and who sang it?

That was Ain't No Grave, with a lyric including "there ain't no grave / gonna hold my body down." It was sung by Johnny Cash, and was among the last recordings he made before his death in 2003. It is included in the last of his "American Recordings" series of releases, American VI: Ain't No Grave. It was released in February, on what would have been Cash's 78th birthday.

The words of the gecko

Lunch rides on this. After the gecko gets sucked up the mail tube in the Geico commercial, what does he say?

Thinking back on that experience, he says, "I still have nightmares." You can see that ad and others from the company at

Q&A: Wilson's life after 'Sanford & Son' 06/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1:18pm]
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