18. Roxie Roker used to bring her future rock-star son on set
Roxie Roker was used to dealing with the prejudice surrounding interracial relationships. That was because the actress, who played Helen Willis, was also in one in real life. Roker was married to Sy Kravitz – of Jewish Ukrainian heritage – and the pair had a son together who she regularly brought to the set of the show. That youngster, moreover, was future rock star Lenny Kravitz.
17. Mike Evans was reportedly fired over a pay dispute
The official line was that Mike Evans gave up the role of Lionel after just one season in order to concentrate on writing Good Times. However, a member of the Maude spin-off’s cast claimed that Evans didn’t jump but was pushed. According to Jimmie Walker, Evans was fired by Norman Lear after threatening to quit over a pay rise.
16. Damon Evans regretted playing Lionel
However, the actor who replaced Mike Evans later admitted that he regretted doing so. Damon Evans – no relation to Mike – spent four years playing the Jeffersons’ son Lionel before making way for his predecessor. But he struggled to cope with losing his anonymity. “I uprooted myself from a role as a classical music student and was thrust in the public’s eye overnight,” he told Keith Boykin. “Talk about stress and adjustment issues.”