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September 20, 2018

Remember Michael from 'Good Times'? This is what he looks like now

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Many fans remember the old-time favorite television show, "Good Times," chronicling the lives of Florida and James Evans and their three children, James, Thelma, and Michael. Ralph Carter portrayed the role of the youngest Evans child from 1974 to 1979.

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A lesser known fact is that Ralph released the 1976 album "When You're Young and In Love," and two of his singles were even disco hits. He made an iconic performance of his record on the show "Soul Train," stealing hearts with his bright smile.

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Carter was also nominated for a Tony for his part in the Broadway musical, "Raisin." But after the end of the hit show, "Good Times," where he shared the screen with Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle and John Amos, Ralph never quite grabbed the headlines again.

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In 1987, the actor married Lisa Parks, and they went on to have two children, Michale and James Carter. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in 1992, but a couple of years later, in 1994, Carter married River York.

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They, in turn, had three children together, son Pheonix, and daughters Jessica and Vivica.

Ralph was never able to capture the public's attention again, at least not on the scale that he had done as a young star. After the show's end in 1979, Ralph went on to sing in New York nightclubs during the 1980s.

Carter also wrote a play, but it would be safe to say he could never achieve the same level of success he had reached as Michael Evans. Reportedly he resides in New York and takes part in local theatre productions.

He is also very much involved in community work, focusing on the African-American community in particular.

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In 2016 Ralph briefly relived his heyday by reuniting with fellow cast members of "Good Times" for a reunion special on Steve Harvey's show.

The 57-year-old actor continues to live a life, for the most part, out of the spotlight. 

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