Remember Michael from 'Good Times'? He's now 57 and allegedly has been married twice & has 5 kids

Cynthia Rita
Aug 22, 2018
05:40 P.M.

American actor and singer Ralph David Carter, known for his role as Michael Evans on the television show "Good Times," is now retired from the spotlight. He has dedicated his life to his family, raising five kids from two different women.


He was a child star and teenage prodigy, but like many actors that started their career too young, Carter's run in Hollywood didn't last long. However, he left his mark with his roles in television and Broadway back in the '70s. Before he became famous, he won a Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in the play, "Dude."

Ralph first debuted on the musical "Raising," for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting or Featured Actor in 1974. At the peak of his career in 1975, Ralph released an album called "Young and In Love." He promoted two singles, " and got to perform it on Soul Train. "Extra Extra (Read All About It)" and "When You're Young And In Love," and even appeared on the famous show "Soul Train" to promote it.


According to Height Line, he met Lisa Parks, his first wife, in 1982. Parks was the younger sister of Ralph's best friend Larry. Ralph and Lisa got married in February 5, 1987. They have two children, Michael Ralph Carter, 30 - who was named after his "Good Times" character - and James Carter, 29.

The couple got divorced in 1992, and after a couple of years, Carter married River York in 1994.

They have three children: son Phoenix, born September 15, 1995; daughter Jessica, born April 23, 1997; and daughter, Vivica, born on July 25, 1999.


Carter is very much involved in community work where he resides in New York, focusing on the African-American society in particular.

He was last seen in a 2016 reunion special of the cast of "Good Times" on Steve Harvey's show. He joined cast mates Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma), Jimmy Walker (JJ), Johnny Brown (Bookman) and Ja’net Dubois (Willona).


That same year, they started a Kickstarter campaign to fund an original movie about the "Good Times" characters. However, the campaign fell short, as they had set a goal of $1 million, and only netted about $8,000.

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