(FYI: He is not related to Mike Evans, who played the first “Lionel” on the show).Damon let the cat of the bag when he publicly revealed that he hated playing “Lionel” on The … His father, Theodore Evans Sr., was a dentist while his mother, Annie Sue Evans, was a school teacher. Evans died of throat cancer December 14 at his mother’s home in Twentynine Palms, said his niece, Chrystal Evans.Evans, along with Eric Monte, also created and wrote for “Good Times,” one of the first TV sitcoms that featured a primarily black cast.Michael Jonas Evans was born November 3, 1949, in Salisbury, North Carolina. Lionel finally tells Archie off (albeit calmly), but also lets him know that they can remain friends.Of those in the Bunker household, Lionel is closest to Archie's son-in-law Michael Stivic. Evans died of … He was 57. He was 57. Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” has died. Born in Baltimore, he graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, USA on a Reader's Digest Scholarship. Damon let the cat of the bag when he publicly revealed that he hated playing “Lionel” on The Jeffersons and deeply regrets doing the show. Lionel Jefferson, who appeared in seasons 1-5 of All In The Family is the son of George and Louise Jefferson, On the AITF series, the part was played by Mike Evans, who would go on to co-create another Norman Lear produced sitcom, Good Times in 1975, the same season his character Lionel, George and Louise were spun off themselves into a series, titled The Jeffersons. "Good Times".Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Evans continued to play the role on the spinoff The Jeffersons, but left after the first season to pursue other aspects of his career. As such, Lionel often enjoys patronizing Archie's attitudes by playing dumb in conversations and adopting a stereotypical speech pattern (saying things like "I'm gon' be a 'lectical engineer!"
“All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” were iconic shows and “Good Times” was a pop culture sensation during its day.For some reason, although we watched “Good Times” during its run (the show was itself a spin-off of “Maude,” which was another spin-off of “All in the Family”) I never made the connection that Evans was the fellow who had played Lionel Jefferson. Evans died of throat … The family moved to Los Angeles when Evans was a child.He studied acting at Los Angeles City College before getting the role of Lionel Jefferson in 1970s situation comedy “All in the Family.” Evans kept the role of Lionel when “The Jeffersons” launched in 1975. For his part, Lionel remains unfazed by Archie's racism and unrelenting condescension. Damon Evans (I) Damon Evans. The Sad Ending for the “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” Star … or "Lawd almighty, what is we gonna do?"). Damon Evans played Lionel from seasons 2-4, before being replaced by Mike Evans, who left the series to co-produce and develop another Norman Lear series. He was 57. Of those in the Bunker household, Lionel is closest to Archie's son-in-law Michael Stivic. Damon Evans, one of two actors who played Lionel Jefferson on the '70s sitcom The Jeffersons, talks with Michel Martin. I didn’t know until reading this story why he had left the cast of “The Jeffersons” only to return four years later; the gap coincided with the run of “Good Times.”Interesting. Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV comedy series "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," has died. Lionel Jefferson In my recent SI.com column on Tiki Barber , I made reference to Lionel from The Jeffersons appearing on the upcoming (fictional) season of The Surreal Life.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," has died. Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms “All in the Family†and “The Jeffersons,†has died. Although popularly known as one of the actors who portrayed "Lionel Jefferson" on the long-running sitcom The Jeffersons (1975), Damon Evans is an accomplished singer and stage performer. Lionel Jefferson is a supporting character from the hit sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons.He is the son of George and Louise Jefferson.He was originally portrayed by D'Urville Martin for two unaired pilots, before the role was recast with Mike Evans.He was later played by Damon Evans (no relation), though Mike Evans eventually returned to the role before the end of the series. This resulted in a shocking number of critical letters, insisting that I was exercising tasteless journalism, in that Mike Evans (the actor who played Lionel) has been dead for four years. Just about everyone who watched the show will tell you that there was a dark period on the show when the original Lionel was replaced with a second Lionel. Show developer Norman Lear preferred Cleavon Little for the role, but Rich lobbied to cast an actor who would appear less threatening. Please find below the Actor who played Lionel Jefferson in the ’70s sitcom The Jeffersons which is one of the longest-running sitcoms: 2 wds. Tag: Actor who played Lionel Jefferson in the ’70s sitcom The Jeffersons which is one of the longest-running sitcoms: 2 wds. He was 57. Lionel is generally amused, rather than angered or irritated, by Archie's frequent displays of ignorance and bigotry, often seeing Archie's comments as well-meaning, albeit ignorant, rather than outright malicious. Mike Evans, the actor best known as Lionel Jefferson on the TV series "The Jeffersons," sadly passed away when he was only 57 years old. Damon Evans is the actor who temporarily replaced Mike Evans in the role of Lionel Jefferson. Turns out, he has some very interesting and deep reasons for this.