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Early life, family, educational background

American actor, author and preacher Grady Demond Wilson, was born on October 13, 1946 in Valdosta, Georgia, USA. He took ballet and tap classes in Harlem, New York City, where he grew up. He made his Broadway debut when he was four, and when he was 12 he danced at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

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Raised in a traditional Catholic family, he spent his summers with a Pentecostal grandmother in Georgia and was an altar boy. When he was 13, he nearly died after his appendix ruptured. His experience encouraged him to dedicate his life to God and serve Him in some way through adulthood, and he considered becoming a priest but decided to act instead.

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From 1966 to 1968, he served in the United States Army in the 4e Infantry Division, also in Vietnam, and was wounded while serving there. After returning home in the late 1960s, he starred in multiple Broadway and off-Broadway productions, so he chose an acting career and moved to Hollywood, California.


In 1971, he appeared as a thief, Horace in the episode “Edith Writes a Song” of the series “All in the Family”. That year, he also appeared as Simmons in the episode “Mission: Impossible” titled “Underwater”.

From 1972 to 1977, Demond Lamont played Sanford on the NBC sitcom “Sanford and Son”. His character was the son of Fred Sanford, who was played by Redd Foxx.

Actor and comedian, Johnny Brown, was originally considered for the role of Lamont, but his dedication to “Laugh-In” meant that Demond booked the role instead. In 1974, Redd had a disagreement with the producers about his salary, which led to him leaving the show and being written out for the rest of the season. On Redd’s departure, Lamont became the main character on the show, but Redd returned to the show the following year, and both actors remained until its cancellation in 1977.

From 1980 to 1981, Redd wanted to revive the show with “Sanford”—when asked to reprise his role as Lamont, Demond declined to join the revival, but the sitcom was short-lived anyway.

In a 2014 interview with, Demond was asked if he had kept in touch with the cast, especially with Redd, who passed away on October 11, 1991. Demond replied that he had only seen Redd once before his death, around 1983, “At the time I was playing tennis at the Malibu Racquet Club and was approached by some producers to do a Redd Foxx 50th Anniversary Special.” .’ He said they hadn’t spoken to each other since 1977, so he decided to “call the club where Redd had played and set up an appointment in his office. “And we met at Redd’s office, but he wasn’t exactly likeable.” Demond expressed his concerns about the revival, stating that he didn’t think it was a good idea, but he “never had a bad word with him.”

Demond added that people often view him as protective of Redd, according to his book “Second Banana,” a memoir of his Sanford years. He also addressed the rumor that he was angry with Redd for leaving the show in 1977, which is why he turned down the revival. Demond disputed the claim, explaining, “I had no animosity towards Foxx…because I had a million dollar contract with CBS to ‘Baby…I’m Back!’ to do.” He went on to explain that he was more hurt than angry. He heard about Redd’s departure from an NBC newscaster in the hallway, and not directly from Redd. “I’ve forgiven him and I loved Redd, but I’ve never forgotten that. The love was there. You can watch every episode and see that.”

He played Raymond Ellis on the CBS show, “Baby, I’m Back,” and agreed to do the show because his contract promised a large sum of money, but the show was canceled shortly after airing. He played Isaac’s Uncle Jesse in a 1981 episode of ‘The Love Boat’ entitled ‘Black Sheep’.

From 1982 to 1983, he played Oscar Madison in the ABC series “The New Odd Couple” – Ron Glass was cast alongside Demond as Felix Unger, in the remake of the 1970 original starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

In 1999, Demond’s character in “Sanford and Son” was referenced in an episode of “Family Guy”. In the episode, Peter Griffin and his father re-imagined the series in the episode titled “Holy Crap” – Peter was Lamont and his father, Francis, was Fred. In “One if by Clam, Two if by Sea,” a 2001 episode of “Family Guy,” Lois Griffin thought that Demond, who was hiding behind Nigel Pinchley’s couch, was actually Loretta Brown.

Loretta was supposed to hide in the room during Nigel’s confessions, but the plan didn’t go through as they intended. From 2004 to 2005, Demond appeared as Lynn’s biological father, Kenneth Miles, on the UPN sitcom “Girlfriends.”


In 1971 Demond played Charlie Blossom in “The Organization”, then Rupert in 1972’s “Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues”; a cab/bus driver in ‘Full Moon High’ in 1981, and Officer Schamper in ‘Me and the Kid’ in 1993.


Demond has written several Christian books, most of which focus on the New Age movement and its belief in how it has affected society.

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On December 1, 1998, CAP Publishing & Literary Co. LLC “New Age Millennium”, which is currently in its second printing. He has described the book as an “exposé of symbols and slogans” associated with the New Age. He previously wrote children’s books.

On August 31, 2009, he released “Second Banana: The Bittersweet Memoirs of the Sanford & Son Years”. Speaking about the book, he said, “It’s just a documented truth… Redd (Foxx) and I were making history at the time. We were the first blacks to appear on television in that capacity…’

He has written the sitcom “Hawkins for the Defense” and two screenplays – “Bay City Blues” and “Nat Tyler Freedom Fighter”.


In 1984, Demond was ordained as a minister—when speaking about preaching, he has said it is a noble calling rather than a career. The following year, he founded Demond Wilson Ministries and established its headquarters in Laguna Hills, California. In 1994, he founded the Restoration House of America, which provides vocational training and spiritual counseling to former inmates.

He is good friends with Clifton Davis, with whom he is a frequent guest on “Praise the Lord” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. In the program, he preaches by referring to experiences in his personal life and explaining how God and the Bible helped him through that time. His sermons are seen as motivating and inspiring.

In 2010, Demond began work on a melodramatic film that he both produced and appeared in. The film was based on ‘Faith Ties’, a Dobkowski Christmas drama. In an interview with, Demond said, “I play a broken-down old drunk whose wife and daughter were murdered, and he’s given up on life. The main character is a pastor who stands in the middle watching the lives of people crumbling around him.’ Although the planning started ten years ago, the film has not yet been released. The film’s official website — — launched a crowdfunding campaign on May 10, 2017 to supposedly fund the production, raising $1,275. However, the campaign has closed and donations are no longer accepted.

It seems they couldn’t raise enough money, so production has inevitably shut down.

In 2011, he appeared alongside American actress Nina Nicole in a touring production of “The Measure of a Man,” a play written by Matt Hardwick, described as “a faith-based production” set in South Georgia.

Demond is currently a seasoned preacher and genuinely enjoys his work. He has said he doesn’t want to work in the acting world anymore unless it’s Christian.

Private life

On May 3, 1974, Demond married former model Cicely Loise Johnston – they have four daughters and six sons together. He keeps details about his personal life private, but according to sources, his wife was also a flight attendant in addition to being a model.

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Demond has opened up about struggles in his marriage during the early years. When he had these problems, he also misused resources and spent a lot of money on replenishing them. He has said that the business he owned and his promiscuous lifestyle led him to start abusing resources in the first place. He also admitted to being unfaithful within his marriage, which caused his wife’s mistrust and strained the relationship. Demond said that by dedicating his life to God and serving as a minister, his marriage was greatly saved. Their relationship has reportedly been happy and stable since he became a pastor.


He has black hair and dark brown eyes. He is 1.75 m tall and weighs 87 kg.

Wealth and salary

Demond’s net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million, as of mid-2020.

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