Johnny Brown, an actor best known for his role in "Good Times," the 1970 sitcom about a housing superintendent named Nathan Bookman, has passed away. He was 84.
In an Instagram posting Friday, his daughter Sharon Catherine Brown, a Broadway actress, confirmed the news.
She wrote, "Our family is devastated." "We respectfully request privacy at this moment because we need to process the unimaginable."
According to an Instagram post, Brown died on Wednesday. The Instagram post does not provide any further details about Brown's death.
"He was literally taken out of our lives. We are still not able to believe it. His daughter stated that there would be more to come, but not right now. "Dad was the best. We are so proud of him."
Brown joined "Good Times", in 1975, during the second season. He played Bookman until the show's cancellation in 1979.
He was also a regular performer on the comedy sketch TV series "Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In" for three seasons.
His other TV credits include "The Jeffersons", "Family Matters", "Sister, Sister", "Sister, Sister," and "The Wayans Bros."
Brown was also known for being a talented singer. He recorded songs and performed with Sam Taylor, saxophonist, twice on Broadway in 1960s.
In 1996, he made his film debut as a blind pianist in "A Man Called Adam". Later, he starred with Martin Sheen in "Man in the Mirror" (2008).
Brown was born in St. Petersburg on June 11, 1937 and raised in Harlem. He is survived by his daughter and June, his wife of 61 year, as well as his son John Jr.