Johnny Brown, who portrayed Nathan Bookman, the housing project administrator on the enormously popular comedy “Good Times,” has died.
According to Johnny’s daughter Sharon Catherine Brown, he was at his doctor’s office in Los Angeles on Wednesday to have his pacemaker looked up, and immediately after leaving, he fell into cardiac arrest and collapsed. He was rushed to a neighboring hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to her, the appointment was usual, therefore his death came as a shock.
Sad to hear of comedian-actor Johnny Brown dies at 84. Best known as Nathan Bookman from “Good Times”, the comedian, actor, and singer, born in Florida and raised in Harlem.https://t.co/PWdzWWJIMb#JohnnyBrown pic.twitter.com/mi6aHMn0xb
— Time of Info (@timeofinfo) March 5, 2022
“Sharon remarked,” “Our family is heartbroken. Devastated. Devastated. Heartbroken to the limit. I was barely able to take a breath.”
Sammy Davis Jr. was Johnny’s mentor. Johnny’s career took off after Sammy landed him a Broadway part. He featured in Sidney Poitier’s film “Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights.” Johnny was cast in “The Out of Towners” by Neil Simon when he noticed him.
His breakout performance, though, came in “Good Times.” He joined the program at the middle of season 2 in 1975.
Jimmie Walker, a co-star on the program, tells TMZ that he is in pain because he adored his co-star. Read also about Actor Bob Saget.
Three seasons on ‘Laugh In,’ ‘Julia,’ ‘Maude,’ “The Jeffersons,” “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “Family Matters,” “Sister, Sister,” “Moonlighting,” and “Martin” were among Johnny’s many credits.
Johnny is survived by his wife, Sharon, and son, John Jr., whom he married 61 years ago. Johnny was 84 years old.