Demond Wilson (Actor) as Lamont - Sanford & Son
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Updated: 10/4/2007

Name: Demond Wilson

Birth Name: Grady Demond Wilson

Born: October 13, 1946, Valdosta, Georgia

Claim To Fame: I think everyone knows Demond for his role as Lamont Sanford opposite Red Foxx in 'Sanford & Son'.

Family Life: Cicely Loise Johnston (May 1974 - present) 6 children

Info: Played Lamont through the run of the series, and in fact became the de facto star when Redd Foxx walked off the show in 1974 and his character was written out for the rest of the season. Foxx returned the following year and the pair worked together until the show's cancellation in 1977.

Trivia: When Demond was 12 years old, his appendix ruptured, which almost ended his life. He vowed then that he would some day serve God.

Became a minister in 1984.

In 1965, when Demond was 19 years-old, he was cast in a major production of "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground." However, before the show opened Demond was drafted by the Army. He was placed in the 4th Infantry Division and sent to Vietnam, where he fought for a little over a year.

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Where Are They Now: In 1984, feeling burned out, he decided to become a minister, something he wanted to do since he was 12 years old.

At the time, he was also using cocaine. "I didn't want to see anybody, didn't want to talk to anybody," he recalls. Then, he found strength in his faith -- so much so that he changed the
course of his life. "I went from sinner to saved by grace," he says.

In 1994, Demond founded a nonprofit organization called Restoration House of America, which is devoted to rehabilitating former prison inmates. The organization is located near Lynchburg, Virginia and resides on about 500 acres of land.

He also turned his attention to writing and has written books, screenplays and short stories. Here is a listing:
Juvenile Fiction:
John Neuman Smith, CAP Publishing and Literary Company, 1999
Lil' Mowande, CAP Publishing and Literary Company, 1999
Mr. Fish Takes a Wife, CAP Publishing and Literary Company, 1999
Plus eight other stories...

New Age Millennium, CAP Publishing and Literary Company, 1998

The Legend of Ned Turner.

He is currently writing a book entitled "War of the Ages" the male/female Dilemma.

Has/had a Christian TV program "Harvest Time" which aired both nationally and internationally.

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