In Hollywood, there are countless examples of child actors who were praised for their greatness, but either died early or never quite reached the heights expected of them. This is the story of Ralph Carter. Great things were expected of this actor and singer in the early days of his career as a child star and child prodigy. But the career of the budding star came to a standstill because it was difficult for him to change into adult roles.
Anyone who watched sitcoms and shows inspired by Broadway or Broadway in the 1970s will probably remember Carter as a handsome young black boy named Michael Evans in the NBC sitcom Good Times, which aired from 1974 to 1979. Carter was also featured in Raisin, a Broadway musical inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s popular play “A Raisin in the Sun,” which debuted on Broadway in 1959.
Who Is Ralph Carter? His Biography and Age
Okay, now a quick look at the early life and career of Ralph Carter. The actor was born Ralph David Carter on May 30, 1961, in New York City. As for his upbringing, there is no public record of who raised him or where he received his education. He had previously appeared as a replacement in the 1971 Broadway musical The Me Nobody Knows. He was only ten years old at that time. But Carter only really came into the limelight when he joined the cast of the musical Good Times in 1974, which was his first television role. Because of his participation in the musical, he could act and sing a lot.
The excellence with which he fulfilled this double responsibility had already earned him a nomination for the Tony Award on Broadway in the category of Best Supporting Actor or Leading Actor (Musical) for his work on the musical Raisin in 1974. However, he received more than one nomination, as he also won a theatre award for his work on the musical in the same season as the nomination.
Around the same time, Ralph Carter also took part in several other dramas, such as Dude, Via-Galactica, and the off-Broadway production play, the Karl Max play. For his work on Dude, he received a Drama Desk Award in the category “Most Promising Actor”. And this despite the fact that his time on the first two productions was short.
The “Good Times” catapulted Carter to early fame as it prepared him for teen idol status in both acting and singing. In the case of the former, he made a step forward in his musical career in 1976. He teamed up with Mercury Records to release an album that would eventually become his only release. The album was entitled Young And In Love. Two of the project’s most successful singles were Extra Extra and When You’re Young and In Love.
Ralph Carter rode the waves of television fame during the five years that Good Times was aired. But all good things come to an end. In 1979 the show was discontinued, which finally marked the end of an era, and for Carter, it was the end of the active phase of his career. The transition to adulthood was difficult for him at the turn of the 80s. He spent most of the 80s as a baritone ballad singer in nightclubs like Sweetwaters. After the days of singing in nightclubs, Ralph Carter began to age.
Sometime in the early 2000s, Carter appeared in an episode of E! True Hollywood Story. He was on the show to relive and retell the story behind his groundbreaking sitcom Good Times. He also appeared in a classic theater production for the Harlem Company. The production was entitled Ain’t Supposed to Die A Natural Death. In June 2006, the former teen icon reappeared, this time for a small “Good Times” reunion at the BET Awards. He was accompanied by former actors like Bernadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker, and Janet Jackson.
In 2005 the former actor was still living in his native country. According to recent reports he still lives in New York.
Family: Wife, and Kids
Carter has found the time for love and romance in his life – twice. He met his first wife, Lisa Parks, at a Christmas party in 1982. Ralph and Lisa, who was a sister of his best friend Larry Parks, tied the knot on February 5, 1987, about six months after their engagement in July of the previous year. The couple had two children, Michael Carter (1988) and James Carter (1989). The marriage lasted five years. Carter married River York after the end of his first marriage. The couple has three children: a boy and two girls, Pheonix (1995), Jessica (1997), and Vivica (1999).
Is Ralph Carter Gay?
There have been cursory rumors here and there about various topics related to the good-time actor. From rumors of his death to rumors that the actor was living with HIV. There were also rumors about his sexual orientation. However, if you consider the fact that the man was married twice and has five children, it seems unlikely that he is gay. Ralph has not come out to confirm or deny the rumors.
His Net Worth?
The former child star’s career didn’t last long enough for him to acquire a substantial fortune. Taking into account the income from his active time as an actor and the sales from his musical ventures, CelebrityNetWorth estimates his net worth at $1 million.