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Mike Evans (November 3, 1949 – December 14, 2006)

Michael Jonas Evans was born in Salisbury, North Carolina. His father, a dentist and his mother, a teacher, sent him to a private school for young black Americans in Sedalia, North Carolina (just outside Greensboro). They later moved to Los Angeles where he graduated from Los Angeles High School. He studied acting at Los Angeles City College.

Evans starred as Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and for most of the run of The Jeffersons. Evans was replaced briefly by Damon Evans (no relation). Mike had to be replaced as he and Eric Monte were busy with the comedy series Good Times. Mike returned to The Jeffersons after Good Times ended in 1979. In 1976-1977 Evans played Lenny in the Danny Thomas sitcom, The Practice. In addition to acting, Evans was a real estate investor. He owned several properties in California’s Inland Empire.

Evans married Helena Jefferson in January 1976. On September 11, 2002, Jefferson passed away from breast cancer. Just over four years later, on December 14, 2006, Evans died of throat cancer at his mother’s home in California. He was 57 years old.