Ralph Carter is a former Hollywood actor and singer famed for playing a handsome, young black boy named Michael Evans on NBC’s sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979. He was among the 1970s child stars who were tipped for greatness and exploits in the movie industry but sadly, the retired actor failed to completely transition to a successful adult star. Who exactly is he? What is his net worth and where is he now? what is known about his wife and kids?
Carter formally kicked off his acting career in the early 70s and retired from the industry in 1987 after appearing in some hit television shows and Broadway. As a singer, he released an album and a single in 1985. The former actor has mostly stayed off the limelight since he waved the industry goodbye. You’ll find out more about him below.
Who Exactly is Ralph Carter?
Ralph Carter is a retired Hollywood performer and singer. He was born Ralph David Carter on 30th May 1961, in New York City, New York, in the United States of America. There is no public record of his family history, parents, siblings, and educational background.
Ralph Carter snagged his first acting role at the age of 10 as a fill-in in the 1971 Broadway musical The Me Nobody Knows after which he joined other actors as Travis Younge in the musical, Raisin. His role in the project was so impressive that it earned him the 1974 Theatre World Award, the 1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer, and a nomination for the 1974 Tony Award in the category for Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical.
The former child actor caught the attention of the public in 1974 when he made his first TV appearance in the musical, Good Times back. His involvement in the project skyrocketed him to fame and also paved the way for the start-up of his singing career. He also appeared in hit dramas such as Via-Galactica, and Dude, as well as The Karl Max Play, an off-Broadway production play.
Ralph Carter collaborated with Mercury Records in 1976 to release his only album titled Young And In Love. His active phase in Hollywood eventually ended in 1987, eight years after Good Times was discontinued. He is said to have invested much of his time in the 1980s performing in nightclubs as a baritone balladeer. Following his active days as a nightclub performer, Ralph slowly slipped into obsolescence.
- Full Name: Ralph David Carter
- Date of birth: 30 May 1961
- Age: 62 years old
- Place of birth: New York City, New York, the USA
- Height: 5 feet 6 inches (168 centimeters)
- Ethnicity: African-American
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: River York (m. 1994), Lisa Parks (m. 1987–1992)
- Children: 5
- Profession: Actor, singer
- Movies and TV shows: Good Times, Donny’s House
- Net worth: $1 million
What is His Net Worth and How Did He Make His Money?
As of today, Ralph Carter has a net worth of $1.5 million. He basically made his money through his acting career in Hollywood. Even though his career did not last long for him to attain the status of a high net worth individual, proceeds from his active acting days and sales from his music endeavors have been able to keep him away from financial problems or hard times. It is not known if Carter was able to set up other businesses in the states after his retirement but it is known that his other income sources are from his appearances at various events and TV shows.
Where Is Ralph Carter Now And What Has He Been Up To?
Ever since Ralph Carter turned his back on Hollywood and the spotlight, getting in touch with him has been very difficult. He rarely makes public appearances but he was seen in 2006 at the BET Awards with his Good Times co-stars—Janet Jackson, Jimmie Walker, and Bern Nadette Stanis. The former actor once appeared on an episode of E! True Hollywood Story where he shared the story behind the TV sitcom, Good Times.
Carter made his last known theater appearance for the Classical Theatre of Harlem Company in the year 2005 in the play, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. This is after he went into hiding in 1987, the same year he retired from acting business.
According to recent reports, the Good Times actor is currently based in his state of birth, New York. He also serves in an organization known as the Audience Development Committee (AUDELCO) as its vice president. The organization, as gathered, was established to appreciate the contributions of Afro-Americans to the theater world.
While remembering of Good Times, Ralph was quoted as saying that it would always be a part of his life. He also added:
The retired actor is currently living in New York City with his wife and kids. He does not have any social media profile which could have given more insight into his current life. There’s an Instagram fan page though, which is available here
All You Need To Know About His Wife And Children
Ralph Carter has been married twice – first to Lisa Parks and later to River York. He met Lisa, a sister to his best friend Larry Parks, in 1982 while attending a Christmas party. They eventually tied the knot on February 5, 1987, about six months after their engagement in July of the previous year. The couple had two children together, Michael Carter (born 1988) and James Carter (born 1989). After about 5 years together, the couple divorced.
Ralph met and married River York in 1994, two years after his first marriage ended. The two share 3 children: a boy named Pheonix (born in 1995), and 2 girls named Jessica (born in 1997), and Vivica (born in 1999). Carter’s family members live far away from the spotlight; they hate being in the public eye and have never been at celebrity gatherings. Nevertheless, we believe they are doing great in their various fields of endeavor.