Keith Anderson (Good Times)

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Keith Albert Anderson
First appearanceFlorida's Homecoming (Pts. 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Last appearanceThe End of the Rainbow
Portrayed byBen Powers
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SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
OccupationFootball player for the Chicago Bears, Taxicab driver
FamilyFlorida Evans (mother-in-law)
J.J. Evans (brother-in-law)
Michael Evans (brother-in-law)
Spouse(s)Thelma Evans-Anderson (1978–present)
Children1 child (unknown)
ReligionConverted to the Methodist faith prior to marriage
NationalityAfrican-American
 
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Keith Albert Anderson
First appearanceFlorida's Homecoming (Pts. 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Last appearanceThe End of the Rainbow
Portrayed byBen Powers
Information
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
OccupationFootball player for the Chicago Bears, Taxicab driver
FamilyFlorida Evans (mother-in-law)
J.J. Evans (brother-in-law)
Michael Evans (brother-in-law)
Spouse(s)Thelma Evans-Anderson (1978–present)
Children1 child (unknown)
ReligionConverted to the Methodist faith prior to marriage
NationalityAfrican-American

Keith Albert Anderson is a fictional character in the sitcom, Good Times, who is played by Ben Powers in the series final season (19781979).

Character background[edit source | edit]

Keith Albert Anderson appeared in the final season of Good Times, first as Thelma's boyfriend and later as her husband. He was introduced as a mystery man that Thelma was dating who owned a new and expensive Cadillac. The family was concerned that Thelma's new man might be involved in illegal activities but she later explained that he was a professional football player. During dinner on the following night, Keith indicates that he wants to marry Thelma in front of the entire family. After a phone call to her mother, Thelma accepts Keith's proposal.

At the end of Keith and Thelma's wedding, Keith injures his knee when he is tripped by J.J. Due to the knee injury, Keith loses his professional football contract and is forced to move into the ghetto with Thelma's family. During this final season, Keith struggles with his anger over losing his contract, his failure to find a job and a short drinking problem before finally undergoing a recovery and getting a new NFL contract with the Chicago Bears.