Whitman Mayo

Whitman Mayo had been part of the Harlem-based Lafayette Theatre for years before he received an opportunity to act as Redd Foxx's jittery, oddball best friend Grady Wilson on the hit show "Sanford and Son". The role ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1930

Filmography

Actor (25)

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2000 Trumpet Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cape 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Waterproof 1998 (Movie)

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Martin 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Seventh Coin 1993 (Movie)

Julius Washington (Actor)

Full House 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

The Old Man (Actor)

This Old Man ... 1991 (Movie)

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The Van Dyke Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

Mr Rhythm (Actor)

The Best of Times 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Sanford 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

Percy Washington (Actor)

Sanford Arms 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Sanford and Son 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Grady 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Klansman 1965 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Boycott (TV Show)

Actor

Father of Hell Town (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Town (TV Show)

Actor

You Must Remember This (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Whitman Mayo had been part of the Harlem-based Lafayette Theatre for years before he received an opportunity to act as Redd Foxx's jittery, oddball best friend Grady Wilson on the hit show "Sanford and Son". The role was supposed to be only a one-shot, but the character was such a hit with audiences that he was written into the show as a regular. Mayo's performance was memorable and, at times, overshadowed the show's lead characters. Unfortunately for Mayo, that success didn't translate to the inevitable spinoff show, "Grady", that aired while "Sanford and Son" itself was still in production. "Grady" got the axe after only 12 episodes and Mayo returned to the original program. He worked on another "Sanford and Son" spinoff, which aired after the show ended, called "Sanford Arms". He continued to work on various television programs over the years, mostly in small roles, but it was, not surprisingly, difficult to move away from Grady's shadow. Mayo can also be seen in small parts in the films "The Main Event", "D.C. Cab", and "Boyz n the Hood".

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