Grady Demond Wilson was born on the 13th October 1946, in Valdosta, Georgia USA. He earned his fame and net worth through a successful career as an actor, best known for his roles in popular TV series “Stanford And Son”(1972-1977), “Baby I Am Back”(1977-1978) among others. His career in the entertainment industry had been active from 1971 to 2005.
Have you ever wondered how rich Demond Wilson is? According to sources, it is estimated that Demond Wilson`s total net worth is $1 million, an amount earned through his career as an actor, however, along the way he also became a minister, and on account of that has published several books about Christianity, which have also benefited his net worth.
Demond Wilson Net Worth $1 Million
Wilson`s family moved to New York from Valdosta when he was still a child. This move enabled him to embark on ballet and dance lessons, which soon paid off. At the age of four he made his Broadway debut, then continued with his lessons, and at the age of 12 he became a member of the Apollo Theater. Between 1966 and 1968, Wilson spent time in the US Army and served in the war in Vietnam, however he was wounded and eventually sent home as a decorated veteran. Upon his release from the army, he continued to work on Broadway, and appeared in several productions before he earned his debut appearance in Hollywood, in the TV series “Mission: Impossible” and “All In The Family”, followed by his first big screen appearance in “The Organization” (1971). His net worth benefited accordingly.
Wilson continued with his acting career, and in 1972 he earned a role in the popular TV series “Sanford And Son” (1972-1977). The series greatly benefited his net worth too, and in addition it enabled him to further his acting career. During the 1980s he was featured in the main cast in several TV series which added to his net worth. After “Sanford And Son” ended, he earned a role in the TV series “Baby I`m Back” (1977-1978). His next stop was his role in the TV series “The New Old Couple” (1982-1983). Adding to his net worth, he also appeared in the films “Full Moon High” (1981), “Me And The Kid” (1993) and “Hammerlock” (2000). Before he retired, he appeared in a few more TV series, one of them being “Girlfriends” (2004-2005).
Although he had retired from the TV screens, he continued with his acting career on Broadway, and in 2011 he appeared with Nina Nicole in the stage show “Measure Of A Man”.
Other than his acting career, Wilson has also been a minister. In 1984 he fulfilled his childhood promise and became an ordained minister. In 1995 he founded the Restoration House, an organization that serves as a rehab center for criminals, providing them mentorship, vocational training and spiritual guidance.
In adding to his net worth, he has also published several books on the theme of Christianity, and a number of children`s books. In 1988 his first book was published under the title “New Age Millennium”. He also published a memoir book in 2009, entitled “Second Banana -The Bittersweet Memories Of Sanford And Son Years”. When it comes to his personal life, since 1974 Demond Wilson has been married to Cicely Loise Johnston, with whom he has six children.
Release of his book, "Second Banana: Bittersweet Memoir of Sanford and Son".
Best known by the public for his role as Lamont Sanford on Sanford and Son (1972).
His acting mentor was Redd Foxx.
Served in the Vietnam War in the early '60s.
In 1994 he formed the Restoration House of America which gives Spiritual guidance and vocational training to former inmates.
Became a minister in 1984.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with singer/comedian, Redd Foxx, who played Fred G. Sanford]: The producers said we need a straight man for Redd. It was a little difficult at first because his outlook was totally alien to me, but we found a common ground and, after while, we fell in love with each other.
I'm a Holy Ghost-filled, fire-baptizing man.
[When he abstained from television to become a full-time minister]: I'm using what I learned in television and on the stage to glorify God.
That was the one thing my folks weren't too happy about, they were relieved when I drove back to Hollywood.
[on his first experience attending a Pentecostal church with his grandmother]: That was my first experience with jumping and shouting about the Lord, of which I'm a part of now, of which I choreograph, of which I promote! Hey, ya'lls not jumpin' and shoutin' enough over there!
God took me out of this world. He refined me and took my mind out of acting. I didn't have the desire to be in it anymore.
[When he made the change from being an actor to a preacher]: On your own, you can't make the transition, I questioned it, too. God makes you a new person. He says, 'Just be patient - I'll show you how.'
[When he was later called to be a minister rather than an actor]: I love preaching more than anything else I've ever done. I'm so happy now. I feel honored to be chosen. Even when you got everything - clothes, jewelry, nice house - you don't feel happy. I was like Jonah, running from the Lord.
Travel around, preachin' the Lord's gospel, that's what. If He wants me to do a film or be a pastor, we'll have to wrestle a little bit. But I'll do whatever He wants me to do.