TONIGHTS GUEST: ERNEST LEE THOMAS
Ernest Lee Thomas guest starred on popular shows like Baretta and The Brady Bunch.
During a taping session of The Jeffersons he was informed by the agent of Isabel Sanford that there was an audition for a show called, What's Happening. He landed the role of Roger "Raj" Thomas.
Shortly after the show's cancellation, Thomas was on the verge of making his mark in Hollywood. Thomas received the opportunity to be a part of the comedy crime film A Piece of the Action starring along side Bill Cosby and two Academy Award winners, Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones.
After missing out on the role of Kunta Kinte in the mini-series Roots, Thomas was given the role of Kailubu.
What's Happening Now! was the sitcom sequel to What's Happening. This time the spin-off presented Raj as a more mature and well-developed character, even having a wife played by Anne-Marie Johnson, and becoming a successful writer. The show was in syndication for three years. Soon after the show ended Thomas made several guest appearances on various shows as Raj Thomas including The Parent 'Hood, Martin, Soul Food, The Steve Harvey Show, All About the Andersons and Just Jordan.
In 1992, Ernest Thomas starred along side various renowned actors including Denzel Washington in the biographical movie, Malcolm X. Thomas played the character Sidney.
In 1996 Thomas starred opposite gospel Grammy award singer Kirk Franklin in the sold out tour of "He Say, She Say, But What Does God Say". In 2005, Ernest Thomas made his comeback of being a sit-com star by being a recurring character in the period sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. Ernest Thomas played a funeral director, Mr.Omar. Ernest Thomas also because of this role is vividly remembered by younger and older audiences.