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    Default Actor Ben Powers (Keith from "Good Times") Dies at 64

    Ben Powers, ‘Good Times’ actor, dies at 64

    BY Zayda Rivera

    Courtesy Everett CollectionBen Powers, picuted here with "Good Times" co-star BerNadette Stanis. Powers died earlier in April.

    CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThe cast of the television show "Good Times" in 1978, from left: Ralph Carter, Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, BernNadette Stanis, Ben Powers, Ja'net DuBois and Jimmie Walker.

    Alton (Ben) Powers' good times will never be forgotten.
    The actor best known for his role as Keith Anderson on the '70s sitcom "Good Times" died on April 6 in New Bedford, Mass., according to a local funeral home. He was 64.
    Powers' character on the hit comedy was the football player husband of Thelma Evans, played by BerNadette Stanis. The TV couple were married during the sixth and final season of the show.
    "My condolences goes out to the family of Ben Powers who past a few days ago," Stanis wrote Thursday on Facebook. "He was a great actor and great friend who is gone too soon. He will be missed by many. Until next lifetime my friend."

    Powers also appeared in guest roles on other popular TV series at the time including "Laverne & Shirley,” "The Greatest American Hero," and “The New Odd Couple.” He went on to play Moochie in “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” in the 1980s. The Brooklyn-born actor, who was raised in Providence, R.I., also appeared in feature films like "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie," “Things Are Tough All Over” and “The Man Who Loved Women.”

    Powers got his first break on NBC’s “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in” after attending the Rhode Island School of Design and then acting at the Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, his family told the Associated Press.

    No further details about the cause of death have been provided. A memorial for Powers will take place in his New England hometown May 3. He’s survived by his mother, two sisters, two uncles, two aunts, four nephews and three nieces.
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    I'm going to admit that I came in here really to see some pics of the eternally hot Bernadette Stanis. And I was not disappointed.

    But RIP, Ben!
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    Love his drinking in the bathroom eps! RIP Ben!
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