Actor Alton A. “Ben” Powers is best known for his role as the handsome football player “Keith Anderson” on the TV series, “Good Times.” He played the husband of Thelma Evans, who was played by BerNadette Stanis.
Powers was born in Yonkers, New York, and was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where he loved to sing in his church choir. He later attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Powers was a man of many talents, and he found his love for acting while attending Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence.
He was an actor, singer, and did stand up comedy routines. He was first discovered by a Hollywood agent while doing stand up comedy and went on to give performances at Playboy Clubs in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. He was known for giving starring imitations of Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis.
He also appeared in guest roles in the series Gimme A Break, Laverne & Shirley, The New Odd Couple, and The Great American Hero, as well as a couple of telefilms. His feature movie resume included Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie. Powers died in 2015 at the age of 64.