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Born: September 20, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: November 7, 1995 in Brigantine, New Jersey, USA
Cause of Death: Heart Attack

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Sanford & Son (1972-1977 TV Series)

Biography: His real name was Melvin White, which is where he got the character name of "Melvin" in TVs "Sanford & Son". He was friends with comedian Redd Foxx in real life, and his one-season stint on "Sanford & Son" helped revive his standup career.

Filmography: In progress.


Sanford & Son (1972-1977 TV Series):

Slappy White
Melvin in "Coffins for Sale".

Sanford & Son (1972-1977 TV Series):

Melvin-  Played by Slappy White.  Melvin was the first buddy Fred had on the show.  He was then replaced by Bubba Bexley and later Grady Wilson.  Ultimately, Bubba and Grady swapped spots as "best friend" for Fred, but Melvin came before all that.  By no means an attractive fellow, Melvin had the same basic, unassuming mannerisms that Bubba would have, plus he was bigger than Fred.  This started the whole thing of Fred having bigger friends that were not so bright, including Bubba, Leroy, and Skillet.  Melvin was a funny character, and his disappearance from the show, like many of the characters, was never explained.

1.  Coffins for Sale (10 March 1972) - Melvin
2.  The Barracuda (17 March 1972) - Melvin
3.  TV or not TV (24 March 1972) - Melvin
4.  The Return of the Barracuda (7 April 1972) - Melvin
5.  The Puerto Ricans are Coming! (10 November 1972) - Melvin