Whitman Mayo Net Worth

Whitman Mayo Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Whitman B. Mayo net worth is
$1 Million

Whitman B. Mayo Wiki Biography

Whitman Blount Mayo was born on 15 November 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia USA, and was an actor, best known for being part of the 1970s television sitcom entitled “Sanford and Son”, playing the role of Grady Wilson which would earn him a lot of popularity. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2001.

How rich was Whitman Mayo? As of early-2017, sources inform us of a net worth of $1 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. He appeared in numerous stage plays and was also a guest on many popular television shows. All of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

Whitman Mayo Net Worth $1 million

Mayo grew up in Queens and Harlem, until at the age of 17 his family moved to Southern California, and from there he decided to join the US Army, serving during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He then attended Chaffey College, Los Angeles City College, and UCLA. While studying, he started foraying into acting, mainly in small parts. He also worked as a probation officer, counselor and waiter, doing numerous small jobs to help his income.

His acting career started in the late 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s when he would start to increase his net worth significantly. He worked at the New Lafayette Theatre and was then offered a part in “Sanford and Son”, his character Grady Wilson was based on the character Grady Demond Wilson who played Sanford. The sitcom ran from 1972 to 1977 and is considered a precursor to many African American sitcoms, and ranked by Time as one of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time”. Whitman starred in the unsuccessful spin-off “Grady”, this led him to return to “Sanford and Son” until the final season. In 1977, he appeared in another spin-off – “Sanford Arms” alongside Theodore Wilson, and two episodes of “Sanford”.

Whitman then appeared in “That’s Cat”, a children’s television program aired on KNBC, and showed Mayo’s character giving sage advice to the main character of the show Alice. He would then have a number of small roles and guest appearances, until his next notable role in 1990, when he appeared in an episode of the drama “In the Heat of the Night”, based on the film and novel of the same name. Whitman also appeared in an episode of “Full House” which was one of the most critically successful shows on ABC. In 1996, he had a segment in “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, after Conan spent several weeks persuading him to appear on the show. He also made a guest appearance on Nickelodeon’s “Kenan and Kel”. His next role would be in “The Cape”, and he also made several film appearances, including in “Boyz n the Hood”, “The Main Event”, and “Boycott”. Later in his career, he was employed at Clark Atlanta University teaching drama, and also owned a travel agency.

For his personal life, it is known that Mayo married Melva Washington in 1956 but they divorced, and he then married Patricia York in 1966, but divorced in 1974. Thirdly he married Gail Reid in 1974, and it lasted until his death in 2001, with Whitman passing away due to a heart attack, survived by his third wife and son. His son Rahn Mayo became a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 2009.

Full NameWhitman Mayo
Net Worth$1 Million
Salary5.633 million USD
Date Of BirthNovember 15, 1930
DiedMay 22, 2001, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Place Of BirthAtlanta, Georgia USA
Height1.93 m
Weight95 kg
EducationLos Angeles City College
SpouseGail Reid (m. 1974–2001), Patricia Yorck (m. 1966–1974)
ChildrenRahn Mayo, Tanya Mayo, Suni Mayo Simpson
ParentsKenny Ziegler, Alisha Mayo
SiblingsTodd Mayo, Jeremiah Mayo, Corey Mayo, Tanner Mayo
AwardsNBA All-Rookie Team
MoviesThe Black Klansman, Grady, The Main Event, D.C. Cab, Hell Town, Boyz n the Hood, You Must Remember This, The Seventh Coin, The Cape, Waterproof, Boycott
TV ShowsThe Cape, Hell Town, Grady, The Van Dyke Show
1I've always played older parts. When I was 19, I played 60. When I was a kid I got pleasure out of studying old people. I took joy in their idiosyncrasies. Older folk are like children. They can do and say what they want and get away with it.
1Friends with Redd Foxx, and Marla Gibbs.
2Coincidentally, he died at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, which bears the same name as his most famous role.
3His last two wives were more than ten years younger than him.
4Is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
5Although he had not disappeared, nor was he hiding, when in 1996 the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show wished to use him in a sketch and were unable to locate him or his agent, the show launched a three-week nationwide "Where's Grady" search. The search's hotline received over 50,000 calls of sightings. Mayo eventually did surface and gladly appeared on the show.
6Taught drama at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta Georgia from 1996 until his death.


Boycott2001TV MovieReverend Banyon
ER1999TV SeriesJesse Morgan
Kenan & Kel1997TV SeriesUncle Raymond
The Cape1996-1997TV SeriesSweets (owner of the Moonshot Bar & Grill) / Sweets
Family Matters1995TV SeriesFletcher
Martin1995TV SeriesMr. Mackey
Love & War1993TV SeriesGus
The Seventh Coin1993Coin Shop Owner (as Witman Mayo)
You Must Remember This1992TV MovieJesse
Pacific Station1992TV Series
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story1992TV MovieNick
Full House1991TV SeriesEddie Johnson
Boyz n the Hood1991The Old Man
Amen1991TV SeriesSwifty
Shannon's Deal1991TV SeriesKennedy
Good Grief1990TV Series
2271986-1990TV SeriesHenry Hurley
In the Heat of the Night1990TV SeriesWinston Tyler
This Old Man1990ShortOld Man
The Van Dyke Show1988TV SeriesDoc Sterling
Duet1987TV SeriesSmokey
You Again?1986TV SeriesKenny Gordon
Hill Street Blues1983-1986TV SeriesVagrant / Barney
The Grand Baby1985TV Movie
Hell Town1985TV SeriesOne Ball
Trapper John, M.D.1983-1985TV SeriesLewis B. Larkin / D.L. Browne
Hell Town1985TV MovieOne Ball
And the Children Shall Lead1985TV MovieRev. Wilson
Gimme a Break!1984TV SeriesPapa Jack Jenkins
Whiz Kids1984TV SeriesTeddy
D.C. Cab1983Mr. Rhythm
The Best of Times1983TV SeriesHowling' Joe
Mr. Merlin1982TV SeriesDink
Of Mice and Men1981TV MovieCrooks
Sanford1981TV SeriesGrady Wilson
Lou Grant1981TV SeriesFred Jenkins
Diff'rent Strokes1979TV SeriesJethro Simpson
The Main Event1979Percy
Vega$1978TV SeriesLick Smith
Starsky and Hutch1978TV SeriesJeeter
A.E.S. Hudson Street1977TV SeriesQuincy
Sanford and Son1973-1977TV SeriesGrady Wilson
Sanford Arms1977TV SeriesGrady Wilson
Baretta1976TV SeriesJoey Rich
That's Cat1976TV SeriesGrandpa
Grady1975-1976TV SeriesGrady Wilson
The Black Klansman1966Alex


Beah: A Black Woman Speaks2003DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
Getting in Shape for the Main Event1979TV Short documentaryHimself - Actor
Sesame Street1977TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1976TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1975TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Inside Deep Throat2005DocumentaryGrady (uncredited)

Nominated Awards

1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - TelevisionSanford and Son (1972)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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