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Mike Evans Mike Evans was familiar to TV viewers as Lionel Jefferson on both All In the Family and its spinoff, The Jeffersons. Lionel was the first opinionated young black character on televsion. A complex character, Lionel was more amused than annoyed by neighbor Archie Bunker's bigotry, but sensitive about being seen as a representative of the black race by Mike Stivic rather than as an individual. Evans left the Jeffersons after one season to pursue a career as a TV writer. He was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for the next four seasons. Mike Evans then reprised the role in later seasons until The Jeffersons was cancelled. When Evans died of throat cancer in 2006, his passing was barely noticed by the media. He was 57 years old.
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Added: 25th November 2009
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-25 
There is always a debate over who was the better Darrin Stevens on Bewitched. There is seldom any debate about who the better Lionel Jefferson was: Mike Evans wins hands down.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-11-28 
That's what made his character egnimatic by being complex. He could've been hotheaded (and hardheaded) like George. He put Archie in his place. I remember a TV movie Mike was in with Desi Arnaz Jr. called The Voyage of the Yes from 1974. Mike was on the Danny Thomas sitcom The Practice.
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