Demond Wilson net worth: Demond Wilson is an American celebrity, writer, and pastor that has a net worth of $1 million. Demond Wilson was born in Valdosta, Georgia in October 1946. Wilson is famous for playing the part of Lamont Sanford in the NBC television series Sanford and Son. At six years old Demond’s appendix ruptured and nearly killed him. Wilson served in the US Army and was wounded. His first parts came in 1971 in the film The Organization as well as in the TV series All in the Family and Mission: Impossible. His best known character came starring as Lamont Sanford in the show Sanford and Son from 1972 to 1977. Wilson starred as Raymond Ellis in the television series Baby, I am Back from 1977 to 1978. From 2004 to 2005 he had a recurring part as Kenneth Miles in the show Girlfriends. He’s an ordained minister and founded Restoration House in 1995. He’s authored Christian novels, children’s book, and his memoirs.
Release of his book, "Second Banana: Bittersweet Memoir of Sanford and Son".
Best known by the public for his role as Lamont Sanford on Sanford and Son (1972).
His acting mentor was Redd Foxx.
Served in the Vietnam War in the early '60s.
In 1994 he formed the Restoration House of America which gives Spiritual guidance and vocational training to former inmates.
Became a minister in 1984.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with singer/comedian, Redd Foxx, who played Fred G. Sanford]: The producers said we need a straight man for Redd. It was a little difficult at first because his outlook was totally alien to me, but we found a common ground and, after while, we fell in love with each other.
I'm a Holy Ghost-filled, fire-baptizing man.
[When he abstained from television to become a full-time minister]: I'm using what I learned in television and on the stage to glorify God.
That was the one thing my folks weren't too happy about, they were relieved when I drove back to Hollywood.
[on his first experience attending a Pentecostal church with his grandmother]: That was my first experience with jumping and shouting about the Lord, of which I'm a part of now, of which I choreograph, of which I promote! Hey, ya'lls not jumpin' and shoutin' enough over there!
God took me out of this world. He refined me and took my mind out of acting. I didn't have the desire to be in it anymore.
[When he made the change from being an actor to a preacher]: On your own, you can't make the transition, I questioned it, too. God makes you a new person. He says, 'Just be patient - I'll show you how.'
[When he was later called to be a minister rather than an actor]: I love preaching more than anything else I've ever done. I'm so happy now. I feel honored to be chosen. Even when you got everything - clothes, jewelry, nice house - you don't feel happy. I was like Jonah, running from the Lord.
Travel around, preachin' the Lord's gospel, that's what. If He wants me to do a film or be a pastor, we'll have to wrestle a little bit. But I'll do whatever He wants me to do.