Sanford and Son Was Even More Interesting Behind The Scenes

Demond Wilson’s Private Struggles

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Though Demond Wilson is an ordained minister who is active on the gospel circuit, he’s had some private struggles throughout the years. The Sanford and Son set wasn’t the only place Wilson got high. The actor had a $1,000-a-week cocaine habit and a rocky marriage with stewardess turned model Cicely Johnston, who he cheated on.

His spiritual epiphany came in May of 1982 when his wife was in the hospital and he felt completely alone. He prayed he would get his family back together before immersing himself in studying the Bible and becoming an evangelist. He no longer drinks, smokes, or even dances.