Obscure Black C-Listers: T.K. Carter
What really happened to T.K. Carter? The Missing Person police are satisfied as long as IMDB.com lists a few recent credits for an actor, but Thembi is not. He broke into the industry at the age of twelve with a stand up comedy routine featuring an impressive Bill Cosby impression. If you really have an eagle eye for these things you’ll remember that he played J.J.’s friend Head on Good Times in one of his first television roles (you know, part of the “Awesome Foursome”). T.K. Carter was a serious mainstay on 80’s sitcoms! He starred in John Carpenter’s The Thing, the short-lived sitcom Just Our Luck where he played a jive-talking genie, and had supporting roles on Punky Brewster and Good Morning Miss Bliss (the precursor to Saved By The Bell). As if things couldn’t get any more eighties, he even voiced a character on the cartoon Jem and was in 1989’s Polly, a WWTD favorite. The nineties brought Carter bit parts here and there on The Steve Harvey Show, The Sinbad Show, and The Gregory Hines Show – do you see a pattern there? Carter really shone in 2000’s critically acclaimed The Corner, earning both Black Reel and NAACP award nominations. Since then he’s had bit parts here and there (Everybody Hates Chris, Domino) but nothing major. Maybe he’s doing stand up or theater that I can’t find any information on, or maybe he’s going through some personal issues; his 1991 DUI and arrest for car theft are a red flag, but I won’t speculate. Maybe he just doesn’t feel like acting anymore, but I’d love to see T.K. Carter back in the mix!