As Carl Dixon, Moses Gunn had the monumental task of trying to fill the shoes vacated by John Amos when he was cast as a love interest for Florida Evans (Rolle). Gunn only appeared during the 1977 season but enjoyed a strong career in television and film following his departure. He starred in Amen, The Women of Brewster Place and Homicide: Life on the Street on TV. The actor also appeared in the movies Ragtime and Leonard Part 6. He died from asthma on December 16, 1993.