The unsung hero in Black television sitcoms, Eric Monte (along with Mike Evans) created Good Times in 1974. Monte began as a writer on Norman Lear’s trailblazing sitcom All in the Family. Monte later wrote the Black comedy movie classic Cooley High, which served as the basis for the TV series What’s Happening!! In 1977, after suing Lear for stealing his ideas (including the suggestion that Redd Foxx be cast as the star of Sanford and Son), Monte received a settlement for $1 million dollars and was blacklisted from Hollywood for over two decades. He resurfaced as a writer for sitcoms Moesha and The Wayans Bros, battled a drug addiction to cocaine and endured a stint living in a homeless shelter. Since 2006, Monte has been clean and sober and continues to write television and film scripts.
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