After co-creating Good Times with Eric Monte, Mike Evans returned full-time to his role as Lionel Jefferson on The Jeffersons in 1979. Evans took a three-season hiatus from The Jeffersons to work with the Good Times writing staff. As an actor on television, he appeared on The Richard Pryor Special and the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. When Evans left The Jeffersons in 1981, he enjoyed a second career in Southern California real estate. On December 14, 2006, he succumbed to throat cancer at the age of 57.