Born in New York City on May 30, 1961, Ralph Carter is best known for playing Michael Evans, the politically active son on Good Times. An accomplished stage actor, Carter earned a 1974 Tony nomination for his role in "Raisin," a musical based on the play Raisin in the Sun. At the height of his fame Carter was groomed for a teen-idol singing career. Mercury Records released Carter's 1976 LP Young and in Love and two singles, "Extra Extra (Read All About It)" and "When You're Young and in Love." The disco tracks did very well in the club market, but failed to scale the pop charts. Carter, a reluctant participant, refused to pursue the teen-idol route and another release was shelved. When Good Times ended, Carter all but disappeared from the entertainment business. He made occasional guest appearances on TV in the early 1980s, but for the most part has stayed out of the spotlight.
Michael Evans is the youngest of the three Evans children. Smart, political and angry, this pre-adolescent black activist is often referred to as the "militant midget." Michael makes sure his family is aware of the social injustices occurring in the streets of Chicago and within the U.S. government. He has dreams of becoming a lawyer and changing the world for the better. Though he's an A student, it isn't uncommon for Michael to have the occasional dispute with the school administration over many of the questionable history lessons taught in school. James and Florida are often loss for words over Michael's strong revolutionary spirit, but they know his passion for justice is exactly what the Evans family - and American society - needs.