The 'Sanford and Son' actor Marlene Clark has died
The ‘Sanford and Son’ actor Marlene Clark has died
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The 'Sanford and Son' actor Marlene Clark has died

The actor Marlene Clark, best known for her work in the 1970s NBC sitcom Sanford & Son, has died.

Appearing in the beloved sitcom alongside the likes of Whitman Mayo, Redd Foxx, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley and Demond Wilson, Clark was a key feature of the show. As well as appearing on the small screen, Clark also enjoyed a number of feature film credits, playing a leading role in the 1973 horror movie Ganja & Hess with an ensemble cast that included Duane Jones and Bill Gunn. 

Wilson, who appeared with Clark on Sanford & Son, shared a tribute to the late actor on Twitter, writing: “RIP beautiful actress Marlene Clark. . . It was a delight to work with you”. 

Raised in Harlem, New York, the actor started her career as a fashion model, with her feature film debut coming in the 1968 movie For Love of Ivy

Although she never hit the heights of Hollywood fame, Clark enjoyed a number of high-profile collaborations throughout her career, including John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy and Robert Downey Sr.’s Putney Swope, albeit in uncredited roles. With that being said, she appeared in a bit-part in the iconic Bruce Lee martial arts movie Enter the Dragon in 1973. 

Take a look at Desmond Wilson’s tribute below.