Here's what 'Good Times' actor Ralph Carter, who played Michael, is up to these days

The world met Ralph Carter as a teenager on the 1970s sitcom "Good Times," and while he's largely stepped away from the Hollywood scene, he's still comfortable being around the spotlight — these days on stage, not screen.

Before he joined the cast of Norman Lear's iconic family program, Carter was already acquainted with professional show business: By nine years old, he was performing on Broadway, appearing in a string of major productions in New York. Lear was so impressed with the young actor, he bought out the rest of his Broadway contract so he could write him into "Good Times" as Michael, the youngest son of the hardworking Evans family.

Rounding out the cast alongside Carter were his onscreen family members: Esther Rolle, who played mom Florida Evans; John Amos, who played her husband James; Jimmie Walker as older brother JJ; and Bernnadette Stanis as older sister Thelma.

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Portrait of the cast of the television show 'Good Times,' Los Angeles, California, September 29, 1977. Pictured are, front row, American actors John Amos (left) and Jimmie Walker; back row, from left, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Ja'net DuBois, and Esther Rolle (1920 - 1998). (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 25: GOOD TIMES cast members (from left) Jimmie Walker (as 'J.J.'), John Amos (as James Evans), Ralph Carter (as Michael Evans) and BernNadette Stanis (as Thelma Evans) . 1975. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Portrait of the cast of the television show 'Good Times,' Los Angeles, California, August 5, 1977. Pictured are, front row, American actresses Esther Rolle (1920 - 1998) (left) and BernNadette Stanis; back row, from left, American actors Jimmie Walker, Ja'net DuBois, and Ralph Carter. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of the cast of the television show 'Good Times,' Los Angeles, California, September 29, 1977. Pictured are, front row, American actors Jimmie Walker, BernNadette Stanis, and Janet Jackson; back row, Ralph Carter, Ja'net DuBois, and Johnny Brown. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
BernNadette Stanis, Norman Lear, Jimmie Walker and Ralph Carter, winners of the Impact Award for "Good Times" (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker, Ralph Carter and Ja'net Dubois, winners of the Impact Award for "Good Times" (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: The cast of "Good Times" at The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Hotel LAX on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: John Amos, Bern Nadette Stanis, Jimmie JJ Walker and Ralph Carter of " Good Times" reunite at Day 1 of the Chiller Theatre Expo at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on October 24, 2014 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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Carter first began flirting with a music career in the mid-1970s, when "Good Times" was at its height. After the show ended in 1979, Carter became a composer who occasionally wrote for soundtracks and music videos.

Just recently, in November 2019, ABC 7 caught up with Carter, who today is a vice president of AUDELCO, an organization that highlights the work of black Americans in the theater industry.

"I was fortunate to be in the explosion, not only of the African American theater in the 1970s but into that wave of consciousness and beautiful television productions that featured African American artists," Carter told the outlet. "The relevancy is not only to celebrate the black actor and black actress but also to celebrate the black cameraman, the black set designer and black light designer. We cover the whole gauntlet of all those talents who come together to make a production possible."

It's not yet known whether Carter will make an appearance on ABC's live "Good Times" special on December 18.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Producer Norman Lear (L) and actor Rita Moreno attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Producer Norman Lear (L) and actor Rita Moreno attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rita Moreno and producer Norman Lear arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Norman Lear and Lyn Lear attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Norman Lear and Lyn Lear attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Norman Lear and Lyn Lear attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Producer Norman Lear and actor Rita Moreno attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
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