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What's Happening!! Cast List

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What's Happening!! cast list, including photos of the actors when available. This list includes all of the What's Happening!! main actors and actresses, so if they are an integral part of the show you'll find them below. You can various bits of trivia about these What's Happening!! stars, such as where the actor was born and what their year of birth is. This cast list of actors from What's Happening!! focuses primarily on the main characters, but there may be a few actors who played smaller roles on What's Happening!! that are on here as well.

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  • Earl William Billings (born July 4, 1945) is an American actor, best known as Rob in the television series What's Happening!!....  more
    • Acted In: Miss Guided
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Haywood Nelson (born March 25, 1960) is an American actor. He is best known for having portrayed Dwayne Nelson on the television series What's Happening!! from 1976–1979, and its spin-off series What's Happening Now!! 1985–1988....  more
    • Acted In: What's Happening!!, Grady, What's Happening Now!!
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Mabel Elizabeth King (née Washington; December 25, 1932 – November 9, 1999) was an American film, stage, and television actress, and singer. She is best known for her role as Mabel "Mama" Thomas on the ABC sitcom What's Happening!! from its premiere in 1976 until the end of its second season in 1978. King's next most remembered role is that of Evillene the Witch, a role she originated in the stage musical The Wiz and reprised in Sidney Lumet's 1978 film adaptation. She recorded on the Rama Records and Amy Records labels....  more
    • Acted In: What's Happening!!
    • Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Shirley Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 – December 10, 1999) was an American stand-up comedian and actress. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Hemphill moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After working the Los Angeles comedy club circuit, her routine eventually attracted attention leading to her being cast in guest starring roles on television. In 1976, she landed the role of waitress Shirley Wilson on the sitcom What's Happening!! The series was a modest hit for ABC, but production and cast problems caused ABC to cancel the series in 1979. The following year, Hemphill was cast in her own sitcom, One in a Million. The series failed to attract an...  more
    • Acted In: What's Happening!!, The Richard Pryor Show, What's Happening Now!!, One in a Million
    • Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America