Though Foxx was missed, it is clear by those many episodes, that Whitman Mayo could have been more than just a second banana. He kept a mainstream show afloat when its star went AWOL and fans will always remember and cherish his warm, humorous style.
And while the character of Grady gave him some instant recognition, it also typecast him for the rest of his career. He did appear in films like Boyz n the Hood, but Hollywood was reluctant to let him branch out. However he still managed to have a career in television appearing in many shows like Trapper John MD, Hill Street Blues and ER just to name a few.
This wonderful character actor is mostly forgotten today, but for a brief period in time he was a star and for many of us will always remain one, making Whitman Mayo my pick of the day for Not Very Famous...but should be.