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Ernest Thomas

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Ernest Thomas
Birth name Ernest Lee Thomas
Born March 26, 1950 in Gary, Indiana, USA
Sometimes credited as Ernest L. Thomas,
Ernest Lee Thomas
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
What's Happening!! Roger Thomas 1976–1979 1 2 3
What's Happening Now!! Roger Thomas 1985–1988 1 2 3

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Everybody Hates Chris
(credited as Ernest Lee Thomas)
Mr. Omar 2006–2009

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Jeffersons Ronnie Walker 2x09 - George Won't Talk November 8, 1975
Baretta Lew 3x07 - Under the City November 3, 1976
Martin Prince Uche 5x07 - The Life You Save Might Make You Rich November 14, 1996
The Steve Harvey Show
(credited as Ernest L. Thomas)
Reverend Franklin 4x15 - Wedlocked February 18, 2000
The Steve Harvey Show
(credited as Ernest L. Thomas)
Reverend Charles 5x04 - Love, Death and Basketball October 29, 2000
All About the Andersons Mr. Johnson 1x11 - Get Out of Dodge...Ball January 8, 2004

Awards and Accolades


  • Graduated from the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City
  • Has a bachelor's degree of Science in Sociology and Psychology from Indiana State University
  • Has an eye condition called amblyopia
  • During the second season of What's Happening!, he and Fred Berry walked off the show, demanding more money and better dressing rooms; their demands were eventually met.