Donald T. Bexley
(March 10, 1910April 15, 1997) was an American
actor and comedian, best known for playing Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx
)'s friend Bubba Bexley
on the 1970s television sitcom Sanford and Son.
He was a standup comedian on the Chitlin' Circuit
as a solo act and as part of comedy teams, during which time he became acquainted with Redd Foxx. Bexley recorded party albums with partner Dave Turner and worked constantly throughout the United States. His greatest exposure came from his Sanford and Son
appearances. He appeared as the same character in the Sanford and Son spin-off
series The Sanford Arms
. His other television credits include Laverne & Shirley
, T.J. Hooker
and The Royal Family
. He was the MC
and comedian in the movie Sparkle
. He retired from show business in the 1980s and returned to his native Virginia.
Bexley maintained a close friendship with Redd Foxx
, until Foxx's 1991 death, and was an honorary pallbearer at Foxx's funeral.
Donald T. Bexley died on April 15, 1997, at the age of 87, in City of Hampton
where he made his home, death due to heart and kidney failure. Reportedly survived by a daughter. Bexley was buried at Hampton Memorial Gardens, in City of Hampton
. As of 2010, a temporary gravestone marked his grave.