|Real Name:||River York|
|Occupation:||Wife of Ralph Carter|
There are many celebrities in Hollywood. Some have made a name for themselves thanks to their career. Some have been born into a celebrity family. And then there are those that get married to a celebrity or befriend one. In the case of River York, she got married to a celebrity and that is how she entered the media spotlight.
How much do we know of Ralph’s wife? Is she his first wife or second wife? Do they have children together? What is her educational background? What does she do for a living? Well, we will try to answer most of those questions.
Who is her husband?
First, let’s take a look at her husband. Who is her husband? Born Ralph David Carter in May 1961, he is an American actor and singer. Many people recognize him as Michael Evans, the character he played as a child actor. His character was the youngest child of Florida and James Evans Sr. on the CBS sitcom Good Times. He portrayed that character from 1974 to 1979.
Born in New York City, United States, he is of American nationality and African-American ethnicity. He started his career rather early. When he was nine years of age, he appeared on Broadway in the musical The Me Nobody Knows. He then played the role of Boy Ghost in the comedy Tough to Get Help. In October 1973, Ralph made an appearance in the musical Dude, earning him the Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer.
Ralph’s breakout role was in Raisin, portraying Travis Younger in the musical adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry play, A Raisin in the Sun. It tells the story of an African-American family living in Chicago in 1951. Critics praised the musical as one of those unusual that should not only delight people who love musicals, but also those who do not.
For his performance in Raisin, Carter won the 1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer.
In 1974, Ralph got another big role, this time as Michael Evans, the socially conscious youngest in Good Times. The television sitcom was created by Mike Evans and Eric Monte.
The story follows an African-American family in an inner-city housing project. At the time, the sitcom was the first primetime sitcom featuring an African-American family.
In Good Times, Ralph appeared alongside Ben Powers, Janet Jackson, Johnny Brown, Bern Nadette Stanis, and Jimmie Walker.
Fun fact: he was cast in Good Times while he was performing in Raisin. In the early episodes, the credits contained a notice saying, “Ralph Carter appears courtesy of the Broadway musical Raisin”.
Speaking about the role, Carter said, “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”.
Fun fact: Norman Lear, the creator of Good Times, made it as a spin-off series for Maude, a character he previously had in a television series. Portrayed by Esther Rolle, she played Florida Evans. When Carter had success in Raisin, Lear bought out the remainder of his Broadway contract to cast him.
Besides acting, Carter tried himself in other ventures as well. In 1975, he started his music career, recording an album called Young and in Love. He performed the song When You’re Young and In Love on Soul Train.
In 1987, he retired from acting. His last appearance was in 2005 when he appeared in Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death for the Classical Theatre of Harlem Company.
Now let’s talk more about his wife River York. Who is she? What do we know about her? Well, sadly, not much besides the information about her marriage to Ralph.
She is the wife of veteran American actor Ralph Carter. Even her age has not been disclosed. Given her appearance and that she looks the same age as Ralph, we can assume she is in her 60s. After all, Ralph was born in March 1961 and is 61 years of age.
We do not know anything about her early life, parents, siblings, or educational background.
Marriage to Ralph Carter
River was not Ralph’s first wife. He was married before to Lisa Parks, a woman that was the sister of his best friend Larry Parks. Ralph and Lisa met in 1982, and after a few years of dating, they got engaged and married in February 1987.
Ralph and Lisa Parks were married for five years, and they have two children together. Their sons Michael Carter and James Carter. Michael was born in March 1988 and James in September 1989.
In 1992, Ralph and Lisa broke up, and a few years later, he met River York. Their big event happened on December 20th, 1994 when they exchanged vows in front of family visitors.
Since then, they have been happily married and living together with their family. Soon after their marriage, River gave birth to their first son, Phoenix Carter in September 1995. They have two more children, two daughters, Jessica Carter born in April 1997, and Vivica Carter born in July 1999.
Is She The “Beard”?
If you spend enough time in Hollywood, United States, you will hear a few rumors and controversies about you. Ralph Carter is not an exception.
At one point, there was a rumor that Ralph died of AIDS and that he was gay. But that is not true. In rumored reality, River was actually his beard, an American slang term describing a person used knowingly or unknowingly as a romantic partner to a homosexual person.
But the rumors about Ralph’s homosexuality are not true. He is a heterosexual man who has been married two times and has five children of his own.
Is she on social media?
Ralph retired from acting in 1987, and it took some time to get him into a theater. That happened in 2005. Since he has retired from acting, Ralph has also retired from any news and media outlets. The same applies to his wife River York.
Neither of them is active on any social media platform. You cannot find their profile on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
As we said before, we know very little if anything about Ralph’s celebrity spouse River. Her educational background and professional career remain a mystery.
As such, we cannot find out anything about her net worth, salary, and earnings. What we do know is the net worth of her husband Ralph. The American actor has a net worth of close to $1 million. He amassed his wealth thanks to popular roles in Raisin and The Good Times.
The family is happily living in New York City as proud New Yorkers. They welcome guests and visitors to their habitat.