Born Alton Powers in Brooklyn, he was raised in Providence, R.I. and attended the Rhode Island School of Design before pursuing a career as an actor and stand-up comedian and landing a role on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
Powers joined the cast of Good Times in its final season, playing the professional football player Keith, who was married to Thelma (Nanette Stanis). Stanis remembered Powers on Facebook earlier this week.
Powers also played Moochie on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, opposite Stacy Keach, in the mid-1980s, but retired from acting shortly thereafter. His other film and television credits include The New Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.
Powers is survived by his mother and two sisters.