Wilson is best known for his role as peacemaker Lamont Sanford
in the NBC-TV hit series, Sanford and Son (1972-1977). Time
magazine included the show on their list of the "100 Best TV
Shows of All Time in 2007. He was wounded while fighting in
the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division
and returned home a decorated veteran in the late 1960s.