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Tom Willis
Tom Willis
Franklin Cover as Tom Willis in the Season 5 "AITF" episode "The Jeffersons Move On Up", which served as the pilot episode for "The Jeffersons" spinoff series.
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Ethnicity Caucasian
Occupation/
Career:
Publishing executive
Spouse(s): Helen Willis, married 1953
Related to: Allan Willis (son)
Jenny Willis-Jefferson (daughter)
Jessica Jefferson (granddaughter)
Character information
Appeared on: All In The Family
Character played by: Franklin Cover
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Charles Aidman as Louis Willis with Archie AITF

Charles Aideman as Louis Willis in the Season 5 episode "Lionel's Engagement". The character's first name was changed to Tom in the episode "The Jeffersons Move On Up", with Frankin Cover replacing Aideman in the role.

Thomas "Tom" Willis portrayed by Franklin Cover, except for his first appearance in All in the Family, when he was portrayed by Charles Aidman as Louis Willis) is an author and president of his publishing company, Pelham Publishers. He lives a content life with his wife Helen played by Roxie Roker. Initially serving as a nemisis to George Jefferson early on in The Jeffersons series, they later developed a close friendship as the series wore on.

About Tom and Helen WillisEdit

Tom is white, and Helen is black; because of this racial mixing, they are often the butt of George's insults and jokes. Tom and Helen, however, both learned to ignore the bigotry of their neighbor. In their initial appearance on the parent show Tom states that they had met "his" kind—black and white—and they always handled it. His daughter, Jenny Willis (who is the one most resembling her mother in skin color cases), marries' George's son, Lionel in 1976. He develops a strong relationship with Jenny, but was never close to his "white" son, Allan Willis (Jay Hammer) because he never finished school and left New York City and stayed in Paris for two years. They were never close with each other for the reason they have their own differences. While Allan chooses to be care-free, Tom thinks he should settle down and find a job to ensure a profitable future. As the series went on (particularly after Lionel and Jenny married), George and Tom eventually became friends (though George still continued to make jokes about Tom's weight and his being white).

Additionally, Tom is a caring person, but often dominated by his wife. He also is ridiculed occasionally due to his weight. He is known to be a horrible dancer, as indicated in a few episodes. He also occasionally reluctantly goes along with George's constant schemes but for the most part prefers to be left out of them.

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