|Allan (Jay Hammer, center) with mom Helen (Roxie Roxer) and Richard (T.K. Carter, left), a guy seeking help at the Help Center in Season 5.|
|Related to:||Tom Willis (father)|
Helen Willis (mother)
Jenny Willis-Jefferson (sister)
Lionel Jefferson (brother in-law)
Jessica Jefferson (niece)
Bertram Willis (great-uncle)
|Appeared on:||The Jeffersons|
|Character played by:||Andrew Rubin in "Jenny's Low" in Season 1 |
Jay Hammer in Season 5, beginning with the episode "The Homecoming: Part One"
Allan Willis is the Willis' son and older brother of Jenny. Andrew Rubin appears as this character in the first season finale of The Jeffersons, in the episode titled "Jenny's Low" (aired on April 12, 1975), in which Allan, played by Andrew Rubin, returns from Europe, and is given the "Cold Shoulder" by his sister, Jenny (Berlinda Tolbert). Jenny starts staying at the Jeffersons' apartment as long as Allan stayed at their own home. She was somewhat jealous of Allan turning out to be "white". They eventually reconcile. Unfortunately, the original Allan Willis character left the show after one episode in 1975 and was not on the show and was no longer on it after and did not recurre, and then he was replaced by another actor who was going to play Allan Willis later on in another season.
In the 1978-79 season, which is the fifth season, Allan is now portrayed by Jay Hammer, who joins the cast in a two-part episode of the season opener. Allan returns from New Mexico while his parents return from Syracuse, NY, after Tom's father's death, he dies there in late 1978. Allan has left the Fortune Warehouse in the will of Tom's father's death and the relationship between Tom and Allan becomes very cold because of his "happy-go-lucky" attitude. Allan is well known for his sharp rebuttal against George's insults and his well-rounded personality. After this season (1978-79), season 5, Hammer was fired from the show cast, and got laid and cut off, Allan was no longer on the series and left it after season 5 in 1979, and Mike Evans, fresh off of his work with another Norman Lear series, Good Times (which he helped to co-create with Eric Monte, and which was cancelled by CBS after six seasons) in 1979 and was no longer on the air after and then returned to the series to reprise his role as Lionel in the fall of 1979. After that, he was moving off to Minnesota to stay there. He was also chosen to be his niece, Jessica Jefferson's, godfather. But Allan got snowed in and eventually was killed and he died there in late 1979, so then the Jeffersons and The Willises neighbor, Harry Bentley became the proxy for him after his death.