Make no bones about it, Rollo was a crook. The good folks at Sanford and Son never got into exactly what Rollo did to get that car and that fly pad--and thankfully we never knew. They did say something about pumping gas--yeah right. According to reports, Rollo did his first stint in the prison at the tender age of 5.
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Rollo Lawson's life is not his vast collection of 8 tracks and bongs but his relationship with one Lamont Sanford. These two were polar opposites, in a sense, but you can see why they worked together as a friendship. On an odd level, in the earlier to mid-point episodes you can see
Sadly, as Sanford and Son declined, so did Rollo's character. A once up-to-the-minute and cool character pretty much was just there during the final seasons. His cool clothes and style stagnated and his role disappeared. To add insult to injury, the Rollo Lawson character was brought onto the 1980-81 NBC series Sanford. That's when you knew the times had changed, they even had the nerve enough to give him a job driving Fred Sanford's truck. The horrors!