John Amos

Actor, Producer, Director
An imposing veteran actor of stage and screen, John Amos earned his greatest claim to fame as the hardworking but prideful James Evans, Sr. on the hit Norman Lear sitcom "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79). Though only on the ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1939 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Bad Asses on the Bayou 2015 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Mercy For Angels 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Somebody Save Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection 2012 (Movie)

Pastor Nelson (Actor)

Lie to Me 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two and a Half Men 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the House 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1996, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1997, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men in Trees 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1996, 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1997, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lichnyy Nomer 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Dolittle 3 2005 (Movie)

Jud Jones (Actor)

All About the Andersons 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown 2004 (Movie)

General NATO (Actor)

My Baby's Daddy 2004 (Movie)

Uncle Virgil (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Bledsoe (Actor)

Something to Sing About 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports Theater With Shaquille O'Neal 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

Freeman (Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Like That 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Better Or Worse 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hologram Man 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

704 Hauser Street 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The America's Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mac 1993 (Movie)

Nat (Actor)

Mardi Gras for the Devil 1992 (Movie)

Captain Hodges (Actor)

Without a Pass 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Clippers 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Legrand (Actor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Captain Grant (Actor)

Lock Up 1989 (Movie)

Meissner (Actor)

Tongs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Cleo McDowell (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

American Flyers 1985 (Movie)

Dr Conrad (Actor)

The Beastmaster 1982 (Movie)

Seth (Actor)

Touched By Love 1980 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Cops and Robin 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Cop 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Do It Again 1975 (Movie)

Kansas City Mack (Actor)

The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 (Movie)

Coach Archer (Actor)

Two's Company 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping Up With the Joneses 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Future Cop (TV Show)

Actor

Good Times (TV Show)

Actor

Maude (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Willa (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An imposing veteran actor of stage and screen, John Amos earned his greatest claim to fame as the hardworking but prideful James Evans, Sr. on the hit Norman Lear sitcom "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79). Though only on the series for its first three seasons - the actor clashed repeatedly with producers and eventually departed - Amos earned a spot in the cultural zeitgeist with what was hailed as one of the most realistic portrayals of an African-American father at the time. In fact, his characterization set the template for other black actors to follow, most notably Bill Cosby in the next decade. Meanwhile, Amos went on to shine in a variety of projects that included the landmark miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977), a recurring role as a police captain on the first season of the drama "Hunter" (NBC, 1984-1991), and another recurring role as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). Of course, he had a number of memorable big screen performances, playing a social climbing restaurateur in "Coming to America" (1988) and a rare villain in "Die Hard 2" (1990). Whether playing military commanders, curmudgeonly father figures or even the occasional terrorist, Amos always brought authority and gravitas to every project in which he appeared.

Relationships

John A Amos

Father

Annabell P Amos

Mother

Shannon Patrice Amos

Daughter

K C Amos

Son

Lily Amos

Wife
divorced mother of his two children

EDUCATION

Long Beach City College

Long Beach , California

Colorado State University

Colorado Springs , Colorado
graduated

Milestones

1994

Returned to series TV in the short-lived sitcom "704 Hauser Street" (CBS)

1990

Performed in his own one-person show, "Hailey's Comet"

1990

Co-starred in feature films "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"

1977

Won acclaim as the adult Kunta Kinte in the landmark ABC miniseries, "Roots"

1976

Left "Good Times" in dispute over direction of show; character killed off

1970

Early feature credit, "Sweet Sweetback's Badassss Song", credited as Johnny Amos

1970

Was a regular on the summer sitcom "The Funny Side" (NBC)

1969

Played recurring role of Gordy the weatherman on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS)

1968

Was a staff writer on the CBS variety series "The Leslie Uggams Show"

Directed, produced and scripted the film "Grambling Takes It All Back Home"

Had regular role on "In the House" (NBC)

Had recurring role of Henry Evans, the husband of maid Florida (Esther Rolle) on the CBS sitcom "Maude"

Played professional football in American, Canadian and Continental Leagues

Began performing stand-up comedy in Greenwich Village

Played Captain Dolan on season of "Hunter"

Broadway debut, "Tough to Get Help"

Worked as social worker at the Vera Institute of Justice, NYC

For one season, played Captain Dolan on the NBC police drama "Hunter"

Worked as advertising copywriter

Reprised role of Florida Evans' husband, now named James in the CBS spin-off "Good Times"

Bonus Trivia

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Artistic director to the Keane-Brown Center Stage, New Jersey

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Member of the Young Men's Christian Association

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"I played football for a long time, and I boxed, and I felt when I first came into the business that physical confrontation was the best way to resolve any issue. And I wasn't the world's greatest diplomat. So, when things got tight, not having the maturity I'd like to think I've acquired, I was ready to, in the street vernacular, 'throw down,' you know?" --John Amos in NEWSDAY, April 10, 1994

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