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  • Place of birth : Newark
  • Date of birth : 27/12/1939



  • Amos John
  • Jr.


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John Amos (1939)

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John Amos is an American actor and former football player. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, the miniseries Roots, and a recurring role in The West Wing. He has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.


 acting career
Amos is perhaps best known for playing characters Gordy Howard from 1970 until 1973 and James Evans, Sr. the husband of Florida Evans appearing three times on the sitcom Maude before continuing the role in 61 episodes of Good Times from 1974 to 1976. While playing an under-educated but hard-working middle-aged father of three on the show, in real life Amos was only 34 when the show began, only eight years older than the actor who played his oldest son and nearly 19 years younger than his screen wife . Amos, much like series' co-star Rolle, wanted to portray a positive image of an African American family, struggling against the odds in the ghetto of Chicago, but saw the premise slighted by lighter comedy, and expressed dissatisfaction. Unhappy with the scripts and tension with producers, he was fired from the show after the third season. His character James Evans died in a car accident in the first episode of the fourth season, and the series continued for two-and-a-half more seasons without him. Norman Lear said Amos had become a disruption and Amos agrees saying he wasn't very diplomatic about the direction of the show. Amos disagreed about the writers staying with J.J.'s phrases, funny walk and "pigeon hats". His other screen children, Thelma, wanted to be a surgeon and Michael a Supreme Court Justice. Amos could see the comedy that could be generated from that but the writers wanted to stay with the J.J. bits.

 Other television roles
He also portrayed Captain Dolan on the television show Hunter from 1984 to 1985. He co-starred in the CBS police drama The District and appeared in Roots as the older Kunta Kinte.

Amos played the role of an Archie Bunker-style character for the 1994 sitcom 704 Hauser which was a modern spin-off of All In The Family, but this series was cancelled after only six episodes. He was a frequent guest on The West Wing, portraying Admiral Percy Fitzwallace. He played Buzz Washington in the ABC series, Men in Trees. Amos co-starred with Anthony Anderson in the TV series All About the Andersons in 2003. In 2010, Amos also appeared as recurring character, Ed, on Two and a Half Men.

He has guest-starred on a number of other television programs including The A-Team, The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House, Martin as Sgt. Hamilton Strawn (Tommy's father), Touched by an Angel, Psych, My Name Is Earl, and Lie to Me.

Amos is the writer and producer of Halley's Comet, a critically acclaimed one-man play that he performs around the world.

 Projects in development
Amos' other projects, still being developed, include Back In Shape With John Amos and T and Gangs At Sea.

 Film roles
Amos has had roles in several films, such as Coming to America, Vanishing Point, The Beastmaster and Die Hard 2. He also starred in Let's Do It Again as Kansas City Mack with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Amos was also featured in Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete with Tim Conway and Jan-Michael Vincent. He was also in Ice Cube's and Dr. Dre's video for Natural Born Killaz and played a police officer in The Players Club. Amos also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the 1989 movie Lock Up. In 2006, he played Jud in Dr. Dolittle 3.

 personal life
John Amos is a veteran of the 50th Armored Division of the New Jersey National Guard and Honorary Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard. He is father to daughter Shannon Amos the founder of Afterglow Multimedia and son writer/director/producer K.C. Amos, and grandfather to Quiera and Jhazz.

Amos has lived in Mexico for the last decade and enjoys fishing. Amos has been a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.

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