Name: John Amos
Profession: TV Actor
Gender: Male
Height: 183 cm
Age: 83
Birth Place: Newark - New Jersey
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

John Amos

John Amos is a TV Actor, and he was born on 27 December - 1939(83 years old) in New Jersey. John Amos zodiac sign is Capricorn. More detailed information about John Amos given below.

About John Amos

He is most known for his role as the father on the television show Good Times, for which he received an Emmy nod, and for his portrayal in the miniseries Roots, for which he won an Emmy nomination.


From 1994 to 1995, he portrayed Fred Wilkes in four episodes of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

John Amos before fame

Before Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram told him that he wasn't a football player, but rather a man trying to play football, he had a sporting career in both boxing and football.

Achievement of John Amos

He played Fred Wilkes in four episodes of the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1994 to 1995.

Salary 2020

Not known

Net Worth 2020

$3 Million

John Amos family life

In 1978, he married Lillian Lehman for the second time, although the marriage barely lasted a year.

Associations of John Amos

From 2006 to 2008, he played a supporting role alongside Anne Heche in the TV series Men in Trees.

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Height 183 cm
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John Amos Timeline

  • 1939

    John A. Amos, Jr., was born on December 27, 1939, in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Annabelle and John A. Amos, Sr., an auto mechanic. He grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and graduated from East Orange High School in 1958. He enrolled at Long Beach City College and graduated from Colorado State University, qualifying as a social worker with a degree in sociology. Amos also played on the Colorado State Rams football team. After college, he was a Golden Glove boxing champion.

  • 1964

    In 1964, Amos signed a free agent contract with the American Football Leagueu0027s Denver Broncos. Unable to run the 40-yard dash because of a pulled hamstring, he was released on the second day of training camp. He then played with the Canton Bulldogs and Joliet Explorers of the United Football League. In 1965, he played with the Norfolk Neptunes and Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League. In 1966, he played with the Jersey City Jets and Waterbury Orbits of the Atlantic Coast Football League.

  • 1967

    In 1967, Amos signed a free agent contract with the American Football Leagueu0027s Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Hank Stram told him, "youu0027re not a football player, youu0027re a man who is trying to play football." Amos approached Stram with a poem he wrote about a mythical creature that passes the door of all players who are cut from a team. He read it to the team and received a standing ovation from all the players and coaches. Amos said Stram pushed him in the direction of writing after he was released from training camp. He returned to the Continental League, where he played that year with the Victoria Steelers.

  • 1971

    Amos became well known in his first major TV role, playing Gordy Howard, the weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, from 1970 until 1973. In 1971, he appeared with Anson Williams in a commercial for McDonaldu0027s. But he is best known for his portrayal of James Evans, Sr., the husband of Florida Evans, first appearing three times on the sitcom Maude before continuing the role in 61 episodes of Good Times from 1974 to 1976.

  • 1973

    Although cast a hard-working middle-aged father of three, Amos was 34 when the show began production in 1973, only eight years older than the actor who played his oldest son (Jimmie Walker) and 19 years younger than his screen wife (Esther Rolle). Much like Rolle, Amos wanted to portray a positive image of an African-American family, struggling against the odds in a poor neighborhood, but saw the premise slighted by lower comedy, and expressed dissatisfaction.

  • 1976

    During his tenure on Good Times, Amos openly clashed with the writers of the show, due to the scriptsu0027 lack of authenticity in portraying the African-American experience. This led to his dismissal in 1976. In a 2017 interview, Amos said he had told the writers, who, according to Amos, did not understand African-Americans, "That just doesnu0027t happen in the community. We donu0027t think that way. We donu0027t act that way. We donu0027t let our children do that.u0027 "

  • 1977

    In 1977, Amos appeared in the central role of the adult Kunta Kinte in the groundbreaking television miniseries Roots, based on Alex Haleyu0027s book of the same name. Amos was nominated for an Emmy for his performance. In 1980, he starred in the TV film Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story. Amos played an Archie Bunker-style character in the 1994 sitcom 704 Hauser, a modern spin-off of All In The Family, but it was canceled after only five episodes (in the series he played a different character than he did in the All in the Family spin-off Maude). He also portrayed Captain Dolan on the TV show Hunter from 1984 to 1985. He co-starred in the CBS police drama The District. Amos was a frequent guest on The West Wing, portraying Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, who serves as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for most of the show. He played Buzz Washington in the ABC series Men in Trees. Amos co-starred with Anthony Anderson in the short-lived TV series All About the Andersons in 2003. In 2010, Amos also appeared as recurring character Ed on Two and a Half Men, and in 2016 as another recurring character, also (coincidentally) named Ed, on the Netflix sitcom The Ranch. He has guest-starred in a number of other television shows, including Police Story, The A-Team, The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House, Martin as Sgt. Hamilton Strawn (Tommyu0027s father), Touched by an Angel, Psych, Sanford And Son, My Name Is Earl, Lie to Me, and Murder, She Wrote. He has also appeared as a spokesman for the Cochran Firm (a national personal injury law firm). Amos is the writer and producer of Halleyu0027s Comet, a critically acclaimed one-man play that he performs around the world. Amos performed in August Wilsonu0027s Gem of the Ocean on Broadway and later at the McCarther Theatre in Princeton, NJ.

  • 1995

    Amos was featured in Disneyu0027s The Worldu0027s Greatest Athlete (1973) with Tim Conway and Jan-Michael Vincent, and also starred as Kansas City Mack in Letu0027s Do It Again (1975) with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. His other film appearances include Vanishing Point (1971), The Presidentu0027s Plane Is Missing (1973), Touched by Love (1980), The Beastmaster (1982), Dance of the Dwarfs (1983), American Flyers (1985), Coming to America (1988), Lock Up (1989), Two Evil Eyes (1989), Die Hard 2 (1990), and Ricochet (1991). He appeared in the 1995 film For Better or Worse and played a police officer in The Players Club (1998). He played Uncle Virgil in My Babyu0027s Daddy (2004), and starred as Jud in Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006). In 2012, Amos had a role in the movie Madeau0027s Witness Protection, as Jakeu0027s father. He also appeared in Ice Cubeu0027s and Dr. Dreu0027s 1994 video for Natural Born Killaz. In 2009, he released an album of original country songs.

  • 2020

    In 2020, Amos was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

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John Amos was born on 27 December, 1939.

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