John Amos

John Amos


12/27/1939, Newark, New Jersey

Birth Name

John A. Amos, Jr.



Also Known As

Johnny Amos
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John Amos is former professional football player and an American actor, best known for playing James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s sitcom "Good Times" from 1974 to 1976, and for playing an adult Kunta Kinte in the groundbreaking mini-series, "Roots." Amos credits also include, Gordy Howard, the weatherman…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • When he made guest appearances on Maude as Florida's husband, his character was named Henry but when they were spun-off into their own series, Good Times, his character was renamed James.

    • He worked as a social worker and as an advertising copywriter before he pursued his acting career.

    • He appeared in a commercial for McDonalds.

    • His character of James on Good Times was one of the first characters to be killed off on a comedy show.

    • He was nominated for an Emmy award in 1977 for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series. He was nominated for "Part 5" of Roots.

    • He appeared in the music video "Natural Born Killaz" by Ice Cube.

    • He wrote, directed, and starred in the one-man play Halley's Comet.

    • He is 6' (1.83 m).

    • He has appeared in the following plays:
      -Tough to Get Help
      -Pass is the Pass

    • John is the son of actor John Amos Sr.

    • John quit the show Good Times because fans and friends complained that the show was not a good portrait of African-American life. So, to explain his absence from the show, his character was killed in a car accident.

    • John starred in an indie film directed by his son, K.C. Amos and produced by his daughter, Shannon Amos.

    • John has two children with ex-wife, Noel J. Mickelson. He has two children with ex-wife, Lillian Lehman. He also has two children with his current wife, Elisabete De Sousa-Amos.

    • John played college football at Colorado State University, and he played professional football for the Norfolk Neptunes in the late 1960s.

    • On "Good Times," John Amos played a character who was much older in age than he actually was. He was 21 years younger than his TV wife, only 5 years older than one of his TV children, 12 years older than another, and 18 years older than the youngest.

  • Quotes

    • John Amos: There are three stages in an actor's career. Who is john Amos? Get me John Amos. Get me a young John Amos.