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John Amos Biography

John Allen Amos Jr born John Amos is an American actor known for his roles as James Evans, Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times, in the 1977 miniseries, Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Amos’ other television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a recurring role as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing.

In the 1988 Eddie Murphy film, Coming to America, Amos played Cleo McDowell, the father of Shari Headley’s lead character, Lisa McDowell. Amos has appeared on Broadway and in numerous films throughout a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.

John Amos Age

John was born 27 December 1939, Newark, New Jersey, United States. He is 79 years as of 2018.

John Amos Height

He stands at a height of 1.81 m

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John Amos Wife

Amos has been married three times. Amos’s first marriage, between 1965 and 1975, was with artist and equestrian Noel Mickelson, with whom he has two children: Shannon Amos, a successful writer/producer and founder of Afterglow Multimedia, LLC, and Grammy-nominated director K.C. Amos. His second marriage was to actress Lillian Lehman from 1978–79.

John Amos Son

He has a son named K.C. Amos. K.C. Amos was born as Kelly Christopher Amos. He is a director and actor, known for Syphon Gun (1995), Hauntsville (2016) and Tamales and Gumbo (2015).

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John was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Annabelle and John A. Amos, Sr., who was 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. Following college, he was a Golden Gloves boxing champion.

John Amos Football Career

In 1964, Amos signed a free agent contract with the American Football League’s 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 Cleveland 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.

In 1967, he had signed a free agent contract with the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Hank Stram told Amos “you’re not a football player, you’re a man who is trying to play football.” Amos approached Stram with a poem he wrote about the mythical creature that passed the door of all players who are cut from the 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

John Amos Good Times

He played the part of James Evans Sr. in the first three seasons of Good Times the role in 61 episodes of Good Times from 1974 to 1976. Amos revealed in an interview with the American Archive of Television he was fired from good times for trying to make it more authentic.

John Amos Roots

In perhaps one of the greatest career rebounds, Amos’ next role came in the biggest television event of the 1970s when he played older Kunta Kinte/Toby in 1977’s epic miniseries, Roots. The series, which received rave reviews, also shattered viewership records, many of which still stand. “Because of the writing and the passion of Alex Haley, I was able to enjoy something the likes of which I’ll probably never get to do again in my career,” Haley told TV Guide in 2007. Roots was based on author Alex Haley’s personal family ancestry beginning from enslavement through liberation. His performance earned Amos a Primetime Emmy nomination.

John Amos Coming To America

He played the role of Cleo McDowell, Akeem’s employer and Lisa’s father. Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. The film was released in the United States on June 29, 1988.

John Amos Die Hard 2

He played the role of Major Grant in the film.

John Amos Comenius Quotes

It was an ongoing struggle to say no, I don’t want to be a part of the perpetuation of this stereotype.
I could have begged. They made it obvious to me that if I wanted to come back and be a good boy… but I’d rather be in Roots than Good Times.
I’ve never seen oil slicks covering such a large area in the Gulf of Mexico.

John Amos Awards

Amos has won more TV Land Awards than anyone else, taking home trophies for his roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times and the TV miniseries Roots

John Amos Movies





The Ranch

Ed Bishop


Mr. Kimball


Bad Asses on the Bayou


Mercy for Angels


Tamales and Gumbo

The Patron


Act of Faith



Zombie Hamlet

Edgar Mortimer

Madea’s Witness Protection

Pastor Nelson


Two and a Half Men


Lean Like a Cholo



Ascension Day



Dr. Dolittle 3

Jud Jones





My Baby’s Daddy

Uncle Virgil


Admiral Melory


The Watermelon Heist

Old Man Amos


All Over Again

Coach Zeller


The West Wing

Percy Fitzwallace


The Players Club

Officer Freeman


A Woman Like That


For Better or Worse



The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Fred Wilkes




Night Trap

Capt. Hodges



Rev. Styles

Without a Pass

Blue Berry


Two Evil Eyes

Det. Legrand

Die Hard 2

Major Grant


Lock Up

Captain Meissner


Coming to America

Cleo McDowell


American Flyers

Dr. Conrad


The A-Team

Reverend Taylor


Dance of the Dwarfs



The Beastmaster



Touched by Love



Let’s Do It Again

Kansas City Mack


Good Times

James Evans, Sr.



Henry Evans


The World’s Greatest Athlete

Coach Sam Archer

Sanford And Son



Vanishing Point

Super Soul’s Engineer

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song



The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Weatherman Gordon “Gordy” Howard

John Amos Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

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