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John Amos

Biography

Most widely known for performing the function of the daddy on the tv screen show MEMORIES, he also received an Emmy nomination for his efficiency in the miniseries Root base. He previously a sports profession in both boxing and soccer before Kansas Town Chiefs trainer Hank Stram informed him that he wasn’t a soccer player but instead a man endeavoring to play soccer. From 1994 to 1995, he portrayed Fred Wilkes in four shows of the strike TV series THE NEW Prince of Bel-Air. He wedded second wife Lillian Lehman in 1978, however the relationship only lasted twelve months. He previously a supporting function alongside Anne Heche? on it series Guys in Trees and shrubs from 2006 to 2008.

Quick Facts


Full Name John Amos
Date Of Birth December 27, 1939
Place Of Birth Newark, NJ
Height 1.81 m
Weight 79 kg
Profession TV Actor
Education Heidelberg University
Nationality American
Spouse Lillian Lehman, Noel J. Mickelson
Children K.C. Amos, Shannon Amos
Parents John Amos Sr., Annabelle P. Amos
Awards TV Land Impact Icon Award, TV Land Anniversary Award, TV Land Groundbreaking Show Award
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Movies Coming to America, Die Hard 2, The Beastmaster, Lock Up, Dr. Dolittle 3, Madea's Witness Protection, Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou, Two Evil Eyes, Let's Do It Again, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, American Flyers, The World's Greatest Athlete, The Players Club, Ricochet, The Watermelon Heist, Hologram Man, My Baby's Daddy, Touched by Love, Dance of the Dwarfs, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Zombie Hamlet, Night Trap, Disappearing Acts, Voodoo Moon, Bonanza: The Next Generation, Countdown, For Better or Worse, Shadowboxing, Mac, Something to Sing About, Act of Faith, Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story, Mardi Gras for the Devil, Without a Pass, Cops and Robin, Against Time, The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors, Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder, The Law, Future Cop, A Woman Like That
TV Shows Good Times, Roots, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Men in Trees, Maude, 704 Hauser, All About the Andersons, Future Cop, Hunter, The Funny Side
Star Sign Capricorn

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Signed as a free agent contract with the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs put was later strongly urged by their Head Coach Hank Stram to pursue his heart for writing.
2Although he played Leslie Uggams's father in Roots (1977), he is only three years her senior in real life.
3According to the Chinese calendar, he was born in the Year of the Rabbit.
4Amos was once a Golden Gloves boxing champion.
5Has also written comedy material for television and performed stand-up comedy in New York City's Greenwich Village.
6Was also a social worker (he headed New York's Vera Institute of Justice) and an advertising copywriter prior to pursuing a career as an actor.
7Played professional football for the Norfolk Neptunes in the late 1960's
8Played college football at Colorado State University.
9Was cast as the Evans father in Good Times (1974) despite being only eight years older than Jimmie Walker (who played J.J., the oldest son) and nearly nineteen years younger than Esther Rolle, who played his wife, Florida.
10He was spotted observing one of the trials of mobster John Gotti.
11Quit the show Good Times (1974) over complaints directed at him by fans and friends that the show was not a pleasant portrait of African-American life and somewhat insulting. To explain his absence from the show, his character on Good Times (1974) was killed in a car accident, ensuring his choice to leave was permanent.
12Son of John Amos Sr..
13Father of K.C. Amos & Shannon Amos.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Devotionpre-productionBig Jim
Hauntsville2016Mr. Kimball
The Ranch2016TV SeriesEd
Nubbin & Friends2016TV SeriesMr. Johnson
Judge Amos2015TV MovieJudge Amos
Tamales and Gumbo2015The Patron
Mercy for Angels2015God
Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou2015Earl
Act of Faith2014Brady
The Bob Show2012TV Series
NYC 222012TV SeriesPappy Science
Madea's Witness Protection2012Pastor Nelson
Zombie Hamlet2012Edgar Mortimer
Untitled Martin Lawrence Project2012TV MovieCaptain Lorenzo
Lean Like a Cholo2010Slick
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesJim Weaver
30 Rock2010TV SeriesJohn Amos
Royal Pains2010TV SeriesHarrison Phillips
Two and a Half Men2010TV SeriesEd
The Law2009TV MovieCharles
My Name Is Earl2008TV SeriesJoe
Men in Trees2006-2008TV SeriesBuzz Washington
Psych2007TV SeriesUncle Burton Guster
Ascension Day2007Henry
Voodoo Moon2006TV MovieDutch
Dr. Dolittle 32006VideoJud Jones
Boy s tenyu2005Hill
Lichnyy nomer2004Admiral Melory
The West Wing1999-2004TV SeriesPercy Fitzwallace
All About the Andersons2003-2004TV SeriesJoe Anderson
My Baby's Daddy2004Uncle Virgil
The Watermelon Heist2003Old Man Amos
American Masters2002TV Series documentaryDr. Bledsoe
All Over Again2001Coach Zeller
The District2000-2001TV SeriesMayor Ethan Baker
Disappearing Acts2000TV MovieMr. Swift
The Outer Limits2000TV SeriesPeter 'Yas' Yastrzemski
Something to Sing About2000TV MovieRev. Washington
The Players Club1998Freeman
King of the Hill1998TV SeriesGlen Johnson
Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal1998TV Series
A Woman Like That1997
The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda1997TV MovieBooker Hutch
In the House1995-1997TV SeriesCoach Sam Wilson
Walker, Texas Ranger1997TV SeriesPastor Roscoe Jones
Martin1997TV SeriesSgt. Strawn
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994-1995TV SeriesFred Wilkes
Hologram Man1995VideoWes Strickland
For Better or Worse1995Gray
Touched by an Angel1995TV SeriesSheriff James Mackey
Murder Was the Case: The Movie1995Video shortDetective (segment "Natural Born Killaz")
704 Hauser1994TV SeriesErnie Cumberbatch
The Black Cat1993Short
Night Trap1993Capt. Hodges
Mac1992Nat
Without a Pass1991Blue Berry
Ricochet1991Reverend Styles
Clippers1991TV ShortMel
Die Hard 21990Maj. Grant
Two Evil Eyes1990Det. Legrand (segment "The Black Cat")
Lock Up1989Meissner
Gideon Oliver1989TV SeriesCarl Manning
The Cosby Show1988TV SeriesDr. Herbert
Coming to America1988Cleo McDowell
Bonanza: The Next Generation1988TV MovieMr. Mack
You Are the Jury1987TV SeriesSergeant Harold Borman
Stingray1987TV SeriesRoy Jeffries
Murder, She Wrote1987TV SeriesDoc Penrose
American Flyers1985Dr. Conrad
Hunter1984-1985TV SeriesCaptain Dolan
Hardcastle and McCormick1984TV SeriesAlbie Meadows
Trapper John, M.D.1984TV SeriesIns. Roland Hackett
The A-Team1984TV SeriesReverend Taylor
Dance of the Dwarfs1983Esteban
The Love Boat1983TV SeriesDuke Taylor
The Beastmaster1982Seth
Here's Boomer1981TV SeriesFoster
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story1980TV MovieBumpy Johnson
Touched by Love1980Tony
Willa1979TV MovieVirgil
Mr. Dugan1979TV SeriesRep. Dooley
Cops and Robin1978TV MovieOfficer Bill Bundy
Future Cop1976-1977TV SeriesOfficer Bill Bundy / Off. Bill Bundy
Mary Tyler Moore1970-1977TV SeriesGordy Howard Weatherman Gordy
Police Story1976TV SeriesWalt Kyles
Good Times1974-1976TV SeriesJames Evans, Sr.
Let's Do It Again1975Kansas City Mack
Maude1973-1974TV SeriesHenry Evans
The President's Plane Is Missing1973TV MovieMarine Corporal (as Johnny Amos)
Two's Company1973TV Movie
The World's Greatest Athlete1973Coach Sam Archer
Sanford and Son1973TV SeriesLuther
Keeping Up with the Joneses1972TV Movie
Love, American Style1971-1972TV Series segment "Love and the Split-Up" / Bell Captain segment "Love and the Hiccups"
- Love and the Alibi/Love and the Instant Father/Love and the Lovely Evening/Love and Lover's Lane/Love and the Split-Up 1972 ... segment "Love and the Split-Up"
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1972TV SeriesMark Cooper
The Funny Side1971TV SeriesMinority Husband
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971Biker (as Johnny Amos)
Vanishing Point1971Super Soul's Engineer (uncredited)
The Bill Cosby Show1970TV Series1st Salesman
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesDetective Johnson (1987-1988)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV Series 10 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Invisible MenDocumentary executive producer announced
American Masters2015TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Althea2014Documentary executive producer
Zombie Hamlet2012co-producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Remembering 'Roots'2002Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Good Times
Today2016TV SeriesHimself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016DocumentaryHimself
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration2015TV MovieHimself / Gordy Howard
Janet Russell Presents STAR POWER2015TV SeriesHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor, 'Good Times'
The Nicole Barrett Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Pioneers of Television2013-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Contrast of Evil2013Documentary shortHimself
Life After2012TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Stills of the Movement: The Civil Rights Photojournalism of Flip Schulke2009Documentary shortHimself - Host / Narrator
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Miniseries
TV Land Confidential2005-2007TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Interviewee
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner ("30th Anniversary")
Tavis Smiley2006TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Remembering 'Roots'2002Video documentary shortHimself - 'Kunta Kinte'
Inside TV Land: The Mary Tyler Moore Show2001TV Special documentaryHimself
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Chris Rock Show1997TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
The Hollywood Squares1974-1978TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Special Award to Roots
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The 11th Annual Publicists Guild of America Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Information Processing1971Documentary short

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation2007Video documentary shortKunta Kinte
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentary
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1983TV SeriesCoach Sam Archer
Mary Tyler Moore1977TV SeriesGordy Howard

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsRoots (1977)· LeVar Burton
· Louis Gossett Jr.
· Leslie Uggams
· Ben Vereen
· Todd Bridges
· Cicely Tyson
· Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
· Georg Stanford Brown
· Olivia Cole
2006Impact AwardTV Land AwardsGood Times (1974)· Ralph Carter
· BernNadette Stanis
· Jimmie Walker
· Ja'net DuBois
2004Groundbreaking ShowTV Land AwardsMary Tyler Moore (1970)· Mary Tyler Moore
· Edward Asner
· Valerie Harper
· Cloris Leachman
· Gavin MacLeod
· Betty White

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesIn the House (1995)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic SeriesWithout a Pass (1991)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesRoots (1977)


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#Quote
1They killed my character off and, as God would have it, just when they told me I would never work again I got cast in a little program called Roots (1977) and, as they would say, the rest is history.
2I love my work and am grateful to God to have a profession that brings joy to so many.
3There are three stages in an actor's career: Who is John Amos? Get me John Amos. Get me a young John Amos.


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