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John Amos

Actor | * 12/27/1939 (80) | Newark, New Jersey, USA
John Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor known for his role as James Evans, Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times and for the 1977 miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Amos's other television work includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a recurring role as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing, and the role of Washington, D.C. Mayor Ethan Baker in the series The District. In the 1988 Eddie Murphy film Coming to America, Amos played Cleo McDowell, the father of Shari Headley's character, Lisa McDowell. Amos has appeared on Broadway and in numerous films in his four-decade career. He has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and an NAACP Image Award. ()
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Early life Amos was born John Amos, Jr. in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Annabelle P. and John A. Amos, Sr., who was an auto mechanic.[1] He graduated from East Orange (NJ) High School in 1958. He enrolled at Long Beach City College and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in sociology.[2] Amos also played on the Colorado State Rams football team.[3] Amos was a Golden Gloves boxing champion.[2] In 1964, he signed a free agent contract with the American Football League's Denver Broncos. He was released before the season and played with 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. He was released in training camp and played that year with the Victoria Steelers of the Continental Football League.[citation needed].

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Action

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Movies with John Amos as Actor(43)

as Cleo McDowell2020 Coming 2 America
as himself2019 Uncut Gems
as Pop Pop2019 Christmas Belles
as Himself / Gordy Howard (archive footage)2015 Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration
as Mr. Brady2014 Act of Faith
as Slick2013 American Lowrider
as Edgar Mortimer2012 Zombie Hamlet
as Pastor Nelson2012 Madea's Witness Protection
as Coach2007 Against Time
as Henry2007 Ascension Day
as Dutch2006 Voodoo Moon
as Jud2006 Dr. Dolittle 3
as Хилл2005 Shadowboxing
as Uncle Virgil2004 My Baby's Daddy
as Old Man Amos2003 The Watermelon Heist
as Sr. Swift2000 Disappearing Acts
as Rev. Washington2000 Something to Sing About
as Freeman1998 The Players Club
as Wes Strickland1995 Hologram Man
as Capt. Hodges1993 Night Trap
as Nat1992 Mac
as Reverend Styles1991 Ricochet
as Major Grant1990 Die Hard 2
as Det. Legrand1990 Two Evil Eyes
as Captain Meissner1989 Lock Up
as Cleo McDowell1988 Coming to America
as Dr. Conrad1985 American Flyers
as Seth1982 The Beastmaster
as Tony1980 Touched by Love
as Virgil1979 Willa
as Kansas City Mack1975 Let's Do It Again
as Coach Sam Archer1973 The World's Greatest Athlete
as Super Soul's Engineer1971 Vanishing Point

TV Shows/Series with John Amos as Actor(28)

as Ed2016 The Ranch
as Uncle Burton2006 Psych
as Buzz2006 Men in Trees
2006 30 Rock
as Joe Anderson2003 All About the Andersons
as Percy Fitzwallace1999 The West Wing
as Ernie Cumberbatch1994 704 Hauser
1992 Martin
as Fred Wilkes1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1984 Hunter
as Rev. Taylor1983 The A-Team
as Toby1977 Roots
as James Evans Sr.1974 Good Times
as Minority Husband1971 The Funny Side
as Gordy Howard1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Movies with John Amos as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer2014 Althea

Full Name: John Amos
Born: Wednesday, 12/27 1939 (December) in Newark (current age: 80 years + 189 days)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Long Beach City College, Colorado State University
Spouses (current/former): Lillian Lehman
Other names for John Amos (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Jon Amos"
"Johnny Amos"
John Amos frequently works together with these people:
Eddie Gorodetsky (10x, Crew)
Alan Fudge (8x, Actor)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka (8x, Actor)
George Wyner (7x, Actor)
William Smith (7x, Actor)
Vernee Watson-Johnson (7x, Actress)
Ed Lauter (7x, Actor)
Gregory Sierra (7x, Actor)
Beverly Jackson (7x, Actress)
Frank Lupo (7x, Crew)
Melvin Van Peebles (6x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1985, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/28/2020