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      John Amos

      John Amos

      Highest Rated: 86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 6% My Baby's Daddy (2004)

      Birthday: Dec 27, 1939

      Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

      An imposing veteran actor of stage and screen, John Amos earned his greatest claim to fame as the hardworking but prideful James Evans, Sr. on the hit Norman Lear sitcom "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79). Though only on the series for its first three seasons - the actor clashed repeatedly with producers and eventually departed - Amos earned a spot in the cultural zeitgeist with what was hailed as one of the most realistic portrayals of an African-American father at the time. In fact, his characterization set the template for other black actors to follow, most notably Bill Cosby in the next decade. Meanwhile, Amos went on to shine in a variety of projects that included the landmark miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977), a recurring role as a police captain on the first season of the drama "Hunter" (NBC, 1984-1991), and another recurring role as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). Of course, he had a number of memorable big screen performances, playing a social climbing restaurateur in "Coming to America" (1988) and a rare villain in "Die Hard 2" (1990). Whether playing military commanders, curmudgeonly father figures or even the occasional terrorist, Amos always brought authority and gravitas to every project in which he appeared.

      Highest rated movies

      Coming to America
      Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
      American Flyers
      Die Hard 2
      Mac
      Disappearing Acts
      Let's Do It Again
      The BeastMaster

      Photos

      John Amos THE BEASTMASTER, John Amos, 1982. (c) MGM. THE WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE, Tim Conway, John Amos, Jan-Michael Vincent, 1973 THE BEASTMASTER, Tanya Roberts, Josh Milrad, John Amos, Marc Singer, 1982, © MGM LOCK UP, John Amos, 1989, (c)TriStar Pictures COMING TO AMERICA, John Amos, 1988, (c)Paramount BAD ASSES ON THE BAYOU, from left: Danny Trejo, John Amos, Danny Glover, 2015. © Samuel Goldwyn Films BAD ASSES ON THE BAYOU, from left: Danny Trejo, John Amos, Danny Glover, 2015. © Samuel Goldwyn Films BAD ASSES 3: BAD ASSES ON THE BAYOU, (aka BAD ASSES ON THE BAYOU), from left: Danny Trejo, John Amos, Danny Glover, 2015. © Samuel Goldwyn Films BAD ASSES ON THE BAYOU, from left: Danny Trejo, John Amos, Danny Glover, 2015. © Samuel Goldwyn Films Psych, James Roday (L), Dulé Hill (C), John Amos (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, James Roday (L), Dulé Hill (C), John Amos (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, John Amos (L), Dulé Hill (C), James Roday (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, James Roday (L), John Amos (C), Dulé Hill (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, John Amos (L), Dulé Hill (C), James Roday (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, James Roday (L), Dulé Hill (C), John Amos (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, John Amos (L), James Roday (C), Dulé Hill (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA Psych, John Amos (L), James Roday (C), Dulé Hill (R), 'Meat Is Murder, but Murder Is Also Murder', Season 2, Ep. #6, 08/17/2007, ©USA John Amos at arrivals for Tyler Perry''s MADEA''S WITNESS PROTECTION Premiere, AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater, New York, NY June 25, 2012. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 95% The Last Rifleman Lincoln Adams (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 80% Block Party Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Because of Charley Grandpa (Character) - 2021
      49% 38% Coming 2 America Cleo McDowell (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas in Miami Unknown (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Truth About Santa Claus Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas Belles Pop Pop (Character) - 2019
      86% 67% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Self $70.1K 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamales and Gumbo The Patron (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 28% Bad Asses on the Bayou Earl (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Act of Faith Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 33% Althea Executive Producer - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Lowrider Slick (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 95% Zombie Hamlet Edgar Mortimer (Character),
      Producer
      - 2012
      19% 66% Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Pastor Nelson (Character) $65.6M 2012
      No Score Yet 45% Dr. Dolittle 3 Jud Jones (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadowboxing Elaydzha (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 17% Voodoo Moon Dutch (Character) - 2005
      6% 50% My Baby's Daddy Uncle Virgil (Character) $17.3M 2004
      No Score Yet 62% The Watermelon Heist Old Man Amos (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ralph Ellison: An American Journey Unknown (Character) - 2002
      60% 85% Disappearing Acts Mr. Swift (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 88% Something to Sing About Rev. Washington (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 12% All Over Again Coach Zeller (Character) - 2000
      35% 85% The Players Club Freeman (Character) $23.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Woman Like That Unknown (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder Pastor Roscoe Jones (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors Booker Hutch (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 12% For Better or Worse Gray (Character) $25.9K 1996
      No Score Yet 29% Hologram Man Wes Strickland (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 0% Mardi Gras for the Devil Capt. Hodges (Character) - 1993
      67% 62% Mac Nat (Character) $466.8K 1992
      69% 70% Die Hard 2 Maj. Grant (Character) $115.3M 1990
      31% 50% Lock Up Captain Meissner (Character) $20.3M 1989
      73% 85% Coming to America Cleo McDowell (Character) $128.1M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza: The Next Generation Mr. Mack (Character) - 1988
      70% 86% American Flyers Dr. Conrad (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance of the Dwarfs Esteban (Character) - 1983
      50% 54% The BeastMaster Seth (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 87% Touched by Love Tony (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Bumpy Johnson (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cops and Robin Officer Bill Bundy (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Future Cop Officer Bill Bundy (Character) - 1976
      60% 86% Let's Do It Again Kansas City Mack (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 34% The World's Greatest Athlete Coach Sam Archer (Character) - 1973
      73% 48% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Biker (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 96% Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2017
      43% No Score Yet NYC 22 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Jim Weaver (Guest Star) 2010
      78% 92% 30 Rock John Amos (Guest Star) 2010
      94% 75% Royal Pains Harrison Phillips (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Guest 2010
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men Ed (Guest Star) 2010
      82% 88% My Name Is Earl Joe (Guest Star) 2008
      56% No Score Yet Men in Trees Buzz Washington (Character) 2006-2008
      81% 95% The West Wing Percy Fitzwallace (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1999-2000 2002-2004
      64% No Score Yet All About the Andersons Joe Anderson (Character) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Peter 'Yas' Yastrzemski (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Glen Johnson (Guest Voice) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the House Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1995-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 92% Martin Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      33% No Score Yet 704 Hauser Ernie Cumberbatch (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Captain Dolan (Guest Star) 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Future Cop Officer Bill Bundy (Character) 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Gordy Howard (Guest Star) 1970-1973 1977
      76% 68% Roots Older Kunta Kinte / Toby (Character) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times James Evans (Character) 1974-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Henry Evans (Character) 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1972