Since his debut in 1970, John Amos has been a big name in Hollywood, best known for his portrayal as James Evans, Sr. on the TV series Good Times. Amos is still working in the industry at the age of 81, defying all claims that he had passed away.
Amos brought an African-American perspective to the stage.
Before landing his big break on the sitcom Good Times, Amos performed in a number of lesser shows and advertisements. His part as James Evans, Sr. was a spinoff from the show Maude (1972) to Good Times (1974), which Amos brilliantly portrays.
As an African-American, he contributed to the improvement of the show. The show’s writers, on the other hand, were not pleased. Amos was a vocal opponent of the stereotypes that were perpetuated about African-Americans. As a result of his continual bashing of the writers, the Good Times star was fired from the program in 1976.
He did not, however, suffer a setback in his career as a result of this. On the contrary, he starred in the groundbreaking television series Roots. He was even nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on the show.
Amos’ career as a TV series star took off after it. 704 Hauser, All in the Family, Hunter, The District, Men in Trees, The West Wing, and All About the Andersons are just a few of the prominent shows in which he has appeared.
Even though the 81-year-old actor is no longer a series regular, audiences have enjoyed his recurrent guest appearances on a variety of other shows.
Some of his most memorable television performances include Fred Wilkes in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ed in Two and a Half Men and The Ranch, and Sgt. Hamilton Strawn in Martin.
In total, the Roots frontman has appeared in over 55 TV shows, including both regular and guest appearances.
After four decades in the industry, his illustrious career is still going strong.
In his 50 years in the profession, Amos has starred in over 30 films, the first of which is Disney’s The World’s Greatest Athlete. His performances in the films he has starred in have received critical acclaim, and he has received numerous accolades for his acting. Die Hard 2, The Watermelon Heist, Huntsville, Two Evil Eyes, and Coming to America are just a few of his memorable films.
Amos has deservedly received his honors.
Amos has three victories and four nominations under his belt so far. He holds the most TV Land awards, including accolades for Mary Tyler Moore, Good Times, and Roots, despite his worthy status. Image Awards, DVD Exclusive Awards, CableAce Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards have all been nominated for him. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2020.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Amos has a net worth of $3 million as a result of his successful profession.
Amos’ Sports And Music Background
Before heading to Hollywood, the 81-year-old had a brief career in football. From the mid-1960s through the late 1970s, he played for a variety of teams, but he never made it big in football. As a result, in the 1970s, he relocated to Hollywood.
Music was also a big passion for Amos. He participated in a music video for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube’s Natural Born Killaz. In 2009, the well-known actor even released a country music album. He hasn’t released any new music in a long time.
He’s still going strong, with five more projects in the works.
According to IMDb, the 81-year-old actor has five new projects in the works.
The Baby Pact, Devotion, and Capture the Flag have yet to be released due to Charley. Charley, on the other hand, is currently in post-production. Others are still in the pre-production stages. Regardless of Amos’ age, these films are certain to deliver, based on his track record.