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Encyclopedia > John Amos
John Amos

John Amos as The West Wing's Percy Fitzwallace
Born December 27, 1939 (1939-12-27) (age 67)
Flag of United States Newark, New Jersey
Notable roles James Evans, Sr. in Good Times
Kunta Kinte (as an adult) in Roots
Cleo McDowell in Coming to America
Adm. Percy Fitzwallace in The West Wing

John Amos (born John Amos Jr. on December 27, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey) is a former professional football player and an American movie and television actor. He is perhaps best known for playing the characters of: Gordy Howard, the weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, from 1970 until 1973 and James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s sitcom Good Times from 1974 to 1976. Image File history File linksMetadata Johnamos1x03. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: The Brick City Map of Newark in Essex County Coordinates: County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]    - City 67. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... James Evans, Sr. ... Good Times was an American sitcom that was originally broadcast from February 1, 1974 until August 1, 1979 on the CBS television network. ... Kunta Kinte (or Kunta Kunte) is the central character of the first half of the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, and of the television mini-series Roots, based on the book. ... Roots is a 1977 American television miniseries based on Alex Haleys work Roots: The Saga of an American Family, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. ... Coming to America is a 1988 comedy film directed by John Landis. ... Admiral Percy Fitz Fitzwallace was the fictional Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the television series The West Wing, played by John Amos. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... Nickname: The Brick City Map of Newark in Essex County Coordinates: County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]    - City 67. ... Gordon Howard, better known as Gordy, was a character on the seventies sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ... The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... James Evans, Sr. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Good Times was an American sitcom that was originally broadcast from February 1, 1974 until August 1, 1979 on the CBS television network. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


Good Times went on for three more years without Amos. Unhappy with the scripts and tension with the producers, he was fired from the show after the third season.


Howard Stern, while interviewing him on the Howard Stern Radio Show, referred to Amos as the best actor he ever met. Stern gave Amos this accolade due to the fact that Amos was constantly able on the show Good Times to refer to Esther Rolle's character Florida as "beautiful" without cracking up or throwing up. According to Stern, this was acting at its finest, especially when the script called for Amos to kiss Rolle. For the former personal attorney and partner of Anna Nicole Smith, see Howard K. Stern. ... Howard Stern, circa 2000. ... Good Times was an American sitcom that was originally broadcast from February 1, 1974 until August 1, 1979 on the CBS television network. ... Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920–November 17, 1998) was an American actress. ... Di is the most beautiful girl in the states of FL and GA. She is also quite the foosball player and decent at basketball when her asthma isnt acting up!  ;) Look up beautiful in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


He was part of the Emmy award winning cast on the miniseries Roots playing the adult Kunta Kinte in 1977. He also portrayed Captain Dolan on television show Hunter from 1984 to 1985. An Emmy Award. ... Roots is a 1977 American television miniseries based on Alex Haleys work Roots: The Saga of an American Family, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. ... Kunta Kinte (or Kunta Kunte) is the central character of the first half of the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, and of the television mini-series Roots, based on the book. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Hunter was a police drama television series starring Fred Dryer which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He co-starred in the CBS police drama The District, and has guest-starred on a number of other television programs including The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House,The A-Team, and Martin as Sgt. Hamilton Strawn (Tommy's Dad). He was a frequent guest on The West Wing, portraying Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is currently playing a pilot in a remote Alaskan town, Buzz Washington, in the ABC series, Men in Trees. CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... The television crime drama The District aired on CBS from October 7, 2000 to May 1, 2004. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a popular American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. ... In the House was a situation comedy starring LL Cool J. The show ran from 1995 to 1999. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Martin was an American television sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions (a subsidiary of HBO) that aired for five seasons from August 27,1992 to May 1, 1997 on FOX. The show starred comedian Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell. ... The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin and produced and co-written by John Wells. ... Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. ... Admiral Percy Fitz Fitzwallace was the fictional Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the television series The West Wing, played by John Amos. ... The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is by law the highest ranking military officer of the United States military, and the principal military advisor to the President of the United States. ... // ABC are the first three letters in the Latin Alphabet. ... Men in Trees is a romantic comedy-drama television series starring Anne Heche. ...


He has also had roles in several films, such as Coming to America, The Beastmaster and Die Hard 2. He also starred in Let's Do It Again (1975) as Kansas City Mack with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Amos was also featured in the movie The World's Greatest Athlete with Tim Conway and Jan-Michael Vincent. Coming to America is a 1988 comedy film directed by John Landis. ... The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Don Coscarelli that starred Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. ... Die Hard 2, the second Die Hard movie, was directed by Renny Harlin and released on Wednesday, July 4, 1990. ... Lets Do It Again is a 1975 film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Sir Sidney Poitier KBE, (IPA pronunciation: ) (born February 20, 1927), is an Academy Award-winning Bahamian-American actor, film director, and activist. ... The Worlds Greatest Athlete is a 1973 feature film released by the Walt Disney Company. ... Conway on the cover of Dorf Goes Fishing Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933) is an American comedic actor. ... Jan-Michael Vincent as Stringfellow Hawke Jan-Michael Vincent (born July 15, 1944) is an American actor most well-known for his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the 1980s U.S. television series Airwolf (1984-1986). ...


He was also in Ice Cube's and Dr. Dre's video for Natural Born Killaz and played a police officer in The Players Club. Ice Cube (born OShea Jackson on June 15, 1969) is an American rapper, actor and film director. ... André Romell Young (born February 18, 1965 in Los Angeles, California), better known by stage name Dr. Dre, is an influential Grammy Award-winning American record producer, hip hop producer, rapper, actor and record executive. ... Natural Born Killaz is a single from the reunited duo of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube after they had put aside their feud [citation needed] on the N.W.A. matters and joined forces again. ... The Players Club was a 1998 comedy/drama film from New Line Cinema starring LisaRaye, Bernie Mac, Jamie Foxx, and Ice Cube. ...


Trivia

  • John Amos was a Golden Gloves boxing champion and was drafted by the Denver Broncos.
  • John Amos was in reality, only eight years older than Jimmie Walker, despite portraying Walker's father on Good Times.

City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970... Jimmie Walker (born June 25, 1947 in The Bronx, New York) is an American actor. ...

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New Georgia Encyclopedia: John Amos (1924-1990) (1247 words)
John Amos was a lawyer, businessman, and civic leader who in 1955 founded the American Family Life Assurance Company (now known as Aflac) in Columbus with his brothers William and Paul.
Amos was also active in the Democratic Party and was one of the earliest leaders in Columbus to host integrated political and social gatherings.
Amos died of lung cancer on August 13, 1990, at the age of sixty-six, and was buried at Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus.
John Amos - Biography - Moviefone (358 words)
An actor with hulking presence and a stern countenance, John Amos undercuts his ominous appearance with the kind of warm grin and fun-loving attitude that makes him a natural for comedy.
Amos asked out of his contract after three years, and in 1976, James Evans was killed off in a car accident.
Settling back into a career of guest shots on TV shows, Amos occupied himself during the 1990s and beyond with recurring roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on NBC's The West Wing.
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