John Amos Birthday & Fun Facts

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Anusuya Mukherjee
Sep 09, 2022 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Jun 16, 2022
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About John Amos

John Amos, also known as John Allen Amos Jr., is an American nationality actor who rose to fame after playing the character of James Evans in the CBS television series titled 'Good Times'.

John was born in Newark, New Jersey, the United States of America on December 27, 1939. However, the family shifted to East Orange, New Jersey while he was growing up.

John Amos started off working as a copywriter in an advertising agency. Furthermore, after he completed his degree in sociology, he started working at the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice.

John Amos was also a great football player who was part of the Colorado State Rams football team. He even signed a deal with the American Football League, United Football League, Continental Football League, and more.

John Amos first got noticed in the world of acting when he accepted an offer to perform as a stand-up comedian on the Greenwich Village Circuit. His exceptional work fetched him the position of staff writer in the year 1969 for a music-based show.

The year 1970 proved a turning point for John Amos, as it was during that time he got the opportunity to demonstrate his talent on television. His first stint involved playing the character of weatherman Gordy Howard on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'.

Some of the popular works of John Amos comprise: 'Touched By Love', 'Die Hard 2', 'Night Trap', 'Coming 2 America' and its subsequent parts, and many more.

John Amos Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is John Amos’ net worth?

The net worth of John Amos is between $4 million, which he has earned as part of working on various television series, movies, music albums, and as a football player.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is John Amos?

John Amos is 5 ft 11 in ( 182 cm) tall.

How old is John Amos?

John Amos was born on December 27, 1939. He is 83 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

John Amos was born to parents Annabella and John A. Amos Sr who was by profession an auto mechanic on December 27, 1939, in Newark, New Jersey. The actor, however, spent his growing up years in East Orange. John went to East Orange High School and graduated from there in the year 1958.

Furthermore, he studied at Long Beach City College and completed his degree in Sociology at Colorado State University. The degree helped him become a qualified social worker. Other than studies, John also showed an interest in various sports and was known to be a part of the Colorado State Rams football team. Even though he has an interest in boxing and was declared the champion of the Golden Gloves boxing championship.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is John Amos’ partner?

John Amos was first married to artist Noel Mickelson, with whom he had two children: Shannon Amos, who is currently a writer and founder of the company Afterglow Multimedia, and K.C. Amos, who is a Grammy-nominated director. Amos's first marriage lasted for 10 years, from 1965-1975. Furthermore, the actor's second marriage was to Lilian Lehman, who was an actress. The marriage took place in the year 1978.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

John Amos is best known for portraying the character of James Evans in the popular television series 'Good Times'.

John Amos's professional career took off as an advertising copywriter after he graduated from high school. Furthermore, he went to Long Beach City College, where he obtained a degree in Sociology from Colorado State University. The degree helped him become an eligible social worker and get an offer from the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice.

John Amos, before joining the acting industry, started off playing football and tried to build a career in sports. In the year 1964, John Amos accepted a free agent deal offered by the American Football League's football franchise, the Denver Broncos. However, Amos was pulled from the team due to an injury. Furthermore, Amos went on to play with the Canton Bulldogs as well as the Joilet Explorers, both of which belong to the United Football League.

John Amos, in the year 1967, again signed a free agent deal offered by the American Football League's football team, the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he didn't get much support from the coach, which made him change teams and play in the Continental League, where he got the opportunity to play with the professional football team Victoria Steelers.

The year 1970 saw John Amos debuting in the field of acting, and the first major role offered to him on television was that of Gordy Howard, who was the weatherman on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'. He continued working on the show from 1970-1973. Furthermore, he went on to do a commercial with Anson Williams for McDonald's.

John Amos also gained significant popularity for playing the character of James Evans Sr, who was the married partner of Florida Evans in the sitcom 'Maude'. He appeared in the sitcom thrice, after which he continued to play the character for 61 episodes of the show 'Good Times' during the years 1974-1976.

In the show Good Times, John Amos played the character of a middle-aged father with three children when he was only 34 years old. The actor, Jimmie Walker, played his older son, and Esther Rolle played his wife. Both Rolle and Amos wished to demonstrate a positive image of the African-American setup of the family. However, his ideologies clashed with the writers and producers of the show, and he was dismissed from the show in the year 1976.

John Amos is also featured in the TV film 'Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story'. Additionally, he worked on the sitcom '704 Hauser', where he played the Archie-Bunked styled role. The story was a spin-off of an old show titled 'All In The Family'. However, the show didn't last long and was cancelled after five episodes.

John Amos was seen in another TV show titled 'Hunter', where he portrayed the role of Captain Dolan. He also joined the cast of a CBS police drama titled 'The District'. Furthermore, he even worked on shows like 'The West Wing', 'Men In Trees', 'All About Andersons' and the comedy series 'Two And A Half Men'.

John Amos guest starred in multiple television programs. Some of the popular shows were 'The Cosby Show', 'In The House', 'Martin', 'Lie To Me' as well as 'My Name Is Earl'.

John Amos was also invited as a spokesman along with the Cochran Firm, which is a national level personal injury firm.

John Amos worked as a writer and producer and was known for creating a play titled Halley's Comet. The play received critical acclaim and was performed in every corner of the world.

Some of the movies that John Amos did include sports comedy 'World's Greatest Athlete' in the year 1973 with Jan-Michael Vincent and Tim Conway, 'Vanishing Point', 'American Flyers', 'Touched By Love', 'Coming To America', 'Die Hard 2', 'Two Evil Eyes', 'My Baby's Daddy', 'The Players Club' and many more.

What awards has John Amos won?

John Amos had an Emmy nomination for his popular television series titled 'Roots'. The actor has also been nominated for the NAACP Image Award, CableACE Awards, as well as DVD Exclusive Awards.

John Amos has thrice won the TV Land Awards for his performances in popular shows like 'Roots Good Times' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'. John Amos has also received the honor of being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in the year 2020.

John Amos’ Hobbies And Interests

John Amos had an interest in music and was known to release an album belonging to the country genre.

Other Interesting John Amos Facts And Trivia

John Amos also had an interest in boxing and was declared the winner of the Golden Gloves boxing championship.

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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