John Amos

Lowest Rated: 4% My Baby's Daddy (2004)
Birthday: Dec 27, 1939
Birthplace: Not Available
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. More recognizable as a television actor, the former pro football player has made enough visible forays into film to earn him a reputation in both arenas.After stints in a variety of divergent career fields -- pro sports, advertising, commercial acting, stand-up comedy, comedy writing -- Amos got his big break with the role of Gordy the weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. After three years as a side player next to Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, and Ted Knight, Amos thought he'd get the chance for top billing by signing on to the gig for which he is best known: James Evans, the temperamental patriarch of Good Times. But Jimmie Walker, who played son J.J. Evans, soon gave the show a sassy youthful focus with his catchphrase "Dy-no-mite!" stealing the spotlight from Amos and Esther Rolle, who played wife Florida. Amos asked out of his contract after three years, and in 1976, James Evans was killed off in a car accident.The decision to leave a hit series did not squash Amos, as it has some others who have made that bold decision. Instead, Amos stepped into the highly celebrated and widely seen role of the adult Kunta Kinte in the 1977 miniseries Roots. The role challenged the actor's dramatic abilities like none of his previous work had, and he won praise for documenting the travails of a captured African who resists his enslavement.While continuing to turn up in TV series such as Future Cop and Hunter, Amos began making regular appearances in film in the 1980s. Among his more prominent roles were as Seth, companion to Marc Singer's title character in the sword and sorcerer film The Beastmaster (1982); Cleo McDowell, owner of a McDonald's knockoff burger chain and employer of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall's transplanted dignitaries in Coming to America (1988); and the double-crossing Major Grant, who becomes one of the villains opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 (1990). 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.


Highest Rated Movies



86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Actor $70.6K 2016
No Score Yet Bad Asses Earl 2015
No Score Yet Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou Earl 2015
No Score Yet Bad Asses on the Bayou Actor 2015
No Score Yet Mercy for Angels Actor 2014
No Score Yet Zombie Hamlet Edgar Mortimer 2013
19% Madea's Witness Protection Pastor Nelson $65.7M 2012
No Score Yet Lean Like a Cholo (Perfect Sunday) (American Lowrider) Actor 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
No Score Yet Against Time Coach 2007
No Score Yet Night Trap Actor 2007
No Score Yet Dr. Dolittle 3 Dr. Dolittle 2006
No Score Yet Voodoo Moon Dutch 2005
4% My Baby's Daddy Uncle Virgil 2004
No Score Yet The Watermelon Heist Old Man Amos 2003
No Score Yet Ralph Ellison: An American Journey Actor 2002
No Score Yet Disappearing Acts Actor 2000
No Score Yet Something To Sing About Special Appearance 2000
31% The Players Club Freeman 1998
No Score Yet For Better or Worse Gray 1996
No Score Yet Hologram Man Wes Strickland 1995
No Score Yet Night Trap (Mardi Gras for the Devil) Captain Hodges 1993
64% Mac Nat 1992
72% Ricochet Rev. Styles 1991
68% Die Hard 2 Capt. Grant 1990
59% Two Evil Eyes Legrand 1990
17% Lock Up Meissner 1989
67% Coming to America Cleo McDowell 1988
No Score Yet Bonanza: The Next Generation Mr. Mack 1988
65% American Flyers Dr. Conrad 1985
No Score Yet Dance of the Dwarfs Esteban 1983
46% The Beastmaster Seth 1982
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Bumpy Johnson 1980
No Score Yet Touched by Love Tony 1980
No Score Yet Willa Virgil 1979
83% Let's Do It Again Kansas City Mack 1975
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Athlete Coach Sam Archer 1973
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing Marine Corporal 1972
75% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Actor 1971
76% Vanishing Point Super Soul's radio engineer 1971


No Score Yet Maude
Henry Evans Henry
  • 2017
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet American Masters
Executive Producer Dr. Bledsoe
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2002
79% Lie to Me
Jim Weaver
  • 2010
92% Royal Pains
Dr. Harrison Phillips
  • 2010
63% Two and a Half Men
  • 2010
44% Men in Trees
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet All About the Andersons
Joe Anderson
  • 2004
  • 2003
75% The West Wing
FitzWallace Adm. Fitzwallace Admiral Fitzwallace Fitz Fitzwallace Admiral Percy Fitzwallace Admiral Fitz Wallace
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
  • 2000
No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • 1998
No Score Yet Martin
Tommy's father
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Chris Rock Show
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Fred Fred Wilkes
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Dr. Bradley Herbert Jr.
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Doc Penrose
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
  • 1984
No Score Yet Good Times
James Evans
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
86% Roots
Kunta Kinte (as an adult) Kunta Kinte/Toby (as an adult)
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Gordy Howard Gordy
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
  • 1973