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John Amos

Lowest Rated:   4% My Baby's Daddy (2004)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
85% 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
21% 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
70% Mac
  • Nat
1992
69% Ricochet
  • Rev. Styles
1991
69% Die Hard 2
  • Capt. Grant
1990
55% Two Evil Eyes
  • Legrand
1990
17% Lock Up
  • Meissner
1989
69% 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
42% 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
71% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Actor
1971
75% Vanishing Point
  • Super Soul's radio engineer
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Executive Producer
  • Dr. Bledsoe
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2002
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Jim Weaver
  • 2010
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009-2016
  • Dr. Harrison Phillips
  • 2010
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Ed
  • 2010
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • FitzWallace Adm. Fitzwallace Admiral Fitzwallace Fitz Fitzwallace Admiral Percy Fitzwallace Admiral Fitz Wallace
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Tommy's father
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Fred Fred Wilkes
  • 1995
  • 1994

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