John Amos is an American actor who has been connected to the entertainment industry from 1970 to date. Thus, it has already been over four decades since he joined this industry as an actor. He initially played football for his career but soon realized that playing football was not his teacup. This made him join acting and decide his career in acting.

He has played different genres of movies and series with varieties of a role. John is best known for his character of James Evans in the CBS series ‘Good Times.’ Moreover, he has also done Broadway stage and theatre performances.

Quick Info
Full NameJohn Amos
Birth DateDecember 27, 1939
Birth PlaceNewark, New Jersey, US
Star SignCapricorn
ParentsFather: John Amos Sr.
Mother: Annabelle P. Amos
WifeNoel Mickelson (divorced)
Lillian Lehman
KidsShannon Amos and K.C. Amos
Net Worth$3 million
Height5 feet and 11 inches (181cm/1.81m)
Weight75 kg (165lbs)
Body Measurements42-32-15 inches
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorWhite

John Amos

Where was John Amos born?

John Amos was born in Newark, New Jersey, the U.S.A., on December 27, 1939. He was born to his father, John Amos Sr., an auto mechanic, and to his mother, Annabelle P. Amos. He is currently 84 years old with a Capricorn star sign.

What is John’s educational qualification?

John Amos completed his education at East Orange High School and did his graduation from Colorado State University. He holds a degree in sociology as a social worker. During his college days, he played football.

What are John Amos distinctive features?

John Amos holds an American nationality and is multi-racial of African-American ethnicity. Moreover, he hasn’t talked about his religious views.

Besides, he stands 5 feet and 11 inches (181cm/1.81m) tall and weighs around 75 kg (165lbs). Moreover, he has an average body type measuring 42-32-15 inches, respectively. Furthermore, John has a pair of black colored eyes with white hair color.

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How did John Amos begin his career?

Television Show

John Amos landed his first TV appearance in ‘The Bill Cosby Show’ in 1970. The same year, he got a chance to be in another series, ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ in 13 episodes. He was then slowly known in the industry and got offers from many series. However, his primary role and one of the Turing points of his career came in 1974 when he was cast in an American sitcom from CBS called ‘Good Times.’ He portrayed the role of James Evans in a total of 61 episodes of six seasons, which ram till 1976.

Meanwhile, he also did ‘Police Story,’ ‘Future Cop’ and ‘Roots.’ John’s notable works during the 1980s were ‘Hunter’ as Captain Dolan, ‘Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story’ as Bumpy Johnson,’ ‘Bonanza: The Next Generation and ‘The Cosby Show. Similarly, during the 1990s, he starred in 12 episodes of ‘In the House’, where he played as Coach Sam Wilson from 1995 to 1997. He also voiced over in the series ‘King of the Hill’ in 1998. Moreover, from 1994 to 2004, he was cast in 22 episodes of ‘The West Wing,’ and from 2003-2004, he became a cast in 16 episodes of ‘All About the Andersons.’

He also played Buzz Washington in a romantic comedy-drama TV series ‘Men in Trees’ from 2006 to 2008. Recently, he has appeared in the 2016 series ‘The Ranch’ and in the 2019 live-action TV series ‘Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.’


Talking about his filmy career, John’s debut movie released in 1971 is called ‘Vanishing Point’ but an uncredited role. He then landed two more films in the 1970s, and they were ‘The World’s Greatest Athlete’ and ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ Likewise, in the 1980s, he was already a known face to the industry. He played six different movies at that time. They were ‘Touched by Love,’ ‘The Beastmaster,’ ‘Dance of the Dwarfs,’ ‘American Flyers,’ ‘Coming to America’, and ‘Lock-Up.’

Talking more about his filmy life, in 1990, he featured in two movies, ‘Two Evil Eyes,’ where he played Detective Legrand and in ‘Die Hard 2’ as Major Grant. After that, he played as Rev. Styles in ‘Ricochet’ and ‘Night Trap’ as Captain Hodges in the next two years. His last two films in 1990 were ‘For Better or Worse’ in 1995 and in ‘The Players Club’ as officer Freeman in 1998.

Furthermore, his other notable films are ‘My Baby’s Daddy’ in 2004, ‘Shadowboxing’ in 2005, and ‘Dr. Dolittle 3.’ He also played Pastor Nelson in a comedy film ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ in 2012. He recently appeared in the 2019 crime thriller film ‘Uncut Gems’ and is also working for his upcoming movie ‘Coming 2 America.’

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Who is John Amos’ wife?

John Amos got hitched to Noel Mickelson in 1965, but they ended their marriage in 1975. These two couples have two children; both are associated with the entertainment industry named Shannon Amos and K.C. Amos. He again married his second wife, Lillian Lehman, who is also an actress.

Is John active in social media?

John Amos is active in his Instagram and Facebook accounts. His Instagram account (@officialjohnamos) has 258 thousand followers, and his Facebook page has 319 thousand followers.

Has John Amos won any awards?

John Amos has been nominated with various prestigious awards, out of which he has been able to win TV Land Awards in 2004, 2006, and 2007.

What is the Net Worth of John Amos?

John Amos is a famous Hollywood industry actor who has gained a massive name, fame, and money. Moreover, his primary source of income comes from the entertainment industry. As of 2024, his net worth is $5 million.