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A native of New Jersey and son of a mechanic, African-American John Amos has relied on his imposing build, eruptive nature and strong, forceful looks to obtain acting jobs, and a serious desire for better roles to earn a satisfying place in the annals of film and TV. He has found it a constant uphill battle to further himself in an industry that ... See full bio »

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 2012 The Bob Show (TV Series)
- Super Mega Fest (2012)
 2012 NYC 22 (TV Series)
Pappy Science
- Ransom (2012) ... Pappy Science
 2012 Untitled Martin Lawrence Project (TV Movie)
Captain Lorenzo
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Jim Weaver
- Smoked (2010) ... Jim Weaver
 2010 30 Rock (TV Series)
John Amos
- Let's Stay Together (2010) ... John Amos
 2010 Royal Pains (TV Series)
Harrison Phillips
 2010 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Ed
- I Found Your Moustache (2010) ... Ed
- Tinkle Like a Princess (2010) ... Ed
 2009 The Law (TV Movie)
Charles
 2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
Joe
- Stole an RV (2008) ... Joe
 2006 Voodoo Moon (TV Movie)
Dutch
 2003-2004 All About the Andersons (TV Series)
Joe Anderson
- Face the Music (2004) ... Joe Anderson
- Into the Woods (2004) ... Joe Anderson
- Time Bandit (2004) ... Joe Anderson
- Home Movie (2004) ... Joe Anderson
- One Flew Over the Kai-Kai's Nest (2004) ... Joe Anderson
 2002 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Dr. Bledsoe
- Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (2002) ... Dr. Bledsoe
 2000-2001 The District (TV Series)
Mayor Ethan Baker
- Fools Russian: Part 2 (2001) ... Mayor Ethan Baker
- Running Towards Fire (2001) ... Mayor Ethan Baker
- The Most Dangerous Job (2001) ... Mayor Ethan Baker
- The Jackal (2000) ... Mayor Ethan Baker
- Imperfect Victims (2000) ... Mayor Ethan Baker
 2000 Disappearing Acts (TV Movie)
Mr. Swift
 2000 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Peter 'Yas' Yastrzemski
- Zig Zag (2000) ... Peter 'Yas' Yastrzemski
 2000 Something to Sing About (TV Movie)
Rev. Washington
 1998 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Glen Johnson
- Traffic Jam (1998) ... Glen Johnson (voice)
 1998 Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (TV Series)
- First Time (1998)
 1995-1997 In the House (TV Series)
Coach Sam Wilson
- The Retreat Story (1997) ... Coach Sam Wilson
- Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (1997) ... Coach Sam Wilson
- Return of the Stiletto (1997) ... Coach Sam Wilson
- Record Breaking Time (1996) ... Coach Sam Wilson
- Maxwell Said Knock You Out (1996) ... Coach Sam Wilson
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Pastor Roscoe Jones
- Sons of Thunder (1997) ... Pastor Roscoe Jones
 1997 Martin (TV Series)
Sgt. Strawn
- Daddy Dearest (1997) ... Sgt. Strawn
 1995 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
James Mackey
- The Hero (1995) ... James Mackey (as Jon Amos)
 1994 704 Hauser (TV Series)
Ernie Cumberbatch
- Revelations (1994) ... Ernie Cumberbatch
- All That Jasmine (1994) ... Ernie Cumberbatch
- Triskaidekaphobia (1994) ... Ernie Cumberbatch
- Ernie Live on Tape (1994) ... Ernie Cumberbatch
- Here's Why Ernie Should Never Be Left Home Alone (1994) ... Ernie Cumberbatch
 1991 Clippers (TV Short)
Mel
 1989 Gideon Oliver (TV Series)
Carl Manning
- Tongs (1989) ... Carl Manning
 1988 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Dr. Herbert
- The Physical (1988) ... Dr. Herbert
 1988 Bonanza: The Next Generation (TV Movie)
Mr. Mack
 1987 You Are the Jury (TV Series)
Sergeant Harold Borman
- The State of Oregon vs. Stanley Manning (1987) ... Sergeant Harold Borman
 1987 Stingray (TV Series)
Roy Jeffries
- Blood Money (1987) ... Roy Jeffries
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Doc Penrose
- Death Takes a Dive (1987) ... Doc Penrose
 1984-1985 Hunter (TV Series)
Captain Dolan
- Sniper (1985) ... Captain Dolan
- Fire Man (1985) ... Captain Dolan
- Guilty (1985) ... Captain Dolan
- The Beach Boy (1985) ... Captain Dolan
- The Snow Queen: Part 2 (1985) ... Captain Dolan
 1984 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Albie Meadows
- The Homecoming: Part 2 (1984) ... Albie Meadows
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Ins. Roland Hackett
- The Fred Connection (1984) ... Ins. Roland Hackett
 1984 The A-Team (TV Series)
Reverend Taylor
- Pure-Dee Poison (1984) ... Reverend Taylor
 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Duke Taylor
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Foster
- Boomer Goes for the Gold (1981) ... Foster
 1979 Willa (TV Movie)
Virgil
 1979 Mr. Dugan (TV Series)
Rep. Dooley
 1978 Cops and Robin (TV Movie)
Officer Bill Bundy
 1976-1977 Future Cop (TV Series)
Officer Bill Bundy
- The Kansas City Kid (1977) ... Officer Bill Bundy
- Carlisle Girl (1977) ... Officer Bill Bundy
- Girl on the Ledge (1977) ... Officer Bill Bundy
- The Mad Mad Bomber (1977) ... Officer Bill Bundy
- Fighting O'Haven (1977) ... Officer Bill Bundy
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
older Kunta Kinte / 'Toby' / Older Kunta Kinte / ...
- Part IV (1977) ... Older Kunta Kinte / Toby
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Walt Kyles
- Oxford Gray (1976) ... Walt Kyles
 1973-1974 Maude (TV Series)
Henry Evans
- Florida's Goodbye (1974) ... Henry Evans
- Florida's Affair (1973) ... Henry Evans
- Florida's Problem (1973) ... Henry Evans
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Marine Corporal (as Johnny Amos)
 1973 Two's Company (TV Movie)
 1973 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Luther
- A Visit from Lena Horne (1973) ... Luther
 1972 Keeping Up with the Joneses (TV Movie)
 1971-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Split-Up") / Bell Captain (segment "Love and the Hiccups")
 1972 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Mark Cooper
- The Harry Award (1972) ... Mark Cooper
 1971 The Funny Side (TV Series)
Minority Husband
- The Funny Side of the Consumer (1971) ... Minority Husband
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
1st Salesman
- Swann's Way (1970) ... 1st Salesman (as Johnny Amos, credit only)
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Detective Johnson (1987-1988)
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Other Works:

Music video for Dr. Dre & Ice Cube: "Natural Born Killaz" See more »

Alternate Names:

Johnny Amos | Jon Amos

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

They killed my character off and, as God would have it, just when they told me I would never work again I got cast in a little program called Roots (1977) and, as they would say, the rest is history. See more »

Trivia:

Was cast as the Evans father in Good Times (1974) despite being only eight years older than Jimmie Walker (who played J.J., the oldest son) and nearly nineteen years younger than Esther Rolle, who played his wife, Florida. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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