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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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)
 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
 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'
- Part IV (1977) ... older Kunta Kinte / 'Toby'
- Part V (1977) ... older Kunta Kinte / 'Toby'
- Part VII (1977) ... older Kunta Kinte / 'Toby'
- Part VI (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
 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
 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:

TV commercial for McDonalds Restaurant (1971) See more »

Alternate Names:

Johnny 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:

Played college football at Colorado State University. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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