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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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 2016 Devotion (pre-production)
Big Jim
 2016 Hauntsville
Mr. Kimball
 2015 Judge Amos (TV Movie)
Judge Amos
 2015 Mercy for Angels
 2014 Act of Faith
 2012 The Bob Show (TV Series)
- Super Mega Fest (2012)
 2012 NYC 22 (TV Series)
Pappy Science
- Ransom (2012) ... Pappy Science
 2012 Zombie Hamlet
Edgar Mortimer
 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)
- I Found Your Moustache (2010) ... Ed
- Tinkle Like a Princess (2010) ... Ed
 2009 The Law (TV Movie)
 2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
- Stole an RV (2008) ... Joe
 2007 Ascension Day
 2006 Voodoo Moon (TV Movie)
 2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 (Video)
Jud Jones
 2005 Boy s tenyu
 2004 Countdown
Admiral Melory
 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
 2004 My Baby's Daddy
Uncle Virgil
 2003 The Watermelon Heist
Old Man Amos
 2002 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Dr. Bledsoe
- Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (2002) ... Dr. Bledsoe
 2001 All Over Again
Coach Zeller
 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 The Players Club
 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 Hologram Man (Video)
Wes Strickland
 1995 For Better or Worse
 1995 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
James Mackey
- The Hero (1995) ... James Mackey (as Jon Amos)
 1995 Murder Was the Case: The Movie (Video short)
Detective (segment "Natural Born Killaz")
 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
 1993 The Black Cat (Short)
 1993 Night Trap
Capt. Hodges
 1992 Mac
 1991 Without a Pass
Blue Berry
 1991 Ricochet
Reverend Styles
 1991 Clippers (TV Short)
 1990 Two Evil Eyes
Det. Legrand (segment "The Black Cat")
 1989 Lock Up
 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
 1985 American Flyers
Dr. Conrad
 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 Dance of the Dwarfs
 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Duke Taylor
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
- Boomer Goes for the Gold (1981) ... Foster
 1980 Touched by Love
 1979 Willa (TV Movie)
 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
 1975 Let's Do It Again
Kansas City Mack
 1973-1974 Maude (TV Series)
Henry Evans
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Marine Corporal (as Johnny Amos)
 1973 Two's Company (TV Movie)
 1973 The World's Greatest Athlete
Coach Sam Archer
 1973 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
- 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
- The Funny Side of Leisure (1971) ... Minority Husband
- The Funny Side of Newspapers (1971) ... Minority Husband
- The Funny Side of Law & Order (1971) ... Minority Husband
- The Funny Side of Money (1971) ... Minority Husband
 1971 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
Biker (as Johnny Amos)
 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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Writes, directs and stars in "Halley's Comet," a one-man stage production See more »

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Johnny Amos | Jon Amos


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Quit the show Good Times (1974) over complaints directed at him by fans and friends that the show was not a pleasant portrait of African-American life and somewhat insulting. To explain his absence from the show, his character on Good Times (1974) was killed in a car accident, ensuring his choice to leave was permanent. See more »

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