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Jimmie Walker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Carter Walker Jr. (born June 25, 1947), known professionally as Jimmie Walker, is an American actor and comedian. Walker is best known for portraying James Evans Jr. (J. J.), the oldest son of Florida and James Evans Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times which originally ran from 1974–1979. Walker was nominated for Golden Globe awards Best Supporting Actor In A Television Series in 1975 and 1976 for his role. While on the show, Walker's character was known for the catchphrase "Dy-no-mite!" which he also used in his mid–1970s TV commercial for a Panasonic line of cassette and 8-track tape players. He also starred in Let's Do It Again with John Amos, and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened with James Earl Jones. Walker continues to tour the country with his stand-up comedy routine. In 1967, Walker began working full-time with WRVR, the radio station of the Riverside Church. In 1969, Walker began performing as a stand-up comedian and was eventually discovered by the casting director for Good Times, after making appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In and on the Jack Paar Show. He eventually released one stand-up comedy album during the height of his Good Times popularity: Dyn-o-mite on Buddah Records (5635). During Good Times' 1974–75 season, Walker was 26 years old, though his character was much younger. John Amos, the actor who portrayed Walker's father on Good Times, was actually just eight years older than Walker. Walker credits producer/director John Rich for inventing "Dy-no-mite!" which Rich insisted Walker say on every episode. Both Walker and executive producer Norman Lear were skeptical of the idea, but the phrase and Walker's character caught on with the audience. Also, off- and on-camera, Walker did not get along with series' lead, Esther Rolle, who played Florida Evans, in the series, because she and Amos disapproved of Walker's increasingly buffoonish character and his popularity, and Walker felt hurt by their disdain. Dissatisfaction led Amos (before Rolle), to leave the show, making Walker the star of the show. Walker was the only Good Times star to not attend Rolle's funeral.


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Born:
Jun 25, 1947 In The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
50
First Appeared:
In the series Good Times 1974-02-08
Latest Project:
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts 2022
Known For
Poster of Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth
Poster of Going Bananas
Poster of Airplane!
Poster of The Concorde... Airport '79
Filmography
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 2022
Movie A Wrestling Christmas Miracle Dr. Lemon 2020-11-15
Movie I Am Richard Pryor Himself 2019-03-12
Movie Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" Himself 2019-12-18
Movie Jimmie JJ Walker & Michael Winslow: We Are Still Here Himself 2018-08-10
Movie The Comedian Jimmie Walker 2016-12-09
Movie Sweet Lorraine Rudy ray 2015-04-23
Movie David E. Talbert's What Goes Around Comes Around Preacher 2012-03-06
Movie Super Shark Dynamite Stevens 2011-12-08
Series Comedy.TV Himself 2009-09-26
Series Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2009-10-03
Series Back to the Grind Unknown 2007-07-18
Series Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Series George Lopez Unknown 2002-03-27
Series Beat the Geeks Unknown 2001-11-07
Series Scrubs Jimmie Walker 2001-10-02
Series Son of the Beach Unknown 2000-03-15
Movie Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Pimp 2000-10-17
Movie Plump Fiction Stingy Costumer 1998-05-15
Movie Ripper Soap Beatty 1996-02-29
Movie Monster Mash: The Movie Hathaway 1995-01-01
Movie But... Seriously Himself (archive footage) 1994-03-25
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Celeb #3 1992-11-19
Movie The Guyver Striker 1991-03-18
Series Blossom Unknown 1990-07-05
Movie Kidnapped Chester 1987-01-01
Series Bustin' Loose Unknown 1987-09-26
Movie Going Bananas Mozambo 1987-08-05
Movie Water Jay Jay 1985-01-01
Movie Doin' Time Shaker (as Jimmy Walker) 1985-05-19
Movie Imps* Thomas 1985-01-01
Series At Ease Unknown 1983-03-04
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Movie Murder Can Hurt You! Parks the Pusher 1980-05-21
Series B.A.D. Cats Unknown 1980-01-04
Movie Airplane! Windshield Wiper Man 1980-07-02
Movie The Concorde... Airport '79 Boisie 1979-08-17
Movie Rabbit Test Umbuto 1978-04-09
Series The White Shadow Unknown 1978-11-27
Movie The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Morris Bird III 1977-10-26
Series The Love Boat Marvin Jones 1977-09-24
Movie Telethon Himself 1977-11-06
Series Donny & Marie Unknown 1976-01-23
Movie Joys Unknown 1976-03-05
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Movie Let's Do It Again Bootney Farnsworth 1975-10-11
Series Good Times James "JJ" Evans 1974-02-08
Series Tony Orlando and Dawn Unknown 1974-12-04