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John Amos

Early life Amos was born John Amos, Jr. in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Annabelle P. and John A. Amos, Sr., who was an auto mechanic.[1] He graduated from East Orange (NJ) High School in 1958. He enrolled at Long Beach City College and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in sociology.[2] Amos also played on the Colorado State Rams football team.[3] Amos was a Golden Gloves boxing champion.[2] In 1964, he signed a free agent contract with the American Football League's Denver Broncos. He was released before the season and played with Joliet Explorers of the United Football League. In 1965 he played with the Norfolk Neptunes and Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League. In 1966 he played with the Jersey City Jets and Waterbury Orbits of the Atlantic Coast Football League. In 1967, he had signed a free agent contract with the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. He was released in training camp and played that year with the Victoria Steelers of the Continental Football League.[citation needed]

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Dec 27, 1939 In Newark, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970-09-19
Latest Project:
Series Here's Boomer 2022
Known For
Poster of Because of Charley
Poster of Uncut Gems
Poster of Lock Up
Poster of Coming to America
Movie Because of Charley Grandpa 2022
Movie Capture the Flag Clinton 2022
Series Here's Boomer Unknown 2022
Movie Coming 2 America Cleo McDowell 2021-03-05
Movie The Beastmaster Chronicles Unknown 2020-11-27
Movie Uncut Gems John Amos 2019-08-30
Movie Christmas Belles Pop Pop 2019-11-23
Movie Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" Fred Davis 2019-12-18
Movie Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Unknown 2016-01-21
Series The Ranch Ed 2016-04-01
Movie Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration Himself / Gordy Howard (archive footage) 2015-10-13
Movie Mercy for Angels God 2015-04-15
Movie Bad Asses on the Bayou Earl 2015-03-06
Movie Tamales and Gumbo The Patron 2015-08-21
Movie Act of Faith Mr. Brady 2014-04-08
Movie American Lowrider Slick 2013-09-17
Movie Zombie Hamlet Edgar Mortimer 2012-04-14
Movie Madea's Witness Protection Pastor Nelson 2012-06-29
Movie Ascension Day Henry 2007-02-02
Movie Against Time Coach 2007-06-12
Movie Dr. Dolittle 3 Jud 2006-04-25
Series Psych Uncle Burton 2006-07-07
Movie Voodoo Moon Dutch 2006-06-04
Series Men in Trees Buzz 2006-09-12
Series 30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Movie Shadowboxing Хилл 2005-03-05
Movie My Baby's Daddy Uncle Virgil 2004-01-09
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years Unknown 2004-01-01
Movie The Watermelon Heist Old Man Amos 2003-01-01
Series Two and a Half Men Ed 2003-09-22
Series All About the Andersons Joe Anderson 2003-09-12
Movie Something to Sing About Rev. Washington 2000-06-10
Movie Disappearing Acts Sr. Swift 2000-12-09
Series The District Unknown 2000-10-07
Series The West Wing Percy Fitzwallace 1999-09-22
Movie The Players Club Freeman 1998-04-08
Movie The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda Booker Hutch 1997-11-21
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Movie For Better or Worse Gray 1995-03-19
Series In the House Unknown 1995-04-10
Movie Hologram Man Wes Strickland 1995-06-27
Series 704 Hauser Ernie Cumberbatch 1994-04-11
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Series Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Movie Night Trap Capt. Hodges 1993-05-01
Series Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Movie Mac Nat 1992-09-17
Movie Ricochet Reverend Styles 1991-10-04
Movie Two Evil Eyes Det. Legrand 1990-01-25
Movie Die Hard 2 Major Grant 1990-07-02
Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Fred Wilkes 1990-09-10
Movie Lock Up Captain Meissner 1989-08-04
Movie Bonanza: The Next Generation Mr. Mack 1988-03-22
Movie Coming to America Cleo McDowell 1988-06-29
Movie American Flyers Dr. Conrad 1985-08-16
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series The A-Team Rev. Taylor 1983-01-23
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Unknown 1983-09-18
Movie Dance of the Dwarfs Esteban 1983-06-10
Movie The Beastmaster Seth 1982-08-16
Movie Touched by Love Tony 1980-10-31
Movie Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Bumpy Johnson 1980-11-05
Movie Willa Virgil 1979-03-17
Series Roots Toby 1977-01-23
Series Future Cop Unknown 1977-03-05
Movie Future Cop Unknown 1976-05-01
Movie Let's Do It Again Kansas City Mack 1975-10-11
Series Good Times James Evans Sr. 1974-02-08
Movie The World's Greatest Athlete Coach Sam Archer 1973-02-14
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Sanford and Son Unknown 1972-01-14
Movie Vanishing Point Super Soul's Engineer 1971-01-15
Movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Biker 1971-04-23
Series The Funny Side Minority Husband 1971-09-12
Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show Gordy Howard 1970-09-19