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John Amos is a Actor American born on 27 december 1939 at Newark (USA)

John Amos

John Amos
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Birth name John A. Amos, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 27 december 1939 (84 years) at Newark (USA)

John Amos (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and a recurring role as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing. He also played the father of Will Smith's character's girlfriend, Lisa Wilkes, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

He has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.


Amos is a veteran of the 50th Armored Division of the New Jersey National Guard and Honorary Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard. Amos was married and divorced three times. He has two children from his first marriage to artist and equestrian Noel Amos. He is the father to Shannon Amos, a successful writer/producer and founder of Afterglow Multimedia, LLC and son, Grammy nominated director K.C. Amos.

Amos has been a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.

Best films

Coming to America (1988)
Lock Up (1989)

Usually with

Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(3 films)
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
(1 films)
Ice Cube
Ice Cube
(2 films)
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Amos (34 films)

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Coming 2 America
Directed by Craig Brewer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Monde imaginaire
Actors Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan
Roles Cleo McDowell
Rating53% 2.664982.664982.664982.664982.66498
Alors qu'il est sur le point de devenir le nouveau roi du Zamunda, le prince Akeem Joffer découvre qu'il a un fils, Lavelle, qui vit dans le Queens. Honorant la dernière volonté de son père, Akeem décide donc de retourner aux États-Unis avec son fidèle acolyte Semmi.
Uncut Gems
Uncut Gems (2019)

Directed by Joshua et Ben Safdie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Crime
Actors Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield, Pom Klementieff, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch
Roles Neighbor 33F
Rating73% 3.6982253.6982253.6982253.6982253.698225
Howard Ratner, un propriétaire de bijouterie au sein de Diamond District à New York, et revendeur à ses heures perdues, voit sa vie chamboulée lorsque sa marchandise est volée.
Bad Asses on the Bayou, 1h25
Directed by Craig Moss
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Danny Trejo, Danny Glover, John Amos, Jimmy Bennett, Loni Love, Carol Sutton
Roles Earl
Rating53% 2.6697852.6697852.6697852.6697852.669785
Vétéran de la guerre du Viêt Nam devenu vendeur de hot-dogs, Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) et son ami Bernie Pope (Danny Glover), neutralisent des braqueurs d'une banque et deviennent des héros dans leur ville de Los Angeles.
Madea's Witness Protection, 1h54
Directed by Tyler Perry
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tyler Perry, Romeo Miller, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold
Roles Pastor Nelson
Rating49% 2.459222.459222.459222.459222.45922
George Needleman, a nerdy, high level CFO in New York City, promises his son that he will take him to his Saturday afternoon baseball game after he gets back from the office. He gets to his office and arrives to a harrowing scene; his co-workers are shredding documents and are in a state of chaos. He sees his boss, who informs him that his company is a Ponzi scheme run by the mob. He is being accused of spearheading the scheme and laundering funds and has to enter his family into a witness protection program. The program relocates them to a refuge where no one will think to look for them: Madea and Joe's house in Georgia.
Dr. Dolittle 3, 1h35
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Children's films
Actors Kyla Pratt, Kristen Wilson, Norm Macdonald, Tara Wilson, Walker Howard, Eddie Murphy
Roles Jud
Rating40% 2.0366952.0366952.0366952.0366952.036695
Maya has evolved considerably from the first film. Though she was then an antisocial individual more interested in her science projects, Maya has transformed into the typical teenager. Like her sister Charisse, she inherits their father John's capacity for communicating with fauna (she is a part-time veterinary assistant), her life is turned upside down on all fronts. She routinely lands in trouble with her parents, while her friends think she's gone crazy.
Shadowboxing, 2h12
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Andreï Panine, Elena Panova, John Amos, Pavel Derevyanko, Sergueï Bezroukov, Alexander Kuznetsov
Roles Хилл
Rating57% 2.8972852.8972852.8972852.8972852.897285
Artyom Kolchin, the story's protagonist, is a boxer, who has become a contender for the world boxing championship. The whole country knows him and wants him to win. In the beginning of the film, while they are both waiting at a crosswalk for the light to change, Sasha Belov asks for his autograph for his son Ivan, who is in England and is learning boxing. Artyom likes his car and Sasha says he will give it to Artyom if he wins the fight. Valiyev, a man well known in both the criminal and business worlds, takes care of Artyom and refuses to accept the fights scenario presented by the opponent's manager, according to which Artyom should lose the first fight, win a return-match; after the third fight both opponents will be famous and TV channels will fight to get permission to show the match. However, Artyom cannot fight because he has eye problems. The doctor does not want to grant him permission to fight, but he asks her very pitifully, and, unable to endure the begging, she gives him the permit.
Countdown (2004)

Genres Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Louise Lombard, John Amos, Orso Maria Guerrini, Viktor Verjbitski
Roles Admiral Melory
Rating52% 2.6162652.6162652.6162652.6162652.616265
Le Major Smolin, ex héros de l'armée en disgrace, voit sa fille prise en otage par un groupe de terroristes tandis qu'elle assiste à une représentation du cirque de Moscou avec sa classe. Bien décidé à secourir sa fille, Smolin va bientôt découvrir qu'une menace bien plus grande plane sur le monde occidental.
My Baby's Daddy, 1h26
Directed by Cheryl Dunye
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Michael Imperioli, Method Man, Marsha Thomason, Joanna Bacalso
Roles Uncle Virgil
Rating45% 2.2552752.2552752.2552752.2552752.255275
Childhood friends Lonnie (Eddie Griffin), Dominic (Michael Imperioli), and G (Anthony Anderson) have a rude awakening when they find out their girlfriends are pregnant. Lonnie and G have sons, Carver and Bruce-Leroy, and Dominic has a daughter, Jasmine.
Something to Sing About
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about religion
Actors Bart Braverman, Tamera Mowry, Darius McCrary, Irma P. Hall, Rashaan Nall, Brian J. White
Roles Rev. Washington
Rating69% 3.4709753.4709753.4709753.4709753.470975
The film opens as Tommy, Darius McCrary, is reading a newspaper, trying to find a job. He eventually finds God.
Disappearing Acts, 1h55
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Regina Hall, Q-Tip, Clark Johnson, John Amos
Roles Mr. Swift
Rating62% 3.1496953.1496953.1496953.1496953.149695
Zora Banks (Sanaa Lathan) moves from Manhattan to her newly renovated brownstone in Brooklyn. Franklin (Wesley Snipes) is polishing the floors in what will be her new apartment. Franklin informs her that she cannot move in yet due to her wood grain floors not being dry. An upset Zora then threatens to fire one of the moving men, who proceed to leave her furniture and boxes on the sidewalk. Desperate, she asks Franklin to help her move her things. After moving her in, they begin to talk and he asks her who is helping her unpack and get settled in; she replies by saying no one is helping her. Franklin offers to help and, although skeptical, Zora eventually takes his offer and they agree to meet the next evening.
The Players Club, 1h44
Directed by Ice Cube
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Lisa Raye, Dick Anthony Williams, Bernie Mac, Judyann Elder, Monica Calhoun, Jamie Foxx
Roles Freeman
Rating58% 2.9025052.9025052.9025052.9025052.902505
Diana Armstrong (LisaRaye) arrives at the scene of the raunchy, dysfunctional Players Club. She narrates of that she used to work at the club and begun when she moved out of her parents home after an argument with her father, as she was pregnant with her son. Diana ends up working at a shoe store, when she meets Ronnie (Chrystale Wilson) and Tricks (Adele Givens), who work for Dolla Bill (Bernie Mac) at The Players Club. They convince Diana she would make better money stripping, by saying, "Use what you got to get what you want."
Murder Was the Case: The Movie, 18minutes
Directed by F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Documentary, Musical, Crime
Actors Snoop Dogg, Charlie Murphy, John Witherspoon, John Amos, Fred Berry, Ice Cube
Roles Policier (segment "Natural Born Killaz")
Rating59% 2.998652.998652.998652.998652.99865
Le film revient sur la mort fictive du rappeur Snoop Dogg et de sa résurrection après un pacte avec le Diable...
For Better or Worse, 1h30
Directed by Jason Alexander
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Romance
Actors Jason Alexander, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Wright, James Woods, Joe Mantegna, Jay Mohr
Roles Gray
Rating48% 2.4145152.4145152.4145152.4145152.414515
Michael Makeshift (Jason Alexander) is a schnook who can't get over the fact his girlfriend dumped him. To make matters worse, his landlord is beginning to bug him for long-overdue rent. Things for Michael's brother Reggie (James Woods) are much better. He is planning to rob the credit union where his own mother (Bea Arthur) works. His new wife Valerie (Lolita Davidovitch) has no idea what Reggie is planning and is therefore puzzled when she awakes at Michael's apartment after Reggie left her there whilst she was drunk and unconscious. She also does not know that Reggie has paid Michael for the favor. Despite his well-laid plans, things go badly for Reggie when his henchmen mutiny and force him to reveal that the clueless Valerie carries the security codes they need to pull off the job in her suitcase, which in turn begins a merry chase. While Michael helps Valerie escape, he reveals the truth about Reggie. At the same time, she becomes increasingly attracted to her new protector.
Night Trap
Night Trap (1993)
, 1h33
Directed by David A. Prior
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Actors Robert Davi, Michael Ironside, John Amos, Mike Starr, Mickey Jones, Lesley-Anne Down
Roles Capt. Hodges
Rating41% 2.083962.083962.083962.083962.08396
Veteran cop Mike Turner (Robert Davi) is brought in to help solve a string of baffling satanic homicides. He soon finds himself along with Capt. Hodges (John Amos) seeking to catch a murderous psycho called Bishop (Michael Ironside) who's gone on a killing spree during New Orleans' Mardi Gras. Only problem is that this killer has lost his soul to the devil and is no longer human... but a seemingly indestructible demonic being, intent on destroying the lives of everyone around Mike; and shall not stop until he has cost Mike not just his life... but his soul.