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Birth name John A. Amos, Jr.Nationality USABirth 27 december 1939
(80 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.