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Written by Hubert A. Gaddy, Jr.   
Wednesday, 26 December 2007

John Amos:

Actor, John Amos, Was Born On December 27, 1939, In Newark, New Jersey.

Amos Attended Colorado State University And Was A 1967, Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. He Also Played Semi-Professional Football, After Being Cut By The AFL Kansas City Chiefs.

From 1970 - 1973 John Amos Played The Role Of Gordy Howard, The Weatherman, On The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He Got One Of His Most Memorable Roles In 1974. He Played James Evens, The Patriarch On The Televison Comedy, Good Times, From 1974 - 1976.

He Left Good Times After Conflicts With The Producers Over Script Content He Felt Was Projecting Negative Stereotypes About African Americans.

In 1977 He Was Part Of The History-MakingRoots -- Playing Kunte Kente As An Adult. Roots Would Go On To Become The Most Watched Miniseries In Television History. The Finale Still Holds The Record For Most Viewed Episode In TV History.

Amos Would Go On To Be Featured In Several Television And Movie Roles, Including: Let's Do It Again (1975), Hunter (1984 - 1985), The A-Team, The Players Club (1998), Coming To America (1988), In The House (1995), 704 Hauser Street (1994), The District, Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990), Lock UpAll About The Andersons (2003)

"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.

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