From 1974 to 1976, John Amos touched hundreds of thousands of lives as the enduring patriarch James Evans, Sr., on Good Occasions—till he was unceremoniously dumped from the solid halfway by means of its run. However whereas the present would air for an extra three years with out Amos, his profession would hardly cease there. Learn on to seek out out what he did subsequent, and the place the legendary actor is now at age 82.
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As Good Occasions grew in recognition, it more and more centered on the the “dy-no-mite”-spouting elder son J.J., portrayed by comic Jimmie Walker. In accordance with a 1975 Ebony article, co-stars Amos and Esther Rolle (Florida) have been vocally against the adverse characterization of Black youth they felt J.J. represented, in addition to different eventualities and characterizations on the present.
Initially of the third season, Amos delayed taping for per week as a part of a contract dispute a supply described to the journal as being about “greater than cash,” but in addition about his objections to the present reinforcing “how Black males have been handled on this nation all alongside.” The star was not introduced again for the fourth season, and the character of James Evans, Sr. was despatched off to a brand new job in Mississippi earlier than being killed off in a automotive accident. (Rolle, who had been adamant that the present function a two-parent household, would play a widowed Florida for one season earlier than additionally leaving.)
In a 2017 interview with Sway within the Morning, Amos minced no phrases as he recounted leaving the collection stating, “I left as a result of I used to be advised that my companies have been now not wanted as a result of I had develop into a ‘disruptive aspect.'”
Weeks after Season 4 of Good Occasions started airing with out him, Amos appeared because the older Kunta Kinte within the record-setting ABC miniseries, Roots. He continued to work in each TV and movie, returning to his former function as The Mary Tyler Moore Present‘s weatherman, Gordy, for the present’s remaining season and later taking up extra notable roles, together with Seth in Beastmaster, Cleo McDowell in Coming to America, antagonist Main Grant in Die Onerous 2, Percy Fitzwallace in The West Wing, and Ed in Two and a Half Males.
Now in his eighties, Amos continues to behave, and just lately reprised his function as quick meals chain proprietor and father-in-law to Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem in 2019’s Coming 2 America. He additionally appeared in an episode of The Righteous Gem stones and the film Block Social gathering.
“You do not retire in my place,” he advised The Atlanta Journal-Structure in 2017. “You simply fail to point out as much as work sooner or later. I nonetheless obtain provides to do visitor photographs…I would wish to play a foul man. I like enjoying dangerous guys. I’ve performed a number of lovable dads in my time.”
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Regardless of what occurred on Good Occasions, Amos and one of many present’s govt producers, the legendary Norman Lear, would go on to resolve their variations and work collectively once more creatively, one thing Amos attributes to “maturing” in how he expressed his beliefs.
“It was a matter of me maturing, and [understanding the impact of] the post-traumatic stress syndrome I would suffered on account of enjoying soccer and boxing,” Amos advised Vulture in 2015. “As soon as I would matured, I would realized the errors I would made in addressing my grievances about scripts. All the things to me on the time was confrontational. I used to be youthful, I used to be offended, I used to be mad on the world. I needed to proper each incorrect with each line.”
Amos appeared in pilots for a few of Lear’s later reveals, together with 1994’s 704 Hauser Avenue, once more enjoying a hardworking patriarch who strikes into the home beforehand inhabited by All within the Household‘s Archie Bunker. In 2019, the actor additionally made a shock look throughout a dwell broadcast occasion recreating a Good Occasions episode for ABC’s Stay in Entrance of a Studio Viewers collection.
In 2017, Amos launched his first kids’s ebook, A World With out Shade, a kids’s story of a younger boy residing within the grey, mundane city of Bleakersville earlier than it involves be inhabited by characters who deliver shade to it. In his 2017 Sway within the Morning interview, he described his motivation for writing the empathy-themed ebook:
“Let’s face it, our planet, or at the very least america, is being confronted with divisiveness, the likes of which we have not seen because the ’40s and one other technology coming alongside, not understanding the historical past of our nation, and never understanding what’s being misplaced with this divisiveness, is unacceptable,” he stated.
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Amos’ first marriage to late equestrian and artist Noel J. Mickelson produced two kids: daughter Shannon Amos, a author and producer turned mindfulness teacher and shaman, and son, director and actor Kelly Christopher “Ok.C.” Amos. Whereas the elder Amos makes appearances on each of his kids’s social media accounts, Ok.C.’s TikTok serves up a very beneficiant serving to of father-son bonding alongside Amos’ responses to fan questions, together with what it was wish to work on The Mary Tyler Moore Present and his recommendation to present and future generations—all appropriately hashtagged #kickinitwithpops.