John Amos was born on December 27, 1939. He is an actor and former football player best known for his role as James Evans, Sr. on the hit television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the mini-series Roots, and a recurring role in The West Wing. 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. He also played the father of Will Smith‘s character’s girlfriend, Lisa Wilkes, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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