John Amos Biography (1939?-)

Born December 27, 1939 (some sources say 1941), in Newark, NJ; son of John A.(an auto mechanic) and Annabelle P. Amos; married Lilly Lehman (divorced); children: Shannon Patrice, K. C. (a son). Addresses: Office: Step and One Half Productions, P.O. Box 587, Califon, NJ 07830.; Contact: c/o Michael Mesnick and Assoc., 11300 Olympic Blvd., Suite 610, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Birth Details
December 27, 1939?
Newark, New Jersey

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Gordon "Gordy" Howard, a recurring role, Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS, 1970-1973
  • Minority husband, The Funny Side, NBC, 1971
  • Henry Evans, Maude, 1973-1974
  • James Evans, Good Times, CBS, 1974-1976
  • Officer Bill Bundy, Future Cop, ABC, 1977
  • Captain Dolan, Hunter, NBC, 1984-1986
  • Ernest "Ernie" Cumberbatch, 704 Hauser Street, CBS, 1994
  • Fred Wilkes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1994-1995
  • Mayor Ethan Baker, The District, CBS, 2000-?
  • Also appeared in South by Southwest, PBS.
  • Miniseries
  • Kunte Kinte/Toby as an adult, Roots, ABC, 1977
  • Bumpy Johnson, Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (also known as Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes), NBC, 1980
  • Movies
  • Marine corporal, The President's Plane Is Missing, 1973
  • Officer Bill Bundy, Future Cop, ABC, 1976
  • Sergeant Bundy, Cops and Robin, NBC, 1978
  • Virgil, Willa, CBS, 1979
  • Mr. Mack, Bonanza: The Next Generation (also known as Bonanza:The Movie), syndicated, 1988
  • Carl Manning, Tongs (also known as Gideon Oliver), ABC, 1989
  • The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors, CBS, 1997
  • Mr. Swift, Disappearing Acts, 2000
  • Specials
  • Hang Tight, Willy Bill, syndicated, 1983
  • Sergeant Harold Borman, You Are the Jury (also known as The State of Oregon vs. Stanley Manning), NBC, 1987
  • Blue Berry, Without a Pass, Showtime, 1992
  • The America's Awards, TNN, 1993
  • Pilots
  • Black husband, The Funny Side, NBC, 1971
  • Walt Jones, Keeping up with the Joneses, NBC, 1972
  • Charlie Travis, Two's Company, CBS, 1973
  • Mel Haig, Clippers, CBS, 1991
  • Episodic
  • Tim Conway Comedy Hour, CBS, 1970
  • "Swan's Way," Bill Cosby Show, NBC, 1970
  • "Love and the Hiccups," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971
  • Mark Cooper, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1972
  • Luther, "A Visit from Lena Horne," Sanford and Son, NBC, 1973
  • Walt Kyles, "Oxford Gray," Police Story, NBC, 1976
  • Here's Boomer, NBC, 1981
  • "The Final Score," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • Reverend Johnson, "Pure-Dee Poison," The A-Team, NBC, 1984
  • "The Homecoming," Hardcastle & McCormick, ABC, 1984
  • "The Fred Connection," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1984
  • Doc Penrose, "Death Takes a Dive," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987
  • Roy Jeffries, "Blood Money," Stingray, NBC, 1987
  • "The Alchemist," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1988
  • Dr. Herbert, "The Physical," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1988
  • James Mackey, "The Hero," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995
  • Sam, "Once Again with Feeling," In the House, UPN, 1995
  • Sam, "The Final Cut," In the House, UPN, 1995
  • Sam, "Come Back, Kid," In the House, UPN, 1996
  • Sam, "Bury the Hatchet," In the House, UPN, 1996
  • Tommy's father, "Daddy Dearest," Martin, Fox, 1997
  • Pastor Roscoe Jones, "Sons of Thunder," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS,1997
  • Sam, "The Retreat Story," In the House, UPN, 1997
  • Voice of Glen Johnson, "Traffic Jam," King of the Hill (animated),Fox, 1998
  • Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, "A Proportional Response," The West Wing, NBC, 1999
  • Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, "Lord John Marbury," The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, "He Shall, From Time to Time ... ," The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet," The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, "What Kind of Day Has It Been?" The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Peter Yastrzemski, "Zig Zag," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000
  • Also appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show, The Merv GriffinShow, and The Mike Douglas Show.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Super Soul's engineer, Vanishing Point, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • (As Johnny Amos) Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song, 1971
  • Coach Sam Archer, The World's Greatest Athlete, Buena Vista, 1972
  • Kansas City Mack, Let's Do It Again, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Tony, Touched by Love (also known as To Elvis, with Love),1979
  • Seth, The Beastmaster, 1982
  • Esteban, Dance of the Dwarfs (also known as Dance of the Dwarves and Jungle Heat), 1983
  • Doctor Conrad, American Flyers, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Cleo McDowell, Coming to America (also known as Prince in New York), Paramount, 1988
  • Meissner, Lock Up, TriStar, 1989
  • Detective Legrand (in segment "The Black Cat"), Due occhi diabolici (also known as Two Evil Eyes), Taurus Entertainment, 1990
  • Major Grant, Die Hard 2 (also known as Die Hard 2: Die Harder), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Reverend Styles, Ricochet, 1991
  • Blue Berry, Without a Pass, 1991
  • Nat, Mac, Samuel Goldwyn, 1992
  • Captain Hodges, Night Trap (also known as Mardi Gras for the Devil), Prism Entertainment, 1993
  • The Black Cat, 1993
  • Wes Strickland, Hologram Man, PM Entertainment, 1995
  • Gray, For Better or Worse, Columbia, 1995
  • A Woman Like That, 1997
  • Freeman, The Players Club, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Coach Zeller, All Over Again, Second Image Studios, 2000
  • Film Work
  • Directed and produced Grambling Takes It All Back Home.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Ben Chambers, Norman, Is That You?, Ebony Showcase Theatre, Los Angeles, 1971
  • The Emperor Jones, 1979
  • Sam, Master Harold and the Boys, Birmingham Theatre, Detroit, MI,1983
  • Rusty, Split Second, Mayfair Theatre, 1985
  • Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1989
  • Earl Davis, The Past Is the Past, Billie Holiday Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, 1989-1990
  • Halley's Comet (a one-man play), Billie Holiday Theatre, then American Stage Company, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, both 1990
  • Fences, Capital Repertory Company, Albany, NY, 1990-1991
  • Also appeared in Tough to Get Help, Royale Theatre.
  • Stage Work
  • Forever My Darling, Grant Avenue Community Center, Plainfield, NY,1988
  • Directed And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and Twelve Angry Men for Bahamian Repertory Company.
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's "Natural Born Killaz."
  • Television Series
  • The Leslie Uggams Show, CBS, 1969
  • Screenplays
  • Wrote Grambling Takes It All Back Home.
  • Stage Play
  • Halley's Comet (a one-man play), Billie Holiday Theatre, Brooklyn,NY, then American Stage Company, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, both 1990

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 6, Gale Research, 1994
    • Theater Week, July 9, 1989

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