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Fast Facts

  • Played football in college, then had tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos and the CFL's British Columbia Lions.
  • Worked as a social worker in New York City and as a copywriter at an L.A. ad agency.
  • Did stand-up in Vancouver and Greenwich Village.
  • Was a writer for Leslie Uggams' short-lived 1969 CBS variety series.
  • Left Good Times after two seasons because of his complaints about scripts, but later starred in another Norman Lear show, the short-lived 1994 sitcom 704 Hauser.
  • An avid sailor, he founded the Halley's Comet Foundation (named after his boat—and the 1990 one-man play he wrote and appeared in) to expose inner-city children to maritime activities.


  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Noel J. Mickelson — Ex-wife
  • Elisabete De Sousa — Ex-wife
  • John A. Amos — Father
  • Lillian Lehman — Ex-wife
  • Annabell P. Amos — Mother
  • K.C. Amos — Son
  • Shannon Patrice Amos — Daughter


  • Colorado State University, Colorado Springs, CO

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  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Profession: Actor

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