- 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
- Elisabete De Sousa — Ex-wife
- John A. Amos — Father
- Lillian Lehman — Ex-wife
- K.C. Amos — Son
- Shannon Patrice Amos — Daughter
- Noel J. Mickelson — Ex-wife
- Annabell P. Amos — Mother
- Colorado State University, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States