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John Amos Biography

Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States

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
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  • 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


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