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John Amos
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    (December 27, 1939- )
    Played Gordie on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' James (Henry) Evans Sr. on 'Maude' and 'Good Times,' Kunta Kinte on 'Roots,' and Joe Anderson on 'All About the Andersons'
    Starred in the one-man stage show 'Halley's Comet'
    Acted in 'Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song,' 'The World's Greatest Athlete,' 'Let's Do It Again,' 'Beastmaster,' 'Coming to America,' 'Die Hard 2,' 'My Baby's Daddy'
    He started his career as a comedian.
    He is divorced.
    On 'Maude,' his character was named Henry but when it spun off to 'Good Times,' his name changed to James.
    He gave a blistering interview to Ebony magazine in 1975 about he felt that the 'J.J.' character on 'Good Times' depicted blacks.
    He left the show soon after that, but maintains that he was fired.
    His character in 'Good Times' was one of the first comedy sit-com characters to be killed off.
    It seems money was more of a factor in his departure.
    He was Emmy nominated for the role of Kunta Kinte in 'Roots.'
    He was one of the first actor to star as the father in a two-parent black TV family.
    He played a pivotal character in one of the top mini-series of all-time.

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