John Amos (born John Amos Jr. on December 27, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actor, perhaps best known for playing the character James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s sitcom Good Times from 1974 to 1976. He was fired from the show after a dispute.
Amos got his start in television when he portrayed Gordy Howard, the weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, from 1970 until 1973. He played the adult Kunta Kinte on the miniseries Roots in 1977. He also portrayed Captain Dolan on television show Hunter from 1984 to 1985. He has also had roles in several films, such as Coming to America, The Beastmaster and Die Hard 2. He co-starred in the CBS police drama The District, and has guest-starred on a number of other television programs including The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The A-Team. He was a frequent guest on The West Wing, portraying Admiral Percy FitzWallace, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He was also in Ice Cube's and Dr. Dre's video for "Natural Born Killers". Amos was also featured in the movie "The World's Greatest Athlete" with Tim Conway and Jon Michel Vincent.
He also starred in "Let's Do It Again" (1975) as Kansas City Mack with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.