John “James Evans” Amos Talks Good Times And Effect Of Blacks Being Represented Realistically [Video]

- By Bossip Staff

After an unsuccessful football career, Amos found his “life’s calling” as an actor. His claim to fame was the role as James Evans. Sr, the father-figure a lot of people (including Lord Jamar) looked up to while growing up in the hood. On the popular series, John played the father to three kids: Michael, Thelma and JJ Evans. “The writers chose to put the emphasis on JJ in the chicken hat and him saying ‘Dy-no-mite’ every two or three pages,” recalls Amos. John felt that children growing up watching the show would have better benefited from it if the writers would have put as much focus on “militant midget” Michael and Thelma as they did JJ. Unfortunately, John Amos openly didn’t agree with the fact that they chose to downplay Michael and Thelma’s Supreme Court Justice and surgeon aspirations, respectively, which resulted in him being killed off from the show. “I didn’t leave with any animosity or anything,” he claims. “My own intent was to try to improve the quality of the show.”

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