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John Amos Net Worth: A Comprehensive Dive into the Actor's Financial Success!

Published Fri Feb 02 2024 By Nancy
John Amos Net Worth: A Comprehensive Dive into the Actor's Financial Success!

John Amos is a famous American actor. You might recognize him as the grown-up Kunta Kinte in the important show "Roots" and as James Evans Sr. in the TV series "Good Times."

Amos has also been on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," played Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on "The West Wing," and was Washington, DC Mayor Ethan Baker in "The District." Besides TV, John has been on Broadway and acted in many movies during his impressive five-decade-long career. 

How Rich is John Amos?

John Amos, an American actor and former football player, has a net worth of $300 thousand. He gained notable recognition for his role on the CBS sitcom "Good Times," appearing in 61 episodes from 1974 to 1976. 

John Amos has a net worth of over $300 thousand.
John Amos has a net worth of over $300 thousand. 
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Amos is also remembered for his Emmy-nominated performance in the 1977 miniseries "Roots." His television credits include "The West Wing," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and "The District."

Beyond TV, John has showcased his talent on Broadway and in various films like "Coming to America" and "Die Hard 2."

John Amos Property and Financial Challenges 

Back in 1990, John Amos bought a house in Lebanon, New Jersey, for $337,000. In December 2016, he tried selling it for $439,000, but couldn't find a buyer. 

Unfortunately, two years later, the house ended up in foreclosure. Come April 2021, either Amos or his bank sold the home for $288,000

In June 2023, Amos' daughter Shannon Amos initiated a GoFundMe intending to raise $500,000 to support him. She also asserted that John had experienced elder and financial abuse. 

In response, John refuted his daughter's claims, questioning the reason behind the GoFundMe and challenging the accusations made against him.

John Amos Early Years and Career Highlights

John Amos was born in 1939 in Newark, New Jersey, to his dad John Amos Sr., who fixed cars, and his mom, Annabelle. He grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and finished high school there in 1958. 

John Amos was born in 1939 in Newark, New Jersey.
John Amos was born in 1939 in Newark, New Jersey.
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After that, Amos went to Long Beach City College in California and later graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in sociology. While at Colorado State, Amos played football, and later, he even became a Golden Glove boxing champion.

In 1964, John joined the Denver Broncos as a free agent, but unfortunately, he had to leave on the second day of training because of a pulled hamstring. After that, he played with different teams like the United Football League's Canton Bulldogs, the Continental Football League's Norfolk Neptunes, and the Atlantic Football League's Waterbury Orbits. 

In 1967, Amos signed up as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, and later on, he went back to the Continental League to play with the Victoria Steelers. 

John Amos' Acting Journey 

John Amos gained widespread recognition with his initial significant TV role as weatherman Gordy Howard on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1970 to 1973. However, his most famous character was James Evans Sr., the head of a middle-class family introduced on the CBS sitcom "Maude." 

Continuing his portrayal of James Evans Sr., Amos graced the sitcom "Good Times" from 1974 to 1976. In this show, Amos aimed to present a positive image of an African-American family navigating life in a low-income neighborhood. 

Nevertheless, John became increasingly dissatisfied with how the show's humor sometimes undermined its core message. This dissatisfaction led to conflicts with the show's writers, ultimately resulting in his departure in 1976.

After "Good Times," in 1977, Amos took on the main role of Kunta Kinte in the significant TV miniseries "Roots." In 1980, he starred in another miniseries called "Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story." 

Afterward, John appeared in various shows like "Here's Boomer," "Insight," "The Love Boat," "The A-Team," "Trapper John, M.D.," and "Hardcastle and McCormick." From 1984 to 1985, he had a recurring part in the NBC crime drama "Hunter." 

Later on, Amos was featured in "One Life to Live," "Murder, She Wrote," "Stringray," "The Cosby Show," and "Gideon Oliver." In 1994, he starred in the short-lived sitcom "704 Hauser," a modern-day spinoff of "All in the Family." 

Throughout the late '90s, John appeared in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Touched by an Angel," and "Martin," also having a recurring role on LL Cool J's sitcom "In the House." From 1999 to 2004, Amos was in 22 episodes of the political drama series "The West Wing," playing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Amos' other notable appearances included the police procedural "The District," the sitcom "All About the Andersons," ABC's romantic dramedy series "Men in Trees," and the Netflix series "The Ranch."

John Amos' Film and Theatrical Journey  

In 1971, John Amos stepped into the world of movies, starting with an uncredited role in "Vanishing Point" and then as Biker in "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Disney's "The World's Greatest Athlete" in 1973 marked another film appearance alongside Tim Conway

John Amos is a popular American actor.
John Amos is a popular American actor. 
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Amos continued his big-screen presence with the action comedy "Let's Do it Again." In the 80s, he appeared in films like "Touched by Love," "The Beastmaster," "Dances of the Dwarfs," "American Flyers," "Coming to America," and "Lock Up."

Moving into the 90s, John was part of the anthology film "Two Evil Eyes" and the action sequel "Die Hard 2." Subsequent films included "Ricochet," "Mac," "Night Trap," "For Better or Worse," and "The Players Club."

In the 2000s, Amos' film credits expanded to include "All Over Again," "My Baby's Daddy," "Countdown," "Shadowboxing," and "Dr. Dolittle 3." Later on, he appeared in "Madea's Witness Protection," "Bad Asses on the Bayou," "Uncut Gems," and "Coming 2 America."

Apart from his film career, John has been active in theater. He both produced and wrote "Halley's Comet," a one-man play performed internationally. Additionally, he participated in August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," initially on Broadway and later at Princeton, New Jersey's McCarther Theatre.  

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