Friday, April 12, 2024

John Amos: The guy from "Roots" and "Good Times" naked at the gym


Former footballer and coast guardsman John Amos was everywhere on television in the 1970s and 1980s.

The adult Kunta Kinte in Roots (1977).

Gordy the Weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77)

The longsuffering dad James Evans on Good Times (1974-79)

The sword-and-sorcery fighter Seth in Beastmaster (1982)

Plus guest shots on Sanford and Son, Maude, Police Story, Love Boat, The name it, he was in it.

I didn't see much of him during the 80s and 90s -- not on screen, anyway.  We went to the same gym in West Hollywood.  

John was always gracious to his flirtatious gay fans, leading us to speculate that he was gay in real life -- he's been married to women twice, and has two children, but you never know.  

We never became friends, but we developed a nodding acquaintance.  And I saw him naked in the locker room once or twice.

Naked after the break

This isn't him, but it will give you a general idea.  The man had a baseball bat down there.

John continued to perform through the 2000s and 2010s, with starring roles in The District, Men in Trees, and All About the Andersons, and guest spots on Psych, My Name is Earl, Ballers, and Lie To Me.

On a 2010 episode of Two and a Half Men, John and 80s tough guy Stacy Keach played an elderly gay couple, the parents of Charlie's estranged girlfriend.  I'm not familiar with any other gay roles for John Amos, but he has always been an ally.  

Left: Bonus Stacy Keach dick and butt, in The Squeeze, 1977.

John's latest roleto date was in The Righteous Gemstones, as the elderly father of shady megachurch minister Lyle Lissons.  But he's only 84 years old, so no doubt he has many more performances ahead.

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