John Amos, best known for his roles on the television sitcom Good Times and the miniseries Roots, is featured on the November 14, 2016 episode of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast. In the podcast, the 76-year-old actor reveals to Gilbert Gottfried and co-host Frank Santopadre the real reason he left Good Times (rather than re-casting the role of James Evans, Sr., the character was killed off) and how his subsequent availability led to his being offered the part of Kunta Kinte.
To listen to the podcast, just click on the link.
Good Times opening credits:
Unaired “alternate” ending to “The Big Move: Part 2,” the Good Times episode that dealt with James’s death and its aftermath (according to Wikipedia, the scene that aired [which did not have the flashbacks or music] is regarded as one of the most touching scenes in TV sitcom history):
John Amos as Kunta Kinte in Roots, with newborn daughter Kizzy: “Behold—the only thing greater than yourself!”
Classic McDonald’s commercial featuring John Amos singing and dancing with an all-star cast (see if you can spot Happy Days‘ Anson Williams, too!):
Below, L-R: Gilbert Gottfried, John Amos, Frank Santopadre