TV audiences first saw John Amos on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and later on Maude (as Henry Evans, but still the husband of Florida). But Amos made the biggest impact as television’s first Black TV dad, James Evans. Amos’ tough love, take-no-mess stern portrayal wasn’t regulated to his performance. His criticism of Good Times scripts and the overall direction of the series, plus his “disruptive” presence on set, led to his untimely firing from the sitcom in 1976. Amos has since starred on television in Roots, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The West Wing. He’s also appeared in such films as Let’s Do It Again, Coming to America, Die Hard 2 and Dr. Doolittle 3.