Biography

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James Carter Walker Jr. (born June 25, 1947), known professionally as Jimmie Walker, is an American actor and comedian. Walker is best known for portraying James Evans Jr. (J. J.), the oldest son of Florida and James Evans Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times which originally ran from 1974–1979. Walker was nominated for Golden Globe awards Best Supporting Actor In A Television Series in 1975 and 1976 for his role. While on the show, Walker's character was known for the catchphrase "Dy-no-mite!" which he also used in his mid–1970s TV commercial for a Panasonic line of cassette and 8-track tape players. He also starred in Let's Do It Again with John Amos, and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened with James Earl Jones. Walker continues to tour the country with his stand-up comedy routine.

In 1967, Walker began working full-time with WRVR, the radio station of the Riverside Church. In 1969, Walker began performing as a stand-up comedian and was eventually discovered by the casting director for Good Times, after making appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In and on the Jack Paar Show. He eventually released one stand-up comedy album during the height of his Good Times popularity: Dyn-o-mite on Buddah Records (5635). During Good Times' 1974–75 season, Walker was 26 years old, though his character was much younger. John Amos, the actor who portrayed Walker's father on Good Times, was actually just eight years older than Walker. Walker credits producer/director John Rich for inventing "Dy-no-mite!" which Rich insisted Walker say on every episode. Both Walker and executive producer Norman Lear were skeptical of the idea, but the phrase and Walker's character caught on with the audience. Also, off- and on-camera, Walker did not get along with series' lead, Esther Rolle, who played Florida Evans, in the series, because she and Amos disapproved of Walker's increasingly buffoonish character and his popularity, and Walker felt hurt by their disdain. Dissatisfaction led Amos (before Rolle), to leave the show, making Walker the star of the show. Walker was the only Good Times star to not attend Rolle's funeral.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

James Carter Walker Jr. (born June 25, 1947), known professionally as Jimmie Walker, is an American actor and comedian. Walker is best known for portraying James Evans Jr. (J. J.), the oldest son of Florida and James Evans Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times which originally ran from 1974–1979. Walker was nominated for Golden Globe awards Best Supporting Actor In A Television Series in 1975 and 1976 for his role. While on the show, Walker's character was known for the catchphrase "Dy-no-mite!" which he also used in his mid–1970s TV commercial for a Panasonic line of cassette and 8-track tape players. He also starred in Let's Do It Again with John Amos, and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened with James Earl Jones. Walker continues to tour the country with his stand-up comedy routine.

In 1967, Walker began working full-time with WRVR, the radio station of the Riverside Church. In 1969, Walker began performing as a stand-up comedian and was eventually discovered by the casting director for Good Times, after making appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In and on the Jack Paar Show. He eventually released one stand-up comedy album during the height of his Good Times popularity: Dyn-o-mite on Buddah Records (5635). During Good Times' 1974–75 season, Walker was 26 years old, though his character was much younger. John Amos, the actor who portrayed Walker's father on Good Times, was actually just eight years older than Walker. Walker credits producer/director John Rich for inventing "Dy-no-mite!" which Rich insisted Walker say on every episode. Both Walker and executive producer Norman Lear were skeptical of the idea, but the phrase and Walker's character caught on with the audience. Also, off- and on-camera, Walker did not get along with series' lead, Esther Rolle, who played Florida Evans, in the series, because she and Amos disapproved of Walker's increasingly buffoonish character and his popularity, and Walker felt hurt by their disdain. Dissatisfaction led Amos (before Rolle), to leave the show, making Walker the star of the show. Walker was the only Good Times star to not attend Rolle's funeral.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 46

Birthday 1947-06-25

Place of Birth The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 I Am Richard Pryor as Himself
2018 Jimmie JJ Walker & Michael Winslow: We Are Still Here as Himself
2016 The Comedian as Jimmie Walker
2015 Sweet Lorraine as Rudy ray
2012 David E. Talbert's What Goes Around Comes Around as Preacher
2011 Super Shark as Dynamite Stevens
2009 Celebrity Ghost Stories (1 episode)
2009 Comedy.TV (1 episode) as Himself
2007 Back to the Grind (1 episode)
2005 Everybody Hates Chris (2 episodes)
2004 The Tony Danza Show (1 episode)
2002 George Lopez (2 episodes)
2001 Beat the Geeks (1 episode)
2001 Scrubs (2 episodes) as Jimmie Walker
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth as Pimp
2000 Son of the Beach (1 episode)
1998 Plump Fiction as Stingy Costumer
1995 Monster Mash: The Movie as Hathaway
1994 ER (1 episode)
1994 But... Seriously
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as Celeb #3
1991 The Guyver as Striker
1990 Blossom (1 episode)
1987 Bustin' Loose (26 episodes)
1987 Kidnapped as Chester
1987 Going Bananas as Mozambo
1985 Doin' Time as Shaker (as Jimmy Walker)
1985 Water as Jay Jay
1983 At Ease (14 episodes)
1983 Imps* as Thomas
1982 Cagney & Lacey (1 episode)
1980 Airplane! as Windshield Wiper Man
1980 Murder Can Hurt You! as Parks the Pusher
1980 B.A.D. Cats (8 episodes)
1979 The Concorde... Airport '79 as Boisie
1978 The White Shadow (1 episode)
1978 Rabbit Test as Umbuto
1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened as Morris Bird III
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode) as Wally (1 episode) as Mickey Garner (1 episode) as Ronald Baker
1976 Joys
1976 Donny & Marie (1 episode)
1975 Let's Do It Again as Bootney Farnsworth
1975 Cher (1 episode)
1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (1 episode)
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (2 episodes)
1974 Good Times (133 episodes) as James "JJ" Evans

Writing

2018 Jimmie JJ Walker & Michael Winslow: We Are Still Here Writer

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