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Jimmie Walker

1947-06-25 The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

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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.


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Super Shark Dynamite Stevens 2011-12-08
Imps* Thomas 2009-02-10
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Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Pimp 2000-10-17
Plump Fiction Stingy Costumer 1998-05-15
Monster Mash: The Movie Hathaway 1995-01-01
Open Season Homer (as Jimmy Walker) 1995-01-14
But... Seriously Himself (archive footage) 1994-03-25
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Celeb #3 1992-11-19
The Guyver Striker 1991-03-18
Kidnapped Chester 1988-06-09
Going Bananas Mozambo 1987-08-05
Water Jay Jay 1985-01-01
Doin' Time Shaker 1985-05-19
Airplane! Windshield Wiper Man 1980-07-02
Murder Can Hurt You! Parks the Pusher 1980-05-21
The Concorde... Airport '79 Boisie 1979-08-17
Rabbit Test Umbuto 1978-04-09
Telethon Himself 1977-11-06
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Morris Bird III 1977-10-26
Joys Self 1976-03-05
Let's Do It Again Bootney Farnsworth 1975-10-11
Sing Sing Thanksgiving Self 1974-04-03