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 ran since 1974 to 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.
Walker was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in The Bronx, New York shortly thereafter. Further, he attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in New York City. Through a federal program known as SEEK, or “Search for Education, Evaluation, and Knowledge,” he continued his studies and entered into the field of radio engineering with WRVR. As a young man, Walker was a vendor at Yankee Stadium, starting with the 1964 World Series. He was given a silver dollar by Mickey Mantle, which he still has.
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.
During 1975 Walker was also a weekend personality on contemporary R&B music station KAGB 103.9 FM licensed to Inglewood in the Los Angeles market.
Walker appeared on The Tonight Show and Match Game during the 1970s and early 1980s. He also appeared on the 1990 revival of Match Game and various game shows during that era.
Walker has made guest appearances on Badge 373, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Larry Sanders Show, Son of the Beach, The Drew Carey Show, The John Larroquette Show, In the House, Cagney & Lacey, The Fall Guy, Scrubs, Star Dates, Everybody Hates Chris, George Lopez, Chelsea Lately and Lincoln Heights. He also appeared in the films Rabbit Test (1978), The Concorde … Airport ’79 (1979), Airplane! (since 1980), Water (since 1985), Doin’ Time (1985), The Guyver (since 1991), Monster Mash (since 1995) and Plump Fiction (since 1997).
Personal life and political views
According to an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on June 27, 2012, Walker stated he has never been married nor fathered children, but has had many girlfriends. Walker appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on July 11, 2012. He stated that he did not vote for Barack Obama and that he would not vote for him in the 2012 election either. In an interview with CNN, Walker described himself politically as a “realist independent” and stated that he opposed affirmative action, saying that it had outlived its usefulness. He also said that he was against gay marriage on moral grounds, but believed its legalization should be passed, stating it was not worth fighting against.
Walker described his political beliefs at length in his autobiography, Dyn-O-Mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times: A Memoir. In it, he called himself a “logicist,” who believes in “logic and common sense”, holding conservative positions on many issues.
Despite rumors that Walker was dating conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter, they are just close friends. On August 3, 2017, Walker publicly announced his support for President Donald Trump, saying that he was “for probably 90 percent of the things he does.”
Overview of Jimmie Walker
- Full Name: James Carter Walker Jr.
- Date of Birth: June 25, 1947
- Age: 72
- Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
- Nationality: American
- Education: Theodore Roosevelt High School
- Occupation: Actor, comedian
- Years active: since 1969–present
- Known for: James Evans Jr. (“J.J.”) on the Good Times TV series
- Height: 1.85 m
- Books: Dynomite!., Dyn-O-Mite! Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times
- Albums: Dyn-O-Mite, Dy-No-Mite, We Are Still Here
- Parents: Lorena Walker, James Carter Walker
- Net Worth: $800 thousand
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