Newark, NJ Born
The legacy continues with the meteoric rise of seasoned actor John Amos who was born in Newark and raised in East Orange. His five-decade entertainment career skyrocketed from Broadway to film and television with a brief football and boxing career until the allure of acting consumed his inner passion. Best known for his movie roles in “Coming to America” and the sequel “Coming 2 America,” along with starring roles on TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Good Times,” and “Roots,” Amos has been honored as a New Jersey Hall of Fame inductee. At 84, the octogenarian still remains professionally and creatively active and shows no signs of slowing down.