James Evans, as played by John Amos
|Birthplace||Cartersville, Mississippi, U.S.|
|Deathplace||Mississippi, U.S. (auto accident)|
|various, most notably, a dock worker and foundry worker|
|hard-working and honest, James can only seem to find poor-paying manual-labor jobs because of his lack of a formal education |
Often voices his issatisfaction with many government policies and red tape due to the difficulty of raising a family by working numerous low-paying manual labor jobs
|Spouse(s):||Florida Evans, 1952-1976, his death|
|Related to:||James Evans, Jr. ("J.J.") (son) |
Michael Evans (son)
Thelma Evans-Anderson (daughter)
Keith Anderson (son in-law)
Henry Evans (father)
|Appeared on:||Good Times|
|Episodes appeared in:||61 in Seasons 1-3|
James Evans Sr. appeared in the first three seasons of Good Times, before the actor who played him, John Amos, decided to leave the top-rated CBS-TV series due to creative disputes with the show's executive producer, Norman Lear, as to the direction which the series was going in the development of the main characters, particulary that of James's son, J.J. Evans, which was played by fellow cast member Jimmie Walker. Anyhow, the character James Sr., appeared in a total of 61 episodes during Seasons 1-3 of the series, before getting killed in an automobile accident in his home state, Mississippi, while trying to find steady work in a plan which would have involved relocating the entire family there afterwards.
James, in being the patriarch the Evans family, despite being a veteran of the Korean War, deeply committed to doing whatever it takes to provide for his family, hard-working and honest, James can only seem to find poor-paying manual-labor jobs because of his lack of a formal education. The difficulties he endures while keeping a roof over his family's head leave him dissatisfied with many government policies. Somehow, he maintains his dignity and is a pillar of strength, even while struggling to raise his family amid the poverty of the Chicago projects. With his loving and devoted wife, Florida, by his side, James makes it a priority to teach responsibility and values to their three kids. Though his children are his pride and joy, they are often the roots of his angst. Between seeking employment, paying the rent and keeping food on the table, James manages to find the time to interrogate Thelma's dates, tune in to Michael's political arguments, and keep a close watch on J.J.'s increasingly shady antics.