Jimmie Walker
American actor
Jimmie Walker
James Carter "Jimmie" Walker is an Puerto Rican actor and stand-up comedian, known for portraying J. J. Evans on the television series Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979. 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.
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Federal Employee Would Rather Be Fired Than Watch LGBT Diversity Video
Huffington Post - 6 months
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Comic Jimmie Walker still cool with 'Dy-no-mite!' catchphrase he made famous in the '70s
Yahoo News - about 3 years
PASADENA, Calif. - Jimmie Walker uttered one of the signature catchphrases of the 1970s, but it took some persuading to get him to do it.
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Illinois' TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast Owner Vows Not To Host Gay Weddings
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The owner of an Illinois-based bed and breakfast has sparked the ire of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after he pledged not to host wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. Jim Walder, owner of the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast near Paxton, Ill., told the Post-Gazette that he will not permit LGBT couples to tie the knot at his venue even though same-sex marriage will be legally recognized in the state come June. "As long as I own TimberCreek, there will never be a gay marriage at this wedding venue," Walder, who identifies as Christian, is quoted as saying. This isn't the first time Walder has spoken out against same-sex marriage. In 2011, Todd and Mark Wathen reportedly filed a civil rights complaint against Walder's business after he refused to host a ceremony for their civil union. As Joe. My. God. pointed out, the resolution of that complaint is still pending. Walder reportedly sent an unsolicited email of Bible passages to the Wathe ...
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'Good Times' Heading To The Big Screen
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A "Good Times" movie is in the works. According to Deadline.com, Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures will revive the classic 1970s CBS sitcom as a feature film. Phil Johnston, who recently penned "Wreck-It Ralph," has been tapped to write the "Good Times" movie. The series, which aired from 1974-79 on CBS, was a spinoff from "Maude." "Good Times" followed the Evans family in the Chicago projects and starred Esther Rolle as Florida Evans, John Amos as James Evans, Sr. and Jimmie Walker as James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. "Good Times" is far from the first classic TV series to get the big screen remake treatment. Nicole Kidman starred in a "Bewitched" movie, Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway starred in a "Get Smart" film and Jonah Hill's "21 Jump Street" movie was a success. On the small screen, there have also been plenty of reboots: Vince Vaughn was working on a new "Brady Bunch" for CBS, CBS found success with a reboot of "Hawaii Five-0," but ABC's "Charlie's Angels" remake crash ...
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Dyn-O-Mite! Comedian Jimmie Walker Talks Showbiz
NPR - about 4 years
Comedian Jimmie Walker is best known for his Good Times sitcom character J.J. Evans. But there's more to Walker than just laughs. For Tell Me More's Wisdom Watch series, host Michel Martin talks with Walker about his long career in showbiz, detailed in his memoir, Dyn-O-Mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Jimmie Walker's memoir offers insight on classic sitcom 'Good Times', the world of stand-up
Cleveland.com - over 4 years
This immensely insightful, humorous memoir is filled with interesting revelations about behind-the-scenes tensions on the set of 'Good Times', the backlash Jimmie Walker received over his portrayal of J.J., and juicy nuggets of information about the world of stand-up comedy in general at that time, the late-night wars, and more.
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A-list and crowds expected at Brooklyn Book Fest
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
A-list and crowds expected at Brooklyn Book Fest The festival's success has earned it comparisons with more established book fairs in places like Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas, but its buzz is partly due to Brooklyn's latest incarnation as a trendy hotbed of hipsters and artists. [...] while organizers are proud of the borough's literary prowess, they also stress that "the Brooklyn Book Festival is in no way, shape or form just about Brooklyn," said Johnny Temple, chairman of the Brooklyn Literary Council and head of a Brooklyn publishing house called Akashic Books. Celebrities taking part include actor Tony Danza, whose new book, "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had," recalls his year teaching at Philadelphia's largest high school, and Jimmie Walker, who starred in the TV sitcom "Good Times" and wrote a memoir called "Dyn-O-Mite." Another seminar looks at poetry and narratives in light of the Arab Spring, while Isabel Wilkerson will ta ...
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Kid Dyn-o-Mite is a senior citizen, still on road
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Just like in the theme song, Jimmie Walker is scratchin' and survivin'. At 65, "Kid Dyn-o-Mite!" is a senior citizen, and his comedy career has come full circle.
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The Lyric Presents Dyn-o-mite! With Jimmie J.J. Walker 8/26 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Rising from the streets of New York's ghettos to television superstardom, Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase "Dyn-o-mite!" is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970's
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Boerne's Walker near Wyndham lead - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
Jimmie Walker, bottom, lines up a putt on the ninth hole with help from his caddie, Andy Sanders, top, during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, NC, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) GREENSBORO,
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Comedian Jimmie Walker of 'Good Times' Comes to Lakeland - The Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
Actor Jimmie Walker performs at the TV Land Awards on Sunday June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) By Matt Reinstetle WHERE: Winners Circle Sports Bar & Grill, 4215 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland WHEN: Doors open at 8 pm,
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How Esther Rolle Stood Up to Hollywood - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
But Rolle, who had been in Blues for Mister Charlie on Broadway, didn't always fit smoothly in the TV sitcom world -- she clashed with the writers on Good Times, openly resenting the character of JJ (played by Jimmie Walker with his "Dyn-o-mite!
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Spartan Nation remembers 'Bubba' Smith - MSU State News
Google News - over 5 years
With his tremendous size merged with his subtle humor, he would gain the respect of fellow actors, including “Good Times” co-star Jimmie Walker, who became a fan of the “gentle giant.” His big break would come when he landed the role of
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Two named to Kemah development board - Daily News - Galveston County
Google News - over 5 years
When it comes to business development, he is a large property owner. If there is anybody that cares about the way Kemah moves forward, it's him, because his family has so much history here. (Longtime restaurateur) Jimmie Walker was his grandfather.”
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On the Boardwalk, in … Texas - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
Longtime Kemah resident Matt Wiggins' grandfather began operating a cafe on the bottom floor of the Edgewater Casino in 1950, and called it Jimmie Walker's Edgewater Restaurant and Supper Club. It closed down in 1954 because of gambling,
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Bulletin Board for July 06, 2011 - Daily News - Galveston County
Google News - over 5 years
The group will meet at 9:30 am today at the Jimmie Walker Community Center, 800 Harris Ave., in Kemah. Call Anniece Larkins, 281-842-9008. The Golden Division of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce will meet at 10 am today at 9702 Emmett F
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmie Walker
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 64
    He stated that he did not vote for Barack Obama and that he would not vote for him in the 2012 election either.
    More Details Hide Details 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 legislation for 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." He holds typical conservative positions on the death penalty, the size of government and capitalism. However, Walker is in favor of amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants and a system of universal health care for the United States. He voted for Ronald Reagan and noted that he also "loved Bill Clinton as our president" for welfare reforms instituted under his administration.
    Walker appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on July 11, 2012.
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    According to an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on June 27, 2012, Walker stated he has never been married nor fathered children.
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    In 2012, Walker announced the release of his official app developed by Monty Goulet for iOS.
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    In 2012, Jimmie Walker's autobiography Dyn-o-mite!
    More Details Hide Details Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times – A Memoir, was published.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    In 2011, Walker appeared in a Syfy channel movie Super Shark.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    In 2010, Walker made a cameo appearance in the movie Big Money Rustlas.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 48
    In 1996, he appeared on split release with Powerviolence band Spazz distributed by Spazz owned label Slap-a-ham records.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 35
    Aside from guest appearances, he starred in the short-lived television series At Ease in 1983 and Bustin' Loose in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1990s, Walker returned to his radio roots hosting shows on WHIO, WOAI, WLS, and KKAR.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 films such as Rabbit Test (1978), The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979), Airplane! (1980), Water (1985), Doin' Time (1985), The Guyver (1991), Monster Mash (1995) and Plump Fiction (1997).
  • 1974
    Age 26
    During Good Times' 1974–75 season, Walker was 26 years old, though his character was much younger.
    More Details Hide Details John Amos, the actor who portrayed Walker's father on Good Times, was actually just eight years older than Walker - 38 years old when the show ended its run at the end of the 1978–79 season. 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.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He eventually released one stand-up comedy album during the height of his Good Times popularity: Dyn-o-mite on Buddah Records (5635).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    In 1967, Walker began working full-time with WRVR, the radio station of the Riverside Church.
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  • 1964
    Age 16
    As a young man, Walker was a vendor at Yankee Stadium, starting with the 1964 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details He was given a silver dollar by Mickey Mantle, which he still has. Walker was very friendly with Gary Cohen, who went on to be operations manager at Yankee Stadium.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on June 25, 1947.
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